My boyfriend and I are traveling to Panama for the first time over the holidays. We have travelled a bit in CA (Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Belize) and usually take buses, but were thinking of getting a car in Panama because we will only be there Dec 20-Jan 1. Our plan is to fly into PTY around noon Dec 20 (Friday) and get out of dodge. Eventually we'll do western highlands and Pacific beaches (seems like the Caribbean side may have more rain in late December) eventually getting back to Panama City and dropping off the car before New Years (n driving in PC).
So two questions:
1. Is there any reason we should spring for the SUV? I don't think we'll be going too far off the beaten path with only ten days in a car, but we're still itinerary planing.
2. Any recommendations for where to head out to that first night that we could get to before dark? I realize a holiday Friday may mean traffic madness so I'd like to be conservative for that first night, without spending it in PC.