Stanford Hotel Panama City

2 out of 5 stars2 Stars

plaza 5 de mayo, avenida central, Panama City, Panama
Stanford Hotel Panama City
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Panama City Questions

by DLMelvin86

Sup everyone!

I might be heading to Panama City with a friend for 2 weeks, and needed some advise.

We would like to be close to the best nightlife, and would like to rent an apartment close by. So where should we stay and whats the best way of looking for an apartment to rent?

Also we would like to hit up the beach everyday, so this creates a problem with logistics and still being in an area with good nightlife. I figure we can just take a bus to the best beach town that is any where from 1 - 1.5 hours away. So what is the best beach spot for us to go to and how far is it away from Panama City?

All advise and suggestions much appreciated!

Re: Panama City Questions

by aussirose

Ask bilgeez. He would be the Panama expert here on vt. Check out his pages here -

Re: Panama City Questions

by johnjm99

The upscale neighborhood of Marbella has the best clubs. Look for places around Calle Uruguay (Uruguay Street). If you take cabs - ask for discos NOT nightclubs. The latter means strip club or brothel to the locals.

The best beach I went to was at Playa Blanca (a resort) that was one hour from Panama City. Of course with only 50 miles separating the two bodies of water - you are not but an hour or so from the Atlantic/Carribean or the Pacific.

Another good beach was on the island of Taboga. Not crowded at all! The downside is that it takes a ferry ($11 r/t) to get there and back.

Both beaches I went to were completely flat for surf.

Re: Panama City Questions

by DLMelvin86

So it appears no beach around panama city will have any waves to really surf.

I guess ima have to split the trip up into 2 destinations.

Costa Rica first for one week, then panama city for the second week.

What town in costa rica is the best for surfing and partying?!? from the little info i gathered jaco beach, and puerta veijo (sp?) would be the best. Can anyone verify this?

Re: Panama City Questions

by Panama507

These CR beaches are good , beaches and party as well,
In Panama beaches for surfing are Catalina, Bocas, etc....

check this site out

have fun

Travel Tips for Panamá City


by Jim_Eliason

The official unit of currency in Panama is the Balboa. It is equal to one US dollar. However it is only minted in coins less than one balboa. Above that value, US dollars are used as the means of exchange.

Panama Canal Full Transit

by call_me_rhia

Our short trip to panama was all organized around one single event, that takes place only once a month: the full transit of the Panama canal... which was quite and experience, albeit a very long one, too. We were picked up at hour hotel at 6.30 AM and taken to the marina where our boat would leave from.

The trip was very enjoyable and on the same boat there were only the people who had opted for the shorter partial transit tour. All together we passed the two first sets of locks, navigated the Gaillard Cut (also called Culebra Cut) which is the most scenic part of the trip, and ended up in Gatun Lake, where they disembarked.

This first art of the tirp was the most interesting, but it's also true that the boat was a bit packed. After most of the people left, the transit became less interesting but much more relaxed and, as we were sailing towards Colon, we witnessed some really amazing sunsets. For this reason I would suggest you take the full transit rather than the partial transit.

The company we used (see details below) was recommened to us by a Panamese VTer. The trip costed us 165 USD per person and it turned out to be the cheapest of all the companies we had contacted ourselves. We were very happy with their service and we have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone. A word of warning: the food that's served on the boat is highly toxic (greasy and fatty - real junk food) - so do bring your own food on board.

What a place...

by alfredop about Barko

Seafood lovers should make a beeline for this restaurant, which enjoys a location on the tip of the Amador Causeway. Lobster, king crab, calamari, and octopus are all fresh and expertly prepared to bring out their delicate flavors. The house special is ceviche - fresh fish cured in lime juice. Diners also find pleasure in the excellent selection of sushi. Full bar. Smart-casual attire. Reservations accepted.

The local dances show is a very nice surprise and touch! Unique!

Cheap, Cheap, Cheap Italian

by bilgeez about Pizzaria Leonardo

Leonardo´s is another Italian restaurant chain popular here in Panama City. They have many, many locations, even more than Tamburelli. They have a very simple menu, they have; pizza, one size; lasagna, three kinds, and spaghetti with three sauces, and incredibly good garlic toast for $1 a serving! They also make an incredibly good Greek salad that has an incredible amount of feta cheese on it and a very good Ceasar salad. I would go there just for the salads! They have the pizza, spaghetti, lasagna and salad specials for $3.79. It is enough for two, so it is a really good deal.
The places are plain, cafeteria-style tables inside, and take out. I don´t think they deliver. I don´t recall seeing any delivery motor bikes for them. Well, Leonardo has recently shown that inflation has raised it´s ugly head and bit Panama. Until just before I wrote this (April 25th, 2008), all the pizza, pasta and their incredible salads were only $2.99, with garlic toast for all the meals except pizza. They have now raised the price, but it is still a really good deal for two!
They have a 12-inch, three-item, eight slice pizza for $3.79, which is enough for two.
They have chicken, beef or veggie lasagna or spaghetti for the same price. You can get tomato or alfredo sauce with either one. It is plenty for two people. Dinners come with an order of garlic toast and you are set, dinner under four bucks! They sell soda, too, but the Leonardo we go to is across the street from a tienda, so we get a bottle of soda or beer there, it´s cheaper. Leonardo does nick you for sodas.

Teatro Nacional

by call_me_rhia

On of the most beautiful buildings in the Casco Antiguo s the teatro Nacional, a yellow and cream constructionFronted with busts of famous writers. In this theatre you can enjoy all sorts of operas, plays, ballets and performances.

The building, opened its doors in 1908, and was designed by an Italian architect, Gennaro Ruggeri. The frescos decorations inside, instead, were by a local painter called Roberto Lewis. The theatre can host 853 people.


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