Guidebooks and other references:
Guidebooks for Panama are available from Frommer's, Lonely Planet, Ulysses, Bradt, Moon Handbooks, and National Geographic Traveler. The Moon Handbooks has a good reputation, but buy the 2008 edition or later. Panama is included in guidebooks covering all of Central America, such as those by Rough Guides and Footprint. Pocket Adventures Panama covers a variety of excursions. Also consider A Guide to the Birds of Panama.
Narrative travel books focused on Panama include 99 Days to Panama: An Exploration of Central America by Motorhome, by Dr. John and Harriet Halkyard; Is There a Hole in the Boat?: Tales of Travel in Panama without a Car, by Darrin DuFord; and Don't Kill the Cow Too Quick: An Englishman's Adventures Homesteading in Panama, by Malcolm Henderson. There are two books simply titled Panama: the historical novel set in the 1800s by Eric Zencey and the nonfiction book about the Noriega period by Kevin Buckley. You may remember the John le Carré novel The Tailor of Panama, which was made into a movie starring Pierce Brosnan and Geoffrey Rush.
Several books cover living or retiring in the country, including Living and Investing in Panama, Living in Panama, and Choose Panama . . . the Perfect Retirement Haven. International Living magazine and EscapeArtist.com ( www.escapeartist.com) both advertise e-books written by knowledgeable expats. To navigate the local culture, pick up Panama: Culture Smart! A Quick Guide to Customs and Etiquette.
• Official Panama tourism site ( www.visitpanama.com)
• PanamaRide ( www.panamaride.com)
• Panamainfo ( www.panamainfo.com)
• Panama Tours ( www.panamatours.com)
• Explore Panama ( www.explorepanama.com)
• The Panama News has current reports in English: www.thepanamanews.com.
• The Panama Report ( www.thepanamareport.com) covers real estate, culture, and travel.
• Isla Taboga ( www.taboga.panamanow.com) is the best resource for that island.
• See The Boquete Times ( www.theboquetetimes.com) for info on the highlands.
• Ads make up most of www.bocas.com, but it does have some useful facts and links about the Bocas del Toro archipelago.
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