Cruiser Resource Guide for Panama City, Panamá

2020 1st edition

This guide is divided into six sections:

1.Overview of Listing Content (page 2)

2.Maps (pages 3 – 8)

3.Detailed Listings and Entries (pages 9-58)

4.Touristy Stuff (not too expensive &self lead) (pages 59-62)

5.Weather Forecasting, Tides, Navigation & Hazards (page 63)

6.Beaching in Panama City & Las Perlas (page 64)

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For a quick overview, below is a list of the categories included in the following pages:

3D Printer

Ecotourism

Life Raft Certification

Rigger

ACR

Eggs (extra fresh, long lasting)

LEDs

Rigging Wire & Supplies

Acupuncture

Electric Motors

Lettering for Boats

Sails & Sail Repair

Agents

Electrical Supplies

Lewmar

Satellite Phone

Air Conditioning Repairs

Electrician (12V/24V)

Lexan/Plastics

Scuba

Air Lines / Airports

Electronics (Marine)

Line

Seacocks

Airplane (Private)

Embassies

Line Handlers

Seals

Alcohol (for Alcohol Stoves)

Emergencies

Liquors

Alternator & Starter Repairs

EPIRB - Battery

Lofrans

Sewing Machines – New &

Aluminum (Fabrication,

Fabrics

Lowrance

Repairs

Bending, Welding)

Ferry Services

Machine Shops

Sewing Services

Anchorages

Fiberglass, Resins, Gelcoat

Mail & Freight

Sewing Supplies & Fabrics

Anchors

Filters (Motor)

Makita Tools, Repair

Shoe Repair

Apple Computer

Filters (Water)

Maps & Yellow Pages

Simrad

Attorneys/Lawyers

Fire Extinguisher, Certification

Marinas & Anchorages

Sodastream

Auto Parts & Supplies

Fireworks

Marine Suppliers

Solar Panels

Ball Valves

Flags

Mastervolt

Batteries

Flares

Mattresses

Stainless Steel - Fabrication

Battery Water

Foam

McMurdo

and Welding

Bearings, Belts, Seals

Freight

Metro / Subway

Stainless Steel Nuts and Bolts

Beauty Salon/Hair/Barber

Fuel - Diesel & Gasoline

Morse Cables

Stamford Generator

Belts (Alternator, Fan)

Fuel Injectors & Injector Pumps

Motor - Diesel Mechanic

Starboard

Blinds

Fuel/Tank Cleaning

Motor - Diesel Parts

Starter Motors

Book Binding

Fumigation

Motor – Electric, Repairs

Storage Compartments

Books

Furuno

Navico

Strata Glass

Bottom Cleaning

Galley/Head Remodeling

Nets (Radio)

Brass Fittings & Copper

Galvanizing

Notary

Subway (Metro)

Tubing

Gasket Fabrication

NuTeak

Sunbrella

Buses & Subway

Gasoline

Nuts, Bolts, Screws, Fasteners

Surveyor

Camera Repair & Battery

Generator Repairs

(Stainless Steel)

Taxis

Replacement

Glasses (Prescription)

Oil & Oil Filters

Teak

Canal Agents

Graphics

Oil Recycling

Telephone, Internet, WhatsApp

Canal Lines & Line Handlers

Groceries, Local Style

Organic Groceries & Produce

Telephone /Modem Unblocking

Canal Transits

Grocery Store, Big Box

Outboard Motor – New

Canon

Grocery Store, General

Outboard Motor – Parts &

Thread

Canvas Sewing

Grocery Store, Kosher

Repairs

Tools

CAT Marine

Grocery Store, Organic

Paint

Transportation - Buses &

Chain

Grocery Store, Specialty

Passport Photos

Subway

Chandlers

Grocery Store Deliveries

Perkins

Transportation - Taxis & UBER

Charts / Cruising Guides

Grommets/Fasteners

Pet - Boarding

Travel Agent

Check-In / Check-Out

GTO-15 Wire

Pet - Doctor / Veterinarian

Turbo Chargers

Chinese Medicines/Herbs

Hardware Stores

Pet – International Health

Upholstery (Marine)

Chrome Re-plating

Haulout

Certificate

Compass Adjustment

Heat Exchanger Repairs

Pet - Supplies

Veterinarian

Computer Repairs & Service

Honda Generator

Pharmacy

Volvo-Penta

Computers in English

Hoses

Phone / Cell Phone

Watch Repair

Control Cables

Hospitals

Plastics

Water Maker

Construction Materials

Hotels / Hostels

Propane

Water Maker Repairs

Consumer Protection

Hydraulics

Propeller & Shaft Repair

Water Pump

Copies

Ice

PVC – Pipe, Supplies, Fittings

Webbing

Copper Foil

Icom

Racor Filters

Copper Tubing

Immigration

Radar – New & Repairs

Welding

Courtesy Flags

Impellers

Radio FM (English)

West System

Cruising Associations

Injectors

Radio Nets

WhatsApp

Cummins

Internet

Radio Repairs

Wholesaler

Danfoss

Inverters

Railroad

Windlass Repair

Dentist / Dental Surgeon

Iridium

Raymarine

Wood

Diesel

Jabsco

Recycling

Wood Workers

Diesel Mechanic

Jerry Jugs

Refrigeration – Repairs

Diesel Parts

Jubilado Discount

Refrigeration – Supplies

Xantrax

Dinghy, New

Lagoon Yachts

Rennet

Yanmar/Yamaha Parts

Dinghy, Repairs

Lasik Surgery

Yeast (fresh)

Repairs

Doctor, General

Laundry

Yellow Fever shots

Resins (Epoxy and Gelcoat)

Doctor, Specialists & Surgeons

Leather

Zarpe

Restaurants

Dry Cleaning

 

 

Zippers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The map above gives a general orientation to the City of Panama.

There are two major transportation hubs:

1.Terminal at Albrook Mall (D6, above)

2.Plaza Cinco de Mayo (H5, above), see also map on the next page.

See the entries for “Transportation – Buses & Subway” and “Transportation—Taxis & Uber” for more information on these two locations.

The city is divided into numerous neighborhoods. The map above identifies some of them; such as Bella Vista (G8), Los Angeles (D10), and Punta Paitilla (I10). You will see these neighborhood designations printed on buses and in the detailed entries of this guide. Having a general idea of these neighborhoods will help you guesstimate reasonable taxi fares, read the signs on buses and figure out where shops and services are located.

Panama City has five major (mostly east-west) roads. The majority of buses will follow one of these five roads, so if you can identify them here, you will be able to figure out what bus to take to get to a location. From north to south they are:

1.Tumba Muerto (official name Via Ricardo Alfaro, but known to all as Tumba Muerto), begins at E9 in the map above, by the national brewery (Cervezeria Nacional)

2.Avenida Nacional (G5) which becomes the Transistmica at about G6/G7 (again, there are two names: Avenida Simon Bolivar and Transistmica; Transistmica being the one in common usage)

3.Via Espana/Avenida Central. At the eastern end (F16), Via Espana is a two way road. At Via Porras (F11) traffic becomes one way only, east to west (right to left above). It stays one way until Plaza Cinco de Mayo (H5) where it becomes Avenida Central. At its eastern end, Avenida Central is closed to traffic and commonly known as, “the walking street”. After the shopping area of the walking street, Avenida Central opens to cars again and continues to Casco Viejo, J5

4.Calle 50 (for English speakers, pronounced “seen-cuen-tah”) (traffic is one way, west to east, G8 to G14)

5.Avenida Balboa / Cinta Costera, the southernmost road, follows the ocean front (I5 to H10) where it continues as Via Israel (H10 to H14) finally turning into Via Cincuentenario (H14) at Panama Viejo.

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THE CINCO DE MAYO AREA

The area around Plaza Cinco de Mayo was the main commercial area of Panama City throughout most of the 1900's.

Referring to the map above:

MMetro Station, Cinco de Mayo

TTerminal Marañon (see “Transportation – Buses & Subway” for more info)

1The Walking Street (street for pedestrians only, has many stores including fabric stores, clothing stores, etc). Always an experience.

2Mercado de Mariscos (Fish Market) - it is about a 15 minute walk between the metro station and the Fish Market. On exiting the metro station walk down either Avenida B or the walking street (Avenida Central). Turn left at Avenida Balboa. This will be the first street after Caja de Ahorros on Avenida Central or restaurant Delicias Terramar on Avenida B.

3Cochez (Building Supplies)

4Mercado Publico (Public market for vegetables and meats)

5 Coca Cola Cafe (the oldest cafe in Panama City)

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TRANSISTMICA, VIA BRASIL, VIA ESPANA AREA

Abernathy (Chandler)--------------------------------------------

11

Air Facility (Mail/Freight)--------------------------------------

12

Agencias Domingo (Bearings, Belts, Seals)-----------------

10

Dilupa (Oil & Oil Filters) note 2 locations-------------

3 & 19

Dimar (Bearings, Belts, Seals)---------------------------------

20

Do-It Center (Hardware Stores)---------------------------------

4

Electro Inyeccion (Oil & Oil Filters)-------------------------

18

Equipo (Chandler)------------------------------------------------

15

Fausto Salazar (Tools)--------------------------------------------

1

Gigatech (Electrical Supplies)-----------------------------------

7

Mayher (Tools)------------------------------------------------------------

13

Mega Depot (Grocery Store, Big Box)--------------------------------

14

Melo's (Pet – Supplies)----------------------------------------------------

5

Multi Plastic (Lexan/Plastics)---------------------------------------------

2

Pak-Ya Panama (Mail/Freight)-----------------------------------------

12

Panama Auto (Auto Parts & Supplies)----------------------------------

6

Price Smart (Grocery Store, Big Box) Via Brasil outlet------------

16

Riba Smith (Grocery Store, General)------------------------------------

8

Scuba Panama (Scuba)-----------------------------------------------------

9

This map includes two Metro Stations: Fernandez de Cordoba and Via Argentina. The distance between the two stations is approximately 1 km.

The distance between Abernathy's (11) and Pricesmart (16) is approximately 1 km.

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ALBROOK IMMIGRATION

(see “Check-In, Check-Out” for full details)

The distance between Migracion in the Albrook Office Center and the Maritime Authority is approximately .5 km.

