When you travel to Panama, you might go to the east coast, for example, to visit the San Blas Islands. The way to get there is usually to fly to the Tocumen Airport and after that you would need to go e.g. to the “Marcos A. Gelabert” International Airport (PAC). This airport is reserved for domestic flights. If you do this, you should know that there is often a limitation regarding to the luggage weight. When we went to Yandup Island, there were only 14 kg (30 lb) free for each person. For every kilo overweight you had to pay about $2 US-Dollar. Two bucks extra for each kilo doesn’t sound very much. But you would nevertheless carry all your stuff with you and this can be quite annoying. So the best way to get rid of unnecessary luggage is to find some luggage storage in Panama City. My first thought was to leave our suitcases at the Panama Tocumen Airport.
For that reason, I searched on the internet for possibilities of luggage storage in Panama City. In a forum I found some information that there is indeed a luggage store facility directly at the Tocumen Airport. The price was, according to the information I found, $5 US-Dollar for each day per suitcase. But it seemed to be difficult to find it because there is no signage.
The other problem was, that we couldn’t leave our luggage at the airport directly after our arrival. So we needed to go from Panama City to the airport extra to store our luggage the next day. Which would cost about $30 to $35 dollar just to get there if you would go there by taxi. After our trip, we would need to go there again to pick up the trunks for the same price. So just for the taxi rides you would pay about $60 to $70 dollar plus the storage charges. As you see, a quite uncomfortable and costly situation as well.
Fortunately, we found a good solution for this problem, and I would like to share this information with you.
Go to the Hard Rock Hotel to store your luggage directly in Panama City
After our trip to the Yandup Lodge, we accommodated in the Hard Rock Hotel. But before we went to Yandup, we called the Hard Rock Hotel and the friendly employee told us, we can storage our luggage for about $5 Dollar apiece and per night. So, if you, for example, have two suitcases and stay away for 3 days, you need to pay $30 Dollar in total.
I don’t know if the employee at the reception desk would have refused this service, if we wouldn’t have booked a room there. But our first hotel did’t offer this service at all although it was a five-star hotel.
So this is my tip for you: If you are looking for a luggage storage in Panama City, contact the Hard Rock Hotel. The storage charge is pretty similar than at the Tocumen airport and you don’t need to go extra back to the airport to pick up your luggage. Here is the link to the website of the Hard Rock Hotel with the contact data: http://www.hrhpanamamegapolis.com*
Have you been in Panama City and could you drop your baggage at another place than at Hard Rock Hotel? If so, please leave a comment to share this information with other travellers.
*I do not have any commercial agreements with this company and do not receive any benefits by mentioning it on this blog.