Can I drink the water?

Panama City has good water quality and can be consumed from the tap. Outside the city, the water quality is generally good as well; however, travelers are recommended to drink bottled water to avoid any possible illness. In Bocas del Toro and the San Blas Archipelago, as well as in the Darien Provinces, tap water is usually not drinkable. If in doubt, ask a representative at your hotel.

Please note, as tap water is considered drinking water in Panama, and – in an effort to be more eco-friendly – we do not provide bottled water on transfers around the country. Instead, we provide refillable stainless steel, PBA free bottles upon arrival to use en-route and keep as a souvenir.

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