Traveling to & from Panama for your Sport Fishing experience is relatively simple and SAFE…pretty much the same as traveling domestically.
**FIRST Check to make sure that your Passport’s Expiration Date is Over 90 days from when you plan to return!!! You will not be able to board your flight if your time is less. Lost some fishermen this way – friends made it but they didn’t – Ow!!
You will arrive at Panama City’s International Airport (Tocuman Int’l – PTY). Many airlines provice good service here, Copa is the airline of Panama & has lots of flight options.
Arriving In Panama's Tocumen Int'l Airport - A How To Guide
After you Arrive at PTY you will have to go to baggage claim downstairs to Immigration (Migration), then you will proceed to pick up your bags and clear Customs (Aduana).
It is pretty straight forward and there are lots of agents around that speak English if you need help. This process can take as little as 10 minutes, or a little longer if there are multiple flights landing at the same time.
You now have a couple of different options getting to Boca Chica.
You can rent a car and drive the 6 + hours from Panama City… or you can fly there in 45 min
There are two airlines that fly between Panama City and David,
but there are also two airports in Panama city.
Next Steps: Flying from Panama City to David
*** Traveling by Car from Costa Rica ***
Crossing the Border of Costa Rica & Panama is NOT possible with your personal or Rental car! You will have to hire a Taxi to take you into David 1/2 hr or Boca Chica only 1 1/2 hrs away). Your car will not be allowed in.