In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat, and stay at, in every country of the world!
This week we visit: Panama
Panama is one of Central America’s most popular tourist destinations for a number of reasons and it is generally a safe country if you know what you are doing. In order to help our readers stay safe when visiting this country, we would like to share a few important facts with them.
Over the last five years, Panama has seen a significant drop in crime numbers, making it one of the safest countries in Central America. The number of thefts has increased during the same period, however, and it is important that you are always aware of where your valuables are. Larger cities do experience some violent crime, such as robberies, muggings and even shootings. Still, for the most part, you should have no contact with crime.
Tourists are discouraged to travel to the Darién Province due to its proximity to Colombia and the fact that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) often make incursions into Panama here. The area is also notorious for criminal activity, mostly drug-related. You should also avoid the Mosquito Coast area, found on the north, between Cocle Del Norte and Boca de Rio Chiriqui. The area is very remote, lacking in infrastructure and is also a stage for narcotic trafficking.
In addition to this, you should make sure to always be careful when visiting Panamanian beaches, especially those on the Pacific Ocean because of the very strong currents that can cause people to drown.