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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 #255 on: July 19, 2018, 01:10:56 AM »
My wife and I will be in Panama City in August and have 3 full days for touring (excluding day of arrival and departure).  I am a considering using The Real Panama Tours for the following three trips:
1) Private boat at the Canal - Monkey Island Tour
2) San Blas Islands
3) Embera Village

Should I be considering something else instead?

I’d go to Islas Las Perlas (take a ferry) instead of San Blas. Or if looking for private beaches do the Portobello islands on a tour.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #256 on: July 19, 2018, 01:18:04 AM »
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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #257 on: July 19, 2018, 08:42:52 PM »
I’d go to Islas Las Perlas (take a ferry) instead of San Blas. Or if looking for private beaches do the Portobello islands on a tour.
Isn't that a bunch of islands? Anyone in particular?

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #258 on: July 19, 2018, 09:44:25 PM »
Isn't that a bunch of islands? Anyone in particular?

I went to Contadora

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #259 on: July 19, 2018, 09:45:56 PM »
Anyone rent a car there? Pros/cons?
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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #260 on: July 22, 2018, 11:40:48 AM »
1) Is there any kosher food near the Amador Causeway. Also, any recommended bike rental place.
2) Has anyone used their British Airway points to book activities? I'm thinking of using BA points for some trips and The Real Panama Tours (TRPT) for others. Any particular tour that should be done with TRPT rather than BA points?
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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #261 on: July 22, 2018, 04:27:00 PM »
1) Is there any kosher food near the Amador Causeway. Also, any recommended bike rental place.

Sure, all the Kosher restaurants and the Kosher supermarket is a short drive.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #262 on: July 22, 2018, 10:07:50 PM »
If you had to choose between these two which would you choose? The first includes a city tour but not actual transit through the canal.

https://www.barefootpanama.com/panama-tours/day-tours/panama-city-tour/#book%20tour

https://www.barefootpanama.com/panama-tours/day-tours/panama-canal-tours/


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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #263 on: July 23, 2018, 06:49:08 AM »
If you had to choose between these two which would you choose? The first includes a city tour but not actual transit through the canal.

https://www.barefootpanama.com/panama-tours/day-tours/panama-city-tour/#book%20tour

https://www.barefootpanama.com/panama-tours/day-tours/panama-canal-tours/



Definitely go through the Panama Canal. The transit is really an experience.


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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #264 on: July 29, 2018, 12:38:53 PM »
Any recommended place to pick up food before a long trip? I'm aware of all the restaurants but not sure they are suitable for packing lunches/meals. 

I was considering using the https://www.therealpanamatours.com/special-kosher-tours.html, but she has no kosher tours my week.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #265 on: July 29, 2018, 02:43:57 PM »
Any recommended place to pick up food before a long trip? I'm aware of all the restaurants but not sure they are suitable for packing lunches/meals. 

I was considering using the https://www.therealpanamatours.com/special-kosher-tours.html, but she has no kosher tours my week.

The cheapest will be the meat and dairy restaurants in the huge Deli K supermarket...and they have good food.  Similar to most kosher takeout places in the US.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #266 on: July 29, 2018, 02:45:36 PM »
What's the story with Walmart type/f
grocery stores? Do I need to bring any kosher food? Whether it's drinks, snacks, candy :), or any meals?
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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #267 on: July 29, 2018, 03:47:05 PM »
The cheapest will be the meat and dairy restaurants in the huge Deli K supermarket...and they have good food.  Similar to most kosher takeout places in the US.

Thank you.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #268 on: July 29, 2018, 11:01:21 PM »
So who did I just bump into at the front desk of the Sortis?

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #269 on: July 29, 2018, 11:02:34 PM »
So who did I just bump into at the front desk of the Sortis?
The guy above you is there now and staying there IINM.
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