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Panamá City

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Bocas del Toro

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Boquete

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David

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21,13,9

Colón

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Las Tablas

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Cambutal

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Isla Taboga

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El Valle

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Chitré

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Changuinola

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Isla Contadora

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Divisa

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Cerro Azul

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Isla Bastimentos

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Guararé

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6,2,0

Guadalupe

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Gamboa

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Coclé

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Santiago

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Progreso

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Playa Blanca

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Panamá City

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  • La Buat

    Panamá City Things to Do

    La Buat is located close to the center of Casco Viejo.. Cheap drinks, it overlooks the ocean, good music.. I had a blast and can say that it was by faaaaaar the best party in panama. a little tip: Try getting on the list so you don't have to pay to get in! here they post the events & have promotors to get you in!...

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  • Marriott Panama

    Panamá City Hotels

    We couldn't stand Hotel Veneto so we moved to this hotel. We did not pick this one originally...

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  • French Embassy

    Panamá City Things to Do

    This building on the southern tip of Casco Viejo houses the French Embassy. The French have a special place in panama history as they were the first to attempt to build the canal in the 1800's but gave up after many deaths and financial failure.

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Bocas del Toro

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  • Water Taxi

    Bocas del Toro Transportation

    Bocas town is small enough to walk all over. If you need a ride cabs are plentiful and usually only cost 60 cents or so to get around town. Bicycle rentals run approximately $1/hr or $5/day. The roads are very flat and in good repair, which makes getting around on a bike very easy.A short water taxi ride (such as from the pier in Bocas town to Isla...

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  • Tropical Suites Hotel

    Bocas del Toro Hotels

    Calle Primera, Bocas Town, Panama

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Driving to Boas del Toro

    Bocas del Toro Transportation

    If you drive to Bocas be prepared for a shock. First you want to drive to the area where the launches depart. It is not marked anywhere, but it is not in the direction of the Almirante Port. It is nearby, you will have to ask. THere is a secure parking area with a fence for $3 a day. No problems with that business, You will have to take a water...

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Boquete

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  • Cerro Punta

    Boquete Things to Do

    Cerro Punta is on the west side of Volcan Baru at an altitude of 1980m. Hiking for Volcan Baru and the National Park Amistad starts here. The trail of Quetzals is better accessed from Cerro Punta than from Boquete. The town has lovely views and a cool climate. It is less visited than Boquete. It is a very pleasant highland resort among coffee...

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  • Valle Escondido Resort Golf & Spa

    Boquete Hotels

    Valle Escondido, Boquete, Panama

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Mi Jardin es su jardin

    Boquete Things to Do

    The beautiful flower gardens of this private residence cover an immense area and are so colourful and nicely manicured that you don't want to leave. They have planted all the endemic plants and flowers and are taking excellent care of them. As they are open to the public they are visited by big groups of locals coming in buses. There are wooden...

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David

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  • 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....

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  • 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...

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Colón

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  • Colon

    Colón Things to Do

    The last part of our trip was a drive through the city of Colon, parts of it were dilapidated and downright scary looking, other parts looked like they might have potential if someone had a little case to fix things up. It would not be a place that I would recommend walking around, Colon is a port where you should sign up for some sort of guided...

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  • Radisson Colon 2000 Hotel & Casino

    Colón Hotels

    Paseo Gorgas Y Calle 13, Colon, 0301-01074, Panama

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Panama Canal Expansion Visitor Center

    Colón Things to Do

    Our 2nd stop on our guided tour was at the Panama Canal Expansion Visitor Center. While it was interesting to see the project under construction, it certainly wasn't worth the $15 admission charge to see a short movie and an overlook of the construction of the new locks. Of course over time what you see will change as the construction progresses,...

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Las Tablas

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  • POLLERA COSTUMES

    Las Tablas Local Customs

    Pollera dresses are made by artisans in the area. We visited one woman's home who is famous throughout the country. The dresses are handmade are very exquisite. They also take years to make which leads to very high prices - this is not something you go down to JC Penny's for! The dressmakers then like to choose local beauties on which to show off...

