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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 travelling solo, is that OK?
Absolutely! Our groups will be anywhere between 5 and 12 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 US. Please know however that as we are in a rural area, blackouts are not uncommon! So please bring a portable cell-phone charger if you need to stay connected.
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 moderate speed WIFI at our restaurant social area.
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; american trade hotel + magnolia inn
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?
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.
WHAT SHOULD I PACK?
- Comfortable yoga gear - we have mats for you, but encourage you to bring you own if you have one
- Tight fitting swim wear for surfing - we have long-sleeved rash guards for you for sun protection and extra comfort
- Water bottle
- Sunscreen - recommend 50+, large sun hat and sunglasses
- Towels are optional - we have beach/pool towels as well as bath towels for your stay
- A light sweater for the odd cooler evening
- Rainjacket or umbrella is optional if you are visiting us in the wet season
- Casual clothes for dining - avoid long dresses or trousers that may get soiled
- Rubber soled sandals for grip and comfort at the beach and on pebbled roads
- Portable battery charger to juice up your cell phone - black outs are not uncommon as we are in a rural area so please come prepared!
- Protein bars or any of your favorite snacks
- Sneakers/boots if you would like to do horse-riding
- Bug spray
- Torch / flash light or your cell phone light for walking around town in the evenings
- Remember to bring cash with you for your dinners and any additional activities you would like to do, ince
there are no ATMs in Santa Catalina!
OTHER USEFUL THINGS TO KNOW
- As a rural, small town fisherman village, please be mindful with dress when returning from the beach and remember to put on a sarong or coverup.
- As you are strolling through the streets of the village, feel free to share a 'buenos' or 'hola' with locals and passers-by As a small community the warm greetings to one another is greatly appreciated!