Panama Travel Guide

  • Afro-Panamanian Beauties
    Afro-Panamanian Beauties
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  • Panamá City
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  • Monumento a Simon Bolivar
    Monumento a Simon Bolivar
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Panama Highlights

  • Pro
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    quime says…

     Not having the impact of mass tourism of neighboring Costa Rica 

  • Con
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    mtncorg says…

     Very hot and humid - the epitome of a tropical rain forest; Large financial chasms throughout the population 

  • In a nutshell
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    Melbournian says…

     Great place to relax in relative comfort when travelling through Central and South America 

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Panamá City


Bocas del Toro






Las Tablas




Isla Taboga




El Valle








Isla Bastimentos


Isla Contadora




Cerro Azul






Isla Bastimentos




La Chorrera




Boca del Drago


Isla Naos






Isla Flamenco


Cayo Carenero


Boca del Toro




Puerto Mutis


Las Lajas


Isla Grande




Isla Taborcillo


Quarry Heights




Los Santos




Isla de Coiba


Cayo de Coco

Cartí Tupile


Alto de Panamá


Alto de la Estancia


Panamá City

See all 449 Panamá City Tips
  • Cheap drinks and good company

    Panamá City Nightlife

    Ok,Apparently there was once more to this place till a fire burnt the area down. The "Club" is next to the Country Inn and Suites at the entrance of the canal. This is a great place for a drink and some decent eats. Nothing fancy but reasonable bar food (burgers, etc....the deep fryer is well used here. You can watch the sunset here or listen to...

  • Riande Granada Hotel And Casino

    Panamá City Hotels

    All in all, we enjoyed our experience at the hotel. It is well located, hence you are close to...

  • Flying in...

    Panamá City Transportation

    Copa is the National carrier of Panama flying modern Boeing and Embraer jets from Panama City to points North and South. For Americans they can often be a more affordable ticket to places in Brazil or Peru as my wife found out. I flew them LAX-PTY-LAX. The flight is around 6 hrs each way and each economy seat has IFE (TV, music, etc) to shorten the...


Bocas del Toro

See all 176 Bocas del Toro Tips
  • Crossing to the border

    Bocas del Toro Favorites

    We came from Costa Rica arrive in "Sixaola" station with the bus and we step out and the people said we have to walk cross to the bridge to get to the immigration office of PanamaThis bridge is very old, if you come from the neighboring country like Costa Rica and wants to continue traveling to Panama, the bus trip stops at the border and the rest...

  • Garden of Eden Resort

    Bocas del Toro Hotels

    Private island off Bocas del Toro Panama, , Panama

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Snorkeling

    Bocas del Toro Things to Do

    Scattered in the archipelago are wonderful places to snorkel. Most famous are Bocas del Drago, Hospital Point, the coral gardens at Isla Cristobal, Coral Cay (Cayo Crawl) and Cayos Zapatilla. As I'm born an Aquarius I'm crazy when it comes to do with water. I'm not a very good swimmer but I do love to go under waterI love very much nature above and...



See all 57 Boquete Tips
  • Rio Calderon

    Boquete Off The Beaten Path

    The Rio Calderon runs through Boquete, during rainy season it is very rapid and exciting to see.If you walk south from town, down calle 1 about a kilometer (half a mile or so), off to the left is one of those cable suspension bridges over the river. I walked across it and took some pics of the river. You get some nice views of the surrounding hills...

  • Valle Escondido Resort Golf & Spa

    Boquete Hotels

    Valle Escondido, Boquete, Panama

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Supermarket In Boquete

    Boquete Shopping

    If you go to Boquete there is a decent supermarket there, it is called Romero's, it is part of the Rey's system in Panama. It is not a big market, but it has a decent variety of stuff and an in-house bakery, so you can get really fresh baked goods right there at very reasonable prices.



See all 21 David Tips
  • Local drink holes : Cantinas

    David Restaurants

    If you're feeling brave and adventurous, this cantina in downtown David is quite good to beat the heat and recharge yourselves over a few drinks.Literally a few steps off the main square. AC full blast, tinted windows, multi TV's with sports channels on, football decor. Place is small, but quite clean. We went there a few times last month in fact....

