Playa Uverito, Las Tablas , Panama
The information that one of the members enter about the "Uverito Beach" located in Las Tablas , Panama is incorrect. My family was born in this little town called "Santo Domingo" , were the Beach is located, the name of the beach comes from a centenarian "uvero" tree that used to stand in the center of the beachfront until about 15 years ago. Under the tree, the people of Santo Domingo would gather to celebrate their traditional Perote Festival, while singing tamboritos for a whole day.
Uverito Beach has nothing to do with Grapes!!.
I have traveled throughout Central/South America looking for the best carnaval celebration, and none can really top the one in Las Tablas. I cant believe there arent more reviews on this website about it. I believe it's because its less of a tourist attraction, and more a Panamanian event. Believe me when I say it, you will have the time of your life. The schedule goes like this: Wake up at about 11am to the sound a fog horn, which blasts over the town telling everyone to get out of bed. Join thousands of people in the streets and party until dark. At dark, everyone heads to the outside disco/club. Party and dance until the sun comes up. Go to sleep until 11am. Repeat this for 5 days. Seriously, it will be the time of your life. Hotels are very hard to come by. Bring a tent, and ask one of the locals if you can set it up in their back yard. My friends and I set up our tents in the back yard of a local hotel, and didnt have to pay much per day. Please let me know if you have questions.
Playa Uverito means "little grape beach" in Spanish, don't know how the beach got it's name, as there are no vineyards nearby.
Playa Uverito is about seven miles almost due east from Las Tablas. Just follow the signs. There is a cantina there and Rincon del Faro restaurant and La Luna Hotel.
The cantina is typical Panamanian, has local beer and some local food. Rincon del Faro is more upscale, but not expensive, see my seperate review of that restaurant. One can also hang out at Rincon del Faro, they have a pool and beach tables to sit and pass the day. They don't charge anything to use the facilities, but they expect you to purchase beverages, at least.
Not much else there, some interesting beach houses, there is a new hotel there, La Luna, it is just before one gets to Rincon del Faro on the inland side of the road. (Right side as one is going to Rincon del Faro).
Just down the street from Pan Caliente,
On Calle 8 de Noviembre between Calle 3 de Noviembre and Ave. Belisario Porras.
Cute little place that has 6 internet stations. A bit cramped, but they work well. Double Click, which is up the street and beyond the square in a fancy new office building, is more roomy and posh, but I often have problems with their equipment, this place is more reliable, albeit more bohemian. The guy who runs it likes to play video games at the control desk and he REALLY gets into it! If you don’t mind a lively place to check your e-mails and whatnot, this is it! Lots of the local gringos use it besides me. Only thing is, the guy who runs this place doesn’t speak English, so if you don’t know Spanish you have to use sign language with him, but he is friendly and helpful.
They also sell blank CDs if you run out of space on your camera and want to upload and burn them to free that precious disk or HD space or you just have to send mom some pics of your trip before you head home!
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