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EL DORADO AREA

Abernathy's (Chandler), a small outlet-----------------

7

Panama Net Buy (Mail/Freight)---------------------------------

1

Chinese Grocery Store------------------------------------

4

Planet Computer (Computer Repairs & Supplies)-------------------

6

Do-It Center (Hardware)---------------------------------

9

Policenter (GTO Wire)-------------------------------------------

2

Gran Morrison (Books), a department store-----------

5

Rey (Grocery Store, General)-----------------------------------

3

ICOM (Radio Repairs)------------------------------------

8

Yoytec (Computers)---------------------------------------------

10

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DIABLO / LA BOCA AREA

Balboa Dental Clinic----------------------------------------------

4

Happy Copy (Copies)------------------------------------------------------

3

Canal Authority (Canal Transits)--------------------------------

1

Hostel Amador (Hostels/Hotels)----------------------------------------

11

Citibank (to pay canal transit fee)-------------------------------

2

Islamorada (Charts)---------------------------------------------------------

9

Electronica de Anton----------------------------------------------

7

La Boca Gas Station--------------------------------------------------------

6

Farmacia Guadalupa (Pharmacy)------------------------------

10

Post Office (Mail/Freight)-------------------------------------------------

5

Freeway Laundry (Laundry)-------------------------------------

8

 

 

The distance between the overpass for the Bridge of Americas and the Canal Authority building (number 1 on the map) is about 1.5 km

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3D Printer

3-D-Printer 398-8121 / 398-8122 www.TheMakerz.com

 

Centro Comericial Plaza Paitilla, #28 on Via Italia in Punta Paitilla. May be useful for fabricating small plastic

 

parts.

ACR

See Overseas Electronics, under “Electronics (Marine)”. Carries batteries and new units.

Acupuncture

Various. Go to El Dorado district (Tumba Muerto bus, get off at the large sign for Rey. Cross the street and

 

walk back to the circular building decorated with pictures of cakes and sweets. Turn right and continue to the

 

next intersection, passing a casino/gentleman's club. Look for pain centers here and around the corner.) See map

 

page 6.

 

See also Centro Medico Omega under “Doctors, General”

 

See also “Chinese Medicines/Herbs”. The proprietor there can offer referrals.

Agents

=> see “Canal Agents”

Air

Narval Marine (listed under “Repairs”)

Conditioning

 

Repairs

 

Air Lines /

Panama City has two airports: Tocumen (PTY) on the eastern side of town for most international flights and

Airports

Albrook or Aeropuerto Marcos A. Gelabert (PAC) on the western side of town for mostly domestic flights

 

(including flights to the Las Perlas).

 

DOMESTIC AIRLINES

 

Air Panama 316-9000

 

Note: Aeroperlas stopped operating November, 2012. As of this edition, they remain non-operational.

 

INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES

 

Copa Airlines 227-0116 (Panama’s international airline a partner with Continental Airlines)Several other

 

airlines fly out of Tocumen International Airport, including American Airlines, Spirit, etc. You can verify which

 

airlines are servicing this airport by going to www.tocumenpanama.aero/

Airplane

Doriano Bizzoni 6634-8725 dorianobs@hotmail.com

(Private)

 

Alcohol

Discovery Center (listed under “Hardware Stores”) sells gallon cans of Sunnyside Denatured Alcohol for

(for cooking

Alcohol Appliances and Marine Stoves. Look in the paint section with the thinners, etc.

stoves)

For small quantities, try El Machetazo, under “Grocery Store, General”

 

 

NOTE:

 

Alcohol for the stove is called Alcohol Ehilico Desnaturalizado in Panama. If you cannot find it anywhere in

 

Panama (stocks often run down) you can try this two step process:

 

1. Go to the “Comisión Nacional para el Estudio y la Prevención de los Delitos Relacionados con Drogas,

 

Unidad de Control de Quimicos” on Via España, next to the El Rey grocery store, on the same side of the street.

 

Take your passport, boat-certification and crew list. You might also take a photo of the kitchen-stove and have

 

the model name and number. You need to tell them where you will buy the alcohol (see next step for one option).

 

They will give you permission to buy a fixed quantity (one cruiser was granted permission to buy 30 gallons).

 

2. Nacional Quizzical S.A. (217-3777) sells large quantities. One pack with 4 plastic bottles of 1 gallon each

 

was priced at $25.25 plus tax in 2011.

 

2013 UPDATE:

 

One cruiser reported he called Nacional Quizzical (listed above, ask to speak with someone who speaks English,

 

if needed) and because he told them he was on a boat they waived the requirement for a license. The alcohol was

 

delivered to him at the anchorage and he paid the driver directly. He bought 16 gallons at a price of $9.81 per

 

gallon. All purchases must be made in multiples of 4 gallons which is packaged in four 1 gallon bottles placed in

 

a box.

Alternator &

AUSEEL – Auto Services Electronic – 274-0055 **

Starter Repairs

Alternator and starters, big selection of parts in stock. Can repair while you wait.

 

Located in San Miguelito, next to Plaza Verbo de Dios

 

Austral

 

Repair it while you wait, located in San Christology (go round the corner to the right in a little alley and not in

 

the main entrance to get good prices). Taxi driver Roosevelt knows how to get to this place.

 

El Alternator 220-2514

 

Estrada de Paralegal. Avenida Jose Maria Torridness, by the Tocumen airport/Conception

 

(more on next page)

 

 

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Alternator & Starter Repairs, continued from previous page

 

Electro Mechanical 220-2514

 

Via Principal. Repairs and purchases

 

Electro Service 6649-3737

 

On Calle 11. Alternator repairs.

 

International de Partes Electro Mechanical (Roberto Joy) 221-3022 or 221-8464 / 221-6088, 6213-2738 **

 

Repairs alternators and starters. Located on Via Espana, in the Las Cabanas area 200 meters from the

 

intersection of Via Espana and Avenida 12 de October in the gray 3-story building with the large Bosch sign on

 

front. Roberto is also a good source for referrals for other repairs.

 

From Albrook Terminal, you can take the V560/V520 bus “Via Espana-Calidonia-Albrook” bus or the V201

 

“Automotor-Via Espana-Albrook-Directo” bus.

 

Motored Electric Maxim Martin 262-1762 or 262-0665, cell 6616-8870

 

Calle 27 Final Corundum

 

Services Nacho (Jose Ignacio Morocco) 6578-5081 or 227-9580 **

 

Starter motor and alternator rebuilds. Also heat exchange repair and cleaning

 

On Avenida Frangible, across from the gas station. (This is on the one way road that runs parallel to Avenida

 

Nacional which carries traffic in the other direction, just a few blocks away from Centro Marion and Costumer y

 

Tornillos. Not a good area of town, best to take a taxi at least for the first time.)

 

Taller Miguel Aguila 6539-9849, 6545-9217, 6570-2018, 6078-8690 miguel.aguila-2026@hotmail.com

 

Ave. Frangipani, in front of the Texaco station. Specializes in the shipping and aeronautic industries.

Aluminum

ALPAN (Alumina de Panama) 231-0366

(Fabrication,

On Transistmica, Milla 8 (across from Rey Grocery Store). Aluminum extrusion factory.

Bending,

Alumicentro de Panama 221-6467

Welding)

Located in the Rio Abajo area near Calle 13 & Via Espana

 

 

Mesoliju, SA Ronnie 6611-7203, speaks English

 

Aluminum fabrication, bending, and welding. Aluminum sheet metal/structural metal shop: ship building and

 

repair. Was located in Diablo, has moved closer to Vacamonte ship yard.

 

Metalca Boats ** +507 830-7982 6400-7998 www.meltalcaboats.com, Austrian, speaks English and German

 

Aluminum fabrication, bending, and welding, Aluminum sheet metal/structural metal shop: ship building and

 

repair. Marine grade aluminum. Does stainless-steel as well. Zona Industrial San Lorenzo

 

 

Anchorages

=> see “Marinas and Anchorages”

 

 

Anchors

See “Chandlers.” In particular, try Abernathy´s and Pesqueros. However, stock is generally limited to lighter

 

weight anchors and you may need to consider shipping in a heavier weight anchor from Marine Warehouse.

 

Marine Scene Richard Zaleski 6470-6302 and Mike Barker 6727-6722

 

Sell Rocna anchors, as well as some Harken products. Mike is also a rigger.

 

 

Apple

=> see “Computer Repairs & Service”

Computer

 

Attorneys/

Marisel Jurado 6613-4549 (cell), 340-6324 (office)

Lawyers

Jurado, Escobar, Della, Tonga, Icaza and Jurado

 

On Aquillo de la Guardia and Calle 47. Oceana Business Plaza, 10th floor, Ste 1003. She speaks English but her

 

staff does not.

 

Mayra Lamboglia 226-2895 legal@panamalawyermayralamboglia.com

 

www.panamalawyermayralamboglia.com

 

Flor de Montserrat Claramunt 263-2121

 

Immigration (residency visa) and real estate. Located in Edificio 120, Antiguo Bco Continental on Via Espana,

 

2nd floor. Flor speaks excellent English. Her assistants and office staff speak Spanish only.

 

Idis Archangel Espinoza 6641-9210, sdpidis_bra@hotmail.com (speaks English)

 

Immigration lawyer for solving problems or for info about residency

 

See also “Notary”

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Auto Parts &

Panama Auto 278-8300

Supplies

Two locations (same phone number for each):

 

1. Transistmica, on same side of street as Riba Smith, one block away, across from Do-It Center. (see map on

 

page 5)

 

2. Rio Abajo

 

Good selection of copper tubing and fittings for fuel lines. Carry engine belts, replacement bulbs for spreader

 

lights, spark plugs for generators and outboards, tools, can make hoses while you wait

Ball Valves

Suimport www.suimportpanama.com

 

Located in Rio Abajo Calle 9na

 

The local chandleries (Abernathy's, Centro Marino, etc. See”Chandlers”) have varying stock. Suimport

 

reportedly has a consistent stock that includes stainless steel and bronze at good prices.

Batteries

Battery Giant +507 264-1111 www.batterygiantpty.com Moises Benzion speaks excellent English

 

Via Fernandez de Cordoba, Local #1. Across from Super 99. Easy walking distance from the Fernandez de

 

Cordoba metro station. Specialize in all sorts of batteries. Can special order EPIRB batteries. Also recycles old

 

batteries.

 

Casa de Las Baterias 800-6666 (general number) 264-0904 (Via Espana location) www.casabat.com

 

Several locations, including the one on Via Espana close to PriceSmart and one close to Albrook Mall.

 

Carry deep cycle batteries, including Trojan brand and, sometimes, AGMs. Also carry water for batteries.

 

Interstate Batteries Omar or David 315-1656

 

Carry deep cycle batteries equivalent to Trojan T-105s and T-145s. Will take old batteries as trade ins. Can also

 

waive sales tax if you show them your boat papers. Interstate batteries were favorably reviewed by Practical

 

sailor. David speaks excellent English. Call to verify location, reported to be moving end 2016.

 

Tasco 228-0555

 

Batteries made in Panama. Not deep cycle.

 

PriceSmart (see “Grocery Store, Big Box”)

 

Carries deep cycle 6V golf cart batteries. Note that both PriceSmart locations carry 12V batteries but only the

 

Tumba Muerto location has the deep cycle 6V batteries. Some cruisers have reported the deep cycle batteries not

 

long lasting.

