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List of TR's:
Denverite
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Kosher Food/ Restaurants:
Places to Eat:
Aroma Café
Darna Dairy
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
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.

Shevet Ahim – proper attire required, denied entry for shorts.

Ahavat Sion –

Chabad -

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
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 #90 on: June 17, 2016, 03:19:51 AM »
-I managed to make an amazing day trip out of Contadora (Pearl Islands).
If I had a chance to redo it I would probably stay overnight.

I never expounded on this-
For my last day, we decided to visit a nearby island, Contadora, it looked like it would be really nice place to visit.

So in the morning we took a 20 minute flight in a 12 seat hunk of junk from Albrook International Airport (PAC) for $50/OW.
We had an unexpected stopover in San Jose which was nice. The flight had beautiful views the entire way.

We land in Contadora without any real plans. And apparently there's no easy to find bathrooms due to lack of water on the island. Anyways there's these black guys that hang out on the beach with motorboats to rent.
For $35/hour the motor boat also came with the entertaining guide (who didn't speak much English).

He took us to around whale watching for about an hour which was spectacular.
Getting real up-close views of a few humpback whales while in a tiny boat was exhilarating.

Afterwards we went to the beautiful deserted island of Chipera where we went snorkeling. You can also rent scuba equipment on Contadora. There's not much reef where I was but there were some beautiful tropical fish hanging out. Later, we hung out on the pristine beaches and crystal clear water, while the guide served us freshly picked coconuts.

Then, we headed out to Mogu Mogu where Season 7 of Survivor was shot. Mogu Mogu was also quite unique, more crystal clear water and beautiful shells and rocks that were worth taking home.

We then boated around some more taking in the scenic views of the various islands from the boat, while also passing some famous houses like the Shah of Iran and Christian Dior (IINM).

We headed back to the island and took the late afternoon ferry back to the mainland.
The ferry costs $45/OW, and takes around 2 hours, but is the only night option for returning.
The ferry ride is comfortable and relaxing, and you get to see more whales and some dolphins on the way.
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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #91 on: June 17, 2016, 12:30:38 PM »
I never expounded on this-
For my last day, we decided to visit a nearby island, Contadora, it looked like it would be really nice place to visit.

So in the morning we took a 20 minute flight in a 12 seat hunk of junk from Albrook International Airport (PAC) for $50/OW.
We had an unexpected stopover in San Jose which was nice. The flight had beautiful views the entire way.

We land in Contadora without any real plans. And apparently there's no easy to find bathrooms due to lack of water on the island. Anyways there's these black guys that hang out on the beach with motorboats to rent.
For $35/hour the motor boat also came with the entertaining guide (who didn't speak much English).

He took us to around whale watching for about an hour which was spectacular.
Getting real up-close views of a few humpback whales while in a tiny boat was exhilarating.

Afterwards we went to the beautiful deserted island of Chipera where we went snorkeling. You can also rent scuba equipment on Contadora. There's not much reef where I was but there were some beautiful tropical fish hanging out. Later, we hung out on the pristine beaches and crystal clear water, while the guide served us freshly picked coconuts.

Then, we headed out to Mogu Mogu where Season 7 of Survivor was shot. Mogu Mogu was also quite unique, more crystal clear water and beautiful shells and rocks that were worth taking home.

We then boated around some more taking in the scenic views of the various islands from the boat, while also passing some famous houses like the Shah of Iran and Christian Dior (IINM).

We headed back to the island and took the late afternoon ferry back to the mainland.
The ferry costs $45/OW, and takes around 2 hours, but is the only night option for returning.
The ferry ride is comfortable and relaxing, and you get to see more whales and some dolphins on the way.

Wow, sounds amazing!  This day sounds like a little too long of day and a little too much adventure for me with all my kids but do you have a recommendation of the best/easiest to get to beach or boat trip with snorkeling for a family? My kids are pre-school to middle school age.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #92 on: June 22, 2016, 04:44:21 PM »
Anyone know of a villa or small rental that will have a private pool?

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #93 on: June 22, 2016, 07:51:11 PM »
Anyone know of a villa or small rental that will have a private pool?

Try homeaway.com

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #94 on: June 29, 2016, 06:58:14 AM »
I have a trip to Panama planned for late August.  In looking at hotels that are within walking distance to the shul (shevet ahim), I came across a really good deal on a hotel called the Occidental.  It looks to be about a 15-20 min walk to the shul and a few blocks away from Lula Restaurant. 

Has anyone stayed at this hotel?  Is it close enough to the shul to walk on shabbos?

