With cold weather closing in, it’s time to think about a nice warm vacation So why not do like hair metal rocker Van Halen said, and…PANAMA! What better time to visit this Central American gem than the year the Panama Canal celebrates its first century? And November 3 marks the anniversary of Panama’s independence from Colombia in 1903.

Poised at the crossroads of America, Panama has something for every taste. Rich in culture, full of adventures and budget-friendly, Panama is the perfect vacation spot for North Americans looking for a bit of warmth. There’s plenty of history and spectacular shorelines for those who love the beach. As Saint Augustine said, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” With that, here are 15 reasons you’re already late in planning your awesome Panama vacation.

1. Budget-Friendly
Make it a budget-friendly trip by staying at hostels and making your own meals in the shared kitchen. Even if you spend a little more for a hotel room, you’ll still have money to splurge on a fantastic dinner.

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2. Safety
The crime rate is low in the tourist areas. Outside the cities, your biggest threat is the roadways which are narrow and can be poorly maintained. Like anywhere else, you need to guard valuables and be aware of your surroundings.