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Formerly Ft. Clayton, a US military base at the banks of the Panama Canal is now a large and very green residential area, surrounded by the Camino de Cruces National Park. It's an area popular among Panamanians and foreigners alike and without doubt the most child-friendly neighbourhood of Panama City. It's also home of the City of Knowledge, a non-profit set up to bring together NGO's & international aid organizations, academic institutions and technology companies. While it's close to the city in distance, public transport is poor so taxis are your best bet. If you want to visit the Miraflores locks and its, you'll have to head out to Clayton.
The SACA bus terminal at Plaza Cinco de Mayo has buses leaving every 30-40 minutes to Clayton.
Internet cafes can be found in cities and most major towns. Wifi is on the rise though with many hotels, restaurants and bars offering this services, especially in the major tourist areas like Panama City, Bocas del Toro and Boquete. Some mountainous or off the beaten track areas might not have any internet services at all.
See also International Telephone Calls
Panama's country code is 507. All cellular numbers start with the number 6 and have 8 digits. Land line phone numbers have 7 digits. 911 is the general emergency phone number.
Calls to the USA and Europe are between 4 and 10 cents a minute. The best way to make international calls from Panama is to buy prepaid telephone cards that are sold at every corner. The most popular is the TeleChip card. If you bring your cellphone, you can choose to buy a local simcard, instead of paying high charges for internet use through your home provider.
Correos y Telegrafos is the national postal company of Panama. It provides a wide range of services though you usually have to use the post offices for both sending and receiving mail and packages, including buying stamps. Post offices can be found in many cities and towns and are open from 6:30am to 5:45pm Monday to Friday and 7:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday. Domestic mail takes several days but to the USA and Europe for example it can take anywhere from 5 to over 10 days depending on the country. For sending larger packages, you might also consider using companies like FedEx, TNT, UPS or DHL, as they offer fast, reliable and competitively priced services as well.
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