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Driving to David from panama city

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Driving to David from panama city

How long should the drive take to David from pc?

Is it safe?

Is it scenic?

Are there recommended stops along the way?

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1. Re: Driving to David from panama city

From the Tocumen International Airport in Panama City to downtown is about 6 hours. The highway itself is safe. The Panamerican Highway cuts through major cities along the way. Away from them, there are some scenic portions.

The drive time will vary greatly depending on traffic in Panama City and on the time and day of arrival. Traffic accidents make up an unforeseeable variable. They can add hours to the drive if an accident occurs on or near the Bridge of the Americas and during commuting hours. If I had a choice of arrival date and time, I'd arrive early Saturday or Sunday.

Just off the highway, there are several beach areas you could spend the night. Between Chame and Rio Hato, you can choose from a bed and breakfast all the way up to full-service resorts that are either on the beach or just a stone's throw from it.

After Rio Hato, the highway veers inland and skirts the northern part of the Azuero peninsula until you enter the Chiriqui Province. The beaches there are pretty, too, but you'd be only about an hour away from David.

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2. Re: Driving to David from panama city

It will take you seven to nine hours to drive from Panama City to David, depending on how msny stops you make and how much road construction there is between Santiago and David. Santiago is about halfway. That's four hours from Panams City. The turn to Chitre and Azuero is a good 30 minutes before that. At best, with no stops and no construction, David is just under three hours from Santiago.

Yes. It's safe as long as you drive only during daylight hours. Santiago is a good place to stoo for lunch. The road through Veraguas is very scenuc. The rest, not so much.

Edited: 28 May 2017, 04:03
3. Re: Driving to David from panama city

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