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List of TR's:
Denverite
saw50st8
dvol
dvol Pictures
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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 #150 on: June 09, 2017, 12:35:51 PM »
How expensive are drivers?

We did day trips over a specific driver, so I can't really give you a quote for that. But our tour to El Valle was $80/pp, to Colon area was $70/pp to give you an idea. 

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #151 on: June 17, 2017, 10:47:57 PM »
Anyone want to adopt this wiki?
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #152 on: June 17, 2017, 11:03:46 PM »
Anyone want to adopt this wiki?

What does that mean?

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #153 on: July 06, 2017, 12:45:59 PM »
What does that mean?
it means to complete it with the local info that can help others.

I just got back this week and it was so amazing I literally want to move there! ;) We all agreed we want to go back since we purposely took the week easy but then didn't do everything we wanted to and need to return! All my kids had a blast, there are over 20 EXCELLENT kosher restaurants (that cost less than the US) and since Panama is so physically small we were able to have breakfast in the kosher Coffee Bean next to our hotel (there were also a number of bakeries and cafes close by) and later come home from our tour or excursion and have the driver just drop us at a new kosher restaurant to try.  It is the full package of the convenience of vacationing in Miami but can do a lot of of the cool stuff that you'd want to do in Costa Rica, the Carribean or even the rainforest in Brazil.  I don't want to promise but hopefully I'll start to write it up on Sunday.  Also, if you have any specific questions just let me know and I'll try to answer.
Did you end up posting a TR anywhere? would love to see it.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #154 on: July 06, 2017, 08:48:29 PM »
I can't figure out how to post a hyperlink with a name. Can anyone point me to some directions? I can link to Denverite's TR then. Once I write mine, I'll add that too.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #155 on: July 06, 2017, 09:09:25 PM »
I can't figure out how to post a hyperlink with a name. Can anyone point me to some directions? I can link to Denverite's TR then. Once I write mine, I'll add that too.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #156 on: July 06, 2017, 09:12:35 PM »
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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #157 on: July 14, 2017, 12:20:06 PM »
I can't figure out how to post a hyperlink with a name. Can anyone point me to some directions? I can link to Denverite's TR then. Once I write mine, I'll add that too.

Here is my TR:
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=75186.0

And I'd love to see yours too as I'm planning to go back and I know there was tons we didn't do!

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #158 on: July 17, 2017, 07:37:45 AM »
Here is my TR:
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=75186.0

And I'd love to see yours too as I'm planning to go back and I know there was tons we didn't do!

Now that I know someone actually wants to read it, I'll get moving. I finally sorted my pictures and ordered a photobook, so it shouldn't be too bad!

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #159 on: July 17, 2017, 09:55:11 PM »
Now that I know someone actually wants to read it, I'll get moving. I finally sorted my pictures and ordered a photobook, so it shouldn't be too bad!

People for sure want to read your Trip Report!

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #160 on: July 18, 2017, 10:10:03 PM »
People for sure want to read your Trip Report!

Yes but that's people in general. Knowing there is an actual person makes it a lot more likely to get it done :-)

I started mine here: http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=81828.msg1774056#msg1774056

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #161 on: July 18, 2017, 10:46:14 PM »
Yes but that's people in general. Knowing there is an actual person makes it a lot more likely to get it done :-)

I started mine here: http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=81828.msg1774056#msg1774056


Nice, thanks. Will go check it out now.

Looks like it's open season for Panama TRs, I also started mine earlier today ;D
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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #162 on: July 21, 2017, 09:47:04 AM »
Any recommendations for cell phone/SIM card providers while in Panama? Obviously don't want to get anything in the airport because it's probably 3-4x what it would cost in the city. Any providers that will ship SIM cards to the US?

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« Reply #163 on: July 21, 2017, 11:19:26 AM »
Any recommendations for cell phone/SIM card providers while in Panama? Obviously don't want to get anything in the airport because it's probably 3-4x what it would cost in the city. Any providers that will ship SIM cards to the US?

We added Panama to our phone plan and went with the $10/day charge from verizon. Sorry I can't be more helpful.

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #164 on: July 21, 2017, 01:15:11 PM »
We added Panama to our phone plan and went with the $10/day charge from verizon. Sorry I can't be more helpful.

It was actually free to add it to our sprint plan but without high speed data, which worked fine.