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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 #330 on: January 24, 2019, 12:26:03 AM »
  Hands-down do not miss Aria meat restaraunt.  It's insanely good and literally across the street from the Sortis.  Have a blast there!

We ate there tonight. While we thought it was good we enjoyed Luna better. Service was very slow. Could be they had an off night because my sister and brother in-law ate there last night and thought it was very good. ( And they also loved Luna.)

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« Reply #331 on: January 24, 2019, 12:41:44 AM »

I keep trying to write an answer to your question and I keep going back and forth. I’m not sure what you’re into. If you want beautiful snorkeling then Pearl Islands. But the beaches at San Blas were gorgeous. Both trips are long. If someone gets carsick then the trip to San Blas is not for you. If money is an issue then I would skip both and use Sorhay for Embrera village (which we did today). We did the kosher version and it was spectacular. She is very detailed oriented and takes great care of her clients. And the trip includes a waterfall which Denverite wrote about. It was a spectacular day.

I booked with her Monkey Island for Sunday. Monday she  had no availability. I booked San Blas for Tuesday And Anton Valley for Wednesday. Monday I booked Bayano Cave with My Friend Mario. You are writing that if I want to save money I should do the village. San Blas she quoted me $320 for 2 and the village is $375 I think.

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« Reply #332 on: January 24, 2019, 12:47:48 AM »
San Blas she quoted me $155pp and Embrera $135 pp back in December.

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« Reply #333 on: January 24, 2019, 12:49:31 AM »
Btw you know you have to get picked up st 5:15am for San Blas?

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« Reply #334 on: January 24, 2019, 01:30:11 AM »
San Blas she quoted me $155pp and Embrera $135 pp back in December.

Interesting. Dont know. Did you get a quote from her for monkey Island and Anton Valley? 

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« Reply #336 on: January 24, 2019, 01:36:26 AM »
About the 5:15


I do know. Only problem is i didn't tell my wife yet...

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« Reply #337 on: January 24, 2019, 03:37:09 AM »


Hands-down do not miss Aria meat restaraunt.  It's insanely good and literally across the street from the Sortis.  Have a blast there!
+10
And cheap too!!


Same electricity and currency is American dollars
Well they kinda have their own currency, but it it fluctuates with the American Dollar, and the Dollar is accepted as well.
We ate there tonight. While we thought it was good we enjoyed Luna better. Service was very slow. Could be they had an off night because my sister and brother in-law ate there last night and thought it was very good. ( And they also loved Luna.)

Are you referring to the Lula by Darna? Or another place called Lula?
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« Reply #338 on: January 24, 2019, 06:35:47 AM »
Are you referring to the Lula by Darna? Or another place called Lula?

Same one. Lula by Darna ( meat) is walkable from Sortis. And there’s the sister   place called Darna behind the JW Marriot. It’s dairy.

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« Reply #339 on: January 24, 2019, 07:18:25 AM »
Also for San Blas, I think besides wanting to get a fresh start in the morning before it might get crowded, the toilets, when you first arrive, are more appealing. Bring toilet paper (or tissues) and wipes. But the last island we visited (Don’t remember the name) had TP and water. We even could rinse off in the shower.
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« Reply #340 on: January 24, 2019, 08:51:24 AM »
Same one. Lula by Darna ( meat) is walkable from Sortis. And there’s the sister   place called Darna behind the JW Marriot. It’s dairy.
That's what I'm most surprised about, I absolutely despised the side that I got from Lula, and the main didn't come close to Aria.
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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #341 on: January 24, 2019, 11:02:28 AM »
Would anyone know which dairy restaurants are Cholov Yisroel and which are not?

Thanks all for your help. 

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #342 on: January 24, 2019, 03:51:03 PM »
Would anyone know which dairy restaurants are Cholov Yisroel and which are not?
Thanks all for your help.
My experience was that you can get CY in most restaurants on request. Most of the time it was possible except sometimes the creamer for a cream sauce was not available.

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« Reply #343 on: January 24, 2019, 05:37:07 PM »
Interesting. Dont know. Did you get a quote from her for monkey Island and Anton Valley?

I realize that maybe she quoted you higher because you are 2 people. We were 4. Did not do Anton Valley but did Panama Canal, monkey Island, Old city and drove through the Causeay. We were able to do a lot because everyone left town because the Pope is here.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #344 on: January 24, 2019, 10:41:25 PM »
I realize that maybe she quoted you higher because you are 2 people. We were 4. Did not do Anton Valley but did Panama Canal, monkey Island, Old city and drove through the Causeay. We were able to do a lot because everyone left town because the Pope is here.

Was it crazy with closed roads and things for the pope’s visit?