 

Marine Warehouse (listed under “Chandlers”) can ship batteries from the U.S.

 

For Iridium Phone batteries, => see Satellite Phones”

 

For EPIRB batteries, => see “EPIRB”

 

 

Battery Water

Casa de Las Baterias, (see listing above, under “Batteries”)

 

Discovery Center (listed under “Hardware Stores”) sells gallon bottles. Be sure to check the label, though, as

 

the battery water sold there may have acid included.

 

Mega Depot (listed in “Grocery Store, Big Box”) sells gallon bottles. Be sure to check the label, though, as the

 

battery water sold there may have acid included.

 

Pesqueros (listed under “Chandlers”) The outlet on the causeway will also often carry gallon bottles of battery

 

water from Casa de Las Baterias.

 

 

Bearings, Belts,

Agencias Domingo

Seals

Carry Gates green stripe belts as well as a large selection of other types of belts, bearings, seals, gasket materials

 

and automotive products. On the road parallel to Transistmica behind Abernathy's. See map, page 5. (Enter

 

Abernathy's on the Transistmica entrance, exit on the back side of the store and turn right. The shop will be on

 

the corner across the street.)

 

Dimar 229-1444 www.dimarsa.com

 

Edificio La Balindera in Vista Hermosa. Ask for Vielka Madrid, she speaks English and is at the furthest desk to

 

the right behind the sales counter. In addition to bearings, carries impellers, Morse Cables, tools. Distributor for

 

Jabsco. The back side of the building faces onto Via Espana. Most direct route is to take the subway to the

 

Fernandez de Cordoba stop. Also within walking distance of the RibaSmith on Transistmica. See map, page 5.

 

Quickly Seal Panama 323-1966, Juli0 6450-5521 or 6422-4209 Via Principal Chanis, Casa A 15 Esquina con

 

Calle V julio.cesar.canon@hotmail.com , quicklyseal@qspanama.com , www.qspanama.com

 

Fabricates seals, gaskets to order.

 

 

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Beauty Salon /

There are several places in Albrook Mall and places in and around Avenida Central (aka “the walking street”).

Hair / Barber

These are mostly Spanish speaking. Haircuts at the mall usually range from $10-$15. Haircuts at local beauty

 

parlor establishments range $3-$8. Barber shops for men can be found around Plaza Cinco de Mayo. Expect a

 

cut to cost $3 to $5.

 

For English speaking:

 

A Cut Above 315-1597 (ask for Nixa)

 

Located in Albrook Plaza. (NOT Albrook Mall. Albrook Plaza is the little strip mall a short distance past the

 

local Albrook Airport.) Call for an appointment and current prices. See map on page 6.

 

Nifa 6229-6137

 

During the cruising season (October to May) provides beauty treatments on the boat (manicures, pedicures,

 

facials, etc.)

 

 

Belts

See “Bearings, Belts, Seals” Biggest selection is at Agencias Domingo

(Alternator,

 

Fan)

 

Blinds

Vertimax 236-0234 or 6618-3173 (Jack Harrouche)

 

Located on Paical/Brazil Street (across from PakYa Panama, around the corner from Abernathy´s Transistmica

 

store). They can custom make or copy your existing blinds at a very reasonable cost.

Book Binding

Imprenta Don Bosco Elvia Estheer Castro

 

Calle H y Avenida Central, Edificio San Lazaro. Open Monday through Friday.

 

A small single front shop, with Don Bosco on the front door. Spanish speaking. Show them the book, they will

 

ask what color you'd like. Will rebind hard cover or soft cover books, choice of colors, and gold lettering. Takes

 

about a week. The shop is a small single front store with a life size portrait of Don Bosco on the door. Ring the

 

bell for admittance.

 

 

Books

Gran Morrison

 

Department store with several locations throughout the city. There is one in the El Dorado Mall, behind the Rey

 

grocery store (see map on page 7). Their book department has a large selection of paperbacks in English. (Take

 

Tumba Muerto bus to the large Rey sign on the left.)

 

Hombre de La Mancha

 

Located in both Albrook and Multiplaza Malls. Mostly books in Spanish but does carry some in English.

 

There are also book cases at the Balboa Yacht Club, La Playita Marina and the Shopette (in Las Brisas, on the

 

causeway) for book exchanges or bring them to pizza night.

 

E-books: Classics for free downloading: www.gutenberg.org (English) / www.gutenberg.de (German) (04/2017)

 

 

Bottom

Bottom cleaners come and go. Best is to ask on the morning VHF net (see “Radio Nets”). If you do hire

Cleaning

someone, advice to check their cleaning tools and maybe just provide your own for their use. Do-It-Yourselfers

 

should take their boat to Taboga Island, Isla Bona or one of the Las Perlas islands for cleaner water.

 

Alcie, 6024-2993 (in La Playita area)

 

Emiliano, 6202 6369, panamaoceantrip.com, can do under water-video before and after (04/2017)

 

John 6715 1807 (0/2018) Does not speak much English. Charges $1 per foot.

 

Louis 6729 9250 (04/2017)

 

Manolo, 6021-6261 Not always reliable. Also, Alejandro 6781-5070

 

Marvin, 6637-3533. Speaks English and Spanish. Has a dive tank. Mixed reviews, has done a great job for

 

some, others have needed him to come back. Negotiate price. Was asking $3 per foot, but accepting $1 per foot.

 

Neldo 6885 7239 (04/2017)

 

Solis (aka Popocho) 6765-2320. Speaks Spanish only. Reliable. Former diver for Aero Naval. Will work at

 

BYC, La Playita or Brisas. Best if you can provide a hookah system for him. If you cannot, specify this when

 

you call him.

 

Spencer, 6384-9063 (in the La Playita area)

Several of the launcheros (water taxi drivers) at the Balboa Yacht Club clean bottoms. They may come to Las Brisas or La Playita for a few extra bucks. They speak Spanish, but if you see them in person they can understand what you are asking for. Go to the end of the muelle (pier) at the Balboa Yacht Club. Prices are

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negotiable but expect appx. $50-$60 for a 40 foot boat. Ask for Yoni (pronounced “Johnny”) or Eduardo. Their

 

phone numbers are not listed in the guide any longer as they change too frequently.

 

 

Brass Fittings

Start first at Panama Auto (listed under “Auto Parts & Supplies”) They are centrally located on Transistmica

& Copper

and have a good selection (see map page 5). If they do not have what you want, try:

Tubing

Hidroica 304-0300 www.hidroca.com

 

 

Tools and hydraulics. Carries some odd and/or unusual brass hose fittings which Panama Auto does not carry.

 

Located in Parque Lefevre, Calle 2a. (There is also a Hidroica outlet in Colon at the Millenium Plaza).

 

 

Buses &

=> see “Transportation - Buses & Subway”

Subway

 

 

 

Camera Repair

Camara Service 666-7008

& Battery

Bella Vista, on Via Espana in Plaza Concordia (opposite the Rey's supermarket on Via Espana at the

Replacement

footbridge). Is on the ground floor inside Plaza Concordia. Open Monday through Saturday. Prompt service,

 

honest appraisal. Carry batteries for Canon cameras (which cannot be located in the chain camera stores such as

 

Panafoto, Audiophoto). (Plaza Concordia is where Via Espana is a one way road, going toward Cinco de Mayo.

 

Take the subway to the Iglesia del Carmen stop, walk west)

Canal Agents

You do not need an agent to transit the canal, although common consensus is that it is a good idea to obtain an

 

agent if you are traveling from Colon to Panama City. The following agents, can provide assistance with canal

 

transits, cruising permits, zarpes, etc. If you prefer to arrange the transit on your own, see “Canal Transits”

 

below.

 

Canal Transit Agency 6717-6745 (Rogelio, AKA Roger )

 

Roger/Rogelio, formerly of the Panama Canal Yacht Club is also listed under “Transportation – Taxis / UBER”.

 

Extremely reliable. Highly respected. Speaks English fluently. Always gets great reviews. Is also the local

 

representative for SSCS (Seven Seas Cruising Association and Trans-Ocean).

 

Enrique Plummer 228-5794 or 674-3086 eplummer10@hotmail.com info@panamacanalyacht.com

 

(Enrique is based out of Balboa on the Panama City side of the canal.)

 

Erick Galvez 6676-1376 info@centenarioconsulting.com (prefers to provide full package of services, not just

 

transit assists, works both sides but prefers the Pacific Side. Listed in the Raines cruising guide “Cruising Ports:

 

Florida to California via Panama”)

 

Oliver Yacht Services, Oliver 6602-0498 info@oliveryachtservices.com, donolivn@gmail.com

 

Oliver is a multilingual (including English) Belgian yacht agent. Can provide lines, fenders (not tires). During

 

the cruising season (October to May) can also assist with spare parts sourcing, ship and receive packages, obtain

 

gas, fuel, coordinate laundry. Has a website oliveryachtservices.com but would like cruisers to know to not let

 

the web page scare them off as he is more than happy to work with cruisers as well as the big ships.

 

Peter Stevens, Regretfully, Pete passed in 2017. He will be missed by all.

 

Stanley Scott 447-0065 or 6680-7971

 

Stanley provides many services including immigration, cruising permits, zarpes, canal transits, and taxi service

 

to/from the Tocumen Airport in Panama City. Works on both sides of the canal, Portobello and Linton.

 

Tina McBride 6637-2999 tinamcbride@hotmail.com www.PanamaCanalTransits.com (Tina’s web page also

 

gives helpful info about making a canal transit.)

 

 

Canal Lines &

If you hire an agent for the canal transit you can hire line handlers through the agent. Another very good option

Line Handlers

is to ask on the morning VHF net (see “Radio Nets”) or to look / advertise on any of the bulletin boards located

 

in Balboa Yacht Club or the anchorages. The web site: www.panlinehandler.com has a spread sheet function to

 

match captains looking for line handlers and line handlers looking for boats. Before doing your own crossing,

 

try to volunteer as an line handler on another boat. The experience is invaluable.

 

For Lines, Line Handlers or Tires only:

 

Luis “The Blue Pearl” Taxi – see contact info under “Transportation - Taxis/UBER”

 

Roger / Rogelio (see entry above under “Canal Agents” as well as under “Transportation – Taxis & Tuber”)

 

Tito (Colon) 6463-5009

 

The Colon Tito is a taxi driver located on the Atlantic side. He can help obtain lines, line handlers, etc. for canal

 

transits. Some cruisers have reported issues with Colon Tito providing promised paperwork.

 

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Canal Lines & Line Handlers, continued from previous page

 

Tito (Balboa Yacht Club) 6499-2054

 

The Tito at BYC handles the workshop and rails at the Balboa Yacht Club. He can provide lines and line

 

handlers for a canal transit.

