Is Panama safe for women traveling alone?

Women traveling alone will feel safer than in many other countries, but there is still the possibility for some harassment. Panama is dominated by a macho mindset and women may encounter annoying attempts at flattery by men. These are usually the same old shtick – horn honking, kissing noises, and whistling. Most gibes are harmless, but nonetheless frustrating. Panama City and Bocas del Toro are usually the worst. If men do call at you, ignore them. Confidence and knowing Spanish won’t hurt either. It’s also advisable to not walk alone at night or go into bars by yourself.