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Post office in Cristobal, Cristobal Administration building, corner Av. Bolivar and Calle 9, open 08:00-16:00 Monday to Friday, 08:00-12:00 Saturday.

Republic of Panama must be written on letters or they may be returned.

Cable & Wireless offices for international calls, open 08:00-21:30 daily. International calls are also possible from the yacht club.

Fedex Express Street 5 & Avenue France Field, Colón. Tel: 4303535

Imtech Marine Panama (Radio Holland)
Boulevard Las Americas , Panamerica Corporate Center Warehouse 9100, local 11 , Howard – Panama Pacifico
Tel:+507 3160152/53 Fax:+507 3160153
Service, repair and installation of marine electronics (VHF, GPS, Sat Terminals, Radars, Echo sounders etc.). Represent Victron Energy, Garmin, Entel etc. Sell airtime for Iridium & Inmarsat terminals.
Operate out of Balboa (Pacific side including all marinas) and Manzanillo (Atlantic side including all marinas).

Banks

Bank facility is in the Rey store in the Cuatro Altos shopping centre in Colón. Accounts can be opened in the marina office with a credit card for the bar, restaurant and laundry services.

Provisions

Provisioning is very good and there are several supermarkets with a wide selection.

A good fresh produce market is held daily in Margarita, which can be reached by taxi from Colon. The Super 99 chain seems to be the best for provisioning rather than the nearer Del Rey supermarket at Quatro Altos Shopping Centre. The quality is better and the taxi fare cheaper, even though it is a bit further away in the Colon 2000 village. Will freeze and deliver big orders.

Shelter Bay Marina Bus makes two trips a day to Quatro Altos Shopping Centre. The Reys supermarket gives free van transport with a purchase greater than $200.

Professional Ship Suppliers
Office No. 10, Level 100 , P.H. ORION PLAZA, Street 5th and 6th , Colon City
Tel:+507 6616 7531
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 8:00am - 8:00pm
Contact Emilio Lau (speaks English fluently). Services offered include provisioning/grocery runs to the big supermarkets, grocery orders and delivery to your location. Transportation/pick up to or from the airport. Custom searches for hard to find items, as well as ordering parts.

Transport & Travel

Airports
Nearest International airport is Tucumen Airport, Panama City and is around 1½ - 2 hours drive away. It has flights to the Caribbean, North and South America, and Europe. Direct flights to Europe are available with KLM and Iberia.

Buses
The marina runs an air-conditioned shuttle bus to and from Colón (free in the mornings and US$4 in the afternoon). Early bus departs marina at 0800 and leaves town at 1115, next bus is at 1300. There is also a reasonable public bus service between Panama City to Colón. The service (US$2.50, two hours, every 30 minutes) departs from the Albrook Bus Terminal in Panama City and the Central Bus Station, Colón. Take the white air conditioned bus and not the local bus. It would be wise to book an onward taxi from the bus station to the marina for any arrivals.

Car Rentals
Budget Tel: 4417162 / 4417161
Hertz. Tel: 4413272
Both are located in the 2000 (Dos Mil) shopping centre in Colón.

Taxis
The marina has a list of reliable English speaking taxi drivers. A taxi from Colón to the marina is about $20.00. A taxi ride within Colón is $1-2.00. Taxi service to Tocumen Airport (Panama City) is typically $65.00 and the going rate to hire a taxi for the day is about $8.00 per hour. It is a good idea always to negotiate and agree upon a price before each taxi ride

Train
From Colón there is a good train service to Panama City and onto the International Airport by taxi. The interesting route follows the Panama canal and can be a good way to shuttle line handlers back and forth between yachts.

Ferry Services
October 2014: New Ferry Service Begins Operating Between Panama, Cartagena, and Bocas del Toro. Full details at:
http://media.wix.com/ugd/707aaa_1e18aa1f23084dcf90032d8fdbbcd651.pdf 
Phone: (507)380 0909 in Panama.

