Is it safe to swim in the ocean in Panama?

The safety of swimming largely depends on where you are. There are beaches scattered along both coasts of the country, which either may or may not be safe to swim in. By and large, most tourist-friendly areas will have safe swimming areas. However, it is best to check first, as the beaches do not have lifeguards and you will be swimming at your own risk. Panama is also known for its riptides, so exercise caution. The San Blas Islands (Guna Yala), Contadora Island, and most parts of Bocas del Toro are safe for swimming.