Destination guide

Outdoor adventures in picturesque Panama

Occupying the isthmus between Central and South America, Panama is in a world of its own. A tropical land of haunting cloud forests, towering mountains and flawless blonde beaches, it's spliced through by the Panama Canal, an incredible feat of engineering. Ideal for adventures, you can speed through rainforest canopies on a zip line, trek to breathtaking vantage points, raft along rivers or just relax on a sun-kissed beach. Paying a visit? Be sure to check out Panama City. A Miami-like sprawl of skyscrapers, it's home to some of the very best Panama vacation rentals, with casinos, historic monuments and energetic nightlife to explore.

Things to do

Picturesque plazas in Panama City

Choosing a Panama vacation rental in the capital is the best bet if you want to tick the star attractions off your to-do list. Cutting through the country and linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the 77-kilometer Panama Canal is the most famous of them. A major shipping route first used in 1914, the waterway's rich history can be discovered at the Interoceanic Canal Museum. Small but perfectly formed, Casco Viejo is Panama City's coolest, smallest and oldest neighborhood. Rebuilt in the late-1600s after being destroyed by pirates, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to crumbling churches, beautifully-restored colonial facades and picturesque plazas.


Waterfront living in fun-packed Panama

With its beach-laced Caribbean and Pacific coastlines, it's no surprise that watersports dominate the agenda. Snorkel among enchanting reefs in Bocas del Toro, dive with whale sharks in the Pacific, raft the racing waters of the Chiriqui Province or catch the surf in Santa Catalina, the choice is yours. If you prefer to stay on dry land, rock climbing and guided treks through the rainforest can fill your itinerary instead. When you want to unwind, you can soak in a hot spring, enjoy a fresh local coffee or let off steam in a fiesta-fuelled nightclub.


Feel the heat in sun-soaked Panama

Wherever you choose your Panama vacation rental, the climate doesn't vary too much, unless you're up in the mountain ranges, where it's much cooler. Boasting a tropical climate, Panama maintains a high and humid temperature all-year round, with an average high of around 86 degrees, good news if you enjoy hot weather. While visitors come here throughout the year, the dry season is the most-desirable time. It runs from mid-December through mid-April, with sporadic rain falling outside the season.

Natural features

Rivers, mountains and more in spectacular Panama

Hemmed between Colombia, Costa Rica and the Caribbean and Pacific Oceans, it's no surprise that Panama has such a diverse and spectacular landscape. Geographic features range from mysterious mangroves and rippling rivers that meander through valleys, to beautiful beaches and wild, impenetrable jungle. The dominant natural landmark is the verdant Cordillera de Talamanca mountain range, which sits beside the Costa Rica border. For wildlife lovers, Panama is a paradise. Visit the jungle to see creatures such as sloths, marmosets and capuchin monkeys, to name but a few.

Where to stay around Panama?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 858 vacation rentals near Panama. From 292 Houses to 63 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Panama for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Panama?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Panama. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Panama City: 179 vacation rentals
  • Bocas del Toro Province: 121 vacation rentals
  • Boquete: 71 vacation rentals
  • Playa Coronado: 61 vacation rentals
  • Rio Hato: 145 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Panama! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Panama?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Panama:

  • Panama City: 179 rentals
  • Boquete: 71 rentals
  • Rio Hato: 145 rentals
  • Isla Bastimento: 120 rentals
  • Boca Chica: 25 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Panama?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Panama are:

  • Bocas Del Toro International Airport (BOC): 122 vacation rentals
  • Tocumen International Airport (PTY): 172 vacation rentals
  • Balboa (BLB-Panama Pacifico Intl.): 186 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Panama?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Panama. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Farallon Island: 168 rentals
  • Red Frog Beach: 121 rentals
  • Veneto Casino: 186 rentals
  • Panama Viejo: 185 rentals
  • Tortuga Beach: 121 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Panama listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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