Links and Resources

Travel

www.bocas.com

The visitor-information site for Bocas del Toro contains listings for many hotels, restaurants, and services as well as som background information on Bocas.

www.bocasmarinetours.com

Bocas Marine Tours is a Bocas del Toro water-taxi service, but its site also contains useful, frequently updated maps of the Bocas archipelago and mainland, transportation schedules, and facts about Bocas. The Bocas town map is printer friendly.

www.boomersabroad.com/panama.html

This is an overview site for those interested in retiring or investing in Panama. It takes a more measured approach than similar sites, which can be aggressive about hyping Panama.

www.legalinfo-panama.com

This site contains detailed legal information for those interested in moving to or doing business in Panama, as well as listings of lawyers and law firms. It’s in Spanish with some English content.

www.panamainfo.com

Panamainfo is a frequently updated visitor-information site that accentuates the positive. It's most useful for those traveling on a moderate and above budget but also contains general information for destinations around Panama.

http://travel.state.gov

The web site of the U.S. State Department contains general entry requirements and travel warnings for U.S. citizens traveling abroad, listed by country.

www.visitpanama.com

The official site of Panama’s government tourism institute, IPAT. It’s in English and Spanish.

www.journeylatinamerica.co.uk

Journey Latin America is a London-based tour operator and travel agency that’s a good place to start for those going to Panama from Europe and points east.

Ecotourism

www.ancon.org

ANCON is Panama’s largest environmental organization. The site contains some information on the country’s national parks and a list of endangered species. In Spanish only.

www.panamaaudubon.org

The Panama Audubon Society organizes frequent bird-watching trips that are open to foreign visitors and listed on its site, which is in Spanish and English.

www.stri.org

The web site of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute contains information on its projects and installations, including Barro Colorado Island. It also shows live video from user-controllable web cams set up on Barro Colorado and Parque Natural Metropolitano.

Spanish Lessons

www.spanishpanama.com

Well-established school in El Cangrejo offering group and private lessons that can be combined with sightseeing tours, lodging at Anita's Inn next door and homestays.

News Sites

www.theboquetetetimes.com

The Boquete Times is a fledging operation run by gringo expatriates. It covers the town of Boquete and surrounding areas.

www.thepanamanews.com

The original muckraking English-language newspaper in Panama, the Panama News is now online only.

www.prensa.com

Panama’s best Spanish-language newspaper. Free registration allows access to its extensive archives.

Government

www.conpahouston.com

The FAQ section of the website for the Panamanian consulate in Houston section contains more reliable information on requirements for visiting and moving to Panama than other foreign ministry sites.

www.pa

(Yes, that's the full website name.) Panamanian government site with telephone listings and links to government ministries and organizations, including the tourism and culture institutes. In Spanish.

www.pancanal.com

The website for the Panama Canal Authority contains news and history about the Panama Canal, and tide tables for Balboa and Cristobal. But its coolest features are the live video feeds from the web cams set up at Miraflores Locks, Gatun Locks, and the Centennial Bridge over Gaillard Cut.

Miscellaneous Information

www.cdc.gov/travel/

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control list comprehensive immunization information and health advisories for destinations around the world.

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html

The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency lists detailed statistics and background information on Panama here.

www.pancanalsociety.org and www.czbrats.com

Nostalgia sites for Zonians, containing photos, stories, and memorabilia from the former Canal Zone.

www.paginasamarillas.com

Online telephone book for Panama and other Latin American countries.

Blogs

www.boqueteguide.com

Blog about life as an expat in Boquete, and about Panama generally. Avoids both hype and negativity.

www.rob-rivera.com

Life in Panama from the perspective of a twenty-something Panamanian, the only such blog I know of in English. Rob's posts can be long and inward-looking, but they also offer interesting glimpses of life among the young and bored in Panama.

Travel Tools for Social Networkers

www.travelpod.com

Popular with those who want to blog from the road.

www.tripwolf.com

A social-networking site specifically for travelers. Users can share tips, blogs, and even homemade wiki-style "travel guides." Still in beta and thus has some glitches.

www.twitter.com

Though only slowly being adopted by Panamanian residents, Twitter can be useful for sharing quick tips and making contacts, especially with fellow travelers. Follow Bill's tweets at http://twitter.com/panamaguide.