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Marriott 5 night stays Selling 5 night stays for Marriott catagory 8 hotels @ $250 per night. Must be 5 consecutive nights. Can do other Categories too but not Ritz.
July 05, 2016, 01:22:28 PM
5 & 7 night Marriott certificates Selling 5 night Category 1-5 certificates at $350
October 23, 2016, 01:27:08 PM
Re: Obamacare Master thread From what I am seeing this is my take on Obamacare:

- The 20% on the top can afford all their medical expenses and did not get affected by the additional costs.
- The 20% on the bottom anyway had Medicaid and didn't gain anything from Obamacare.
- The 5% above the 20% who earned too much for medicaid are the only winners since Obama care gives then coverage at a reduced cost.
- The other 55% from lower to upper middle class got royally screwed!!!!!!

Now that Trump is trying to change things back to the way they were, the Liberals and most of the media who want him to fail at all costs are claiming that people in the 5% will die......... This totally ignores common sense reasoning that 55% of the people are suffering with unaffordable premiums, deductibles and co-pays for the sake of the 5%!!!

May 08, 2017, 04:57:37 PM
Re: Panama Master Thread 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
 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!!!

February 07, 2020, 11:46:15 AM
Re: Jungle Fever - A Real Panamanian Adventure, by PBaruch (January - February 2020) 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!

February 24, 2020, 04:30:15 PM
Re: Panama Forever in our Hearts 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!!!!

February 25, 2020, 04:26:04 PM
Re: Panama Forever in our Hearts Until people realize that with hotels, transportation and restaurants being less $ its worth paying more for tickets.
March 02, 2020, 02:49:56 PM