Currently, there is bus service to Tonosi from Panama City, the main bus terminal at Albrook. It is only three times a day, but saves one from having to change buses in Las Tablas. The bus from Panama City to Las Tablas is $8 and you have to then walk about a mile or take a cab to the other, local bus terminal to get the bus to Tonosi. Not all...more
Gonzales Surf Camp y Restaurante is a small, fonda-type restaurant next to Los Buzos Resort. Nubia usually has sancocho (soup) and a meat dish and a fish dish every day. There is no set menu, just whatever they have on hand or got that day. Also, drink choices are limited. You can get Coca-Cola, Fresca, Ginger Ale or Cerveza Panama, and sometimes,...more
VT Member, Jack was first VT member to visit us here, at Los Buzos, what are the rest of you waiting for? Come to a serene location, uncrowded beaches, lots to do and see! There is a surfing tournament here the end of April but other than that, we should be pretty quiet and peaceful!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
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
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
Restaurante Cachirre is a simple, local restaurant in El Puerto de Guarare. It is an open-sided restaurant. The menu is on the wall to the right of the service window.They have fish (corvina) served fried or grilled. They have shrimp one can order cooked in one of four different sauces (garlic, creole, panamena (pepper and onion), or soy) They...more
La Mejorana is on the west side of Highway 2, if one is traveling south from Chitre it is on the right just before one gets to "downtown" Guarare. It is set back off the road, but there is a large sign out front on the highway. The restaurant is in a modern building with local decor and feel. They have an air conditioned dining room if you don't...more
La Mejorana is a type of 5-sting guitar made locally. Near the end of September every year Guarare hosts a fiesta to celebrate this rustic musical instrument with all the usual trappings; pollera contests, dancing, music, drinking and singing! La Mejorana is part of the local cycle of folkloric events, also around this time are; La Fiesta de...more
Boca del Toro
Face cloth, fins,mask and snorkel .
Luggage and bags: Expandable luggage with one larger one with wheels. Carry-on with handy pockets.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good sturdy shoes for walking, umbrellas are cheap and better purchased in Panama as Airline security may confiscate your umbrella.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Most medicine available without prescription and of much better quality (not generic) than is available in Canada. Be as informed as the locals by reading up on your requirements before leaving home.
Photo Equipment: Film is of questionable quality in some places, bring your own or use a digital camera. Also bring a small good quality flashlight as some beach side cottages shut their generators late at night.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Common sense, wear long pants and good shoes like the locals hiking in the country. Cuffs of pants dipped in permethrin will keep insects out. A cap dipped in same will keep ticks and sandflies out your hair.
Only the tourists in Shorts and Sandals gets bitten or stung by scorpions and snakes.
Miscellaneous: Ask the locals about the safety of the area, undercurrents at the beach, crocodiles near streams may not be apparent to the tourists but the locals nearly always know where danger lurks.
Corpus Christi Fiesta
As I described in another tip, Corpus Christi is a big religious fiesta in Panama, every town has a celebration. In Los Santos, they have a Mass and procession afterward. It is not a wild, Carneval fiesta, but a subdued, religious fiesta. They have colorful dancing troupes and decorations in the Church Square and the streets on the procession route have floral carpets with the Corpus Christi theme incorporated in their designs.Related to:
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