Practical Information in PanamaEdit This
Although the Official monetary tender is PAB (Balboa), it has an exception.
The Official monetary tender (paper) is the U.S. Dollar. The Official monetary tender (coin) is the Balboa.
The Balboa is equivalent to the U.S. Dollar and does not come in the paper form. Both sets of coins Balboa and U.S. are used in Panama.
Panamanian's will say either Balboa or Dollar so just remember they are equal.
Balboa is written B./1,00 or B./1 for $1.00 in most cases. The comma and period are used differently in Latin American; $1,000.00 is B./1.000,00. When they use the dollar sign they will normally have it written the U.S. way but at times it may not be.
In Panama city ATMS's are everywhere so no need to bring a lot of cash to Panama.
Transportation in Panama is mostly buses or taxi.
The bus system, if that is what you can call it, is very cheap. You can ride from the Airport to downtown Panama for $.25 or B./,25. All buses are the same price for local services with the metropolitan area. Once you get off one bus you pay again for the next bus, even if you have to take two or three buses to reach your final destination; they do not have a transfer system. Bus routes are not marked, no maps to review and the only way you will know where that bus is going is by the signs on the bus or asking the driver in Spanish.
Taxis from the Airport are the most expensive. You can expect pay about $15.00 to the City plus $5.00 for each additional person. Around town it only cost $1.00 to $3.00 plus $.25 for each additional person per destination.
Accommodations:The Intercontinental Playa Bonita Hotel provides you all the modern facilities and conveniences that are needed for a wonderful and enjoyable vacation. The Coronado Hotel and Resort is located in enjoyable surroundings, very close to the Punta Bruja Nature Reserve. Both the Playa Bonita Hotel and the Coronado Hotel are fine examples of luxury PANAMA hotels. The InterContinental Playa Bonita Resort and Spa is 16 kilometers from the Panama City Center and 19 kilometers away from the Tocumen International Airport . The Coronado Hotel and Resort is near many airports of the city. Whether you are traveling to Panama for business or pleasure, both the Centroamericano Hotel and the Aramo Hotel offer a warm welcome and low costs. The Centroamericano Hotel is just few minutes drive from the economic activity center as well as banks and commercial malls. Tourist attractions near the hotel include Canal de Panama, the Old City , Soberania National Park and the Metropolitan National Park . Aramo Hotel is located on Via Brasil and Abel Bravo, within a residential neighborhood just ten minutes from the Atlapa Convention Center . Hotel is nearby Price Smart Panama near the best stores (Via Espana) in the city, restaurants, movies, markets, and banking center.
The local currency is the Panamanian Balboa (PAB)
For all schedules in Panama for bus, boat and train visite thebuschedule.com
The official language in Panama is Spanish. Due to the US influence in Panama throughout its history a lot of people think English is spoken by most Panamanians. That's NOT the case. Allthough many former "zonian's" are bilingual and those working in the international banking sector obviously speak foreign languages, surprisingly few average Panamanians speak English.
The Spanish spoken in Panama is pretty fast and people tend to swallow the 's' a lot. Like all countries in Central and South America, there's a lot of slang expressions.
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Here is a link to a website with all Panamanian Radio Stations, Webcams and TV stations. You can listen to them online, and get the latest (regional) information, the latest hits and in the process improve your Spanish if necessary. Also there is a popular chat, videos, much music, maps and more
For all bus, train and boat schedules in Panama and all over Central America visite thebusschedule.com, where you will finde schedules, bus company information, maps and more.