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Travel with husband & 2yr old

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Travel with husband & 2yr old

Husband will be getting a medical treatment and we will be coming along from the USA. Safe? Tips? Any help appreciated very nervous. Never been out of country except on cruises.

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1. Re: Travel with husband & 2yr old

Panama City is as safe as any other large city. Just like cities in the U.S., there are areas to stay away from. But, in most of the city, and especially those areas where you'll go for restaurants, shopping, etc., the streets and sidewalks are safe.

With a two year-old, I would recommend looking into Torres de Alba for your hotel. The rates are very reasonable. The rooms are like small apartments with full size kitchens and laundry. The two year-old can go down for a nap and you can close the door and watch TV or read in the living room. The hotel also has the best breakfast buffet included, and within a block are a number of good and inexpensive restaurants.

Tips -

Don't get a taxi in front of the hotel. Go to the corner or across the street. You'll pay half as much.

Read the forum topics on taxis in Panama. There are a number of does and don'ts.

While English is widely spoken in the city, if you don't know Spanish, pick up a Spanish-English dictionary and learn a few phrases and the numbers. You don't have to carry on a conversation in Spanish, but when you try using the language, it shows respect and people will generally go out of their way to help you.

If you have the time and the ability, get out of the city for a couple of days to someplace like El Valle. It's cooler in the mountains and you'll get to see a bit of Panama's beauty.

Best wishes on your husband's medical treatment. I hope you can enjoy the visit, too.

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2. Re: Travel with husband & 2yr old

The areas near hospitals are the safest. But beware that the traffic in the city is very chaotic.

When are you coming to PC? Remember that we have rainy season until December. Whenever it rains, taxi cabs are difficult to get, so I would suggest that you rent a car. Or prepare a list of all the taxi providers in the city. You can use the yellow pages for that (search "paginas amarillas panama" on google and once there search for "taxis" or "servicio de taxi").

I hope everything goes fine with your treatment. Frankly, regarding the destination, there is not much to worry about.

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I can't possibly think of any worse advice to give someone who has never been out of the country -- let alone never been to Panama -- than to recommend renting a car to get around in the city. As for preparing a list of taxis -- that is BS. I've been in Panama City in September, October and November. That is pure ___. If you can't get them on the street, you're surely not going to get them through the yellow pages --- and most especially when you don't speak Spanish.

Don't worry -- taxis are available. Fortunately, the rain storms don't last long. They're like summer thunderstorms in Alabama or Georgia. Just be patient, you'll get a taxi. Much faster than you will in New York.

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Thanks guys. We will be there in October. The hospital provides a All transportation to and from airport and appointments just not tourist stuff.

Hope we don't get rained on too much. But we are used to rain ! We get a lot of it here on the mobile area!

Any tips on specific tourist things to do of we can. Like a boat ride on Panama cannel ?

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5. Re: Travel with husband & 2yr old

You'll see a lot more of the Panama Canal and how it works by going to the visitor's center at Miraflores Locks than you will from a boat. (It's a lot less expensive, too.) Your two yea-old might enjoy the zoo at Soberanía National Park (AKA Summit Park Zoo). There is also the Metropolitan Park -- jungle and trails within the city. Mi Pueblito is a park with child size reproductions of early Panamanian and indigenous buildings and homes.

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