Beaches are public property in Panama, so you should be able to pitch a tent on any of them. Remember to respect the principle of leaving no trace behind. When choosing your camping spot be aware that the tides on the Pacific coast can vary up to 18 feet/5 meters.
A great way to interact with the native cultures in Panama is by staying overnight in one of their villages, whether alongside a river with the Emberá or on one of the many islets in Guna Yala. You can also go camping in the National Parks, which are mostly protected areas but allow you to set up a tent inside their limits for a small fee.
Faced with a lack of traditional camping grounds, camping in Panama is an opportunity to use your imagination and explore options. Being able to go camping symbolizes self-definition and hope, for the many generations yet to come.
Note: Go very well prepared if you plan to camp during the rainy season, which lasts for approximately 9 months from mid-April to mid-December.