  • Gran Hotel Nacional

    David Hotels

    1 Calle Central, David, Panama, 0426-00037, PA

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • A small cozy place with a good view

    David Restaurants

    This was the first place we hit after checking in at Hotel Iris.Located on the second floor of the hotel, it has a separate street level entrance to the right of the hotel entrance. Prices were very reasonable. We had breakfast and dinner there a few times in our past visits. There you would find both westerners and locals enjoying drinks and...


Las Tablas

See all 27 Las Tablas Tips
  • World Famous Resturant in Las Tablas

    Las Tablas Restaurants

    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...

  • Playa Uverito, Las Tablas , Panama

    Las Tablas Things to Do

    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 World Famous Royal Gin.

    Las Tablas Nightlife

    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...



See all 19 Cambutal Tips
  • Buses to Cambutal.

    Cambutal Transportation

    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...

  • Local

    Cambutal Restaurants

    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,...

  • Someone Had to be First!

    Cambutal Favorites

    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!


Isla Taboga

See all 19 Isla Taboga Tips
  • Vereda Tropical Hotel

    Isla Taboga Restaurants

    Atop a hill with a spectacular view, this is a beautiful hotel (did not stay there) and the restaurant was great. The restaurant is open-air with a sunny patio. It serves great meals that are prepared by a Portuguese chef. It's located 100m past the path leading up to the Kool Hostel. You can just ask a local where it is. They will point you in the...

  • 2nd oldest church in the western...

    Isla Taboga Things to Do

    Not really the proper category on "things to do, " especially since you can see it right from the boat dock and there isn't anything "to do" there really. The unassuming church was founded in 1550 and is the second oldest church in the western hemisphere (as mentioned above). Inside (which is actually outside) is an alter and some artwork.

  • Ferry Ride

    Isla Taboga Transportation

    The boat ride is scenic and about 45 minutes to the island. It is $10 per person and departs from Panama City at:8:30 and 3:00 pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday8:30 on Tuesday and Thursday8:30, 10:30 and 4:00 on Saturday and SundayFerries depart Isla Taboga:9:30 and 4:00 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday4:30 on Tuesday and Thursday9:00, 3:00 and 5:00...



See all 14 Chitré Tips
  • Best Casino in Chitre

    Chitré Nightlife

    Every town in Panama of any size has at least one casino. Chitre has three that I know of, and a bingo hall. The biggest, and best is the Fiesta Casino next to Hotel Guayacanes. It boasts live table games, not just slots. They offer blackjack, roulette and pai gow poker tables. They tried Texas Hold 'Em but couldn't get enough interest, so it has...

  • Barcelo Guayacanes

    Chitré Hotels

    Via Circunvalacion, , Chitre

  • Greek food at an Italian restaurant?

    Chitré Restaurants

    Terra Nostra, as the name implies, is an Italian restraurant. (The name is "our land" in Italian, in Spanish it would be "Tierra Nuestra" FYI) On the awning, outside, it says "Pizzaria" but inside they offer much more than delicous pizza! As my title indicates they also offer a large assortment of Greek dishes, such as Zatziki, souvlaki (gyro), and...


El Valle

See all 21 El Valle Tips
  • El Nispero Gardens & Zoo-

    El Valle Things to Do

    El Nispero is a beautiful botanical garden and plant nursery with endemic exotic plants and flowers such as orchids.. The zoo includes birds, reptiles, turtles, monkeys and other animals in cages... The unique 'ranas doradas' - gold frogs - were temporarily put in a small glass container with plants, when I visited, and you could see nothing; but...

  • Los Mandarinos Boutique Spa & Hotel

    El Valle Hotels

    Corregimiento de El Valle, Distrito de Anton, El Valle de Anton, Panama

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • El Rancho Sucko

    El Valle Restaurants

    Ambience was good. Crowded. Outdoor seating. Service- horrible. Sodas came first. Water took an hour.Food took forever.Pizza came out in about 30 minutes, the next 4 plates came out with out silverware, 1 1/2 hours after we sat. 5 more minutes to receive silverware, food on the verge of being cold.Final dish came out 10 minutes later without...



