Frequently Asked Questions

  • Panama is on EST from October to April and CST from April to October when daylight savings goes into effect in the States.
  • Not a problem. English is a second language-most Panamanians speak some English and many speak it fluently, especially those that cater to tourists. Panama has always been an international business crossroads where English is a necessity.
  • Yes. There is much more to the Boat Show than just the boats. There's apparel, electronics, fishing and diving equipment, jewelry, hats and caps, sunglasses, destinations/real estate, artwork, magazines, multi-media, safety equipment, boating accessories, engines, generators, and more. Even if you don't own a boat, you can still go on a shopping spree.
  • Your boat may qualify as a residence for purposes of deducting interest expenses on your tax return. In such instances, some customers choose to finance more of the purchase price of their boat and hold on to their cash for other purposes. Of course, you need to discuss these issues with your tax advisor for specific recommendations. 
  • Citizens of most countries including the USA, Canada and the European Union don't need a visa. They only require a valid passport for trips of up to 180 days. If you want to stay longer you have to travel to another country, stay 3 days and then re-enter Panama to get another 180 day tourism visa. For all other countries consult your embassy or a Panamian consulate about visa requirements. Of note: a law requires anyone entering Panama to have at least 3 months before his passport expires. So make sure you do, or you may be refused entry. Panamanian law also requires you carry some kind of ID when you are out and about in Panama. You don't have to carry your passport, you should carry a photocopy of the photo page of your passport and also the page where you entry date is stamped. If your children are traveling with one parent only, Panama requires a notarized letter of permission from the other parent.
  • For U.S. Passport Holders, passports must be valid at least 3 months beyond your travel date, and there is no visa required for U.S. Citizens. For more information visit:

    For Non-U.S. Passport Holders, additional information can be found here:

    Quick facts on passport validity, Visa information, restrictions, vaccinations:

    Health Information for Travelers to Panama:

    65 Tips on Panama:

    Panama Travel Guide:

    Official Website of Republic of Panama:

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  • In general, most boats at the show can be boarded, with the exception of the superyachts and megayachts.  In some cases, you may have to go through a qualifying process to get on board a boat, in others, you can just take your shoes off and go.  Access is granted at the discretion of the exhibiting manufacturer/dealer
  •  Look for banks that offer more than the typical monthly payment plan. For example, you may be more comfortable with a seasonal payment plan that allows you to skip up to three consecutive monthly payments per year and continue to skip the same months each year for the life of the loan. This option can be especially attractive for people with seasonal variations in income, such as contractors, sales representatives, retailers, consultants, and others.
    Or for those with a large seasonal bonus, an annual payment plan option may be best. With this option, customers make just one payment a year, and can delay the first payment up to six months for some “breathing room” between the time of the down payment and the time of the first payment.
    For those who wish to pay down the principal faster in order to save on finance charges and shorten the loan term, a bi-weekly payment option may work best.
    If you want to avoid check writing hassles and guarantee that your payments will be on time each month, you may prefer to make automatic loan payment deductions from a checking or savings account through Automated Clearing House (ACH) transfers.
  • 1) The best place to purchase a ticket is from our website at (2) On site at the show, you can purchase a ticket at the various box offices
  • All entrances into the show are accessible for people with disabilities. However, we can not guarantee access aboard some of the vessels.
  • As a Boat show attendee and/or ticket holder you hereby consents that Show Management and its agents can use your name and photographs, video and film ("Photos") of you taken before, during or after the event in advertising and other promotional materials for the Event without compensation. You also agree that no advertising or other material needs to be submitted to you for approval. All Photos taken and used by Show Management and its agents are owned by Show Management and they may copyright material containing same. You hereby release, discharge, and agree to save harmless Show Management from any liability, including, without limitation, any claims for libel or invasion of publicity/privacy, by virtue of any use of your name and/or Photos, including, any alteration of such Photos, whether intentional or otherwise.