 

Crew 4U Les & Lea, 6798 0588 email: panchites@yahoo.com

 

Note: It is always good to have at least one (better two – one on the bow and one on the stern)

 

experienced line handler on the boat, especially at the stern as this is the most important task.

 

 

Canal Transits

See also “Canal Agents” and “Canal Lines & Line Handlers”.

 

If you want to organize the canal transit yourself (easy), you must:

 

1. Apply for the canal transit by filling out the necessary forms (see below)

 

2. Have the boat measured

 

3. Pay your transit fee

 

4. Obtain your transit date

 

5. Obtain National Zarpe from Port Captain ($1.40 as of October 2016)

 

See map on Page 8: The application paperwork can be obtained in person at Building 129A on Avenida Arnulfo

 

Arias Madrid, in Balboa. (Take the Metro bus from the causeway, get off at the the SECOND stop after the

 

Banistmo Bank. Walk in same direction the bus was going. Building 129A will be up ahead a short ways across

 

from Banco Nacional. On your right hand will be a shopping area with Niko's Cafe – great for the photos – a

 

Citibank where you can pay your transit fee and a Happy Copy where you can have charts copied. Balboa

 

Dental Clinic and the Balboa Post Office are also in this area.)

 

You can also call: 272-4571 or 443-2293 and ask for the form to be emailed to you. Complete the form and

 

return it in person or via email with a copy of your passport and a copy of your boat papers.

 

You DO NOT need to have your lines on the boat when you are measured by the AdMeasurer. You only need to

 

tell them you have rented the required lines and they will be on the boat on the date of transit (Make sure they are

 

on board then!).

 

See also: www.pancanal.com/eng/

 

Go to “Maritime Services” and then “Customer Forms”. Available for download and printing are documents

 

such as “Procedures for Securing a Handline Transit at the Panama Canal”, “Request for Transit Booking”, etc.

Canon

Canon cameras & printers can be purchased at OfficeDepot, PriceSmart, PanaPhoto, etc. For repairs, go to:

 

Canon Oficompu 279-0264

 

Centro Comerical la Alhambra (across the street from El Dorado Rey Grocery store on Tumba Muerto).

 

Although it doesn't look it, this is a two story complex. You can see stairs if you walk along the street level. Go

 

up the stairs and you will be in a parking area with store fronts. The Canon shop is closer to the west end and

 

well marked. (Take Tumba Muerto bus, get off at large Rey sign on the left.)

Canvas Sewing

=> see “Sewing Services” and “Sails & Sail Repair”

CAT Marine

Narval Marine (listed under “Repairs”)

Chain

Abernathy's, Casa Mar or Pesqueros (listed under “Chandlers” below)

 

Acco or any high-test chain must be shipped in from the U.S. For this service, see Marine Warehouse (listed

 

under “Chandlers” below).

Chandlers

Note that three of the following have multiple outlets: Abernathy´s, Centro Marino and Pesqueros. If

 

what you need is available in the city outlet but not in stock at the causeway location, ask if they can bring

 

the item in from one of their other locations. Most will do so at no extra cost.

Abernathy´s Several locations in Panama City, including:

1.Calzada de Amador (i.e., the Causeway) 314-1432 (at La Playita) – Open MonFri 8:00-17:00, Sat 7:00-15:00

2.Transistmica 260-1222 (Near Riba Smith, other side of road), see the map on page 5.

3.Cinta Costera 227-8620 (Avenida Balboa)

4.Tumba Muerto (across the street from Rey grocery store) (see map on page 7)

www.panamafishing.com.pa www.abernathy.com.pa

Marine supplies, fishing supplies, clothing, line, carries Jabsco, BlueSea, also some scuba stuff, sometimes has West System. Prices are high, ask for the cruiser discount. Should get 20% off most days, maybe more on

Wednesdays at the Causeway location.

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Agencias Mar y Tierra +507 387 6694 (6450 1818, Abed Soleiman) On the causeway between Narval and Beitur Restaurant)

Captain’s Store -- Jeromino 236-2575 236-6235 asnauticos@cwpanama.net

Commercial marine supply store. Located in the Altos de Chase area at Tumba Muerto and Ave. de la Amistad 19F. Carries Solas Flares and fire extinguishers.

Centro Marino Three locations:

Ave. National (close to Tuercos y Tornillos) 225-6654 Ave. Balboa 227-3505

Calzada de Amador (i.e., the Causeway). Across from Flamenco Market. 396-1445

Note that the Ave. Nacional location is in a very dangerous area. Take a taxi and have the taxi wait for you!! Carries ICOM, Garmin, Mercury Outboards, Wellcraft, some electrical and plumbing items. The Avenida Nacional location carries Sunbrella, sewing supplies and Strataglass

EQUIPO (formerly Agencias Mar y Tierra) 264-5470

On Via Brasil one block south of Transistmica. Authorized reps for: Marinco, Detroit Diesel, Yamaha, Rule, Teletext, Suzuki, Jabsco, Blue Sea, Guest, Rancor among others. (See map, page 5)

Global Marine +507 232 0149, 6396-0818 www.globalmarine.com.pa

Carries oil and diesel additives. Racor filters. In Flamenco at the end of the Causeway, next to Pesqueros inside the building “Casa Club.”

GPS Marine 397-5490, (6315-4686 Claude, speaks English) www.gpsmarinepanama.com

Carries International Paint, Cummins Onan, Victron Energy, Sherwood, Dometic, Lumitec, Cat Marine Power, SGP Propulsion. In Flamenco at the end of the Causeway, next to Pesqueros inside the building “Casa Club.”

Marine Warehouse www.marinewarehouse.net panama@marinewarehouse.net

Although they have very few items on hand at any point in time (Honda Generators, filters and solar panels sometimes), this is really an office for placing orders.

The company ships in most boat items at a price similar to or less than the West Marine or internet prices. Ship by plane or boat. Boat shipments can include hazardous materials.

Some cruisers have experienced problems with items arriving when expected; other cruisers have had no problems and give glowing recommendations. Ask for printed quote.

Local Contact for Deliveries: Arturo Romero, 6702-9256, 314-1768 (Arturo prefers WhatsApp and text messaging over email or phone calls)

Local office is in Las Brisas shopping center at the western end (close to the anchorage), facing the parking lot. Narval Marine – (Causeway, Las Brisas) see listing under “Repairs”

Oliver Yacht Services . See entry under “Canal Agents” for full details.

Pesqueros Sport upperclasswomen (In Colon, is called “Max Industrial”) Two Locations:

1.Amador Causeway – near Flamenco Marina 314-1911, 6982-7372, amadorventas@pesqueros.com

2.Parque Lefevre, Ave. Ernesto T. Lefevre 224-7777

Sport fishing store, but also do commercial sales for the fishing fleet. Carries line and chain, Racor filters, zincs, battery water, fishing supplies, etc. You can sometimes find dinghy inflatables at the Flamenco location. Francisco Frias (head of shop), speaks English. Some items are eligible for a “cruiser discount” so be sure to ask. Open Mon-Fri 8AM-5PM, Sat 8AM-3PM

Charts /

Islamorada 228-4947 www.islamorada.com info@islamorada.com

Cruising Guides

In Balboa (Ave Arnulfo Arias Madrid, 808) across from the YMCA building. (see map page 8)

 

Carries charts, cruising guides, nautical books and flags. (Catch the Metro bus on the Causeway. Islamorada is

 

across the street from the big monument in Balboa, get off the stop just after the Banistmo Bank and walk back.)

 

Charts can be copied, in their full size, at Happy Copy (numerous locations, one is next to Nikos Café in Balboa,

 

see map page 8).

 

Popular cruising guides for Panama are:

 

The Panama Cruising Guide by Eric Bauhaus (ebauhaus@gmail.com) (available at most chandlers as well as

 

at Islamorada) Guide of choice among cruisers. (Note: There are some reefs in Las Perlas (e.g., Viveros Beach,

 

south, stoneneedle at San Telmo) that are not listed in the 2015 guide book.)

 

The Panama Guide: A Cruising Guide to the Isthmus of Panama by Nancy Schwalbe Zydler & Tom

 

Zydler (available at Amazon.com)

 

www.sailsarana.com The Sarana guides cover only the western island of Panama on the Pacific side, but they

 

are reliable, economical and easily downloaded.

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Check-In / Check-Out

Check for the latest information www.noonsite.com If you have new info/experiences please send the details to

this guide and to noonsite.com

Dress appropriately, be polite and respectful and the officials will work with you; be rude or belligerent and they will not. Following are general guidelines only and apply only to the Pacific side of Panama. Experiences vary, details are fluid. Check on the morning VHF net for current details. (See “Radio Nets”)

2018 Visa Update

In February 2018, the National Immigration Service issued Executive Decree number 11 of February 7, 2018, revoking previous fees for visas of passenger and crew of yachts or sailboats for the purposes of recreation and tourism. Any person who applies for this type of visa must:

(1)enter through an officially authorized maritime post, (2) present their passport and entry visa (if required), (3) must be accessible to be interviewed as well as documents and luggage inspected, (4) must have economic solvency, (5) keep a return ticket to their country.

The above is the executive decree, but different offices might apply it in different ways (for example, you will probably not be asked to present a return ticket to your home country, as you will have the means to exit on your boat. Ask on the morning net (see “Radio, Nets”) for any current first hand experiences.

For the Maritime (Cruiser) Immigration Office (Albrook Immigration), see map on page 6. Get your 72-hour visa and cruising permit first. See details below.

You will need both a Cruising Permit (appx $120) and a Mariner Visa (not the same as a regular tourist visa). The Cruising Permit is issued for one year but becomes invalid if you leave the country with your boat. If you arrive by boat and then leave and return to the country by airplane, your mariner visa will be void and you may need to return to Albrook Immigration office to obtain a new Mariner visa before you can leave the country by boat on an international zarpe. Ask on the morning net for current practices.

NOTE: It has been reported that the Panamanian Government is requesting email confirmation of all boats planning to enter Panamanian waters. If anyone has details, please forward to the email noted on the first page of this guide.

NOTE: On the Atlantic side, you can check in at Bocas del Toro, Colon or Shelter Bay. Bu BE SURE to always get a receipt for any money paid. You may need to show that receipt on the Pacific side to verify you are legal even if you have a stamp in your passport. 2016 Update: Due to conflict between the Panamanian government and the Guna Yala it is not currently possible to check in /out at Porvenir.

Official Website: www.migracion.gob.pa

International Check In Procedure:

Have plenty of copies of passports for each crew member, your original zarpe from previous country, ship's papers, etc.

On arrival see either of the two “shore side” immigration officers for your 72 hour temporary visa. There is an immigration officer at Balboa Yacht Club (by the ship rails) as well as one on the upper level of the Duty Free building at the end of the causeway.