Edgar Huertas
Tel:507-625-36649
Taxi service. Knows where all of the marine suppliers and outside contractors are. 10 passenger van (new/AC).
Professional Ship Suppliers
Office No. 10, Level 100 , P.H. ORION PLAZA, Street 5th and 6th , Colon City
Tel:+507 6616 7531
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 8:00am - 8:00pm
Contact Emilio Lau (speaks English fluently). Services offered include provisioning/grocery runs to the big supermarkets, grocery orders and delivery to your location. Transportation/pick up to or from the airport. Custom searches for hard to find items, as well as ordering parts.
Rudy (Taxi Driver)
Tel:6743 7241
Taxi driver
Tito Taxi Driver
Colon , (507) 6463 5009
Tito is an agent and taxi driver and also uses a launch to bring cruisers in from the Flats anchorage off Colon. (Tito has a website as he has a great project with street kids).
Water Taxi Service
Antonio "Tono" Machado
Tel:6660 6083
Provides water taxi service on the Colon flats and Shelter Bay.

Medical/Health

Cuatro Altos Hospital (near the shopping centre) has a 24 hour emergency room.

There are several English-speaking dentists in the town.

Dr Ida Herrera (Dentist)
Calle 3 , Nuevo Cristobel
Tel:(507) 441 7141 - 6614 9712
Good dentist. Will bring other specialists to her office when needed. Calle 3, Nuevo Cristobal (441-7141)
Dr Omar Lorenzo (Vet)
Colon
Tel:(507) 449 5951 - 6623-3326, 6523-0603
Veterinary services - can help with routine problems and give shots.

Activities

Panama Paddle Center
Local 3, Antigo Deposito , La Loceria , Panama
Tel:(507) 3903748
Kayak/SUP shop. Sales, Lessons and Tours. Membership club and information point for all paddle sports; kayaking; kayak-fishing; canoeing; surf-ski or stand-up-paddle-boarding. Currently stock 22 different models of kayak, stand up paddle boards and a full range of accessories.

Attractions

SHELTER BAY Wildlife - Shelter Bay Marina is located next door to San Lorenzo National Park. It is a short walk to the park entrance. The park is ideal for walking, jogging or biking and much of it is shaded. You may encounter troops of Howler and white-faced monkeys, two and three toed sloths and abundent bird life. Fort San Lorenzo - This well maintained historic site is located on a bluff just above the entrance to the Rio Chagres. There are signs in English & Spanish explaining the history of the fort and the surrounding area. Gatun locks - There is a visitor centre and observation deck. Have a look what’s in store before you transit the canal. La Granja- Located 1/2 hour from the outskirts of Colon, this working farm offers horseback riding, a zip line and kayaking. They also have a Palapa right on Gatun Lake available for BBQ’s. For more detailed information look for brochures in the marina lobby

Restaurants & Bars

Shelter Bay Restaurant and Hotel – run by the Select Small Hotel Group, within the marina complex.
Grand Café (cab drivers know it as the “Arab Restaurant”) Panaderia
Mediterranea, Colón. Very good middle-eastern food in a very authentic setting
Café Mediterranea Calle 11 & Ave. Bolivar, Colón. Tel: 4333941. Large variety of good food, pleasant atmosphere & good service.

Russ Goedjen
Russ Goedjen says:
Aug 30, 2018 10:35 PM

The issues in Colon are real, the city itself is a mess, construction of new sewers and water lines has most streets torn up, It causes flooding and creates a permeant traffic jam. Crime remains an issue as it has in the past. Garbage collection is hampered by the construction and the list goes on. We are expanding our services for canal transits to ensure that none of our customers has to go into Colon.

The Canal has moved anchorage F, the designated anchorage of small craft. “Normally 300ft or less”, it includes just about anything too small to anchor outside the break water. As the event described by Captain Ben (below) occurred. the Canal were in the process of dredging a new anchorage F, closer to Shelter Bay Marina, to 8 meters. Consequently, vessels were temporarily directed to anchor of the City of Colon in a very unpleasant anchorage exposed to the swells and near the public dock, which has numerous security issues.

A month ago, the new anchorage F was opened for use, close to Shelter Bay Marina. Needless to say, we are concerned about the security issues this presents. The anchorage will be used by commercial vessels as well as yachts. Until now we have had very few dinghy visits, only this one, and none from the tenders of the merchants and the vendors to these small vessels.

So, let me address both issues mentioned by Captain Ben: Dinghy Dock Fees and Fuel.

