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What is the weather like?
Santa Catalina enjoys warm tropical weather all year round, divided by the wet and dry seasons. The dry season is Panama’s summer and runs from December through April. The wet season runs from May to November. From May to September we’ll have rain most days lasting only an hour or two in the afternoons, bringing a beautiful green lush color to all the fields and a refreshing, cooling change in the afternoons - the perfect time for a siesta or putting the feet up in the hammock with a good book :) In October, the rains are heavier and more frequent. Come November the afternoon showers begin to settle, and we arrive again at the start of our dry season in December.
I’ll be traveling solo, is that OK?
Absolutely! Our groups will be anywhere between 5 and 20 people, keeping it small and welcoming for everyone, and encouraging a great group dynamic.
What is the currency in Panama?
The currency in Panama is the US dollar. Sometimes you'll receive coins as change in the local currency, the Panamanian Balboa. This is the same value as the US dollar.
All electrical outlets are the same as those used in the U.S.
Are there ATMs in Santa Catalina?
There are no ATMs in Santa Catalina, so best to grab some cash at an ATM when we stop at the supermarket on your journey into town. Our hotel has credit card facilities so if you do run out of cash we can help you with a withdrawal, but please be aware of small surcharge fee that will charged for each transaction.
Is their WIFI?
Yes, we have complimentary broadband WIFI at our restaurant social area. though please note as we are in a rural area the connection can go out at times, though trust us, you will find a better connection here :)
What airport should I arrive into?
Our closest International airport is Panama City (PTY). If you are coming from the US, Copa Airlines (Panama’s National Airline) and United have direct flights from NY and LA, starting as little as $455 return. We love Copa Airlines as the service on board is always great, and it includes a hot meal with wine, beer, spirits and on board entertainment :)
Where should I stay in Panama City?
Our favorite place to stay in Panama City is Casco Viejo, on the rivers edge. A beautiful old historic town that truly comes alive at night. You’ll have plenty of accommodation options here to choose from, ranging from Hostels to Boutique Hotels. all santa catalina retreats guests can take advantage of our great rates at our preferred hotels in casco viejo; Central Hotel | American Trade Hotel | hotel casa Panama | Magnolia Inn | SELINA
What’s the best way to get from Panama City airport into town?
Taxi’s are easy, safe and abundant. There is an authorised taxi stand outside the main exit of the airport. If travelling alone, expect to pay up to $35 to Casco Viejo. You can also agree to wait for other passengers and split the fare to make to make it cheaper. The drive into town is about 30min, give or take some traffic.
Do I need a Visa for traveling to Panama?
Most countries do not require a tourist visa for Panama, check with your local embassy. most Tourists can travel in Panama for up to 6 months.
Do I need travel insurance?
We highly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance, to cover against any unexpected travel expenses that may occur before, during or after your trip. including cover for 'extreme sports' which surfing and yoga are classified. You will also be kindly asked to sign our waiver before participating in a retreat.
How much do you tip in Panama?
around panama 10-15% is the norm for restaurants, hotels and bars. You don’t need to tip taxi drivers but be sure to agree your price with the driver up front.
for your retreat stay with us, you do not need to tip as you go. for anyone who would like to make a gratuity for our hotel. restaurant, drivers + activities staff, we will kindly accept any gratuities at the end of your stay which will be divided up amongst all staff.
WHAT SHOULD I PACK?
Suggested Pack List:
Plenty of comfortable yoga gear. We have Manduka PRO mats and props ready for you
Tight fitting swim wear if you would like to take a surf lesson, we have rashguards for sun protection
Lots of sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses, bug spray
Towels are optional - we have beach/pool towels and bath towels for your stay
Casual clothes for dining
Rubber soled sandals / flip flops
Closed toe shoes for horse-back riding and hiking
Water bottle so you can re-fill on the go
Flash light or your cell phone light for walking around the village in the evening
Dry bag if you would like to go to Coiba National Park for an amazing day trip of island hopping, diving / snorkeling
light rain jacket if you are retreating with us during the rainy season
Please remember to BRING CASH with you as there are no ATMs in Santa Catalina
A copy of your travel insurance details
Don't forget your PASSPORT!
OTHER USEFUL THINGS TO KNOW
Other Useful Things to Know:
The currency used in Panama is USD.
The power outlet used in Panama is the same as the U.S.
You can pay by credit card, cash or Venmo for any extra activities you would like to do:
Surf Lesson: $45
Nature Hike: $12
UNESCO Coiba National Park Day Trip: Snorkeling $80, Diving $150-$190
Included with your evening meals is a glass of wine or beer, plus non-alcoholic beverages. For any additional drinks or food you would like just order at the bar. You can pay as you go or close out by credit card or cash at the end of your stay.
Whilst walking around town, feel free to say 'Buenos' passers by! And as we are in a rural village, please be mindful when when coming back from the beach and remember to dress.
We have laundry facilities available. $7 per load for wash and dry, with cash payment at reception.
The tap water in our hotel is safe and delicious to drink.
We have complimentary wifi in our restaurant social area.
There is a safe in your room for your passport, wallet, laptop etc
For anyone who would like to leave a gratuity for the staff, we will hand out envelopes on your last day.
IMPORTANT! Most of our meals are served family style, we ask all guests to please let us know if you have any food allergies or dietary preferences you would like us to be aware of.