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Best use of time in Panama for family?

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Best use of time in Panama for family?

We have a week in Panama at the beginning of November.

We are a party of 6 ( 3 adults and 3 active kids ages 9,11 & 12.)

We'd like to see as much as we can but split our time between Panama city for a few days then head out to Bocas for some beach/snorkel relaxation.

Any advice on what we should see/do? The kids would love to see some animals, do some boating, snorkeling and beach stuff. Us adults are up for anything, just taking in the sights, etc...and would love some insiders advice on what to see & do. And how to avoid overly touristy things unless its really worth out while to grn and bear it : )

Any advice on a car rental that would fit 6 would be greatly appreciated or is it better to bus to Bocas?

Thx!

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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1. Re: Best use of time in Panama for family?

First of all specifically when in the first of Nov. the first week is the big holiday, Fiestas Patrias, which means that Bocas, Boquete, El Valle, will be packed with Panamanian families all celebrating. The rest of November is dotted with other holidays as well. You would do best to make reservations for a house or hotel now. The holidays are fun though with LOTS of parades. For a mellow mountain experiance check out Santa Fe De Veraguas or the Volcan area which is near Boquete. Cerro Punta is where the Parque Amistad starts on the Pacific side.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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2. Re: Best use of time in Panama for family?

You can take an overnight direct bus from Panama City to Bocas which is fine.

Madrid, Spain
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3. Re: Best use of time in Panama for family?

November 3. Separation Day (from Colombia).

November 4. Flag Day

November 10. "Primer Grito de Independencia de la Villa de los Santos" The uprising in the Villa de los Santos against Spain.

November 28. Independence Day (from Spain).

Vancouver Island...
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4. Re: Best use of time in Panama for family?

Thank you for those dates. Considering we will be there at that time, where is the best place to take in some of the festivities? Also thinking it may be better to rent a car/truck so we can explore along the way. Any vehicles over there accommodate 6 plus some luggage?

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5. Re: Best use of time in Panama for family?

Bocas is fun for the festivities but as I said you will need to make reservations soon. I'm not sure about your car question but I have always wanted to rent a car so I could explore along the way. Not beachy but very historical is towns like Los Santos which will have very traditional celebration.

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