Dinghy Dock Fees:
We are in the process of constructing a Dinghy Dock to be able to offer a proper docking spot for the tenders arriving from the new anchorage area. Along with it some packages are being revised in order for customers that arrive via tender can use our services and facilities.
Going from SBM to Colon in a cab has a $50.00 back and forth cost, so I understand a $25.00 daily fee for use of our bus for up to 2 crew (depends on availability), is not as exorbitant as Captain Ben comments on in his review. Packages being developed will give access to our Bus Service, Bathroom facilities, showers with hot water and a Wi-Fi code. In addition line handlers, lines and fender pick up will be included in the Dinghy Dock Fees.
As you know we have Port Captain and Immigration Offices on Site to better serve SBM customers, these operations are in part being funded by SBM so the Dinghy Dock Fee will cover their arrival to clear as well. The charge being established may even be waived if the customer consumes a minimum at our facilities, in the Bar, Restaurant, Mini Market or Chandlery.
This anchorage being closer to SBM will be an opportunity for us to provide additional services to current and new customers and get to know a more budget oriented Cruiser group.

Fuel:
We believe the vessel in question pumped 10 gallons of diesel at our facilities. Diesel was pumped directly to his tank as per our records and a sample of diesel pumped to his vessel was provided to him and another was sent to the lab for additional testing. This procedure is carried out for every fuel pump that is performed to vessels directly to their tank. We only pumped 10 gallons, so the issue that arose on his vessel has to be related to the bad sea conditions he may have endured in his trip from Cartagena and motoring 200 miles. He only pumped 10 gallons so it’s difficult to attribute the damage to us.
In the end Captain Ben is not blaming us, but just mentioning we serve bad fuel is definitely a killer for us. SBM in the last year, served more than 900 vessels and this is the only issue reported. I contacted the 5 previous customers and the next 5 customers and none of them reported any issue. So, I am 100% certain we have not provided dirty fuel. In addition, it is the same fuel we use in our equipment and we have not had any problems.

Russ Goedjen
Director Shelter Bay Marina

Mi Ben
Mi Ben says:
Aug 10, 2018 02:46 AM

This is an advice to everyone who think about stop in Critobal - Colon: My advice is not stop there. We knew before we go how dangerous city it is, but this out of the question.

We stop there as we need fuel to continue our trip towards Bocas. We refueled in the only marine still alive there: Shelter bay. The other one was already closed, good situated and reasonable prices... but there is instead a cargo terminal. Club Nautico do not allow us even to get in through the doors....

After getting refueled, we set sail to Bocas. After a night our injection pump stopped to work. We asked for refuge in Colon bay returning back as our only chance in this moment, asking to get into the bay with sails. Very bad decision. They refused to allow me to get in with sails, and after I had to remind them there is an old custom to help any boat from the sea looking
for refuge with problems in the engine, they finally accepted.

They command me to anchor in "la playita". The worst place in the city, close to the worst slum among the bad slums. There is no possibility to go ashore from this place, as there is a private dock and they don't allow you to use it, as other guys paid for that exclusive business to carry with people from/to the boats. The only way is to pay 20 dollars to some guys in a dinghy each time they pick you you up and back, using the same dock forbidden to your dinghy. Do not trust in them. If you have a problem better go out, even you are in a bad position.

The whole city is surrounded by a breakwater with big stones, so it is impossible to disembark with the dinghy. Any facility to cruisers. Only a small beach, in the north of the city, very far from la playita. Anyway the place can scare by this own. It is close to club nautico, that's why I reached it, but they refuse even to let me in.I asked them to go inside and they told me "I don't have problems!!"

After a few days sleeping in my cockpit as sentinel, I move the boat towed to shelter bay anchorage, before asking to authorities, trying to find a little more kindness within my pains... Just few days after that, some yacht was boarded by thiefs in la playita. It was in local newspaper, they were captured.

In Shelter bay, anchored outside, we wanted to go ashore to the marina to have a drink, use their bus or buy something we needed in their shops, as we were still
working on the broken engine. We didn't go to use the facilities without pay. We know everything has a cost and someone should support that, but we are surprised that cost, in my opinion, were too much expensive. They asked us for 25$ every day we go there, every day of a week, or 35$ if it is for a single day. This is my first time in my cruiser days, I was anchored outside a marina and I should pay half the price of dockage. In all the rest of marinas
I visited before, they understand you are going to make expenses surely so they will profit on it, so they don't have this thinking.

