5 days in Panama & Panama City Beach Itinerary

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Portobelo, Panama
— 1 night
Drive to Tocumen International Airport, Fly to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport, Drive to Panama City Beach
Panama City Beach, United States
— 3 nights
Drive to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport, Fly to Panama City


Portobelo, Panama — 1 night

The ruins of a Spanish colonial port city dot the landscape of the Caribbean fishing village of Portobelo, a reminder that this humble and relaxed place was once integral to the workings of an empire.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo, then appreciate the history behind Black Christ, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Portobelo trip itinerary website.

Panama City to Portobelo is an approximately 1.5-hour shuttle ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Panama City Beach.
Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Museums
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Panama City Beach, United States — 3 nights

World's Most Beautiful Beaches

Boasting 43 km (27 mi) of white sandy beaches and plenty of sunshine, Panama City Beach is an ideal choice for a relaxing holiday.
On the 17th (Wed), look for gifts at Adonia, then kick back and relax at St. Andrews State Park, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Keep things going the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Gulf World Marine Park, kick back and relax at Panama City Beach, and then browse the different shops at Pier Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Panama City Beach online road trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Portobelo to Panama City Beach. In May in Panama City Beach, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums
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Panama travel guide

Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Shopping Malls
With a lively banking sector and a booming tourism industry, Panama remains one of the most powerful nations in the Americas, though it's also one of the smallest by land area. The country boasts coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, so it's not surprising most Panama holidays include some form of seaside entertainment. With outstanding beaches all over the country, it's easy to find an ideal spot to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, sail, or simply kick back on the sand with a few cold drinks. The country's best-known landmark and one of the world's most significant shipping routes, Panama Canal tops most tourist itineraries--many choose to see this engineering wonder by traveling the length of it by train.