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CGR
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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 #120 on: March 15, 2017, 12:24:08 PM »
We booked the Panama Marriott on pointsavers for 5 days for a total of 40,000 points, but now I'm wondering if would be better to spend a few more points and end up in the eruv.

Did you check out the Sortis hotel?  It is brand new and only a Tier 4.  You'll have to check but I'd think it's in the eruv.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #121 on: March 15, 2017, 12:28:48 PM »
This is the Kava restaurant inside the Sortis and literally a block from other great restaurants and an ashkenaz shul.




They have high end dairy and sushi (but still the cost of a normal US restaurant)...we had some of the best crepes I've ever had.




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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #122 on: March 15, 2017, 01:34:59 PM »
Did you check out the Sortis hotel?  It is brand new and only a Tier 4.  You'll have to check but I'd think it's in the eruv.

It's 15,000 points more for our stay. I need to decide if it's worth that. The Marriott is super cheap.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #123 on: March 15, 2017, 01:57:15 PM »
It's 15,000 points more for our stay. I need to decide if it's worth that. The Marriott is super cheap.

How many points is the Marriott? 

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« Reply #124 on: March 15, 2017, 01:59:33 PM »

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #125 on: March 15, 2017, 02:31:32 PM »
How many points is the Marriott?

It was super saver when I booked it - 5 nights for 40,000 points total.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #126 on: March 15, 2017, 02:33:29 PM »
It was super saver when I booked it - 5 nights for 40,000 points total.

Panama city is very compact...all your ubers should be $2-3 so really it's just a question of whether 15k Marriott points are worth your hassle on Shabbos?  Does that help you decide?

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #127 on: March 16, 2017, 07:22:55 AM »
Panama city is very compact...all your ubers should be $2-3 so really it's just a question of whether 15k Marriott points are worth your hassle on Shabbos?  Does that help you decide?

Yes, I'll stick with what we have. We are two adults (traveling without our kids) so I can deal with the hassle.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #128 on: April 28, 2017, 01:07:31 AM »
How is the weather in may ?

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #129 on: April 28, 2017, 09:54:04 AM »
How is the weather in may ?

I think it is just beginning rainy season...

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« Reply #130 on: May 30, 2017, 12:03:58 PM »
How is the weather in may ?

I just came back from Panama. It's the beginning of rainy season which means it rains a little bit every day. Most days that meant 3-4 am. Even when it did rain, it was just for a few minutes (on the Panama City side). The general rule of thumb per Panamanians is that whatever the rain is on the Pacific side, it is twice on the Caribbean side.

It was a great time to visit because it's not busy or crowded and you can get good deals on flights and hotels since it is lower season. Apparently October/November time is really rainy and floods.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #131 on: June 06, 2017, 11:21:58 AM »
What's the best way of getting from the airport to Pita Plus and back? Taxi? Uber?

Layover is 3:42.
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« Reply #132 on: June 06, 2017, 12:49:47 PM »
What's the best way of getting from the airport to Pita Plus and back? Taxi? Uber?

Layover is 3:42.

I'd personally cab it from the airport as you can hop in with zero wait and then Uber back.

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« Reply #133 on: June 06, 2017, 12:50:37 PM »
I'd personally cab it from the airport as you can hop in with zero wait and then Uber back.

Sounds like a plan. Do you know how much I can expect to pay for these?
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« Reply #134 on: June 06, 2017, 12:52:29 PM »
Sounds like a plan. Do you know how much I can expect to pay for these?

Since I'm in a good mood I checked on Uber and it's $25  :P