But the key point is I was there not because I wanted to, but because of a problem I hadn't before I went to this place... So I can't prove the fuel for shelter bay is bad but I have some facts to say here:
- Last time I refueled in Cartagena, full tank. After that I make about 200 miles at engine without problems. I checked filters and they were ok in Portobello.
- I take fuel from Shelter Bay, and in about 15h of working the engine it stop to work, my filters dirty and full of water.
- I went to pump mechanics. The pump was full of debris, mud, sand and water. More than 500$ to fix it.
- I picked up some of that fuel to a jerry can, out of the fuel tank, and filter again with a funnel filter, and I could see (I have a video)that there were debris at the end, more than the normal case.
- Afterwards, I bought other fuel outside the marina, in a petrol station, in Colon. I did the same check with the funnel. There weren't debris. Very clean.
- Some guy living in the marina said me he never refuel there as in his opinion that fuel comes from big boats and it is not so good as small boats needs. Maybe it is only gossip...
but the fact is in shelter bay they don't have a petrol station itself, they use a petrol boat, external company, not always there.

Anyway I´m not stating again, the problem is or not is in the Shelter bay fuel station. It could be debris and water already inside my tank and mixed with old fuel and with bad weather and big waves this night. I just give this info to you, to know that happened to me, to be cautious,
take care and use pre-filters funnel or somehow, and check your filter at your engine before and after refuel.
Even it could be also Club de pesca in Cartagena, the previous refueled place. But sure one out of the two, gives me the bad fuel.

I haven't submit an official complaint because I have not firm evidence about the issue.
This is not a revenge, only advice for others, you should keep an eye and in the event they have the same problem can help me to know more. Also, for the company to have more test or procedures to avoid such situations. I have already spent 1000$ dollars in the problem, and still not finised .Besides the money waste, the time and money not earned, and our... life time.

I have more and more things, most of them bad, to say about Colon and what happened to us there... just one thing more: better not go to AMP in Colon to make papers: in our case, a corrupt civil servant asked for extra money as I wanted the paper that Friday and he blackmailed me refusing to do it, or if not pay, I should wait until Monday. So better not go on Friday and with rush...

My impression is they are ahore a river of gold "cruising" close to their noses, but for any reason they don't care about us.

BR

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Nov 20, 2017 09:38 PM

Reported by CSSN - Theft:
DATE: 2017-11-01 23:00
Location Detail: Ft. Sherman Shelter Bay Marina
DETAILS: Whilst moored at B dock in Shelter Bay Marina, a black folding bicycle was left (set up) and on its stand in the vessel’s cockpit, unlocked. At some point during the night the vessel was boarded and the bike was stolen.

vibesparre
vibesparre says:
Jun 14, 2016 09:25 PM

We would like to recommend Thorsten Boehnke and his girlfriend Laura. Thorsten is a thorough and competent person who will help you with most boat repairs. He helped us A LOT with fiberglass work and refitting our keel after a grounding. Thorsten does things right and in a professional manner.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jun 02, 2016 10:50 AM

Posted on behalf of CDElahunt (who posted this on the main Panama page):
Shelter Bay Marina now has an excellent Sail Loft,that is able to undertake all sail and canvas repairs. They also make dodgers(sprayhoods), biminis, covers and all things canvas. Speak to April she is a very helpful Canadian/Brit, who understands your needs and works to tight deadlines. A great place to get everything sorted Sail and Canvas wise before crossing The Pacific.
The marina has also recently announced that it wants cruisers to paint their boat names on The old Theatre Building and leave a permanent reminder, much like Las Palmas and The Azores. It seems like a good idea as it is often the last place boats stop in The Atlantic, before transiting the Canal and crossing The Pacific.

NautiBuoy
NautiBuoy says:
May 11, 2016 04:22 AM

Thorsten Boehnke
Shelter Bay Marina - liveaboard We had an excellent experience with Thorsten and Laura who are multi lingual, talented, helpful and have a real 'can do' attitude. Really nice people who care about dong a good job and go that extra mile to get things sorted. The main job was fitting a hydrovane but they also help sort a few other issues too. Can highly recommend them.

