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...more
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...more
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...more
Ponchalos Resturant, is world famous and offers the Famous Ponchalo Burger,6oz of ground beef, topped with a special mushroom sauce and bacon for just $3.50Ponchalos Resturant is located next to Mega Centro and Bar Allen, just before the only traffic light in town.Ponchalos Resturant offers Buffalo Wings, Quesadilla,Pizza, Nachos, Chicken Sandwich...more
This is a very nice bakery at the main square (Parque Porras) in Las Tablas. They have all the local bread styles; Moñas which are sort of like short, soft French bread loaves. Michitas, which are like hot dog buns. They also have small square rolls that are like White Castle hamburger buns, only a little bigger, and they have round, braided short...more
There are not many so-called fast food restraurants that we are accustomed to frequenting in the US in Provincial Panama. Oh, there is a McDonald's, KFC, Burger King and Panamanian Pio-Pio in Chitre, but most Panamanians go to the corner fonda for a fast meal. Most have seats and a nice bill of local fare. They may be open 24 hours or only dawn to...more
If you are near midtown Las Tablas, walk down Ave Belasario Porras to the Espíno supermarket and turn north (left if one is walking from the square). On the next corner you will find El Caseron. It has an open dining area and an indoor dining room that is air conditioned. They specialize in pizzas and have other local fare as well. The restaurant...more
Franklin Tejada´s Las Faroles is a fairly new restaurant and bar just north of Las Tablas on highway 2. It is between the center of town and the hospital. It has a brick and iron fence surrounding it. It has open walls like many of the local fondas, but it is a much classier place than the typical fonda and has a bar and very comfy seating in the...more
Rincon del Faro is a bit out of the way, it is on El Uverito Beach about 9 miles (15 kilometers) from Las Tablas. But a taxi from Las Tablas to this area should only be about $4-5, each way. It is much more than a restaurant, however. They have excellent food, but the views are spectacular, they have a pool on a deck just below the restaurant and...more
Open-sided bar with two big screens and a juke box. I could sit on the balcony of my apartment which was across the street, when I lived there, and watch their TVs. On special occasions they have a DJ and disco, so I didn't sleep those nights, which was almost every weekend! Big reason why I moved out of that apartment was lack of sleep Friday and...more
The Casino has recently changed hands, new sign has not been put up yet, but it's open for business! It is at Calle Ramon Mora and Calle 12 de Octubre. Just turn left at the Banco National de Panama as you are headed to the center of town (Carretera National 2 aka, Ave Carlos Lopez) and go one block and turn right and you are there! Not much to it,...more
Even though Las Tablas has about 7,000 inhabitants the pickings for supermarkets are slim. There is really only one true "supermarket" in Las Tablas, that is the: Compleo Comercial Fundado por Antero y Aquiles Espino Acevedo or as the locals call it; "Super Centro Rosa". There are many corner shops that one can run in and buy a few things, but few stores in town that carry a wide range of products. Espino has almost all the items one would expect to find in a US supermarket, everything from produce to shampoo.
There is an ATM on the premesis, but then there are ATMs all up and down Ave. Porras as there are four or five banks on this street as well and each has an ATM.
S/C Rosa is moving into a new building being built now, I guess to compete with the gigantic, new Super Carne up the street next to the Texaco station on the road to Pedasi. Even tho Super Carne has been around about 2 yrs now, Rosa seems to be thriving and expanding. Which is nice to see. The area is growing and there are more gringos moving into this area as it is still very cheap to live here.
What to buy: Even though Espino has produce, one usually can get a better price and quality from the vendors directly across the street from the supermarket. If you speak Spanish fairly well, you should do this, otherwise just grab what you need and make sure you have the attendant weigh your purchases before you go to the checkout.
Also, on Wednesday and Saturday there are two men who sell fish and shrimp on the corner outside of this supermarket. You can get some excellent deals. But be prepared to haggle, they charge more to gringos. You shouldn't pay more than $1 for a fish or more than $1.50 a pound for small-medium shrimp, $3-4 a pound for larger shrimp, or $5 a pound for the langostinos.
What to pay: Prices for produce are much less than in the US. But one doesn't find the variety. Most other items are about the same as the US, some are more expensive. Stay away from packaged products or US/ European business brand names, (i.e.; Hunt's, Nestle) they are more expensive. Local meat is much less expensive than in the US and is much better quality!
The feast of Corpus Christi, the celebration of the gift of the Eucharist, is celebrated forty days after the Ascention, sometime in June. It is a big fiesta in Panama and most towns have a celebration on that day or the days approximating it. Here in Las Tablas, is no exception. They had an evening Mass and parade afterwards, with fireworks and...more
Every July 22nd Las Tablas hosts the Fiesta de Pollera, which is a contest of who made and wears the women's national costume the best. If you arent familiar, polleras are an embroidered dress of lace that are handmade in this area. Some are valued at over $10K USD, they are very intricately embroidered. They take literally years to make. The...more
Every town in Panama has at least one Patron Saint and Las Tablas is no exception. It's main Patron Saint is Santa Librada. Around her July 20 Feast Day, Las Tablas has a fiesta that rivals Carneval for it's pagentry and opulence. It is also very crowded as Santa Librada has a cult following not only in Las Tablas and Los Santos Provence, but in...more
As I said on another tip page, all towns in Panama have at least one Patron Saint. In the village of Peña Blanca, which is a few miles south of Las Tablas, they recently celebrated a fiesta of their town´s patron, St. Anthony of Padua, or San Antonio de Padua. He is the Patron Saint of fishermen, also, and since Peña Blanco is close to the Pacific, that is appropriate, although, I doubt if any men in the town are engaged in commercial fishing, because it is far enough inland that it wouldn´t be feasable for the locals to be engaged in fishing. But they had a nice fiesta, with a candlelight procession that wound it´s way all through the town. Again, this was not a wild party, but a religious celebration, so no borrachos were dancing in the streets, it was a colorful, subdued celebration.
On Calle Manuel Barrios. Between Belasario Porras and Moises Espino. The “other” patron of Las Tablas, the underdog to Santa Librada, who has a cult following, plus it’s the biggest and oldest church in Las Tablas. Poor baby Jesus has a little chapel and not much respect from the locals. But it’s a nice little chapel nonetheless. Newly remodeled,...more
The Espino School is some interesting architecture as it is more continental style than colonial or Mediterranean-style. And, it is one of the oldest buildings in Las Tablas besides the Iglesia Santa Librada. The School is on Calle Los Santos between Ave Belisario Porras and Calle Moises Espino. It’s right around the corner from Hotel Manolo. If...more