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List of TR's:
Denverite
saw50st8
dvol
dvol Pictures
zow
CGR

Kosher Food/ Restaurants:
Places to Eat:
Aroma Café
Darna Dairy/Bakery
Kava
Jeffrey’s Bakery
Pita Pan
Pita Plus
Lula by Darna
Metsuyan
Hilel Sports Bar and Grill
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
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
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 #15 on: January 28, 2014, 12:49:22 AM »
Went to panama last summer. Stayed at the Westin Playa Bonita during the week and the Four Points Sheraton for Shabbat. Westin was nice and about a 25 minute drive from the city. Four Points was a little tired but about a 25 minute walk from a shul claiming to be Ashkenazi that was actually Chabad. About 10 kosher restaurants and 2 supermarkets. The food is phenomenal. At playa Bonita we mostly used food brought from home and got cereal, milk, fruit and juice locally and are out at night. The Four Points breakfast was free (not sure if it was included in room or because of status). In terms of kosher food, there was coffee, fruit, yogurt and fruit juice.

How was the Westin? How far is the Westin from Kosher food?

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #16 on: January 29, 2014, 12:17:17 AM »
Ihave this conception that the culture in panama is much louder and more effervescent than in America. Am i correct? :-\

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #17 on: January 29, 2014, 02:57:06 AM »
Does anyone have contact information for a driver/tour guide they recommend for Panama layover?

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Still  need info on a driver? I you want I can try to find the contact info of the guy I used.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #18 on: January 29, 2014, 09:24:02 PM »
I would also appreciate if anyone has a write-up on panama
Vacation looking to spend a few days there.

Also what's the deal with kosher food there???

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #19 on: January 31, 2014, 01:22:21 PM »
tons of food there. We spent a week there. There are 2 huge supermarkets and loads of restaurants. If you go to shul make sure to show your passport or have someone from the community vouch for you.
There is tons of stuff to do there and its a beautiful country.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #20 on: February 05, 2014, 08:46:18 AM »
anyone have an address for the shul?

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #21 on: February 11, 2014, 11:46:14 AM »
For those planning on a trip to panama and looking for a good place to eat, try lulas by darna. Although it's expensive (upscale manhattan restaurant pricing) the food is great.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #22 on: August 10, 2014, 11:25:09 AM »
I'm thinking of going to Panama in November. Top suggestions for cities to visit?
"Not all who wander are lost"

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #23 on: August 10, 2014, 11:28:06 AM »
Panama City, try to arrange a trip to the san blas islands, the market in el valle

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #24 on: December 05, 2014, 10:30:49 AM »
I have a 12 hour stopover in Panama. It should leave me with 8.5 - 9 hours of sightseeing.
anyone have a list of the must -sees that i can fit into 9 hours. I'd also like to stop somewhere for a quick lunch.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #25 on: December 05, 2014, 10:38:32 AM »
I have a 12 hour stopover in Panama. It should leave me with 8.5 - 9 hours of sightseeing.
anyone have a list of the must -sees that i can fit into 9 hours. I'd also like to stop somewhere for a quick lunch.

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Definitely the Panama Canal. It is an amazing sight. A new Frank- Gehry designed museum just opened. Explore Casco Viejo.
For food- Peta Pan was great. cheap and delicious. If you want more upscale Darna is amazing.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #26 on: January 29, 2015, 10:04:24 PM »
Any food recommendations in Panama City?

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #27 on: February 01, 2015, 10:55:13 PM »
Was there last week- if your're looking for dairy, Sabra across from Bal Harbor Mall was excellent- try the fried fish wrap! if you want meat, Prime Grill was very reasonable, and their food was good, steaks are about Manhattan prices but very generous portions and very soft flavorful meat. Lula's was pretty upscale and definitely pricier. there are a bunch of other options besides those...

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #28 on: March 26, 2015, 05:05:37 PM »
What is the most efficient way (miles/points) to get from NYC-Panama City one way going April 2nd?


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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #29 on: March 26, 2015, 05:49:49 PM »
What is the most efficient way (miles/points) to get from NYC-Panama City one way going April 2nd?



I dont think this is the best place to ask, Just make sure you have a return or continuing ticket or they wont let you board.