Next go to the Port Captain at Flamenco (on the upper level of the Duty Free building to turn in your zarpe and receive the “Declaracion General” (cost appx $20) and to apply for your cruising permit (cost appx $100). When you have the cruising permit, make a few copies of it and go to the Albrook Immigration office for your Mariner Visa. See map on page 6. You can either take a taxi to Albrook or catch the Ciudad de Saber bus from the bus terminal at Albrook Mall.

Renewal of Cruising Permit & Mariner Visa: The cruising permit will be issued for one year OR until your vessel documentation expires, whichever comes first. It can officially be renewed twice. (04/2017).

Visa Extension: Source: Albrook Immigration (07/2017)

The Mariner Visa is only issued when you check into the country by boat. If you have a Mariner visa and you leave the country by plane or bus your Mariner Visa will be canceled automatically. Entering again you will get a tourist visa that will be be good for 180 days, after the 180 days you will need to leave the country for 30 days.

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Check In/Check Out, continued from previous page

 

 

Overstaying Your Visa: If you stay longer than your allotted time, you will have to pay a fine before you

 

 

are allowed to leave the country. This applies no matter how you are leaving. If you are flying out, be sure to

 

 

arrive at the airport an extra hour early of your flight time for the fine assessment and payment process.

 

 

Different fines have been reported. For some it has been a flat fee of $200. For others a fee of $60 per month.

 

 

 

only two stops are needed for checking out. Total cost about $5 USD:

 

 

Checking Out:

 

 

Go first to the Port

Captain on Flamenco Island (above the Duty Free Shop) to get an international zarpe.

 

 

Then to either the immigration officer at Balboa Yacht Club or the one at Flamenco. As always, have plenty of

 

 

copies of everything and your cruising permit. Note that if you arrived by boat and received your mariner visa

 

 

then flew out of Panama and returned to Panama by plane your mariner visa will be void and you will now have

 

 

a regular tourist visa. The immigration officer may require you to go to the Albrook Immigration office to check

 

 

out.

 

 

=> See also “Fumigation”

 

 

 

 

Chinese

 

Casa Curiosidades Sr Aurelio Chen, 262-7989 (speaks English)

Medicines/

 

In Chinatown, Calle Carlos A. Mendoza, 13-20. Take the walking street up to Machetazo, opposite which is a

Herbs

 

Todo A Dollar store and a street which makes a T-intersection. The T-intersection street (on the left) has a

(e.g., arnica,

 

double row of shacks down the center of it (called “Thieves Market” or “Sal Si Puede”). Walk down the T-

tiger balm)

 

intersection street, being mindful of the eye-level corrugated iron roofs of the shacks. Cross over the road at the

 

 

traffic lights, then take the first left after that. Continue another 50yds to where the road forks (there is a sign

 

 

“Bienvenidos Barrio China”), then take the left fork. Casa Curiosidades is immediately on your right, opposite

 

 

the live chicken market (you will smell and hear the chickens). There is also a Chinese grocery store across from

 

 

Casa Curiosidades, which is cheaper than the other Chinese grocery stores around town (e.g., the one across the

 

 

street from Lung Fung restaurant, or at Bal Harbour). Good for dried mushrooms, ginger candy etc.

 

 

 

 

Chrome

 

Cromados Panama 224-1056 (reported to be out of business Jan 2013, but not verified)

Replating

 

In Parque Lefevre, Calle Quaquita

 

 

=> see also “Galvanizing”

Compass

 

True North, Iberto Osorio 6617-4557 aosorio@becainc.net

Adjustment

 

In Diablo, Casa No 5286

 

 

 

 

Computer

 

There are many electronic and computer stores at the malls where new computer equipment can be purchased,

Repairs &

 

also OfficeDepot (next to each PriceSmart) and PriceSmart (listed under “Grocery, Big Box”). The following

Services

 

list is geared more to repair or special needs. See also the entry for “Computers in English”, below.

 

 

Acer Computer Service Center: Multi Max on Tumba Muerto. The authorized repair center for Amer

 

 

products but there has not been good reviews from people who have tried to have their computers repaired.

 

 

(Take the Tumba Muerto bus. After passing the large Rey sign on the left, look for Multi Max on the left. See

 

 

map page 7.)

 

 

Alex Newman 202-1525, 6781-9505

 

 

Located in the offices above Athens’s Pizza/Pita deli in the El Dorado area. Does software/hardware repair.

 

 

WI-Fi engineer that set up the new and improved system at Shelter Bay Marina.

 

 

Apple Service Center: Mac Power 302-3929

 

 

On Via Brasil, between Via Argentina and Avenida 50 in Edificio Fallopian. (There are Apple stores in the

 

 

Albrook Mall, the Multiplaza Mall. Mac Power sells Apple products as well. But these are retail sales, not

 

 

repairs.) (Take Via Espana or Panama Viejo, Route 1 bus.)

 

 

David on the sailing trimaran “La Ventosa”, usually anchored at Las Brisas. 6505-7513. Speaks English and

 

 

German.

 

 

Electronica Carib (listed under “Electrical Supplies”)

 

 

Laptop Service

 

 

Acer, Toshiba, HP, Compact, Dell, As's, Leno. Three locations:

 

1.

Via Espana, Plaza Concordia, Space 149 – 269-0232, 269-1921

 

2.

El Dorado, Edificio Colonial, Local 19-A260-3401, 260-3402

 

3.

Via Brasil, Edificio 42, Local 2 (In front of Ida an) – 214-9448, 214-3112

 

 

 

 

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Planet Computer 260-0083 alus999@hotmail.com, computerization

 

Centro Commercial La Alhambra, Local 3 (across the street from Rey Grocery store on Tumba Muerto, in El

 

Dorado. Good for parts and repairs. The younger girl speaks English. (Map page 7)

 

Toshiba Service Center: Electronics 265-4500 **

 

On Via España, close to Via Argentina, next to Jenny Cafeteria. (Via Espana is one way traffic at this point.

 

Traffic going towards Cinco de Mayo.)

 

Yoytec Computers 260-3405 260-7959 www.yoytec.com.pa

 

On Tumba Muerto, just to the west of the El Dorado shopping center with El Rey grocery store. Computer

 

software, hardware, accessories and service. Repairs desk top models only. No laptops. (Tumba Muerto bus.

 

Get off at the Plaza Mirage stop. Arrocha pharmacy will be on your right. Cross the street.)

 

Yoytec also offers computers with English operating systems. (see map page 7)

 

 

Computers in

Sonar's Computer Shop 303-6710 email:sonams1@carrier.net

English

Located in Albrook Mall, sells laptops with English operating systems and English keyboards.

 

Yoytec (details above).

Construction

Note: For marine plywood, see “Wood.”

Materials

COCHEZ 302-4444 Multiple locations, including:

 

 

1. Santa Ana, Calle 15 Este (near the fish market, see map page 4)

 

2. Parque Lefevre, Calle Diego de Allegro, Plaza Coats del Este

 

3. Bethany, Ave. Ricardo J. Alfaro, Tumba Muerto

 

Carry Building Supplies, Paints, Wood and PVC. Also carry copper flashing for roofs which some people use in

 

place of copper ribbon for grounding their SSB systems.

 

Discovery Center, Do-It Center and Novey's (detailed under “Hardware”)

Consumer

ACODECO 510-1300 www.acodeco.gob.pa

Protection

In Pueblo Nuevo, Calle Madre de Santos, Plaza Cordoba

 

email: dsolis@acodeco.gob.pa. You can download the necessary forms from the web page.

Control Cables

Dimar (under “Bearings, Belts, Seals”)

 

Flexo Cable, +507 261-7160, WhatsApp 6456-5337, www.flexocable.com ventas@flexocable.com

 

Open 8AM-5PM

 

Via Fernandez de Cordoba, Plaza Comercial Mary Anne, Local #2A close to the Metro Station.

 

Panama Auto (under “Auto Parts & Supplies”)

 

Protecsa (under “Electronics (Marine)”)

Copies

There are two copy places in the Albrook Mall, on the second level above the food court with the carousel.

 

Copies can also be made at the customer service desk of Rey and Super 99 grocery stores. There are no copy

 

facilities on the causeway although some cruisers have been able to have a few document copies made at the

 

office across the hall from the Port Captain's office in Flamenco.

 

For copy centers that make large chart copies, see “Charts”

 

Happy Copy www.happycopy.com, Balboa 211-1277

 

Several locations in town. Can copy full size charts as well as bind documents, and laminate copies in plastic.

 

Can copy charts. For the Balboa location, take the Albrook/Amador bus and exit at Theater Balboa. (See map

 

page 8)

Copper Foil

Not available in Panama as of this edition of the Cruiser's Guide. But you can go to a construction materials

 

outlet, such as Cochez, (listed under “Construction Materials”) buy a sheet of copper flashing and cut it to size.

Copper Tubing

=> see “Brass Fittings & Copper Tubing”

Courtesy Flags

=> see “Flags”

Cruising

SSCA – Seven Seas Cruising Association (USA), www.SSCA.org

Associations

Trans-Ocean (Germany), www.trans-ocean.org

 

for both: Rogelio (Roger) de Hoyos, mago50@hotmail.com, 6717-6745 (He is also listed under “Canal Agents”

 

and “Transportation – Taxis & Uber”

Cummins

=> see “Motor - Diesel Mechanic”.

Danfoss

=> see “Refrigeration – Supplies”

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Dentist /

Balboa Dental Clinic 228-0338 314-1019 balboadc@cwpanama.net **

Dental Surgeon

Both the doctors and the staff speak excellent English. Maria, the receptionist, is a delight! Prices are higher

 

than Dr. Oscar Rodriguez listed below, but the service is excellent. (Catch the Metro bus at the causeway and get

 

off at the Balboa Theater stop. Walk back the way you came till you see a small monument on your left. The

 

post office will be next to the monument. The dental clinic is in the small building between the post office and

 

Nikko's Cafe. See map page 8)

 

Dr. Gabriela Eisenmann 228-0314 314-1019

 

Dental Hygienist. Located in Obarrio, on Calle 53E Obarrio. Also works out of the Balboa Dental Clinic.

 

Dr. Oscar Rodríguez 232-0389 6631-4575 **

 

Located in Diablo. Extractions, filling, cleaning, whitening, surgeries, xrays, crowns, bridges, root canals.

 

Speaks English and is always available to consult with you via his cell phone. His office is at the very left of the

 

building with Dr. Vallerino (GP). (Recieved one bad review in 2016)

 

Dr. Omar Rodriquez 223-2689

 

Located in the El Cangrejo area. Atlantica Building, 3rd floor, #4.