See all 5 Santiago Tips
  • Cuban Cuisine

    Santiago Restaurants

    Restaurante Tropicalismo is a smallish restaurant on the main street in Santiago.They have two dining rooms and outdoor seating.At lunch time, they have cafeteria-style set-up, you grab your tray and order from the steam table, they usually have a couple of rice dishes (black bean and guandu usually) and a couple of meat dishes, (chicken and pork...

  • Pizza American Style

    Santiago Restaurants

    Pizza Happy is a small place in the Pyramidal Mall in Santiago, it is down the same side from the KFC. The pizzas at this establishment are more like US pizzas, meaning they have a thicker crust and more sauce than most of the pizzas I have encountered in Panama, which tend to be thinner crust and light sauce and more cheese. They also offer...

  • Bus Terminals in Santiago

    Santiago Transportation

    There are two bus terminals in Santiago, one on the Pan American Highway (Carreteria Interamericana) at the Pyramidal Complex, is almost exclusively for the David to Panama City buses. They stop there as a break as it as about half way between the two cities. One can get on the bus to go to either of those two cities or points in between from this...



See all 12 Colón Tips
  • Entering the Panama Canal From Colon

    Colón Things to Do

    It's 5 am in the morning and our ship is approaching the Panama Canal. There are an amazing array of orange, blue and black clouds as we edge closer to the canal. I step up on deck to try and picture what it was like for the gold seekers in the mid 19th century that approached this area. However as the ship approaches Colon it is as if the City is...

  • Four Points Colon

    Colón Hotels

    Milennium Plaza Av A. Waked Corredor Zona Libre, Colon, Panama

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars


    Colón Things to Do

    The Colon terminus is just outside the west entrance to the Zona Libre at the southern base of Colon - the bus terminal is also close by. The railroad was the original reason for the town’s existence, serving both as a construction headquarters, then as a transhipment point. This railroad runs from here across the Isthmus to Panama City and offers...


Isla Bastimentos

  • International Gemütlichkeit

    Isla Bastimentos Restaurants

    The two meals I had at this pension over the water were the highlight of my otherwise mixed experience on Isla Bastimentos (see my other tips). Tom and Ina have been running this informal and relaxed establishment for years, and it is obvious that they love what they do. I was only sorry that the rooms were booked out for the dates of my stay....

  • Cave Tour

    Isla Bastimentos Off The Beaten Path

    At Roots restaurant and bar, it is possible to arrange for a tour of a recently discovered bat cave about 45 minutes travel by boat from the island. The route to the cave heads across the bay and then into a winding canal through a mangrove swamp. From the landing point, it's a short walk to the cave itself, but the cave was really less interesting...

  • Red Frog Beach

    Isla Bastimentos Things to Do

    This is a gorgeous cove located on the northeast section of the island. The surf is so rough that access is from the opposite side of the island. The mile or so footpath is an adventure in itself as the deadly red frog lurks within the undergrowth and fallen logs along the way. Secretions from this tiny frog can kill a full sized man. Handling the...


Isla Contadora

  • Mansions

    Isla Contadora Things to Do

    The fisherman's paradise is the site of a few mansions, a small neighborhood with the likes of Christian Dior, europeans, americans and local rich merchants. Rent a golf cart and enjoy the impressive architecture and lucky spots with amazing views.

  • Boat Tour

    Isla Contadora Things to Do

    Contadora's reefs boast a nice array of stony corals, and in that regard the reefs most closely resemble the related corals of distant South Pacific islands. The diversity is less, likely due to the effects of the cooler currents mid-winter, but the fish are prolific compared to similar sized reefs in the Caribbean.The main boat or scuba tours are...

  • The only options and my comments

    Isla Contadora Restaurants

    The supposed restaurants at Contadora Island with my comments:Sagitario, downtown, opposite the hospital. I never saw it.Multi Comidas, downtown, opposite from Aeroperlas Office. Local typical food for locals. Quite nice and cheap.Duty Free/Mi Kiosk, downtown, at the corner. I never saw it.Super Blandy, downtown, behind the Air Panama Office. I...



See all 6 Guararé Tips
  • Restaurante Tipico en El Puerto de...

    Guararé Restaurants

    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...

  • Top place to eat in Guarare

    Guararé Restaurants

    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...

  • La Mejorana

    Guararé Local Customs

    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...


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