Contadora Island Inn

Beachfront, (Formerly "Hotel Contadora Resort & Casino"), Contadora Island, Panama
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Forum Posts

Tourist Card or Stamped VISA?

by RaBear

I am a USA citizen and will spend 42 days as a tourist in Panama (April 1, 2009 to May 12, 2009) Does anyone know if I can get an extension on the 30-day Tourist Card at Tocumen Airport when I arrive so I can stay the full 42 days? Does it cost extra? Or, do I have to go to a government office to do this? Again, does it cost extra? (Where do I go?)

Or, do I have to get a Stamped Visa ($135.00 Ouch!) from the Panamanian Consulate before I leave the United States?

Or, what happens if I show up at the airport when I leave with a Tourist Card that expired 12 days ago?

Thank you so much for any help!

Re: Tourist Card or Stamped VISA?

by YVRDave

Have you thought of visiting Colombia or Costa Rica in that time? You could then start a new 30 day visit.

Re: Tourist Card or Stamped VISA?

by bilgeez

Whatever you do, you have to renew your tourist visa after 30 days, they may let you stay another 30 for $10. You have to go to Immigracion and waste a day there. If you just overstay, they will fine you $50. Take your pick.

Re: Tourist Card or Stamped VISA?

by soflo

You can stay in panama for a full 90 days with a tourist visa card you received at the airport. If you overstay the 90 days they charge you 60 dollars for the next 30 days,dont know after that.

Re: Tourist Card or Stamped VISA?

by DrewClement

Im not sure the exact answer to the question. But I found this article which may help answer some more of your questions

Travel Tips for Panamá City

Kuna Indians

by call_me_rhia

Plenty of people spend a small fortune for trips outside the city to visit "authentic" native populations... the nearest to the city would be a day trip to settlements along the Chagres river to the Embera indians, while a farthest and multi-day one would be to the San Blas islands to spend some time with the Kuna indians,

I must admit that I was tempted to go to the Embera village, but my husband put a clear veto to my proposal... for no reason at all. He suggested that we'd spend a relaxing day in the city, just casually strolling about. On the map I saw that the Avenida Central would be a good place to go, since it's a pedestrian avenue. Well, it turned out that there were many Kuna indians walking about too, doing some shopping AND wearing their traditional clothes... obviously not for the tourists (we were possibly the only foreigners, there).

Kunas' traditional clothes, for women at least, consist in colorful skirts, red and yellow head scarf, long strings of arm and leg beads, gold nose rings, earrings and a panel in their blouses known as molas. Lesson learned. Don't look for artificial tribes when you have the real people migling in the city with you, and not for you. Look at my travelogue if you want to see more pictures.

Calle Argentina

by mikey_e

Calle Argentina is one of the new city’s most visited restaurant zones, and with good reason. In fact, much of the area here just north of Via España is well-developed as a zone of entertainment and dining, with restaurants offering patrons a wide variety of cuisines. The main strip of restaurants and bars is along Calle Argentina (including some American-style places, but also Spanish, Cuban, Italian, Lebanese and, yes, even Panamanian food), while there are now also good Japanese and Peruvian places on streets just to the west. Calle Argentina is in fact a nice, quiet and easy-going place to spend time at night, as it has escape much of the Las Vegas-esque concentration of casinos and prostitutes that characterizes areas farther west along Via España.

Food price

by vtdanny

Food is Panama is relatively cheap.

Some local prices on food,
- local meals as per local canteens downtown Panama: from $ 1 to 1.75 USD. Sounds crazy but that's the price locals pay for their " comida ".
-local hamburger and a soft drink combo as per avenida Central street venders : $ 1
- a dish of Chinese singapore style spicy shrimp rice noodles : $ 3.25.
- a bottle of soft drinks from corner store on Via Espana: $ .30 to $.50
- beer at hotels : from $ 1 to $ 3. At local bars ( not exactly tourists hang out) a beer is about 60 cents, that's the price we're used to up north in Panama.

Fresh Jumbo shrimps dish ( 5 pieces, grilled ) at more touristsy places is about $10 and up . Grilled fish, fresh, is about $ 6 ( on the street, $ 3 ...... I didn't try the 3 dollar fish btw but it smelled very good )

Grilled fresh lobster in white cream and wine source ( at Bucanero, Amador ) $ 38. Next time I'll be sharing one with my wife, I could hardly finish that last time.


by mtncorg

Following the 1671 sack of Panama City by pirates, Spanish authorities moved the town to the west here on this small peninsula to be able to better defend it. This is the colonial heart to today’s city and was the whole city for many years until the Canal brought thousands of more people onto the scene. Since then, the city has moved to the east with the economic center being established more towards the high rises of Bella Vista and El Congrejo. Casco Viejo had been left to decay though now there is a big push to gentrify the district, especially since there is a lot of the old colonial architecture still in place. Gentrification means expulsion of the district’s poor inhabitants, of course - to far off areas like Arrijan where long commutes into the city are a way of life. The pace of gentrification will be interesting, however, since some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods - Chorrillo and Calidonia - are right next door. Restaurants and businesses come and go here. Most tourists venture in only by day, electing to stay in more towards El Congrejo. Still, Casco Viejo represents a big chunk of the city’s soul. The fine museum of the Isthmus, the Cathedral, the colonial alleys all stand in a 19th century counterpoint to the brashness of the towers of the eastside.

Iglesia San Felipe de Neri

by call_me_rhia

Iglesia San Felipe de Neri is possibly's the oldest church in the Casco Antiguo of Panama City's and it is dedicated to an Italian priest (Filippo de Neri) who was born in 1515 in Florence. He died in 1595 in Rome and spent his life helping the poor and founding a society of secular priests called the "Congregation of the Oratory".

This little church, dating back to 1688, damaged by fires many times, has been restored recently. it's a bit tucked away but you'll recognise it by its pointed dome, cevered in silver-green stones that look like shells and glitter over the skyline


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 Contadora Island Inn

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Address: Beachfront, (Formerly "Hotel Contadora Resort & Casino"), Contadora Island, Panama