Panama 101: Essential tools for visiting or retiring in the country

A Listmania! list by R. Marrero ""rickmar"" (Houston, Texas USA)
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The list author says: "Best known for it's famous canal, Panama has overcome it's turbulent past. A well known retirement location for many years, it's finally awaken it's potential as a tourist destination. The following are some suggesting reading material as well as some conversational Spanish courses (recommended if choosing to retire in the country). A couple of websites I can suggest as well include: www.panamainfo.com, www.businesspanama.com & www.visitpanama.com for more updates."
Moon Panama (Moon Handbooks)
1.  Moon Panama (Moon Handbooks) by William Friar
The list author says:
  "Recently updated...Still the ultimate guide for Panama. The author grew up in the former Canal Zone area. Unique perspective."
Used & New from: $0.44
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National Geographic Traveler: Panama, 2nd edition
2.  National Geographic Traveler: Panama, 2nd edition by Christopher P. Baker
The list author says:
  "The author although not a resident is an expert in the region. The information is in a nutshell compared to Moon's, but the photography is typical Nat.Geo...Stunning & outstanding."
$16.52   Used & New from: $0.01
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Explorer's Guide Panama: A Great Destination (Explorer's Complete)
3.  Explorer's Guide Panama: A Great Destination (Explorer's Complete) by Christopher P. Baker
The list author says:
  "One of the most recent guides to Panama & written by the same author who wrote the National Geographic guide. An expert in the region although not a resident. Awesome information. Both guides complement well."
$14.92   Used & New from: $0.01
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

The Rough Guide to Panama
4.  The Rough Guide to Panama by Sara Humphreys
The list author says:
  "Another recent guide to Panama...not as extensive as Moon's, but it's a great read. The topics are well organized & the maps are very legible."
$24.99   Used & New from: $4.80
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Moon Living Abroad in Panama
5.  Moon Living Abroad in Panama by Miriam Butterman
The list author says:
  "The most updated information about retiring in Panama. The author is a resident of the country. Awesome information with a more "straight forward" approach."
$14.50   Used & New from: $1.13
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

Panama - Culture Smart!: the essential guide to customs & culture
6.  Panama - Culture Smart!: the essential guide to customs & culture by Heloise Crowther
The list author says:
  "A compact book with a wealth of information."
$8.49   Used & New from: $0.67
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

Home:World Panama DVD - Buying the Home of Your Dreams in Paradise
7.  Home:World Panama DVD - Buying the Home of Your Dreams in Paradise DVD ~ Sasha Owen
The list author says:
  "Awesome DVD focusing on retirement & real estate investment, but useful as a tourist guide as well."
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Panama (National Geographic Adventure Map)
8.  Panama (National Geographic Adventure Map) by National Geographic Maps - Adventure
The list author says:
  "National Geographic quality & attention to detail; topography focused."
$9.95   Used & New from: $6.92
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

The Rough Guide to Central America on a Budget 1 (Rough Guide Travel Guides)
9.  The Rough Guide to Central America on a Budget 1 (Rough Guide Travel Guides) by Rough Guides
The list author says:
  "A short flight from Panama City can take you to the other countries in the region. This one is the most up to date on the area & has good information of each country."
Used & New from: $0.01
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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Behind the Wheel - Spanish 1
10.  Behind the Wheel - Spanish 1 by Mark Frobose
The list author says:
  "Great audio only course. Perfect for people on the go. Beginners level."
$32.45   Used & New from: $24.24
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Behind the Wheel - Spanish 2
11.  Behind the Wheel - Spanish 2 by Behind the Wheel
The list author says:
  "Same as above; intermediate level."
$32.21   Used & New from: $27.58
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

Behind the Wheel - Spanish 3
12.  Behind the Wheel - Spanish 3 by Behind the Wheel
The list author says:
  "Same as the last two; advanced level."
$29.97   Used & New from: $18.87
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

Spanish Now! Level 1 with CDs
13.  Spanish Now! Level 1 with CDs by Heywod Wald
The list author says:
  "Very conversational focused. It blends daily life dialogs with vocabulary, grammar & cultural notes."
$20.96   Used & New from: $7.98
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)

Spanish Now! Level 2 with Audio CDs, 3rd Edition
14.  Spanish Now! Level 2 with Audio CDs, 3rd Edition by Christopher Kendris
The list author says:
  "Part two of the above series with the same features."
$22.25   Used & New from: $3.94
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

The New World Spanish/English, English/Spanish Dictionary (El New World Diccionario español/inglés, inglés/español) (Spanish and English Edition)
15.  The New World Spanish/English, English/Spanish Dictionary (El New World Diccionario español/inglés, inglés/español) (Spanish and English Edition) by Salvatore Ramondino
The list author says:
  "Great dictionary for vocabulary building with focus on both Latin American Spanish & American English. Word pronounciations included."
$7.99   Used & New from: $0.03
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)

Spanish English: Bilingual Visual Dictionary
16.  Spanish English: Bilingual Visual Dictionary by Adele Marie Crouch
The list author says:
  "Great value; focusing on associating words with pictures. Very colorful. Word pronounciations not included."
$12.31   Used & New from: $5.99
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

Living Language Spanish, Platinum Edition: A complete beginner through advanced course, including 3 coursebooks, 9 audio CDS, complete online course, apps, and live e-Tutoring
17.  Living Language Spanish, Platinum Edition: A complete beginner through advanced course, including 3 coursebooks, 9 audio CDS, complete online course, apps, and live e-Tutoring by Living Language
$161.10   Used & New from: $92.36
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Learn Spanish: Rosetta Stone Spanish (Latin America) - Level 1-5 Set
18.  Learn Spanish: Rosetta Stone Spanish (Latin America) - Level 1-5 Set by Rosetta Stone
The list author says:
  "Pricey, but good for those who prefer to use software. Also sold separately (vol.1) (vols.1,2,3 combined)."
$199.00
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (506 customer reviews) | 7 customer discussions

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