Thanks to everyone for the useful information they have shared. My friends and I are planning our first trip to Panama and we'll be there for 11 days at the end of the month. I have been doing some reading on renting a car, but I am still not sure what to do, so I am hoping to get some advice.
From what I've read, I understand that for about 11 days, the cost of the car rental is going to be around $400 (which includes the daily Panama tax of $20/day). I am aware of some of the pros and cons of renting a vehicle (the potential scams for car damage, the adventure that is driving around Panama City, the ease and economy of using taxis, potential to be ripped off by taxi drivers, etc.) and still haven't figured out which is better.
I am not sure how many days we will be in Panama City (I am still doing some research on things to do) and how many days we will be doing day trips, but if we are doing a lot of day trips (say, 4 or 5), does it make more sense to rent a vehicle for the whole 11 days or just the days we will be out of the city? Or is it better to use taxis for the whole trip?
Any help you can provide on whether to rent a vehicle or not would be appreciated. And if you have advice on where to go for day trips, that would be helpful, too. Thanks.