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Panama
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Capital Panama City
Language Spanish
Currency Balboa
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
Calling code +507

Panama, officially the Republic of Panama (Spanish: República de Panamá), is the southernmost country of Central America. Situated on an isthmus, some categorize it as a transcontinental nation connecting the north and south part of America. It is bordered by Costa Rica to the north-west, Colombia to the south-east, the Caribbean Sea to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south. It is an international business center and is also a transit country. Although Panama is also the third largest economy in Central America, after Guatemala and Costa Rica, it has the largest expenditure on resource consumption, making the country the largest consumer in Central America

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Weather

Tropical maritime; hot, humid, cloudy; prolonged rainy season, called winter or hivierno (May to November),dry season, called summer or verano (December to April).

Weather links

http://www.pancanal.com/eng/radar/main.html THE PANAMA CANAL RADAR WILL GIVE YOU A GOOD APPRECIATION OF THE LOCAL WEATHER http://www.intellicast.com/Storm/Hurricane/CaribbeanSatellite.aspx?animate=true THE CARIBBEAN SATELLITE https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-117.31,-24.69,408 : THE CURRENT WORLD'S WINDS http://tgftp.nws.noaa.gov/fax/gulflatest.shtml : NOAA WEATHER PREDICTION NOTE THAT WEATHER IN PANAMA IS PRETTY IMPREDECTIBLE (EXCEPT FROM DEC. THROUGH APRIL) DUE TO THE DARIEN FOREST AND BEING ON THE ITCZ LOTS OF THUNDERSTORMS FROM MAY THROUGH NOVEMBER VERY HIGH RISK OF LIGHTENING STRIKES (ABOUT 50 BOATS HIT PER YEAR)

Passages

Islands

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  • San Blas IslandsSan Blas Islands/wiki/San_Blas_Islands Island icon – island |Needs data icon – needs data |
    • PorvenirPorvenir/wiki/Porvenir Harbour icon – harbour |Needs data icon – needs data |
    • Rio DiabloRio Diablo/wiki/Rio_Diablo Needs data icon – needs data |
  • Las PerlasLas Perlas/wiki/Las_Perlas Island icon – island |Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data |

Communication

Add here VHF channel for coastguard, harbor masters. etc.

  • facebook: "san blas cruisers"

Also see World Cruiser's Nets

Navigation

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Entrance

Arrival

NOTE - Pre-arrival notification is NOT required (jan'17).

The port authority will issue a cruising permit (valid for 12 months) when you arrive. If you are planning to proceed to the San Blas Islands after transiting the Canal you must ensure that you obtain a cruising permit for the islands and make sure that this is noted on the clearance document when checking out from Panama.

Customs and Immigration

Customs

Firearms and ammunition MUST be declared on arrival and will be held in custody until your departure.

Immigration

All arrivals require a just a valid passport

Visas are required (at no charge) if issued to nationals of Colombia, Denmark, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway and the USA. These visas are valid 30 days from the date of entry and must be used within 3 months of issue. Extensions are possible for another 60 days. Pre-authorisation to acquire a visa is required from Immigration in Panama for nationals of most East European, African and Asian countries. Arriving without a visa will raise a charge of US$11. In the US, visas can be obtained from the Panamanian Consulate in Tampa, Florida - Ph: 813-229-6860.

VENEZUELANS, NICARAGUANS AND COLOMBIANS CITIZEN HAVE ONLY NOW 90 DAYS PERMITTED IN THE COUNTRY. THEY MUST THEN BE OUT OF THE COUNTRY FOR 30 DAYS TO BE ABLE TO SHOW UP AGAIN FOR ANOTHER 90 DAYS. UPD. 11-6-17

No vaccinations needed (2017)

Fees and Charges

tiotal coast for 1 year cruising permit and other local taxes is about 190 USD

Restrictions

PETS: Dogs require health and anti-rabies certificates and must not be allowed ashore. Cats and other animals must have health certificates.

