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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 #135 on: June 06, 2017, 12:53:00 PM »
Since I'm in a good mood I checked on Uber and it's $25  :P

ALOL, thanks.
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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #136 on: June 06, 2017, 02:24:22 PM »
You are going to go from the airport just for Pita Plus?? Their food is good but its standard Israeli food. Why not pick something a little more exotic?

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #137 on: June 06, 2017, 02:49:34 PM »
You are going to go from the airport just for Pita Plus?? Their food is good but its standard Israeli food. Why not pick something a little more exotic?

Their food is some of the best I have ever tasted. I'm interested in good, simple food, not exotic.

Their burger is the best I've ever had.
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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #138 on: June 06, 2017, 02:53:18 PM »
Their burger is the best I've ever had.
Keep in mind that your opinion of the burger may have been skewed slightly by a week of eating PB wraps :)

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« Reply #139 on: June 06, 2017, 03:12:10 PM »
Keep in mind that your opinion of the burger may have been skewed slightly by a week of eating PB wraps :)

That's likely to happen this time too :-X. There's a significant possibility that all our food will be taken away when we get to Honduras.
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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #140 on: June 06, 2017, 03:32:29 PM »
Their food is some of the best I have ever tasted. I'm interested in good, simple food, not exotic.

Their burger is the best I've ever had.

Have you been to Amsterdam Burger Co in NYC?


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« Reply #141 on: June 06, 2017, 04:00:46 PM »
Have you been to Amsterdam Burger Co in NYC?

I have. I'd rate their breakfast burger as my second best.
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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #142 on: June 06, 2017, 06:47:49 PM »
I hope you get to keep your food. Enjoy the burger. We loved the schwarma there and the yucca fries were definitely fun.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #143 on: June 08, 2017, 11:31:53 PM »
Does anyone have contact information for a driver/tour guide they recommend for Panama layover?

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www.therealpanamatours.com

She has a specific link for people on layovers of 4-6 hours and I can't recommend her enough.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #144 on: June 08, 2017, 11:32:55 PM »
Has anyone been there over sukkot and know if a lot of the restaurants have sukkahs open?  Does the Chabad have an open sukkah for people to use on Chag?

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #145 on: June 09, 2017, 12:24:54 AM »
Which SPG hotel is closest to the shul?  How bad is the rain in the beginning of July?
Do you recommend renting a car or hiring a driver?

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #146 on: June 09, 2017, 12:44:53 AM »
Which SPG hotel is closest to the shul?  How bad is the rain in the beginning of July?
Do you recommend renting a car or hiring a driver?

Le Meridian is very close to Shevet Achim shul and only 7k a night.  Totally recommend getting a driver.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #147 on: June 09, 2017, 08:50:59 AM »
Which SPG hotel is closest to the shul?  How bad is the rain in the beginning of July?
Do you recommend renting a car or hiring a driver?

I don't recommend driving in Panama City it all. Drivers are crazy. Stop signs are (literally) suggestions. Pedestrians just walk off the streets wherever they want. There is no place to park.

If you want to drive to El Valle, the drive isn't bad (we hired a driver). 

We use Almiza Tours/ My friend mario http://www.bscpma.com/mfm/aboutus.htm and they were great. We negotiated for round trip transportation to/from the airport since we took multiple tours with them.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #148 on: June 09, 2017, 10:10:19 AM »
we actually loved driving in panama city. the drivers ARE crazy but a certain point we just said if you cant beam em join em, and joined the fun.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #149 on: June 09, 2017, 12:20:39 PM »
I don't recommend driving in Panama City it all. Drivers are crazy. Stop signs are (literally) suggestions. Pedestrians just walk off the streets wherever they want. There is no place to park.

If you want to drive to El Valle, the drive isn't bad (we hired a driver). 

We use Almiza Tours/ My friend mario http://www.bscpma.com/mfm/aboutus.htm and they were great. We negotiated for round trip transportation to/from the airport since we took multiple tours with them.
How expensive are drivers?