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getting from Panama to San Blas!

by dommorton


I am going to be in Panama in a week and am hoping to spend two days in Panama City and then a further week on a beach somewhere else in Panama!

I have heard that the best beaches close to Panama city are in the San Blas province! Is this true? any other suggestions? I wish to stay close to Panama as i fly out of there and into LA after only a week!

Could someone please let me know the best possible way of getting to San Blas from Panama and how much it is likely to cost?

I have read up on the area and it sounds nice! any other info would be greatly appreciated! Also any where good to stay?

Many Thanks for anyones help!


Re: getting from Panama to San Blas!

by bevilyn

the best way to to to san blas is by plane you could try or
to go to san blas take a plane to el porvenir or corazon de jesus were youll find severel hotels and cabans from there you can transporte yourself to all the islands in boat the cost for a round trip to el porvenir is 96.77 corazon de jesus 100.97 it takes 25 min to get there. you can ge to see indians and how they live. carribean side

i could also suggest isla contadora really nice place, you could go there on a boat or plane the boat ride will take 2 hours but its worth it you can see the dolfines very comen to see if you are luck you can get to see the whales(i can not explane the experience that it was for me to see whales in there natual habitat). in contadora oull find several hotels. from there you coul also pay for a boat trip to the other islands one of them is known as the survival island. theres also a nude beach if your interested.pacific side

in close proximity is also isla grande in colon carribean side. beautiful beaches you could take a boat ride around the island are just take a walk around and eat at the restuarants were youll eat there daily fished food. it is an 2 hour drive were you can contract a taxi driver to get you there.

isla coiba is also a graet option. you can get to veraguas by plane and catch a bus to take you to the port were youll have to cross over in a boat. or contract a taxi driver to take ou all the way to the port.

if you need more information contact me i could give you more detalles on were to go and how to move around

Re: getting from Panama to San Blas!

by dommorton

that was more than helpful! Thank you very much! Very grateful!!!!


Re: getting from Panama to San Blas!

by bevilyn

no problem. my pleasure to help you out. also if you need a taxi driver to transport or help in reservations here in panama let me know i could help out. also i would suggest to make a call at the hotels before you travel to these places so you could check and see if they have availabilty.
by beverly

Travel Tips for Panamá City

Panama Viejo

by bilgeez

On the east end of Panama City, are the ruins of the site of the original Panama City. It was first settled in the mid-16th Century, and was there until Captain Morgan pillaged it and the Colonial Spaniards decided to move the town to a more defensible site, where Casco Viejo is now. The area of Panama Viejo wasn´t really reinhabited until the 20th Century again.
The pictures below are of a moving, stageless play that was performed on the grounds of the Panama Viejo Museum and Cultural Centre in March, 2008. It depicted the original governor of Panama and other pioneer Panamanians who just arrived from Spain and how life was at that time. Panamanians love cultural or historical plays, their Passion Plays on Good Friday are legendary, and last all day! They do them in real time! But that´s another story. We were fortunate enough to find out about this event and go to it, as it is very close to where my wife and I live in Panama City (We walked over). The City and the Tourist Ministry put these events such as this on almost every month.

Tocumen International airport II

by vtdanny

Thinking about grabbing a bite prior to boarding ?

Hmmm... there's only a sit down type restaurant inside the gate. It also has a side stall which sells sandwiches for take out, at 8 USD a piece.

That's a total rip off IMO, just imagine how much food you'd get with 8 bucks elsewhere in Panama. The staff was really slow and we had to wait 20 min just to get our food.

On both sides of the gate lobby you'll find hot dog stands as well. Takes 15 min for them to make a hot dog. Soft drinks were 1.50 USD a pop.

Panamanian Dance and Cuisine

by mtncorg about TINAJAS

Dancing in the city revolves around salsa, merengue, disco and rock. Out in the country, you will need to don your Panama hat - province of choice denoted by how you fold up the brims - or put on your extravagant pollera - the very costly and ornate dresses of Spanish origin - because here, the tipica - folkloric dancing - reigns supreme. To see what tipica is all about, you can catch the Friday and Saturday shows at Mis Pueblitos - a park filled with replicas of villages that can be found throughout the country - on the base of Cerro Ancon. Better yet, you can combine a tipica show with Panamanian food here at Tinajas in Bella Vista - dinner shows are at 9PM on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Must-see: the Canal Locks

by gdilieto

A visit to the Canal Locks is a must-do for visitors to Panama City. The Locks are made of one or few chambers where the ships are raised/lowered from/to the sea to/from the Lake Gatun level to allow their navigation through the Canal. You will see the Locks in operation and the ships being raised or lowered as they transit by.

There are a total of three sets of Locks throughout the Canal: Miraflores and Pedro Miguel on the Pacific and Gatun on the Atlantic side. Both Miraflores and Gatun Locks are open to visitors (Pedro Miguel is not), with Miraflores hosting the best equipped visitor facility, the Centro de Visitantes de Miraflores, with a museum, a theatre playing documentaries on the Canal, an observation deck, and a restaurant.

I visited both Locks, but unless you are deeply interested in operation of the Canal, a visit to only one will suffice. Though Gatun Locks are the largest (three chambers raising/lowering ships 26 meters or 85 feet), Miraflores (two chambers, 16.5 meters or 54 feet) is the best choice because of its Visitors Center (Gatuns offers only an observation deck) as well as the most practicable to reach at about fifteen-minute car/taxi drive from Panama City. At time of my visit (April 2007) the Visitor Center opening hours where from 9 am through 5 pm daily. Admission fee: 8 USD.

Last, if you are interested, you can reach Pedro Miguel Locks (one chamber, 9.5 meters or 31 feet) by a 10-minute car/taxi drive from Miraflores. You won't be let in but there is a yard next to their entrance affording nice views of the ships entering the locks.

The link provided will get you to the Photo Gallery of Panama Canal Authority where you will find pictures of operation at the Canal Locks.

Stroll Down Av Balboa

by peggydaly

There are several parks along Av Balboa and one can stroll along the bahia de panama and look one direction over to Casco Viejo and then the other to see the starkly different skyscrapers of punta paitilla. what a contrast!

Be careful crossing Balboa. there are few corsswalks and the traffic wizzes. don't get chicken midway :) and pause.


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