Paul Sommers
Paul Sommers says:
Mar 05, 2015 11:54 PM

Need an agent for a Panama Canal transit? I recommend Olivier Van Neste (contact via Ninfa Pitters [email protected]) Olivier arranged the transit,lines, and tires (for fenders), and accompanied us on a perfectly painless transit. He is ver easy to get along with and his fees were very reasonable. I was very happy with his services.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Nov 11, 2014 02:21 PM

October 2014: New Ferry Service Begins Operating Between Panama, Cartagena, and Bocas del Toro. Full details at:
http://media.wix.com/ugd/707aaa_1e18aa1f23084dcf90032d8fdbbcd651.pdf
Phone: (507)380 0909 in Panama.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Aug 18, 2014 05:48 PM

Hi Jack, advice from a cruising contact of ours in Panama is that there is nothing to be gained by advising the authorities on arrival that the yacht will be shipped out. It's better to arrive and clear in as normal and leave the option open where airline tickets can be purchased.
Regulations in Panama are a somewhat grey area and often vary from port to port.
Recommendation is to clear in on arrival as normal (as if leaving by sea after stay in Panama). You cannot avoid having to obtain a cruising permit and the Immigration formalities. When ready to ship the yacht, clear out with Port Captain and Immigration and at that time airline tickets should be on hand.

Jack Dale
Jack Dale says:
Aug 15, 2014 01:47 PM

Our crew are departing in Panama and flying home. The boat is being shipped to Canada. Is it required / advisable to have airline tickets? One member is waiting until the boat is loaded before coming home and does not yet have a ticket.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Apr 15, 2014 03:15 PM

Posted on behalf of D. Laurin, S/Y Vimy:
I want to inform the yachting community about a top notch Electrical Engineer who is working both in Shelter Bay Marina (Colon - Panama) and out of Panama City/Balboa.
He is the first seriously professional electrical trained person that I have encountered in many years of cruising. This is the first time that I have bothered to make a comment about a Trade here or anywhere.
Name: Tom Valentine
Company: Marine Electric
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: 507 -6666 2598

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jan 16, 2014 02:24 PM

Comment from SV Gentle Rain: Jan 11, 2014
I stored my boat at Shelter Bay Marina from April 2013 to Dec 2013.
Arring back I found my new 9.9 hp Yamaha 4 stroke engine and one of my solar panels stolen.
The boat was in their "secure" yard surrounded by an electric fence.
We checked the fence and it is NOT connected to the electricity - I have photos to prove this.
Not a great recomenadation. I don't want to leave my boat there again.
Catherine, S/v Gentle Rain

Reply from Shelter Bay Marina:
We acknowledge that we have a serious issue to deal with to ensure that vessels are properly protected. The electrical fence is fully functioning once again with additonal measures to avoid tampering.

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Panama, Las Perlas, Isla Pedro Gonzalez: Outboard Theft - February 2013 (25 Feb 2013)

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Clearing into Bocas del Toro on a Saturday (11 Dec 2012)

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Panama: Sailing Restrictions in Canal Waters (28 Nov 2012)

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Panama, Punta Chame: Yacht boarded and robbed by Armed Men - November 2012 (28 Nov 2012)

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Red Frog Beach Marina Joins the IGY Marinas Network (03 Oct 2012)

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Panama: Clearing into Panama at Puerto Obaldia - August 2012 (31 Aug 2012)

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Buenos Aires to San Francisco (28 Aug 2012)

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Cashpoint in Portobelo (08 Aug 2012)

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Green Turtle Cay Marina nr. San Blas - Updates (21 Jul 2012)

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Cruising Information for the San Blas Islands (20 Jul 2012)

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Panama, Bocas del Toro, nr. Isla Colon: Brutal Assault & Robbery - July 2012 (09 Jul 2012)

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Panama Canal Toll Increases (30 Jun 2012)

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An Update from Colon (13 Jun 2012)

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Panama: New Visa Fees for Yacht Crew Only - ABOLISHED? (24 May 2012)

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Panama Canal Transit - Advance Planning (21 May 2012)

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Do it Yourself both sides of the Panama Canal (15 May 2012)

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San Blas Cruising Only - Returning by air to the USA (10 May 2012)

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Uruguay to Panama - Exit Zarpe (09 May 2012)

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Panama Canal Transit Southbound - in detail (07 May 2012)

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Panama Canal Transit Spring 2012 - Reports from Cruisers (24 Apr 2012)

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Panama, Colon: Yacht at anchor boarded & robbed - March 2012 (03 Apr 2012)

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San Blas: Restricted Travel along the Carti Road (28 Mar 2012)

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Transiting The Panama Canal South to North (06 Sep 2011)

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Planning to Transit the Panama Canal? (24 Aug 2011)

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Panama Canal Transit End of March 2011 (18 May 2011)

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Previously Listed Canal Agent No Longer in Business (12 Mar 2011)

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Acquiring Parts in Panama (10 Mar 2011)

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Shipping Parts to Yachts-in-Transit in Panama (24 Feb 2011)