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #95 on: June 29, 2016, 07:27:35 AM »
I have a trip to Panama planned for late August.  In looking at hotels that are within walking distance to the shul (shevet ahim), I came across a really good deal on a hotel called the Occidental.  It looks to be about a 15-20 min walk to the shul and a few blocks away from Lula Restaurant. 

Has anyone stayed at this hotel?  Is it close enough to the shul to walk on shabbos?

No reason not to stay at highly rated hotels in Panama.
The high end hotels are less than $200 a night.
May as well go for the best like the Hilton.
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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #96 on: June 29, 2016, 08:36:33 AM »
No reason not to stay at highly rated hotels in Panama.
The high end hotels are less than $200 a night.
May as well go for the best like the Hilton.

Appreciate the response but I can actually rent two rooms at the Occidental for less than it would cost to stay at the Le Meriden, Hilton, or Trump.  The Occidental is also highly rate on Tripadvisor.  So, back to my original question, anyone ever stayed here and is it close enough to a shul?

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #97 on: June 29, 2016, 11:15:39 PM »
Appreciate the response but I can actually rent two rooms at the Occidental for less than it would cost to stay at the Le Meriden, Hilton, or Trump.  The Occidental is also highly rate on Tripadvisor.  So, back to my original question, anyone ever stayed here and is it close enough to a shul?

Haven't heard anyone reference it.  Not sure what your rate was but there were rooms at number of Hilton branded hotels (Doubletree, HGI and a Hampton Inn) for like $80 a night some were only 5,000 HHonors points.  No idea their locations to Shuls.  We're staying at the Hilton, which looks to be an easy walk.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #98 on: October 26, 2016, 08:59:41 AM »
Has anyone been to Panama in May? I would like to go in May 2017, got a great rate at a hotel and found really cheap (points) flights. I know it's rainy season, but I see conflicting comments online about just small amounts of rain some afternoons to torrential downpours!

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #99 on: November 29, 2016, 05:24:14 PM »
Has anyone been to Panama in May? I would like to go in May 2017, got a great rate at a hotel and found really cheap (points) flights. I know it's rainy season, but I see conflicting comments online about just small amounts of rain some afternoons to torrential downpours!

I haven't been there in May but I have lived all over the tropics and in Monsoon season it is still unpredictable.  It can have torrential, crazy rain, every single day but often those downpours are fast and then go away.  It's not usually days of non-stop rain.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #100 on: November 29, 2016, 06:16:45 PM »
Has anyone been to Panama in May? I would like to go in May 2017, got a great rate at a hotel and found really cheap (points) flights. I know it's rainy season, but I see conflicting comments online about just small amounts of rain some afternoons to torrential downpours!

I went during rainy season. It wasn't a big deal.
Usually it rains for like an hour during the afternoon and that's it. It feels like it rains on a schedule.
Also it's humid but I'm not sure how that compares to the dry season.
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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #101 on: December 25, 2016, 01:24:03 AM »
My friend is in Panama right now and I'm planning in earnest for my trip in a few weeks and came  across some cool info. Download the KosherPTY app and you can access like 15 kosher restaurants plus bakeries and supermarkets, many of which have order & delivery direct from the app.

Also one of the restaurants that looks amazing, called Kava, appears to be inside the Sortis hotel, now part of the Marriott Autograph collection! It's only Tier 5 so a great use of a week cert if you've got one to burn with a Flight+Hotel deal or its reasonable amount of SPG points too.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #102 on: December 25, 2016, 11:23:30 AM »
My friend is in Panama right now and I'm planning in earnest for my trip in a few weeks and came  across some cool info. Download the KosherPTY app and you can access like 15 kosher restaurants plus bakeries and supermarkets, many of which have order & delivery direct from the app.

Also one of the restaurants that looks amazing, called Kava, appears to be inside the Sortis hotel, now part of the Marriott Autograph collection! It's only Tier 5 so a great use of a week cert if you've got one to burn with a Flight+Hotel deal or its reasonable amount of SPG points too.
tx for the info and post what itin you come up with since planning trip too.
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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #103 on: January 06, 2017, 01:41:45 AM »
Is there zika in the city area?
Is 4 full days enough to cover the basics?

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« Reply #104 on: January 06, 2017, 02:02:59 AM »
Is there zika in the city area?
Is 4 full days enough to cover the basics?

I looked on the CDC (or maybe WHO) maps and it looked to only be in a certain area away from the city where the native tribes live.  My friends were just there for 10 days and we are going at the end of this month for a week but without Shabbos and if you really knew what you wanted to see (and didn't "waste" days going to private beaches/islands) you could probably see all the big stuff (canal, city, rainforest/animals) in four days.