The Panama Tourist Board, known as the Autoridad de Turismo de Panama (ATP), has a website and toll-free number for North Americans and Canadians (tel. 800/231-0568; www.visitpanama.com); English-language brochures are available. The website offers more information than can be gotten from any ATP representative on the phone, and also has links to other helpful sites. Make sure to check out www.panamainfo.com as well; it's probably the best travel site currently available on Panama and they also publish a quarterly magazine with tourist, real estate, and restaurant information. The quarterly magazine Panama 980 (www.panama980.com), provides English-language tourist information and in depth hotel and restaurant reviews. 9 80 can be purchased at the airport and is available at some hotels and restaurants. Focus (www.focuspanama.com), published twice a year in English and Spanish, offers comprehensive hotel, restaurant, regional coverage, and country maps, and is available for free at many hotels and restaurants.
ATP centers in major tourist destinations such as Panama City, Boquete, and Bocas del Toros also generally provide decent regional maps. The best country and regional maps can be found in El Hombre de la Mancha bookstores in Panama City. Maps are available online at www.panama-maps.com.
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