 

Dr. Ida Herrera 441-7141, cell 6614-9712

 

In Colon the office is located at Calle 3 Nuevo Cristobal PH Torre Esmeralda PB. She speaks perfect English.

 

On Thursdays, she has office hours in Panama City.

 

Dental Surgeon

 

Dra. Dora Roquebert Arias 225-3341 6611-9363

 

Calle 34 Edificio Victoria Maria, Primer Piso 105. Can do restorative surgery and dental implants.

Diesel

=> see “Fuel – Diesel & Gasoline”

 

 

Diesel Mechanic

=> see “Motor – Diesel Mechanic”

 

 

Diesel Parts

=> see “Motor – Diesel Parts”

 

 

Dinghy, New

SukiMotor 390-3232, Carlos Osorio 6675-1225, 6554-4697 carlos@suz.com.pa www.sukimotor.com.pa

 

Calle A Quizado y Avenida Nacional

 

Have Caribe Dinghys in stock at the Colon Free Zone. These can be delivered to Panama City within 3 days.

 

Marine Warehouse (details under “Chandlers”) to ship one in from the U.S.

 

Pesqueros (listed under “Chandlers”) sometimes carries new dinghies.

 

 

Dinghy, Repairs

Inflatables Doctor 232-0538, 6617-0928 info@inflatablesdoctor.com www.inflatablesdoctor.com

 

Repair shop specializing in all brands of dinghies, hypalon and PVC. Also sells patches for do-it-yourselfers.

 

Located in Via Diablo, Calle Barth, Edificio 42F. This business has received mixed reviews. (see map page 6)

 

Repallantas Tip-Top James (former cruiser, cell 6673-3850) 224-8315 or 224-6566

 

In Rio Abajo, in the Centro Commercial, Via España and Calle 96 West (take the Rio Abajo Bus from Cinco de

 

Mayo.) Will do repairs, also sells Tip Top Glue

 

For DYIers, Centro Marino (listed under “Chandlers”) sells Tip Top glue

Doctor, General

For medical check-ups and non-urgent or specialized issues. Can provide referrals to specialists. Remember to

 

bring your passport.

 

Clinica Albrook 315-0773, clinicaalbrook@aol.com

 

Located in Albrook Plaza 8 (NOT Albrook Mall. Albrook Plaza is the little strip center, past the Albrook airport,

 

with an Arrocha Pharmacy as well) open Mon-Sat 07:00 to 21:00 (sat to 20:00). Small walk in clinic for general

 

problems like colds. Low cost. (See map page 6)

 

Dr. Joaquin Vallarino 6611-9039, 232-0225 **

 

Excellent English. Office located in Diablo Heights. Call on his cell to make an appointment. His office is at

 

the very left of the building with Dr. Rodriguez, a dentist. NOTE: in 2013 has begun charging $80 for an office

 

visit which is about double the standard rate in Panama City. Suggest trying Clinica Albrook first.

 

Dra. Saskia Maria Bermudez Richard 227-0481, 6615-6764

 

English speaking. In the Centro Medico Nacional building on Ave Justo Arosemena and Calle 38 (across from

 

Hospital Nacional)

 

 

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Doctor,

Specialists &

Surgeons

See also the list of medical providers and hospitals published by the American Embassy at http://panama.usembassy.gov/listofmedicalproviders.html

Note also that many of the following doctors work out of multiple offices. Always be sure to confirm the location when you call to make an appointment!

Cardiologist

1.Dr. Norberto Javier Calzada, 6616-7159, ncalzada@psi.net.pa. Has office in Punta Pacficia (204-8395) and Patilla (269-0566/5222) (269-3483)

2.Dr. Ouiroz Solonilla (269-5222)

Chiropractor

1.Dr. Marco Antonio Belizaire 6639-0635, drbelizairedc@aol.com Agape Chiropractic & Wellness, Centro Medico, Ave Peru in Bella Vista. He is on Panama’s Olympic Medical Team. **

2.Clinica Quiropractica Orillac (Dr. Alfredo Orillac, Jr) 225-1345, 223-3403, 225-6461. Trained at Palmer Institute in Ohio. In Edificio Torres Bella Vista, Ave Justo Arosemena y Calle 43 (going NE, it is on the left side before reaching Calle 43. $40 for treatment.)

3.Dr. Michael Joseph www.AltaVitaSpa.com 390-9919. Calle 68, San Francisco. (American, see web page) Chirogenics Therapy: Initial exam $125, follow-up treatments $50. Postural Alignment Therapy: $150 initial exam, $75 follow-up

Dermatologist

1.Dr. Ricardo Bullen 6676-6830, 223-9697. Across from Hospital Patilla in the Marbella area and at Hospital San Fernando Clinic. Also a Mohs surgeon. Good review in 04/2017.

2.Dr. Constantino Costarangos, 204-8300. In Pta Pacficia **

3.Dra. Anastasia Droham, 204-8526. The Skin Clinic in Hospital Pta Pacifica

4.Dr. Gioconda Gaudiano 6596-4956, 269-7243. Located in the medical building across from Patilla Hospital.

5.Dr. Charles McKeever 204-8466, Hospital Punta Pacifica 5-12

Nose-Ear-Throat

1. Francisco Tagira, 6618 1977, Consultation Medico Patilla (near Multicentro), 5th floor, 509 (04/2017)

Eye Surgeon/Lasik Surgery (see also Opthamologist, below)

1.Dr. Roberto Vasquez, 6673-1001, 263-7977 in Consultorios Medicos Paitilla, Calle 53 & Ave. Balboa

2.Dr. Raul A. Chanis 269-6260. Canis Optical, in Centro Medico Paitilla (Pl 6, ground floor with an outside

entry). English speaking and U.S. trained. Lasik surgery $2,500-$3,000 all inclusive

GYN

1.Dr. Teodore Mendez, 6612-2018, 305-6408. In the Clinic at San Fernando Hospital, is also a good contact for other doctors.

2.Dra. Britania Rodaniche, 6615-7565, 264-4893. In Consultorio Medicos Paitilla**

3.Dr. Juan Antonio Carbone, 214-7263, 269-5222. carbone@cwpanama.net Located in the Hospital Punta Pacifica medical offices.

Gastro

1. Dr. Oscar Bulgim, 6615-5238, 264-5238. In Consultorios Medicos Paitilla

Internal Medicine

1.Dr. Frank Ferro 6673-2168 (cell), 227-4733, ext 190 or 191 (office, Spanish speaking only) Call office for appointments. Email: fferro52@yahoo.com

2.Dr. Jose Mendez 265-5155, 226-4821. Centro Medico Paitilla. Does colonoscopies.

Internist

1.Dr. Eric Ulloa, 6676-7503, 278-6000. Clinics at both San Fernando Hospital and National Hospital

2.Dr. Jorge Paz Rodreguez, 6678-2354, 269-1785

Mammogram/Ultrasound

Clainica Dr. Anibal E. Urrutia 6671-5481 (cell), 261-0610 (office, Spanish speaking only)

On Via Espana just down the street from Clinica San Fernando and above the Rally Laboratory. (If going by taxi. Have the driver call the office for specific directions.)

Neurologist

1. Dr. Arango, 263-7977, 263-7977. Consultorio Centro Medico Paitilla.

Neurosurgeon

1.Dr. Carlos E. Bricenos 269-5222, ext2420. Consultorios Medicos Paitilla. cbriceno@cmpaitilla.net

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Opthamologist

1.Dr. Augusto R. Arosemena 261-6695, 206-2424, 261, 8868. Two clinics (San Fernando in the morning and Centro Medico Paitilla in the afternoon). Speaks good English. Was trained in the U.S.

2.Clinica de Ojos Orillac-Calvo, Dr. Ruben Orillac 269-7475. On Avenida Balboa, Balboa Plaza #201-202-

203.Can do Yag lasar. The doctor and the office staff speak English. Dr. Calvo, the junior partner, has also received great recommendations. Speaks excellent English. Has a shorter waiting time for appointments.

2.Centro Especializado de Ojos y Glaucoma Dr Rocco G. Melillo, San Fernando Hospital. Telephone direct:

229-6769 or email roccomel@cwpanama.net

Orthopedic Surgeon

1.Dr. Luis Fernando Amando 6675-5180 (cell, he does not mind if you call him directly), 306-3382/83 (office). Email: amandolf131@gmail.com Located in Centro Medico Nacional (building next to Hospital Nacional), ground floor.

2.Dr. Salomon Dayan, 204-8444, 204-8445. Clinica Orthopedica Dayan, Hospital Punta Pacifica Medical Center

Plastic Surgeon

1.Dr. Setton, Pta Pacific, 2nd Floor. Excellent English. Referral from Dermatologist Dr. Constantino Costarangos for removal of moles.

Rheumatologist

1.Dr.Antonio Cachafeiro, 6611-5519, 206-2438. Medicina Internal Reumatologia, Consultorios Medicos Paitilla

 

Surgeon, Trauma & Critical Care

 

Dra. Martha Quidettis 278-6609 traumahst@gmail.com

 

Speaks English. Trained in the U.S. Reasonable prices. Can treat you at Hospital Nacional, San Fernando and

 

Centro Medical Paitilla.

 

Ultrasound

 

See “Mammogram/Ultrasound” above.

 

Urologist

 

1. Dr. Armando Byer 6615-1307 (cell), 227-5444 ext 117 (Spanish speaking only)

 

armandobyer@hotmail.com Located in Centro Medico Nacional, next to Hospital Nacional

Ecoturism

Michel Puech elisabpu@cwpanama.net

 

For excursions into the Darien Forest and Embera Villages

 

Miguel 6628-8629 miguelyan2000@yahoo.com

 

From Portobello, ecotourism in the forest

Eggs, Extra

Melo's in Rio Abajo: Melo's is just a pet store in many locations (such as the Albrook Mall). At the Rio Abajo

Fresh, Long

location, it is also a feed, grain & garden store. Where you can purchase very fresh eggs, wrapped for long term

Lasting

storage. Available only in flats of 30 eggs. Ask for them at the check out stand. If you turn them regularly and

 

do not refrigerate them, the eggs will last several months.

 

Merca Panama (detailed under “Groceries, Local Style”) also has providers of fresh, unrefrigerated and date

 

stamped eggs, in the market close to the pineapple section. Sell eggs by the flat.

Electric Motors

=> see “Alternator & Starter Repairs” or “Motors – Electric, Repairs”

Electrical

Casa de Telefonos 264-6438

Supplies

On Via Brazil, across the street from the gas station by the PriceSmart on Via Brazil.

 

Electronica Caribe 223-0205 www.electronicacaribe.com

 

On Via España close to Via Argentina. Carries electrical components, shrink tubing, does laptop repairs

 

Electronica Japon 264-2400, www.electronicajapon.com, rafael@electronicajapon.com

 

Located on Via Espana Brazil between Ray and near Iglesia del Carmen, besides Panaderia/Dulceria Symphony.

