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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 #75 on: January 07, 2016, 11:25:57 PM »
What is  club hebreo?

It's their equivalent of a JCC and I think it has a meat and a dairy restaurant but from what I understand you either have to have someone vouch for you, have an Israeli passport or a stamp from Israel in your passport to get past the tight security.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #76 on: January 07, 2016, 11:26:36 PM »
Bump

what were the locals drinking?

Bump again, I also want to know about chalav stam there...

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #77 on: February 03, 2016, 10:48:58 PM »
Any restaurants open on Chol Hamoed Pesach?

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #78 on: February 03, 2016, 11:11:42 PM »
I had absolutely no idea there was any kind of Jewish Community in Panama, let alone a good number of kosher eating options (considerably more than Boston, though I recognize it's not saying much). Really glad I happened on this thread. Seeing the Panama canal has been on my bucket list, but now it's way up there. Thanks to  jmk62110 and others who contributed here.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #79 on: February 04, 2016, 12:14:26 PM »
We went to Club Hebreo and ate at the dairy restaurant. It was really very well done. Excellent food, service and prices. We did have to show passports(US) and it took about 10 minutes for them to check us out  etc.   

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #80 on: February 04, 2016, 01:15:06 PM »

I had absolutely no idea there was any kind of Jewish Community in Panama, let alone a good number of kosher eating options (considerably more than Boston, though I recognize it's not saying much). Really glad I happened on this thread. Seeing the Panama canal has been on my bucket list, but now it's way up there. Thanks to  jmk62110 and others who contributed here.
way more restaurants

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #81 on: February 04, 2016, 10:41:26 PM »
way more restaurants
again, that's not saying much!  :'(

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #82 on: May 12, 2016, 12:18:38 PM »
Looking for some info on Santa Clara, thinking of staying at the all-inclusive Sheraton for a weekend in June.

Any kosher food in the area? Anything to do around there?

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #83 on: May 26, 2016, 10:35:11 AM »
How much time would be recommended for Panama to see/experience the basic?  I've done ziplining in Costa Rica and Puerto Rico so it's not high on the list.  Planning a Sunday-Thursday trip and debating between Panama for the whole thing or Panama/Nicaragua. 

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #84 on: June 16, 2016, 11:25:23 AM »
I had absolutely no idea there was any kind of Jewish Community in Panama, let alone a good number of kosher eating options (considerably more than Boston, though I recognize it's not saying much). Really glad I happened on this thread. Seeing the Panama canal has been on my bucket list, but now it's way up there. Thanks to  jmk62110 and others who contributed here.
They have a beautiful community there, with gorgeous shuls. Make sure you call the restaurants before you go as they are not always opened. Darna didn't open until 9:30 and we tried to go at 9:00, and couldn't wait. Lula was closed that night so we struck out twice:)

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #85 on: June 16, 2016, 02:08:13 PM »
How much time would be recommended for Panama to see/experience the basic?  I've done ziplining in Costa Rica and Puerto Rico so it's not high on the list.  Planning a Sunday-Thursday trip and debating between Panama for the whole thing or Panama/Nicaragua.
What are you looking to accomplish in Panama? There's great Jewish infrastructure there but besides for that I don't know how much there is to actually do

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #86 on: June 16, 2016, 04:55:32 PM »
What are you looking to accomplish in Panama? There's great Jewish infrastructure there but besides for that I don't know how much there is to actually do

It seems like there is tons to do!  I have family that lived there and we are planning to go in the winter and want to see the canals, the rainforest (tons of different nature stuff and outdoor activities), may spend some time at the beach, go see how the native indigenous tribes live, go up in the mountains to the coffee plantations.  There seem to be lots of historical stuff and museums also.  We are planning Monday-Sunday and actually had planned to leave Friday for Cancun since we could get a free stopover but decided to just spend Shabbat there as well since the community sounds so nice and we wanted to make sure we had enough time.


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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #87 on: June 16, 2016, 05:00:51 PM »
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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #88 on: June 16, 2016, 11:28:24 PM »
Is it worth it to go to Panama in July?  How bad is the rain?

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #89 on: June 17, 2016, 02:42:28 AM »
Is it worth it to go to Panama in July?  How bad is the rain?

July is good because that's when whalewatching season starts.
Had lots of fun getting sprayed by humpbacks while sitting in a tiny motor boat.
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