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Forum Posts

Buying prescription sunglasses in Panama City

by RaBear

I would like to bring my prescription with me in order to buy (an affordable) pair of corrective designer sunglasses (Kate Spade). Can anyone recommend a reliable business in Panama City/Colón or nearby? Will I save a lot of money? Thanks.

Re: Buying prescription sunglasses in Panama City

by bilgeez

You might be better off getting them in the US, if you can find what you want here, it probably will cost about the same for designer frames. In Panama City, at Albrook Mall you can go to Chevalier or Perez Optical, they both are good. My wife thinks they are at the duty free area in Colon, if they have any optical places. In Colon itself, it is dangerous to roam around. Especially if you are a gringa and don't speak Spanish well.
I've found that in Panama, that to get a good deal you have to wait for a design to age, if you get the latest, it will be as expensive as anywhere else. Now, if the style you want is out of date, and you can't find it anywhere at home, then you might save some serious money.

Travel Tips for Panamá City

The Pollera: A Panamanian National Symbol

by gdilieto

Panamanian traditional women dress, the "Pollera" (see pictures) has become a Panamanian national symbol. Its flowing skirt, abundance of handwork, and ornate jewelry make this dress beautiful, admired and cherished by all Panamanians. Today Pollera is used on special occasions and in festivals.

It normally consists of a blouse or shirt and a two-tiered full skirt. There are many tales related about its origin, but the popular opinion is that it was adapted from a gypsy dress worn in Spain at the time of the conquest of Peru and brought to Panama by the servants of the colonial families. The hairdress is an important part of the pollera and complement the costume.

An handmade pollera takes several months to create and can cost from several hundreds to several thousands of dollars.

Polleras, and the jewels that go with it, are handed down from mother to daughter, from one generation to another, as an heirloom.


by vtdanny

This is one of our favorite store we found in Panama City. Tendencies sell colourful fashion accessories such as rings, key chains, neckless made from natural material such as plant seed,beans, south american palm nut, leather.

We bought a few things for souvenirs. one of a kind rings, key chains, belts, purses. $6 and up

Greek Food and Pizza

by bilgeez about Athen's El Dorado

We went to the Athen’s Restaurant which is in the El Dorado section of Panama City, near the commercial center El Dorado which is on the north side of the city. It isn’t one of the two locations listed in the Moon Panama guide, which shows two other Athen’s locations at Calle 50 & Uruguay and, at Calle 57 Este & Ave. Primera Sur near Via Brasil. But they are all similar in what they offer.

We had pita sandwiches, which were totally delightful. The tzatziki sauce is to die for and the pita bread is more like pita-style English muffins, but very delectable and worth another visit!

They serve local and imported beers, wine and mixed drinks. The three of us shared four entrees, drinks and cappuchinos and the total bill was about $27, which is expensive for Panama, even Panama City.

They also supposedly have excellent pizza which is on my list to have there next visit. I’ll let you know how that rates when I try it! Tzatziki sauce is best I've ever had!

Plaza Francia

by Jim_Eliason

This plaza contains the remnants of the original city wall and the farthest most tip of Casco Viejo. It provides a fantastic spot to watch the modern city or to watch the ships lined up for entry into the canal.

Down below, the walls are monuments to the men instrumental in building the canal.

Casco Viejo

by malianrob

This to me was very beautiful. I dont think any of the pictures I took could really capture the beauty here. This is the Spanish Colonial sector of Panama City and you will find history of the United States, Panama, The Spanish, and the French. I have seen alot of similarties with the Colonial part of Quito here too. I guess its the Spanish influence.
This area is going through some major renovations also. Alot of money is being poured into this area to make it beautiful again. I have to come back in a few years to see the progress.
Casco Viejo is filled with French balconies and French architecture which overlaps the Spanish architecture.
In 1998, Casco Viejo was recognized by UNESCO and the United Nations for Education, Science and Culture as a site of world interest, due to the physical and universal aspects of this historical location.


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