Health and Security

Health

  • A yellow fever vaccination certificate is NOT required.
  • Anti-malarial prophylaxis is not necessary as malaria occurs only in the deep forest of darien. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control state that risk of malaria exists in rural areas of Bocas del Toro, Darién, and mountains of San Blas provinces; no risk in Panama City or in the former Canal Zone. NB: Chloroquine is no longer effective for San Blas Province.
  • Dengue fever is endemic, everywhere in Panama.
  • Zika is also encountered in the area of Panama City. Chikungunia is almost unknown
  • Chitras (yen yen , sand flies) are very common in winter time when no breeze: do not scratch just apply 70 degrees alcohols to avoid infection. use coco nut oil to be protected. In san blas, mosquitoes are rare but sand flies are very common.
  • Tap water is safe in virtually all cities and towns, with the exception of san blas & Bocas del Toro, where bottled water is recommended.
  • Female visitors should be aware that the moisture and heat of the tropics can encourage yeast infections. 3-day and 5-day treatment courses are available in pharmacies, but must be purchased from the pharmacist.

Security

Most of Panama is very safe. People in rural areas are generally extremely friendly and very helpful. Guna Indians are quite mercantile and always negotiate catch of the day, service, etc. One must also pay Guna woman 1$ to take a picture.

However, as with most countries, there are a few spots that warrant some caution. Most of the city of Colon is considered dangerous, and some neighborhoods in Panama City are a bit sketchy, in particular El Chorrillo, Curundu and El Marañón, poor and crime-ridden areas. The old colonial quarter, Casco Viejo (also called San Felipe) is a safe touristic zone day and night. Nowhere in Panama should yachts anchor at night in remote areas without being accompanied by other yachts.

The use of UBER taxis is preferable to yellow cab because cheaper, greater and safer!

Berthing

Ports

Also see Panama Canal.

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Caribbean Coast
  • Almirante Almirante /wiki/Almirante Port of entry icon – port of entry |Marina icon – marina |Needs data icon – needs data |
  • Bocas del Toro Bocas del Toro /wiki/Bocas_del_Toro Island icon – island |Port of entry icon – port of entry |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
  • Chiriqui Grande Chiriqui Grande /wiki/Chiriqui_Grande Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Needs data icon – needs data |
  • Cristobal (Colon)Cristobal (Colon)/wiki/Cristobal Port of entry icon – port of entry |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data |
  • Porvenir Porvenir /wiki/Porvenir Island icon – island |Harbour icon – harbour |Needs data icon – needs data |
  • Rio Diabolo Rio Diabolo /wiki/Rio_Diabolo Island icon – island |Harbour icon – harbour |Needs data icon – needs data |
  • Portobelo Portobelo /wiki/Portobelo Port of entry icon – port of entry |Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data |
  • Puerto Obaldia Puerto Obaldia /wiki/Puerto_Obaldia Port of entry icon – port of entry |Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data |
Pacific Coast
  • Balboa Balboa /wiki/Balboa Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Needs data icon – needs data |
  • Boca Chica Boca Chica /wiki/Boca_Chica Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data |
  • Cebaco Island Cebaco Island /wiki/Cebaco_Island Island icon – island |Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data |
  • Mensabe Mensabe /wiki/Mensabe Port of entry icon – port of entry |Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data |
  • Pedregal Pedregal /wiki/Pedregal Port of entry icon – port of entry |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data |
  • Puerto Mutis Puerto Mutis /wiki/Puerto_Mutis Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Needs data icon – needs data |

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

  • PanamarinaTHE MOST ATTRACTIVE OF THE AREA ,ECONOMIC AND CONVIVIAL THOUGH THEY DO NOT HAVE DOCKS BUT MOORINGS. SEE JEAN PAUL OR SYLVIE. VERY GOOD RESTAURANT. WORKSHOP AND MORE. FRIENDLY SPIRIT
  • Green Turtle Cay Marina -It is 30 nm from San Blas but access is difficult in trade wind season. ECONOMICAL
  • Linton Bay MarinaNOT REALLY FRIENDLY, NO SOCIAL LIFE, VERY NOISY AND RATES SUBJECT TO CHANGES WITH NO PREVIOUS ADD.

Transportation

  • one can drive to san blas or fly private charter plane: contact Nativa Tours at [1] for quote.

Friends

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Forums

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Links

References & Publications

Panama Guides

Regional Guides that include Panama

Comments

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  • The Yacht charter company in San Blas is San Blas Sailing since 1997
  • Excursions in the country, transportation, receptive, services, etc.. contact Nativa Tours
  • Yacht supply in san blas: contact Veronica at a@cableonda.net or 6672-0590

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