 

Rafael Lam speaks English. Carries LEDs (G4 etc), cables, connectors, electronic components, aswell Inverters

 

Electronica Japonesa 264-6384, 264-1186)

 

Located on Via Brazil across from PriceSmart. Can also do general electronic repairs.

 

Gigatech

 

LED lights, switches, connectors. Looks like a music shop. Speak English.

 

Around the corner from Panama Auto (map page 5)

 

See also Mayher, Discovery Center, Noveys and Do-It Center under “Hardware”

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Electrician

Tom Valentin, German electric-engineer, very good English, works both coasts, 6666 2598;

(12V/24V)

th.valentin@gmail.com, received good reviews (04/2017)

 

 

Miguel 6589-8998, speaks some English

 

 

Narval Marine – See listing under “Repairs”

 

 

Best advice is to ask on the local VHF net (see “Radio Nets”). There are usually experienced electricians among

 

the fleet, who are available for consultation.

 

Electronics

Electromar Services, SA, Dino 228-9983

 

(Marine)

Located in La Boca area, electronics and hydraulics, EPIRB Battery Replacement (note: reported to have charged

 

$400 for an 18 month battery in 2011. See also Overseas Electronics & Beyond, below)

 

Electronica de Antón, Rolando “Rolo” Tomilson, 6487-3818, 314-0812, 314-1634 electroancon@cwp.net.pa

 

Located in Balboa Business Center (across from Freeway Laundry). Does electronic and ICOM repairs. (see

 

map page 7)

 

 

Falcon Electronics, Javier Parra 6781-1544, 314-1034 falcon@cwpanama.net www.ifalcon.net

 

KVH technician and other electronics. Is also a good source for referrals to other technicians.

 

Narval Marine – See listing under “Repairs”

 

 

Navstar Marine Electronics 228-0399, 6617-2591 www.navstarmarine.com

 

Furuno and Iridium Dealer. Located in La Boca, near Freeway Laundry. Osvaldo Flores

 

Nautimar 6688-7369 nautimar1073@hotmail.com

 

 

Has marine hardware/electronics

 

 

Overseas Electronics & Beyond. Julio C Romero 6615-1879, 209-2586, 209-2588 **

 

ACR, Argus Radar, Cassens & Plath, Kannad Marine, Nauticast, Navico, Northstar, Lowrance, McMurdo,

 

MXMarine, Simrad, Thrane & Thrane. EBIRB battery replacement, electronics, repair radar etc. 5 Year

 

replacement ACT EPIRB battery was $280 in 2011.

 

 

Protecsa 227-3533 6612-9366 info@protecsa.com.pa www.protecsa.com.pa

 

Sales and service for C-Plath, Decca, JRC, Leica, Newmar, Raymarine, Robertson, Sea, Seatel, Simrad, Sitex,

 

Sperry, Sailor, Tokimec. Also does hydraulics. Rebuilds hydraulic pumps. Carries hydraulic fittings and oils.

 

An authorized repair facility but there are often issues with quality of work and promptness in completion of

 

work. Located on Via Simon Bolivar, less than a mile past Tuercos y Tornillos and Centro Marino on the right

 

side of the road (Do not walk here!). Open Monday-Friday 8:00-16:30, Saturday 8:00-12:00

Embassies

American Embassy panama.usembassy.gov

 

 

Located in the Clayton area on Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue. Accessible by the “Ciudad de Saber” bus C820

 

from the Albrook Terminal. No walk-ins. You must make an appointment online

 

French Embassy 211-6200 www.ambafrance-pa.org

 

 

Located in Casco Antiguo, on Plaza de Francia. At the end of the point.

Emergencies

MARINE EMERGENCIES

 

Flamenco Signal Station – VHF 12, Tel. 6151 3884

 

 

Monitor traffic on the Pacific side of the canal. In the Panama City area, they can be hailed as

 

“Flamenco Signal” or “Panama Signal Station”

 

 

Panama Coast Guard – Servicio Marino Nacional -- VHF 16

SARPanama@gmail.com

 

211-6014 or 211-6013; 211-6012; 6140-6803; 0n VHF or SSB, respond to: “Sierra Mike November”

 

In the Las Perlas region, the Coast Guard has a station on Isla Chapira. They can be hailed there on VHF 16 or,

 

6901-4804 or 316-1712

 

 

In a mayday-situation you can contact your Home-MRCC in your native language to coordinate with the

 

locals, for example:

 

 

Germany: Bremen Rescue +49 (0) 421 / 536 87 0, (SSB 2187,5 kHz (DSC))

 

United States: USCG Alameda +1 510-437-3701 (Pacific SR Coordinator)

 

NOTE: See also “Radio Nets”. When at sea or a remote anchorage, any of the SSB nets can help coordinate

 

rescue and provide expert advice and assistance

 

 

LAND EMERGENCIES

 

Medical Emergencies: CSS 503-6000, 503-2532

 

 

Tourist Police in Panama City (English Speaking) 211-3811

 

 

 

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Aeronaval: 108

Police Emergency: Dial 104 on your phone

Police Balboa 5119528

Fire Emergency: Dial 103 on your phone

Highway (Roadway) Emergency: Dial 088. (From any cell phones and at no cost to the user. You can report accidents, injuries, emergencies on highways, kidnappings, alleged contrabanding, highway assaults, etc.)

EPIRB -

Battery Giant (listed under “Batteries”)

 

Battery

DIMSA/Overseas and Beyond Julio Romero 6720-9733

 

 

 

 

On Calle 50, Global Bank Plaza. Call for directions.

 

 

Panama Tek Lina Serracin +507 389-0786 (land) +507 6949-0709 (mobile) service@panamatek.com

Fabrics

=> see “Sewing Fabrics & Supplies”

 

Ferry Services

Ferry services provide travel between Panama City and Taboga Island, as well as between Panama City and

 

some of the Las Perlas Islands. The following is for general reference only. Prices and times change frequently

 

due to season and demand. Be sure to confirm there have been no schedule or pricing changes!

 

 

Taboga Express Ferry 6234-8989, www.tabogaexpress.com

 

 

Operates daily (Monday through Sunday) from Isla Perico on the Causeway (next to Las Brisas). $10US one

 

way. See web page for current schedule.

 

 

Calypso-Ferry 314-1730 / 390-2403

 

 

Departs from the La Playita dock. $14US adults. Be at the pier one hour before departure. Check the schedule at

 

the office as it changes frequently depending on the season.

 

 

Water Taxi on Taboga Island: Chombo 6585 5957 (04/2017)

 

 

 

 

Fiberglass,

SUPPLIES

 

Resins, Gelcoat

Fibropinturas, SA. 221-2012, 221-2032 Manager: Gustavo Silva 6550-6259 fibropinturas@cwpanama.net

 

 

www.fibropinturas.com

 

 

Foam core, Nydacore, marine plywood, fiberglass, gel coat and resins (poly and epoxy).

 

 

In Rio Abajo, Calle 5ta, Edificio No. 2469. (Down Via Espana, first left just after the Discovery Center, will be

 

on the left about two blocks up. From Albrook Terminal, you can take the V560/V520 bus “Via Espana-

 

Calidonia-Albrook” bus or the V201 “Automotor-Via Espana-Albrook-Directo” bus.).

 

 

Abernathy´s and Centro Marino (listed under “Chandlers”) at times carry West System.

 

 

SUR (listed under “Paints”).

 

 

FIBERGLASS REPAIRS

 

 

Mar & Botes 6745-2286

 

 

In Rio Abajo, a short distance past Fibropinturas (see above)

 

 

Fabrication and repairs of fiberglass items, polyurethane paint and gelcoat application.

 

 

Narval Marine – See listing under “Repairs”

 

 

Sandino Guerra 6552-1103

 

 

Skilled labor in fiberglass and woodwork. Recommended but very busy. Usually works at Balboa Yacht Club

 

Tito (Balboa Yacht Club) 6499-2054.

 

 

Tito runs the taller and rails at the club. Skilled in both fiberglass, gel coat repairs and woodwork.

 

(This is a different Tito than the Canal-Agent working out of Colon.)

 

Filters (Motor)

=> see “Oil & Oil Filters”

 

Filters (Water)

Premier Universe 300-0838

 

 

Home appliance store located next to the Elephant entrance in Albrook Mall. Carries 5 micron-filters on the

 

second floor

 

 

Do-It Center, Discovery Center and Noveys (listed under “Hardware”)

 

 

Hydromundo (listed under “Watermaker”)

 

 

 

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Fire

Abrasil 236-5644, 236-5648, 260-9061 www.abrasilsa.com abrasil20@cwpanama.net

Extinguisher,

Walter Espinosa 6591-8854 (2019: charged $47 to fill and certify 5 extinguishers from their mobile van at

Certification

Balboa Yacht Club)

 

Firemaster de Panama 236-0880 firemast@franpan.com

 

In Bethania, Calle 87 Harry Heno

Fireworks

Panama-Fireworks 222-4105, 6672-7348 panamafuegos@cwpanama.net

 

Located on Via Espana. Exact address not known. Call for directions.

Flags

Abernathy's, Centro Marino, and Pesquero's (listed under “Chandlers”) (limited range)

 

Grabados Amerika 225-1430

 

Mon-Fri 8:00-4:00, Sat 8:00-1:00

 

Islamorada (listed under “Charts”)

 

 

NOTES:

 

Some people have found low cost Panama flags upstairs at El Machetazo (listed under “Groceries, General”)

 

which they have adapted for use as a courtesy flag during their stay in Panama. The flags are located upstairs

 

close to the office supplies and usually cost $3 to $5 dollars. Courtesy flags can be ordered on the internet from

 

Rollysails

 

Simonetta on the sailboat Dream sydream@hotmail.com or simopiero@gmailcom 6507-6872 6063-2399

 

Has been making good quality flags for 20 years. New flags for Caribbean, Pacific, Indian Ocean, Central and

 

South America. Also Panamanian flags in Sunbrella. Usually has the most important and requested flags ready

 

in size 30x45cm (40x60cm for nationality flags). Can make arrangements for flags to be delivered to you.

 

Note: The courtesy flags for Columbia and Ecuador have the same design. They differ only in their

 

aspect ratios: Columbia (1:2) and Ecuador (3:5). But from a distance would probably look the same.

 

Ecuador´s courtesy flag does not need to show the “escudo” (coat of arms)

Flares

Marine Safety, Calle 2da Perejil, casa2, Mrs. Roxana 62265429, alarmasyextintores11@hotmail.com

 

carries safety-equipment and fire extinguishers

 

(2017: 1kg-$14, 2kg-$25 / Parachute flare $45, Smoke pot $45, Hand flare $20, no CO2-gas cylinders - some

 

prices are better at Pesqueros (listed under “Chandlers”), but check the manufacture due dates!)

