By William Friar
Fourth Edition, January 2013
Price: $21.99 USD
Price: $9.99 USD
Writer and Panama native William Friar offers unique tips for visiting this up-and-coming destination, from lounging in the Caribbean islands of Bocas del Toro to hiking the highlands of Boquete and exploring Panama City. Friar uses his local knowledge to craft unique trip strategies, such as The 14-day Outdoor Adventure and Six Days for History Buffs. Complete with details for navigating jungle trails, finding cheap taxis and underground bars, and planning a river expedition, Moon Panama gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
What’s inside Moon Panama
Enjoy the very best of Panama with these itineraries:
- The Seven-Day Best of Panama
- See It All in 21 Days
- Exploring the Panama Canal
- Historic Sites
- Family Fun
- For the Birds
- Hiking Ocean to Ocean
- Go Green
- Indigenous Art
Explore what Panama has to offer.
Recommendations for the top sights, recreation, entertainment, hotels, and food in:
- Panama City
- The Panama Canal and Central Isthmus including The Former Canal Zone, Gamboa and Vicinity, Colón and the Costa Abajo, Portobelo and the Costa Arriba, and Isla Grande
- Bocas del Toro including Isla Colón, Isla Carenero, Isla Bastimentos, and Mainland Bocas
- Central Panama including Parque Nacional Altos de Campana, El Valle de Antón, Penonomé and Vicinity, Aguadulce and Vicinity, Santiago, Santa Fé and San Francisco, and Archipiélago de las Perlas
- Western Highlands and Beaches including David, Boquete, Cerro Punta and Vicinity, Volcán and Vicinity, Golfo de Chiriquí and Golfo de Montijo
- The Azuero Peninsula including Chitré, La Villa de Los Santos, Loop Road: Pesé to Ocú, Guararé, Las Tablas, Pedasí and Vicinity, Southeast Azuero, and Western Azuero
- Guna Yala including The Guna Yala Islands, El Porvenir and Vicinity, Río Sidra and Vicinity, Corazón de Jesús and Narganá, Playon Chico and Vicinity, Mamitupu, Achutupu, and Vicinity, and the Uninhabited Cays
- The Darién including Western and Central Darién, Parque Nacional Darién, Coastal and Upriver Darién
Resources include a Spanish Phrasebook
William Friar grew up near the banks of the Panama Canal. Though an American citizen, he has lived much of his life overseas. Besides Panama, he has called Denmark, India, and the United Kingdom home, and he spends as much time as possible traveling. Moon Panama is Bill’s third Panama-related book. The others are an ecotourist guide, Adventures in Nature: Panama, and a photo-essay book, Portrait of the Panama Canal. He also writes about England, San Francisco, and various bits of South America.
Bill began his writing career as a stringer for the metro desk of The New York Times, where he found that covering stabbings, shootings, blizzards, and hockey parades was surprisingly good training for travel writing. He has also worked as a rock music critic, technology news editor, human biology instructor, writing coach, fundraiser, software manual author, and reporter for three daily newspapers in the San Francisco Bay Area. His current day job is press officer for the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Bill’s work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Arizona Republic, Neuen Zürcher Zeitung, San Jose Mercury News, Orange County Register, and Houston Chronicle, among other publications.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University, Bill also holds master’s degrees in English and American literature from Stanford and in journalism from Columbia University. He lives in London with his wife.