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List of TR's:
Denverite
saw50st8
dvol
dvol Pictures
zow
CGR
itreu001
TripsPls
davidrotts63
yuneeq Contadora (Pearl Islands)
Something Fishy (Cuba)
Something Fishy (Honduras)

Kosher Food/ Restaurants:
Places to Eat:
Aria
Aroma Café
Darna Dairy/Bakery
Kava
Jeffrey’s Bakery
Pita Pan
Pita Plus
Lula by Darna
Metsuyan
Hilel Sports Bar and Grill- Closed
Darna
La Spezia
Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (including 2 at PTY)
Dr. Sandwich
Prime Grill
Forever yogurt in casco viejo- Chalav Yisroel ice cream - Closed down
NEW - Jerusalem Israeli Cuisine by Chabad in Casco Viejo
Supermarkets:
Superkosher
Supermacardo Deli K


Synagogue:

The Jewish community in Panama is mainly in Panama City in the Punta Paitilla area.
You must bring your passport with you to enter the shuls. You can bring your passport over during the week if you are not staying in the eruv. They will make a copy of your passport.

Sinagoga Beth El – Orthodox, Ashkenazi. After Shabbat morning services, they have a full sit down Kiddush lunch.
They also serve breakfast after weekday shacharit.
Contact Asistente al Rabino secretaria@centrobethel.com - Déborah Wizel

Shevet Ahim – Sephardic. proper attire required, denied entry for shorts.

Ahavat Sion –

Chabad -  bracha Karniel goldberg  brachagold@gmail.com

Things to Do:
Panama Canal
Amador Causeway
Old City
$30 cabbie for all day
Panama John on FT cab and tour guide
San Blas islands
En Valle Market
Casco Viejo
Barefoot Panama tour company
Boquete
Biosphere
Miraflores Locks
Ancon Hill (tallest point in the City)
Anton Valley (hiking, waterfalls, horseback riding)
Panama Viejo
MultiPlaza (high-end mall)
Parque Natural Metropolitano
Partial canal transit
Monkey Island boat tour
Rainforest Gondola tour
Contadora (Pearl Islands) - whale watching, snorkeling/scuba on Chipera, Mogu Mogu, https://pearlislandsdaytours.com/
Rainbow bass fishing
Ziplining
Rent bikes along the water
Rainforest
Beach- Santa Clara and punta palmar both 1.5+ hours from Panama City
Indigenous tribes
Coffee plantations in the mountains
Whale watching
City tour (includes animals)
Chargres River Tour, hike to waterfall, visit Embrera Indian Village
Hiking Portabello road
Natural Metropolitan Park
www.therealpanamatours.com
Almiza Tours/ My friend mario http://www.bscpma.com/mfm/aboutus.htm (Website not working!)
Colon
Bocas del Toro
Old city/Casco viejo

Hotels:

Getting Around:
Uber is the best way to get around, cheap and reliable (if you go to the rainforest, there might not be any cars available going back, search before)

Notes:


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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #740 on: June 01, 2021, 09:10:25 PM »
Trying to figure out which hotel to book in Panama, all hotels are approx the same price
Is the following correct?

Sortis, within walking distance of kosher food - mid week
JW or Residence Inn for shabbos to stay near Chabad

Anything else to consider?

There are a few places to eat near the Residence Inn as well, such as Jeffrey's as some falafel type place. 
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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #741 on: June 01, 2021, 09:38:47 PM »
Trying to figure out which hotel to book in Panama, all hotels are approx the same price
Is the following correct?

Sortis, within walking distance of kosher food - mid week
JW or Residence Inn for shabbos to stay near Chabad

Anything else to consider?
Why would you want to switch hotels?  Had an amazing experience at the JW Marriot. Highly recommended.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #742 on: June 03, 2021, 02:40:43 PM »
Did anyone do Embera and Monkey Island in one day, how far are they from each other?
My guide claims that it will make for a very long day but he suggest to visit a smaller tribe nearby Monkey Island that's called Woonan, anyone visited them and could compare them to Embera
Won't do the hike and waterfall in Embera anyways as I have a baby

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #743 on: June 03, 2021, 06:08:17 PM »
 I did Panama Canal and Monkey Island on the same day.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #744 on: June 04, 2021, 06:33:31 AM »
embrea and panama canal/lake gatum/monkey island are totally different direction

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #745 on: June 04, 2021, 11:33:29 AM »
Did anyone do Embera and Monkey Island in one day, how far are they from each other?
My guide claims that it will make for a very long day but he suggest to visit a smaller tribe nearby Monkey Island that's called Woonan, anyone visited them and could compare them to Embera
Won't do the hike and waterfall in Embera anyways as I have a baby

We did monkey island and another indigenous tribe in one day, I don’t remember their name.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #746 on: June 06, 2021, 12:21:57 PM »
We did monkey island and another indigenous tribe in one day, I don’t remember their name.
Same here. We went to the one closer to Gamboa Resort.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #747 on: June 09, 2021, 11:22:06 AM »
gokosherpanama.com has all of the information you need for restaurants, caterers, hotels, shuls and Tour guides/Attractions.  Also just added a Live/Retire section for more long term stays.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #748 on: June 15, 2021, 05:47:21 PM »
Anybody have updated recommendations as to which hotels would be closest to both chabad and some of the other shuls in Panama City while remaining in the erv if possible? I have read some old TRs but couldn't get a good idea of which hotels make the most sense if I want to try multiple shuls. Has anyone gone for shabbos in the last couple years and have other ideas/recommendations?

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #749 on: June 15, 2021, 05:49:46 PM »
Anybody have updated recommendations as to which hotels would be closest to both chabad and some of the other shuls in Panama City while remaining in the erv if possible? I have read some old TRs but couldn't get a good idea of which hotels make the most sense if I want to try multiple shuls. Has anyone gone for shabbos in the last couple years and have other ideas/recommendations?

FYI as of a few weeks ago shuls were not allowing any outsiders to enter.
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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #750 on: June 15, 2021, 07:00:55 PM »
Anybody have updated recommendations as to which hotels would be closest to both chabad and some of the other shuls in Panama City while remaining in the erv if possible? I have read some old TRs but couldn't get a good idea of which hotels make the most sense if I want to try multiple shuls. Has anyone gone for shabbos in the last couple years and have other ideas/recommendations?
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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #751 on: June 21, 2021, 08:45:26 AM »
FYI as of a few weeks ago shuls were not allowing any outsiders to enter.
Really? Anyone have any updated information on this?

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #752 on: June 21, 2021, 03:07:00 PM »
Chabad is open with pre registration
In regards to the other shuls due to covid you could only register to enter one shul of your choice
see registration link below
https://secure.jotform.us/DSI_Panama/Visitor_Form?fbclid=IwAR3boa7qAreO0C-JrV6MaNsQ6Djd-LMR3rs5sWzuz6ZqR5u72AQYAVu1UWc.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #753 on: June 30, 2021, 07:09:22 PM »
For someone going midweek for 3 nights. What is the most luxurious and best choice as far as hotel in Panama City?

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #754 on: July 11, 2021, 07:32:09 PM »
FYI as of a few weeks ago shuls were not allowing any outsiders to enter.

We were there on Pesach, and Bet-El allowed visitors happily, the other shuls did not. Please make sure to contact them in advance.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #755 on: July 19, 2021, 11:45:03 PM »
It looks like there is 2 Chabad's in Panama City a few blocks apart from each other, both offer shabbos meals
Anyone knows the difference of them and to whom they cater, locals vs tourist
People mentioning they ate at Chabad, which one was it?