 

Captain´s Store, Centro Marino and Pesqueros (listed under “Chandlers”)

 

 

 

 

Foam

NOTE: For foam core used in boat building, see “Fiberglass, Resins, Gelcoat”

 

NOTE: Closed cell foam is not available in Panama. To special order closed cell foam, see Marine

 

Warehouse under “Chandlers”

 

NOTE: For fast dry foam shipped in from the U.S., see Casa D La Vela, listed under”Sails & Sail Repair”

 

FibroPinturas (see “Fiberglass, Resins, Gelcoat”) higher grade than the sewing supply locations, but not closed

 

cell.

 

Pico Pico and El Tapiz (see “Sewing Supplies & Fabric) carry foam sheets, but not closed cell quality).

 

Mega Depot (see “Grocery Store, Big Box”) some times carries floor mats made of closed cell foam.

Freight

=> see “Mail & Freight”

Fuel - Diesel &

In all cases,

 

! These sources many times have no stock to sell

check in advance to verify availability and costs

Gasoline

to transients.

 

 

 

Balboa Yacht Club (BYC) – Call VHF 6 or call the Marina office at (+507) 228-2313, ext. 3. When obtaining

 

diesel, you can also fill up your water tanks at no additional charge. Does not carry gasoline. No service

 

charge. But there is a charge if you are at the dock longer than ½ hour.

 

Flamenco Marina -- Call VHF 10 or 341-0665 to make appointment. Carry diesel and gasoline (both ethanol

 

free) and water. At times, have charged a fee to be at the dock. At times have charged $0.05 per gallon for

 

water. Confirm in advance. The diesel tends to be slightly cheaper at Flamenco than in La Playita Marina.

 

The Fuel dock is very low, dip your fenders onto the water. Do NOT expect the staff to know how to tie up a

 

boat or help with lines and beware of surge in the harbor.

 

 

 

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La Boca Gas Station - the closest service station is in La Boca. (See map page 8.) They have refused to fill

 

“non-standard” jerry cans. Alternatively, take the Metro Bus all the way to the terminal. There is a gas station

 

next to the terminal. You will need to take a taxi to return to the Amador causeway; filled jerry jugs are not

 

allowed on the bus.

 

La Playita – Call VHF 9 or 314-1730. You may be required to pay an extra fee of $20USD to bring your boat to

 

the dock. Water is available at no cost. A diesel surcharge may be applied ($30) for diesel purchases less than a

 

set amount (typically 200 gallons). There is also a surcharge for credit card payments. Gasoline is NOT

 

available. Before bringing your boat in, check with them first on availability and current fees.

 

Oliver Yacht Services (under “Canal Agents”) will pick up jerry jugs, have then filled and deliver them back

 

same or next day.

 

LAS PERLAS & WESTERN ISLANDS

 

Diesel and gasoline are available on Contadora Island and Isla del Rey. In the western islands diesel is available

 

from a barge at Isla Cebaco. There is a fuel dock in Pedregal, the port of David, but it is a 25-mile trip up the

 

estuary from Boca Chica (the only safe entrance of the three) and has to be done with the tides, requiring two

 

days for a sailboat. Diesel is available from a barge typically located at Isla Cebaco in the Western Islands.

Fuel Injectors /

Electro Inyeccion Diesel Chu, S.A. 261-0212

Injector Pumps

Located on Via Fernandez de Cordoba, No. 41-39. Diesel engines, pumps, Racor housings and Racor filters.

(Diesel)

At the Fernancez de Cordoba stop on the Metro Subway. Across the street from the Furniture City. Look for

 

sign on the street, you will need to walk back through a passageway to the actual store. (Map, page 5)

 

“Rivas & Picans” – full name “Agencias Diesel Rivas y Picans (ADIRPSA)” 229-3141, 261-4111 **

 

In Vista Hermosa, Calle Francisco Filos #30-32 Will inspect, clean, recondition and verify fuel injectors.

 

Highly recommended. Clean shop, new equipment, skilled workers, honest and reliable. (NOTE: They advise

 

that spare injectors be stored in a mixture 50% diesel and 50% oil.)

 

Ital Dieselec, S.A. Giovanni Innocenti 260-0666 or 260-3371

Fuel/Tank

Servicios Maurice

Cleaning

Contact Alejandro Lopez 60708168

 

Happy Tank www.happytankpanama.com; info@narvalmarine.com; 6980-5554; 3910348

 

Narvalmarine, Causeway, Isla Perico

 

 

Fumigation

24 Hour Fumigation Svcs 6464-1089

 

NOTE: Enforcement of fumigation requirements for boats entering Panama is lax. Fumigation has, historically,

 

not been required of cruising boats entering Panama. But it should be noted that fumigation of boats for

 

mosquitoes is the law depending on your last port of call.

Furuno

Navstar Marine Electronics (listed under “Electronics (Marine)”)

Galley/Head

Acrylic solid counter top and laminate counter top supplies are available at both:

Remodeling

Formica Distribution Center 260-55503 Urb Ind Los Angeles Cl 85 Final

 

 

Tandor Cocina Design Center www.tucocinapanama.com 230-1311, 230-1312

 

Tumba Muerrta, Via Centenario, Plaza Centenial, Local #28

Galvanizing

This info was provided to me in 2015, but there has been no feedback from cruisers on whether it is accurate.

 

Galvanicadora Civelmec, Carlos 227-6422

 

Close to the main Centro Marino (the one on Ave Nacional). Possibly around the corner? Minimum weight

 

100lbs. Note that this is a red zone. Take a taxi!

 

 

Gasket

Hnos. Rodriguez, Dinorah Rodriguez 6979-8284, Office 221-8594

Fabrication

Fabricate head gaskets, gaskets for industrial equipments, etc.

 

Located in Parque Lefevre. (Spanish Directions: Pasando frente al colegio, Jose Dolores Moscote gire a la

 

derecha, antes de la tienda del chino.)

 

www.happyseals.com

Gasoline

=> see “Fuel – Diesel & Gasoline”

Generator

=> see “Motor - Diesel Mechanic” or “Honda Generator”

Repairs

 

Cruiser Resource Guide for Panama City, Panama

1 January, 2020

** consistently get high praise from cruisers to quality service

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Glasses

Several chains in Panama offer prescription glasses. Optica Lopez, Optica Sosa and Optica Chevalier are

(Prescription)

popular ones. Each has an office in the Albrook Mall. Standard practice is to provide a free eye exam to confirm

 

your prescription. Most special orders take 5-7 working days to fill. Prices are significantly less than in the U.S.

 

There is an Optica Lopez office across the street from Rey grocery store in El Dorado (see map page 7). Some

 

cruisers have reported their prices are lower than the prices charged at the Albrook Mall.

Graphics

=> see “Lettering for Boats”

Groceries,

Abastos – Closed. Has been renamed Merca Panama and moved to a new location. See below.

Local Style

Calidonia Open Air Market. – From the Metro station walk down Avenida Central/Via Espana (the one way

 

 

road with traffic going towards Cinco de Mayo). Look for the flower lady on the right. Down that alleyway

 

behind her will be fruits and vegetable stalls with produce obtained from Abastos. Turn left towards the end and

 

you will find the meat vendor area.

 

Merca Panama www.cadenadefrio.com.pa/ +507 524-1948

 

Open 0300 – 1500 (3AM to 3PM) Daily

 

Merca Panama is Panama City's fruit and vegetable market. Cheapest place for fresh, locally grown,

 

unrefrigerated fruits and vegetables. It is many acres and several buildings. You can hire a local person (price

 

negotiable) with a hand cart to show you the areas and collect your purchases

 

Cruisers often use Roger/Rogelio and his van to make a scheduled trip to Merca Panama and then the Fish

 

Market. Any cruiser wishing to organize this can call Rogelio/Roger (listed under “Transportation – Taxis &

 

UBER”) and find out what day he is available and how many people he can take. Announce on the morning

 

VHF net (see “Radio Nets”).

 

By Bus, take the C970 bus from Albrook Terminal. The stop is “Mercapanama Interna”(see “Transportation –

 

Buses & Subway”)

 

Mercado de Mariscos (Fish Market) – Avenida Balboa and Eloy Alfara (at the western end of Avenida

 

Balboa, see map page 4). White building with a blue roof. Fresh fish, shrimp, etc. There is also a restaurant

 

upstairs which overlooks the market stalls. There are colectivo taxis which run between the fish market and

 

Multi Centro Plaza (Paitilla). Cost is $1 per person, maximum 4 persons. NOTE: Closed the first Monday of

 

each month for fumigation and cleaning.

 

Mercado Publico – Meats, vegetables, etc. At the beginning of Avenida Balboa (the western end). (see

 

map page 4)

 

Rio Abajo - Small Veggie and Fruit-Market, about 12 stalls (one with fish and eggs), on Via Espana, going

 

towards Tocumen, on the right hand side a short distance beyond the original Discovery Center, next to Casa de

 

Plastica (Take the Metro-Bus "Super99, Rio Abajo".)

 

 

Grocery Store,

Mega Depot 261-2114

Big Box

Ave Simon Bolivar/Transistmica. (see map page 5)

 

Warehouse grocery/house goods/limited hardware/small appliances. No membership required. Carries liquor

 

(lowest prices for wines and hard liquor), frozen meats and goods, canned meats (turkey, chicken, tuna), cleaning

 

products. Limited selection fresh fruits and vegetables. Carries the BJ's home brand of products. Large packs

 

(1kg/2pound bags) of dried fruits (raisins, cranberries, dates, apricots) and nuts (pistachios, almonds, walnuts,

 

pecans, peanuts in shell). Advertise that for purchases over a given dollar amount they will deliver to you. Talk

 

with them before making a large purchase to make sure of the details and be sure to have a contact phone number

 

on both sides!

Price Smart 214-7011 www.pricesmart.com

Two locations in Panama City:

1.Intersection of Via España and Ave Brazil (see map page 5)

2.Tumba Muerto, a mile or two past the El Dorado shopping center (see map page 6) Open Monday-Saturday 10:00-20:30, Sunday 10:00-20:00

Central American version of the Costco store in the U.S. (carrying some of Costco´s “Kirkland” brand products), Meats, vegetables (refrigerated), cheese, canned goods, etc. Requires a membership card for entry and purchases. You can use someone else´s card but must pay in CASH. You can use a credit card for your purchases only if you are using your own membership card. There are two ATM machines near the entrance. Some taxi drivers carry PriceSmart cards. See “Transportation – Taxis & Uber”

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Grocery Store,

El Machetazo

 

General

Several locations, including one on Via España in Calidonia and one at the top of the walking street. Both of