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Clearing Out of Panama at Balboa (21 Feb 2011)

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Our Visit to Bocas Del Toro, Panama (18 Feb 2011)

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Clearing in at Bocas del Toro (01 Oct 2010)

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New Edition of The Panama Cruising Guide Published (03 Jun 2010)

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Spanish for Cruisers - 2nd Edition (03 Jun 2010)

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Panama Canal Agents: Beware! (15 Apr 2010)

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Panama Advance Notification – The Reality (05 Mar 2010)

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Transiting the Panama Canal – A Cruiser’s View (23 Feb 2010)

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Panama Maritime Authority Request Legalisation of Maritime Services (01 Jan 2010)

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Pacific Panama - Discover Golfo de Montijo (22 Nov 2009)

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Panama Canal Transit - Cruisers Notes (28 Sep 2009)

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Venezuela to Canada (15 Sep 2009)

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Anchoring in Panama (20 Jun 2009)

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Panama to Windward Islands (15 May 2009)

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Panama to Callao, Peru in June (27 Apr 2009)

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Panama To The Galapagos (10 Feb 2009)

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Cruising and Enjoying the San Blas Islands – April 2008 (10 Jun 2008)

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Cruising Report: Panama Canal Transit (09 Jun 2008)

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Panama to Victoria, B.C. (14 May 2008)

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USA to Panama in April (14 May 2008)

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Advice On Panama Transit (14 May 2008)

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Panama: To use an agent or not? (02 May 2007)

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Cruising Report on Sapzurro (15 Jan 2007)

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Panama Canal - Using an agent (26 Jun 2006)

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Positive Experience From Panama Canal To Galapagos (11 Apr 2005)

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Is A Late Transit Of Panama Canal Feasible? (12 Nov 2004)

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New Comprehensive Cruising Guide for Panama (24 Feb 2003)

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Eastern San Blas (19 Aug 2002)

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Panama, Shelter Bay Marina: Boatyard Manager Vacancy  (18 Mar 2013)

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Panama, Balboa Yacht Club: Pacific Puddle Jump Party, March 9, 2013  (18 Jan 2013)

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Panama, Colon: Protests over land sell-off  (23 Oct 2012)

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Panama: Increased Canal Tolls Effective from October 1st 2012  (18 Aug 2012)

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Panama: Dinghy Licence for Local Residents  (18 Jul 2012)

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Panama, Bocas del Toro: American Couple Brutally Assaulted And Robbed On Their Sailboat Near Isla Colon  (09 Jul 2012)

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Panama Canal: ACP Announces Delay in Implementation of Toll Increase  (30 Jun 2012)

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Panama: Row over Proposed Toll Increases  (30 May 2012)

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Panama: Good News about Immigration Fees - with Update  (09 May 2012)

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Panama Canal Transit - Limited Advisors creates Backlog  (21 Apr 2012)

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Panama, Colon, Club Nautico: Skipper tied up and Robbed  (08 Apr 2012)

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Panama: Latest on Transit Waiting Times  (05 Apr 2012)

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Panama: Latest Transit Information - Further Updates  (20 Mar 2012)

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Panama: Waiting Time for Canal Transits Increases  (01 Mar 2012)

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Floating Doctors 2010-2011 Medical Relief Expedition  (09 Aug 2011)

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Panama: Marine Scene Marina – New Mega Facility in the Planning  (04 May 2011)

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Panama Canal Temporarily Closed to All Traffic - Update  (11 Dec 2010)

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Panama: Skipper Killed and Crew Wounded in Yacht Attack - Further Updates  (11 Jul 2010)

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Panama: New Regulations Covering Cruising Permits - Effective July 1st 2010  (02 Jul 2010)

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Panama - Warning of ACP Canal Toll increase 2011   (30 Apr 2010)

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The Panama Cruising Permit - "Permiso de Navegacion"  (18 May 2009)

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Update on the Panama Canal  (13 Mar 2009)

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Panama: All Visiting Yachts Now Required to Pre-Register Arrival Information  (11 Feb 2009)

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Is the Panama Canal back to Normal?  (20 Jun 2008)

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Waiting Times at Panama Canal Worsen  (16 Apr 2008)

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Galapagos Restrictions  (03 Nov 2006)

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Panama Canal Authority Tightens Screws On Yachts  (16 Sep 2005)

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Panama Canal Raises Fees But Yachts May Not Be Affected  (19 Aug 2002)