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Pickup location: SNA
Drop Off location: PHX
Pickup date & time: July 1, 2021 @ 8:30 PM
Drop Off Date & Time July 11, 2021 @ 2:30 PM
Preferred Car Size: Full size SUV
Age (if under 25): over 25
Best quote: $1058

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
« on: November 13, 2020, 12:28:45 PM »
Hyatt Ziva does not allow me to book 2 adults + 2 kids on one double room online using points. (Although it shows it can fit 4). If I book it for 2 Will they give me a problem when we show up with our kids? Anyone have this experience?

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Goods For Sale/Trade / Re: Spotify premium looking to split with 5 others
« on: November 13, 2020, 12:03:48 PM »
Any volunteers to open an account and take care of it? (I cannot do it)

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Looking for a spotify slot

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Goods For Sale/Trade / Re: Spotify premium looking to split with 5 others
« on: November 12, 2020, 03:35:36 PM »
Looking for a spot too

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Goods For Sale/Trade / Re: US Mint Coins For Sale (Individuals only)
« on: November 12, 2020, 03:34:12 PM »
Selling V75 Silver @ $550. Located in Toms River/Lakewood. Can get it to Monsey and Brooklyn too.

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Trip Reports / Re: The Adirondacks, by PBaruch (October 2020)
« on: October 26, 2020, 04:54:46 PM »
Grear TR. It's good tp know there are some good trip options drivable from Tristate area!!!

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Las Vegas Master Thread
« on: June 24, 2020, 12:45:06 PM »
Anyone know of best way to get discounted tickets for the popular shows?

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1.Name of property: Encore at Wynn LAS
2.Desired dates:   7/12 - 7/15
3.Adults per room 2
4.Room type: Standard
5.Best rate found: $300 including taxes (not including resort fee)

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Pickup location: LAS
Drop Off location: PHX
Pickup date & time: 7/12 6:00PM
Drop Off Date & Time 7/19 10:00AM
Preferred Car Size: Standard SUV
Age: above 25

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Trip Reports / Re: Panama Forever in our Hearts
« on: March 02, 2020, 07:45:19 PM »
Its not crowded yet, but give it a few years....

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Trip Reports / Re: Panama Forever in our Hearts
« on: March 02, 2020, 02:49:56 PM »
Until people realize that with hotels, transportation and restaurants being less $ its worth paying more for tickets.

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Trip Reports / Re: Panama Forever in our Hearts
« on: February 25, 2020, 04:26:04 PM »
Great TR & Pics!! You really managed to get it all in!!!

With all the amazing TR's Im scared Pamama will become the new Miami with all the midwinter crowds!!!!

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Great TR!!

BTW the Residence Inn is going down from Cat 3 to cat 2 which makes it a total steal! Sortis is still the best value for a 5 or 7 night Cat 1-4 cert!

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Panama Master Thread
« on: February 07, 2020, 11:46:15 AM »
Just got back from Panama. We stayed at the Sortis and loved it!! I used a 7 night cert in an ambassador account and got a beautiful large 2 room suite with 2 full bathrooms. The living room had a king size pullout sofa plus they brought us a folding bed. Very modern contemporary hotel with gorgeous pool, spa and casino. They have the largest sports bar I've ever seen with huge screens that came handy for the super bowl (after watching the 1st half at Aria over an amazing dinner directly across the street from hotel). I believe this is the best possible use in history for a Marriott cert! The only drawback is the walk in the heat to and from the Jewish area on shabbos. I wanted to check into the Brand new Residence Inn or Marriott for shabbos but my family was too comfortable at the Sortis. The Residence Inn, JW Marriott and Hilton are closer to shuls and all good choices too. You really cant go wrong with either one.

Kava was our favorite and we all thought it was the best dairy restaurant we've even been to. We chose to go back there a 2nd time instead of trying something new. We also went to Aria, Pita Plus, Coffee Bean at the Miraflores locks and ordered in from La Spezia. They were all good!

We did a combined tour of Embera Village and Monkey Island with Alon Levy. We loved him and he is reasonably priced. Embera Village tribes charge $45 PP, the boat company to Monkey Island is $30 -$35 PP plus the driver for the day cost so the Tour guides themselves do not make as much as people think.

We went to Pearl Island and spent the afternoon with Ilene from https://pearlislandsdaytours.com/
 who was amazing. We snorkeled at a beautiful reef (near the island where Survivor was filmed).  We also fished but did not have the same luck as some of the others here and did not catch anything :(  We cannot compare it to San Blas as we were not there but it is definitely easier to take a 1.5 hour fast ferry that itself is part of the fun than to take a long winding car ride. From my research I came to the conclusion that as a day trip Pearl Island makes more sense but as an overnight trip San Blas is the better choice.

We did the Miraflores Locks on our own. The 3D Imax explains the complete history and the mechanics better than any tour guide can and I don't think there is a need to spend $ on an official tour.

If there is time to kill or for a relaxing day I recommend spending a few hours at Amador causeway and renting bikes. We also spent some time in the Old city of Casco Viejo. It was typical and not a must do. There is a new Chabad restaurant there called Jerusalem.

On shabbos we were at Chabad friday night and Bethel for lunch. They were both really nice and enjoyable.

Instead of paying $10 a day to Verizon for both of our phones we bought  7 day Sim cards for $5 that worked perfectly. It is $30 at the airport so wait until you get to the city.

Definitely no need to rent a car. Ubers are easy and cheap!

All in all I highly recommend Panama in the winter for the guaranteed weather, incredible food, lots of amazing activities for all ages and a vibrant Jewish community to join on Shabbos!!!

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Goods For Sale/Trade / Re: Spotify premium looking to split with 5 others
« on: February 07, 2020, 10:42:10 AM »
Looking for a spot

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Panama Master Thread
« on: January 08, 2020, 03:47:52 PM »
New Restaurant in Casco Viego!

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Panama Master Thread
« on: December 24, 2019, 11:22:13 AM »
Updated Wiki to include TR's that were not already added. Will update the Wiki as I compile more information not already on there!

Just when I thought I read everything on Panama for our upcoming trip there are 5 new TRs!!!! You guys are amazing! Tnx

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Panama Master Thread
« on: December 18, 2019, 09:57:02 AM »
So it seems the consensus is to go with Pearl Island even now that it not whale season!

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Panama Master Thread
« on: December 16, 2019, 12:30:42 PM »
Can we take a vote between day trip to San Blas or Pearl Island. Which is nicer, less tiring and all in all more worthwile?

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