Film friendly government agencies. Most public locations are free but require a permit that usually takes up to 48 hours to process.
Panama has a tropical climate. Temperatures in mountain areas and on the Pacific side tend to be lower than in the Caribbean. The dry season runs from December to May.
Panama uses the USD as legal tender. Panama is generally slightly more expensive than other Central American countries.
The overall stock of equipment is quite small. All specialized equipment and operators are required to be brought in from abroad.