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Driving from PTY to Downtown at 2 am

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NJ
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Driving from PTY to Downtown at 2 am

Family of 4 arriving by Spirit at 1 am. Thinking of driving a rental car to Hilton Garden Inn. Have two kids 11, 16. We are world travelers. Good/bad idea?

Also, our flight back is at 2 am. Can't figure out yet what to do for the night. Should we just pay for the night at a no frills hotel, have a nice dinner, rest up and come to the airport at midnight (driving and returning the car)? Other creative options?

LN, others kindly respond!

LN
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1. Re: Driving from PTY to Downtown at 2 am

There is so much on this forum about driving at night and driving in the city.

There are huge NO's on doing both of these things. Please search (see above where it says "Search" and type in driving at night and then do a search for driving in the city. Like I said, there are so many many posts warning against both.

Take a cab to your hotel. Rent the car after you are done with exploring PC and sites nearby. Cabs are cheap compared to renting a car.

On the last part, you could pay for a hotel so your children could sleep a little before you fly that nite unless you think they can stay up til it is time to go to the airport. Only you know which choice is best for your children.

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2. Re: Driving from PTY to Downtown at 2 am

Panama City is not the place to be driving a rental car unless you are very familiar with the city -- even at 1:00am. Very few streets have street signs, the maze of one way streets is difficult at best to navigate, maps (if you can find one) are nearly useless. Finding parking places is also very difficult. Save yourself a lot of grief and frustration and take a taxi or make arrangements for a private car for $30. When you're ready to leave the city, THEN rent a car at Albrook. tripadvisor.com/…41591939

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3. Re: Driving from PTY to Downtown at 2 am

Although driving late at night in PC has its advantages - no traffic - your best bet is to grab a cab.

Also that late night spirit flight is delayed a lot - so you maybe arriving later than you think.

As far as what to do before the flight back - get a late checkout - 3pm or so - not usually a problem in PC - store your bags at the hotel - go have a nice dinner - amybe go to the casino or send the kids bowling down on Ave Balboa, hang out at a bar on Via Argentina them head to the airport at 11:30pm

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4. Re: Driving from PTY to Downtown at 2 am

Wow - great responses! Will follow your advice.

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