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Solo female to Panama!

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Solo female to Panama!

Hello all,

I was supposed to be travelling with my best friend down to Panama but a couple days ago she bailed on me. I already have the ticket, so I screw it, I'm going by myself. I have done quite a bit of travelling but this will be my first solo trip. I feel pretty confident about it but does anyone have any advice for me.

I don't really have any plans but I will be meeting some family in Bocas after 10 days in panama. Any suggestions for me?? Some places that are safe and relatively cheap would be great. Thanks for everything!

Much love!

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1. Re: Solo female to Panama!

Panama's a great place for solo travel - it's basically safe all over...

It would help to know what you are interested in seeing and doing to be able point you in the right direction...

Cheers,

Andrew

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2. Re: Solo female to Panama!

Hmmm... I'm sorry to disagree with Andrew (again), but I think it's unwise to advise single females that "it's safe all over."

Single females are targets, unfortunately, and crime reports as well as discussion forums in the past year support that. (E.g., attmepted rape in the Bocas province, kidnappings in Panama City, etc.)

I am *not* saying you should not come -- but there are definitely places where you should be extra careful, even though they appear laid-back and safe. E.g., walking alone on Bastimentos. E.g., hailing a cab alone, late at night, in PC.

The good news is, it's really easy to make friends here, especially in Bocas -- so you should be able to make most of your excursions with at least 1 or 2 new friends.

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3. Re: Solo female to Panama!

When you get right down to it, no country/city is safe all over and I did say "basically" without going into any details until finding out what the OP was interested in.

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4. Re: Solo female to Panama!

Hello,

I am a woman, 61, and traveled in Panama in March alone and had no problems, except taxi drivers trying to overcharge.

I stayed in PC at Hotel Marbella, a good, centrally located hotel in El Cangrejo neighborhood and pretty cheap and clean. I walked around the area and felt safe. The latest I was out walking, though, was around 8:30 or 9 p.m. Don't know what it would be like if you go to clubs. Veneto casino is right up the street and the Fiesta casino is behind the hotel.

I hired Jose Saenz as a guide/driver. His e-mail is jose@goldenfrog.net and Web site is www.goldenfrog.net. He had a couple of young guide/drivers take me to the places I wanted to go (El Valle, Portabello, etc.). He is recommended in the Moon Guide. You should be sure to buy the Moon Guide. I also went to the canal and Gamboa Resort for tours.

I went to Boquete and did that mostly only my own, walking around, etc., and took a tour with the yellow jeep guys. They were great.

If you stay in El Cangrejo neighborhood in PC, you should be OK. Just remember that you are in a large city and take normal precautions and DO NOT ride the city buses. Take taxis. Be sure to visit the Albrook Mall. I spent an afternoon there and had a good time. It's where the locals shop and I really enjoyed it.

If you have any specific questions, you can PM me and I'd be happy to help you.

Lulu

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