I booked a trip for my bf and I to Panama City, from Thurs Mar 18 - Mon Mar 22 . . . we're arriving at 1:15am on the 18th, and departing at midnight on the 22nd, so just about 5 full days.
We've both never been there before, and I know for sure we'll want to do the obligatory Locks trip, and trek around El Valle for a day. The BF loves loves coffee, and I saw the Boquete would be a great place to visit, but gosh a plane ticket would run about $400 for us just to spend the day orso out there! I've considered doing a 1 way flight and 1 way rental car, but that's about the same cost, as the rental companies tack a $180 fee for the drop-charge of the car. The bus sounds like a kind of option, but would it really be that comfortable if we did an overnight?
I bought my tickets from Spirit, and got a pretty decent deal on them, and don't want to go overboard on the trip with the given economy, but also want to be able to maximize the trip.
Can anyone recommend if there are closer coffee plantations for us to visit? Or if I should take the bus? Or if I should just get a rental car from Panama City and drive to and from Boquete? How far is the drive from El Valle to Boquete? I can't even get mapquest to map out the drive
What I've kinda sketched so far was (with rental car):
1.5 days in Panama City,
1.5 in El Valle,
1.5 in Boquete
last day return to Panama City.
Is this reasonable? Or can anyone recommend a better itinery? Help, please?!!