Author(s): Kristina Schreck
"Frommer's": The best trips start here. Experience a place the way the locals do. Enjoy the best it has to offer. This guide provides expert advice on the best beaches, bird watching spots, and ecolodges, as well as recommendations on what to see and do in Panama City. It includes outspoken opinions on what's worth your time and what's not. It also provides exact prices, so you can plan the perfect trip whatever your budget. It contains off the beaten path experiences and undiscovered gems, plus new takes on top attractions.
Kristina Schreck has traveled extensively throughout Latin America and has lived and worked in Argentina and Chile for 8 years. She is the former managing editor of Adventure Journal magazine. Kristina currently resides in Santiago and the Andes, where she works year-round for Ski Portillo.
List of Maps.1 The Best of Panama.1 The Best of Natural Panama.2 The Best Beaches.3 The Best Adventures.4 The Best Day Hikes & Nature Walks.5 The Best Bird-Watching.6 The Best Destinations for Families.7 The Best Luxury Hotels & Resorts.8 The Best Ecolodges & Wilderness Resorts.9 The Best Small Hotels & B&Bs.10 The Best Restaurants.2 Planning Your Trip to Panama.1 The Regions in Brief.2 Visitor Information.3 Entry Requirements & Customs.4 Money.5 When to Go.Panama Calendar of Events & Festivals.6 Travel Insurance.7 Health & Safety.Vacation Goal: A Tan, a Little Sightseeing, a Nose Job.8 Specialized Travel Resources.9 Planning Your Trip Online.Frommers.com: The Complete Travel Resource.10 The 21st-Century Traveler.Online Traveler's Toolbox.11 Getting There.Getting through the Airport.Flying with Film & Video.12 Packages for the Independent Traveler.Ask Before You Go.13 Escorted General-Interest Tours.14 Getting Around Panama.15 Tips on Accommodations.16 Tips on Dining.17 Recommended Books, Films & Music.Fast Facts: Panama.3 Suggested Panama Itineraries.1 Panama in 1 Week.2 Panama in 2 Weeks.3 Panama for Families in 10 Days.4 A High-Octane Week of Adventures.5 Panama City in 3 Days.4 The Active Vacation Planner.1 Organized Adventure Trips.2 Activities A to Z.3 Panama's Top Parks & Reserves.Monkey Business.4 Tips on Etiquette & Safety in the Wilderness.Tips for Seeing Wildlife.5 Ecologically Oriented Volunteer & Study Programs.5 Panama City.1 Orientation.The Neighborhoods in Brief .2 Getting Around.Tips for Drivers in Panama City.Fast Facts: Panama City.3 Where to Stay.The Mayor of Panama City: "A Few of My Favorite Things".4 Where to Dine.5 What to See & Do.Spanish-Language Programs.Walking Tour: Historic Casco Viejo.6 Spectator Sports & Recreation.7 Shopping.Wildlife Contraband: Don't Destroy What You've Come Seeking.8 Panama After Dark.6 Around Panama City.1 The Panama Canal.2 Gamboa & The Canal Zone.Learn about the Rainforest with the Smithsonian Institute.3 Colon.4 Portobelo.5 Isla Grande.6 Isla Taboga.7 Archipielago de las Perlas.8 East of Panama City.7 Central Panama.1 Pacific Beaches.Roadside Gastronomy.2 Altos de Campana National Park.3 El Valle de Anton.4 Western Cocle Province & Penonome.5 La Peninsula de Azuero.Festivals & Events in the Azuero Peninsula.Party On! Carnaval in the Azuero Peninsula.8 The Western Highlands & the Gulf of Chiriqui.1 David.2 Volcan.3 Bambito, Cerro Punta & Guadalupe.4 West of Volcan Baru: Boquete.5 Parque Nacional Marino Golfo de Chiriqui & Islas Secas.6 Isla Coiba.7 Santa Catalina.9 Bocas del Toro Archipelago.A Word about Water.1 Isla Colon: Bocas Town.Fast Facts: Bocas Town.Next Vacation: Pick Up a Skill.2 Isla Carenero (Careening Cay).3 Isla Bastimentos.4 Isla Solarte.5 Isla Cristobal & Laguna Bocatorito.10 Comarca Kuna Yala.1 El Porvenir & Western Comarca Kuna Yala.Special Considerations in the San Blas.Adventure-Tour Outfitters & Activities.The Kuna Society.2 Eastern Comarca Kuna Yala.11 The Darien Province.1 Western Darien.2 Punta Patino.3 Darien National Park & Cana Field Station.4 Bahia Pinas & the Tropic Star Lodge.Appendix A: Panama in Depth.1 Panama Today.2 History 101.Dateline.A Feast of Languages.3 Panamanian Food & Drink.Appendix B: Glossary of Spanish Terms & Phrases.1 Basic Words & Phrases.2 Some Typical Panamanian Words & Phrases.3 Menu Terms.Appendix C: Panamanian Wildlife with assistance from E. Z. Weaver.1 Fauna.2 Flora.Index.