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

R. Marrero ""rickmar""
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)
Moon Panama (Moon Handbooks)
"Recently updated...Still the ultimate guide for Panama. The author grew up in the former Canal Zone area. Unique perspective."
National Geographic Traveler: Panama, 2nd edition
National Geographic Traveler: Panama, 2nd edition
"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."
Explorer's Guide Panama: A Great Destination (Explorer's Complete)
Explorer's Guide Panama: A Great Destination (Explorer's Complete)
"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."
The Rough Guide to Panama
The Rough Guide to Panama
"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."
Moon Living Abroad in Panama
Moon Living Abroad in Panama
"The most updated information about retiring in Panama. The author is a resident of the country. Awesome information with a more "straight forward" approach."
Panama - Culture Smart!: the essential guide to customs & culture
Panama - Culture Smart!: the essential guide to customs & culture
"A compact book with a wealth of information."
Home:World Panama DVD - Buying the Home of Your Dreams in Paradise
Home:World Panama DVD - Buying the Home of Your Dreams in Paradise
"Awesome DVD focusing on retirement & real estate investment, but useful as a tourist guide as well."
Panama (National Geographic Adventure Map)
Panama (National Geographic Adventure Map)
"National Geographic quality & attention to detail; topography focused."
The Rough Guide to Central America on a Budget 1 (Rough Guide Travel Guides)
The Rough Guide to Central America on a Budget 1 (Rough Guide Travel Guides)
"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."
Behind the Wheel - Spanish 1
Behind the Wheel - Spanish 1
"Great audio only course. Perfect for people on the go. Beginners level."
Behind the Wheel - Spanish 2
Behind the Wheel - Spanish 2
"Same as above; intermediate level."
Behind the Wheel - Spanish 3
Behind the Wheel - Spanish 3
"Same as the last two; advanced level."
Spanish Now! Level 1 with CDs
Spanish Now! Level 1 with CDs
"Very conversational focused. It blends daily life dialogs with vocabulary, grammar & cultural notes."
Spanish Now! Level 2 with Audio CDs, 3rd Edition
Spanish Now! Level 2 with Audio CDs, 3rd Edition
"Part two of the above series with the same features."
The New World Spanish/English, English/Spanish Dictionary (El New World Diccionario español/inglés, inglés/español) (Spanish and English Edition)
The New World Spanish/English, English/Spanish Dictionary (El New World Diccionario español/inglés, inglés/español) (Spanish and English Edition)
"Great dictionary for vocabulary building with focus on both Latin American Spanish & American English. Word pronounciations included."
Spanish English: Bilingual Visual Dictionary
Spanish English: Bilingual Visual Dictionary
"Great value; focusing on associating words with pictures. Very colorful. Word pronounciations not included."
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
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
Rosetta Stone Learn Latin American Spanish, Level 1-5, PC/Mac
Rosetta Stone Learn Latin American Spanish, Level 1-5, PC/Mac
"Pricey, but good for those who prefer to use software. Also sold separately (vol.1) (vols.1,2,3 combined)."