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Traditions in Panama
Submitted by M20678
There is no particular dress code in Panama City. There is an important difference, when doing business, that visitors should know between the City and the other provinces. The country can be divided in 3 business areas: Panama City (largest one), Central Provinces and Chiriqui Province. When in business meetings in Panama City, Jacket and tie are recommendable. This is also true for David City, the capital of the Chiriqui Province in western Panama. Nevertheless, in the Central Provinces (Veraguas, Cocle, Herrea ... view more and Los Santos) it is not customary to wear jacket and tie. Jeans and a nice shirt will suffice.

When not in a business meeting, the visitor can wear pretty much anything. There is no particular dress code. It is important to mention that in the city and towns it is not well seen people walking around with no shirt.

Food and Restaurants in Panama
Submitted by M20678
There are a couple of places in Panama City to eat local cuisine. Restaurante Las Tinajas is internationally known for delicious local Panamanian food and a good sample of the typical Panamanian dance show, where attendees can enjoy the amazing beauty of the "Pollera", the typical Panamanian dress.

There is also Restaurante El Trapiche, which is less fancy, but the food is also very good. Outside Panama City, in the towns of the interior of the country the visitor can find many options of typical ... view more food. All the "fondas" (small restaurants with meals for as low as US $2.00) offer a wide variety of local food.
Health Vacations
Submitted by M13515
7-day package Sanaciou Integrals Eco Hotel and Spa. Open heart meditation, body Cleansing, Reiki Tummo.
Submitted by M16299
The water temperature varies between 70F to 78 F from December to March and between 78F to 84F from March to December.


You will need the following gear:

1/8" to 3/16" (3 – 5 mm) wet suit, mask, fins, snorkel, regulator with visible pressure gauge, a mandatory dive computer, buoyancy compensator, depth gauge, dive gloves, weight belt (without weights) and dive watch. It is recommended that you mark each piece of gear with waterproof paint or tape. We ... view more suggest you put all or most of the above items in a carry-on bag.

We provide you with 80 cubic ft. (12 lt.) tanks and weights.

Please note we have full ScubaPro dive gear available to rent. Please let us know prior to the trip if you need to rent gear. Our office can provide rental prices.

Submitted by M16299
Find out what to bring.

-Travel alarm clock

-Shirts: Cotton or light synthetic, long-and short sleeved

-Trousers: Cotton or light synthetic pants. Bring at least 2 sets of clothes that dry quickly (Jeans not recommened; too slow to dry.)

-Hiking Shorts.

-Footwear: waterproff, light-weight boots, river sandals (Tev-type sandals), tennis shoes/running shoes. If you do not bring hiking boots, make sure you bring TWO pairs of tennis shoes. As soon as one pair gets wet, use that pair whenever you are ... view more likely to get your feet wet. Go to any leght to keep the other pair dry!

-Socks: Bring exta pairs in case feet get wet.

-Rain gear: poncho, raincoat and umbrella

-Hat(s) with visor for rain and sun protection.

-Ziplock plastic bags for spillable toiletries, and plastic garbage bags for wet items.



-Small first aid kit with things for cuts, bruises and bug bites.

-Eye drops and ear drops.

-Extra prescription glasses and medications (if applicable).


When traveling on light aircraft or by boat, due to weight limitations you will need to restrict what you are taking with you to 25 lbs. Per person including cameras, clothing, etc.


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