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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 #210 on: February 14, 2018, 05:00:29 PM »
I'm planning a trip to Panama, i want to visit Bocas del Toro. what is the easiest way to get there from Panama City? and what about kosher food there? is it a good idea to stay there for shabbos? Has anyone been there? any advice?
Direct flight from albrook (PAC) airport with airPanama

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #211 on: April 23, 2018, 11:32:21 AM »
Doing some advance planning for possible 2019 trip to Panama City.
Would like to use Marriott Cat 1-5 certificate.
Works at the Sortis.  Per Dan's post last week, likely to work at Le Meridien, as well.
Key consideration for us is the pool, as our daughters plan to spend much time there.
Which would you choose?
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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #212 on: April 23, 2018, 11:34:34 AM »
Doing some advance planning for possible 2019 trip to Panama City.
Would like to use Marriott Cat 1-5 certificate.
Works at the Sortis.  Per Dan's post last week, likely to work at Le Meridien, as well.
Key consideration for us is the pool, as our daughters plan to spend much time there.
Which would you choose?
@Denverite ?
@saw50st8
@chuchem


I stayed at the Marriott. The hotel was very nice, nice pool but I personally wouldn't recommend the Hotel (it was a pointsaver hotel when I booked so really few points). It's not really near anything. It worked for us but wasn't amazing in any way.

We passed by Le Meridien and from the outside it was beautiful. We went to the restaurant downstairs at the Sortis and the hotel had a really funky vibe.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #213 on: April 23, 2018, 11:37:23 AM »
I stayed at the Marriott. The hotel was very nice, nice pool but I personally wouldn't recommend the Hotel (it was a pointsaver hotel when I booked so really few points). It's not really near anything. It worked for us but wasn't amazing in any way.

We passed by Le Meridien and from the outside it was beautiful. We went to the restaurant downstairs at the Sortis and the hotel had a really funky vibe.
Nice, thanks, so Le Meridien and Sortis are both still in the running!

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #214 on: April 23, 2018, 12:13:50 PM »
Nice, thanks, so Le Meridien and Sortis are both still in the running!

If it matters to you, I think Le Meridien has a better view (it's on Balboa Ave) and closer to more restaurants. But there are definitely restaurants near the Sortis too.

I absolutely loved Panama. You'll have a great time. I hope to bring my kids back one day.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #215 on: April 23, 2018, 07:33:50 PM »
If it matters to you, I think Le Meridien has a better view (it's on Balboa Ave) and closer to more restaurants. But there are definitely restaurants near the Sortis too.

I absolutely loved Panama. You'll have a great time. I hope to bring my kids back one day.
With your TR and the one from @Denverite, we are sold.  Can’t wait to go. Thanks.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #216 on: April 24, 2018, 06:30:48 AM »
I didnt finish my tripreport
We loved the sortis and having a kosher sushi pizza restaurant in the lobby is a huge plus
Also aria and kava the 2 best restaurants are 2 min walk

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #217 on: April 24, 2018, 07:30:21 PM »
I didnt finish my tripreport
We loved the sortis and having a kosher sushi pizza restaurant in the lobby is a huge plus
Also aria and kava the 2 best restaurants are 2 min walk
Compelling. 
So, is Sortis in the Eruv?
Also, what did you think of its pool?
Thanks very much. 

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #218 on: April 25, 2018, 11:52:06 AM »
How is Panama weather in August? and if I had to choose between Costa Rica and Panama for 4 days from NYC which one would be more recommended.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #219 on: April 29, 2018, 09:04:40 PM »
Anybody been to Bocas del Toro?

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #220 on: April 29, 2018, 10:34:55 PM »
Is Zika still in Panama?

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #221 on: April 29, 2018, 11:11:52 PM »
Anybody been to Bocas del Toro?
I have been there feel free to pm me if you need more info

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #222 on: April 30, 2018, 05:48:52 PM »

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #223 on: April 30, 2018, 07:33:17 PM »
How is Panama weather in August? and if I had to choose between Costa Rica and Panama for 4 days from NYC which one would be more recommended.

Any thoughts on this? I'm considering the same in July.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #224 on: June 26, 2018, 01:10:10 PM »
Planning on spending 5 days in PC followed by 4 days in Boquete and 7 days in Costa Rica... do I need to bring food from the US for the Boquete/CR portion of the trip, or will I find everything I could need in PC? Any recs for where to pick up provisions in PC for the rest of the trip?