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  • BEAUTY PAGEANTS

    Las Tablas Local Customs

    Always an important part of Panamanian life, you need a pageant to crown a queen. Here in Las Tablas, there is more than one queen, I'm told, which means more than one pageant. Lots of fireworks, dancing and music are entailed!

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  • PLAYA DE VILLA ROMANA

    Las Tablas Off The Beaten Path

    Keep heading out on the Azuero Peninsula from Las Tablas and you will come to the little town of Pedasi - home to Panama's first woman president. Drive a little further and the main road ends at a group of villas around the Playa los Distiladeros. Another smaller road veers off and takes you further out into the bush at the resort of Villa Romana....

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Cambutal

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  • 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...

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  • 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,...

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  • Someone Had to be First!

    Cambutal General

    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!

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Isla Taboga

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  • 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...

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  • 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.

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  • 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...

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El Valle

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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Chitré

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  • Playas Monagre and El Rompío

    Chitré Things to Do

    Playas Monagre and El Rompío are accessible from the main bus terminal. Buses leave frequently and one-way fares run about $1.20.Recommended: Get off at Monagre and walk to El Rompío. The journey will take no more than an hour, allowing plenty of time to stop and admire seashells, seabirds and the many palm trees that line the shore. Take plenty of...

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  • Miami Mike's Backpackers Hostel

    Chitré Hotels

    4008 Avenida Herrera, 0601

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • 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...

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Changuinola

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  • Ride the old United Fruit canel to Boca...

    Changuinola Off The Beaten Path

    For a great side trip, when staying in the Bocas, ride the old United Fruit canel into Chanquiola. This canal was built to carry bananas from Chanquinola to the port of Boca for shipment to world markets. Alot of people take this ferry when visiting the Bocas from Costa Rica.

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  • zeee scenery

    Changuinola Things to Do

    Mangroves, flowers, short little trees that I don't know the name of - this is what the environment is like here. It is beautiful, it is odd, it is intriguing. I could be in the jungles and swamps of any part of the world. For the slightest moment of time I forgot I was in Panamá. I was envisioning elephants and lions running around in the grass as...

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  • I see the ocean

    Changuinola Things to Do

    After quite some time cruising around the murky brown rivers surrounded by mangrove trees and fishermen, suddenly the scenery will disappear. The water becomes choppy and the boat begins to fly all over the place. This is because you have finally reached the Caribbean Sea. The water becomes clearer and salty. The horizon is in plain sight. You know...

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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.

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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Divisa

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    Unknown - it's in a truck stop: Good value and friendly atmosphere

    by kammeres Updated Oct 25, 2006

    This business is on the Pan-American Highway about 10 miles east of Divisa, on the right side of the road if you're going towards Panama City. Like most restaurants in rural areas of Panama, it's open air, with TV's mounted on the walls, a self-service cooler full of soda and beer, and typical solid Panama homestyle cooking, i.e. sancocho soup, varieties of chicken and beef dishes built along the lines of the classic meat-rice-salad triumvirate. Owner and employees were very nice, congenial folks. Owner made a point of coming out and asking how things were, and offered my little boy some penny candies. Place was clean and well kept. We were there at around 10 pm local time, but there was consistent business mainly from truck drivers.

    We lived in Japan at the time and were vacationing in Panama visiting my wife's family and friends, so Japan had more or less conditioned us to pay some fairly steep prices for food. The meal for all four of us at this restaurant, complete with soda drinks, candies for the kids, and food left over to carry out, cost me - ready for this - $11.45!!. For four people!! That's just over half what we'd been paying PER PERSON on the average in Japan. Quite the pleasant surprise!!

    If there's anything bad I can say, it applies to all restaurants in Panama, so it's not their fault. They use the (in)famous Panama servilleta, a single-fold paper napkin thin enough to read a newspaper through and about as absorbent as British toilet paper. The ketchup on your fingertips from two french fries would need three of these napkins to remove, and your fingers still feel tacky afterwards.

    Favorite Dish: I've only eaten here once, in late June 2005, but I can vouch for a majority of the other dishes as when we dine out as a family we sample a bit from each other's plates, and I invariably end up eating what my wife and younger son can't eat on their plates. The carne picada was cooked well, with just the right amount of pepper and onion cooked in with it.

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Cerro Azul

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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....

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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