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Roads in Panama David provincial capital Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingWhether or not you need a four wheel drive in Panama depends on where you go. I would always opt for one because when it rains here, it really rains. You can have five inches of water in about an hour. The roads and streets in Panama get flooded.
 
Panama is the only country I’ve seen where they have special places for people who are stuck along the road to dry out their cars. This is because the water actually goes inside the car and comes out the other side. I prefer having a 4x 4 for that reason. 
 
Roads in Panama Cinta Costera Panama City Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingI saw a lorry (truck) once in Panama City. The water was actually up to the windscreen of the lorry. It was in a ditch and they had closed the road off, but you can't believe how fast and how high the water gets here in no time.
 
I drove to Santiago the other day. On the way, it looked like rivers everywhere.
Lourdes Townshend of Multimodal  & Logistic Transports Magazine – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Panama has major highways and expressways connecting the country in several ways, and the government is building more and more roads and bridges on a daily basis.
 
What this means is that a fairly good "every day car" is enough, especially in Panama City.  But it is also convenient to own a 4 x 4 if you like to experience the country, little towns, mountains or do various kinds of outdoor adventure activities, or just in case you do not find a parking spot....and you need to use a "special place" with grass, or rocks, or something similar.  Panama has lots of hills, and sometimes you need to change to your auxiliary power transmission for extra strength, but almost every new car has that ability.
 
On some roads along the country you will find holes, though, due to the use of heavy equipment in construction, or for other reasons.
Barbara Socarraz of Panama Vida – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
I have ridden in Bocas del Toro, Coronado, David, Boquete and Volcan and have found the roads to be in very good condition.  The only time you will 4 wheel drive is if you are going off the beaten path.  
Sieg Pedde of Helix Courier Limited – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
TransPanama Highway in 2005 – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingWhen I first visited Panama in November of 2005, there were potholes everywhere, even on some areas of the main cross-country highway.  And at that time, it wasn't unusual to encounter scenes like the one shown in the accompanying photograph.  By 2008, main roads everywhere were in great shape and encountering cattle and horseback-riders on main highways was rare.  
 
I don't miss the potholes but I do sort of miss the charm of sharing roads with the bovine and equine species.  The latter is still quite common but mostly on quieter roads, away from the main highways.
 
Driving in Panama is a treat.  I have driven cross-country a number of times and there is always lots to do and see.
Judith Tovar of Easy Travel Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The roads in Panama are very good.  Inside Panama City everything is paved. Driving towards the Pacific beaches..on the Pan-American Highway..the highway is excellent.
 
You would only need a four wheel drive if you want to adventure into areas of Panama that are not developed yet.
 
Rene Guardiola of Your Man in Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account

Well, the roads in Panama are generraly very good.  You will only need a four wheel drive in the event you bought land in an undeveloped area like in the highlands or mountains or other undeveloped beach area.  Other than that you can drive a normal vehicle very safely and comfortably in the country.

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