Question for you since your fiance is from Panama. I'm actually heading there with my boyfriend this December. We're flying into Panama City and it doesn't look like our flight to Bocas will connect the same day so we were considering driving to where we catch the boat over to Bocas. It sounds like you did exactly this, so how long did it take?
If anyone's interested in seeing Punta Caracol (I think it's a great Honeymoon property) I'll be doing a site inspection when I'm there so I'll post pics in the early new year once I'm home.
Originally Posted by RandR
To help subside your fiances fears of safety. My fiance is from Panama and I have gone there with him to visit family. I did not have any issues with crime and in certain areas of Panama there are actually a lot of retired Canadians and Americans due to the lower living costs. I think this is becoming more and more popular.
Panama city is big and there are areas like any city that you wouldn't walk alone at night. I would be more afraid of the driving then the crime
In Feb 09 my fiance and I actually rented a car and drove for 7 days through out Panama. Going from Panama city to Punta Chame to El Valle to Boquete to Bocas (boat to the main island) and Back to Panama City. I never felt concerned about crime during this trip. We did get pulled over for speeding though.
It helps that my fiance is fluent in Spanish, but most people in Panama thought that he was a foreigner and I was a locale, bc of his light skin and eyes.
I don't think crime is any higher in Panama then in any other popular tropical destination, it's just not as "touristy" yet.