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Re: Panama TR- a Hidden Family Gem (w/AWESOME restaurants)!
« Reply #105 on: September 25, 2017, 06:39:00 PM »
Just booked my tickets for the family for three weeks next summer so hopefully this trip report will have more adventures and great kosher restaurants added then.  With free tickets and about $300 a week for hotel at the Sortis, we decided its cheaper than paying even for day camp for my kids and way more fun!!
Have fun! I wish we could book for next summer now, but that won't happen unfortunately.

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Re: Panama TR- a Hidden Family Gem (w/AWESOME restaurants)!
« Reply #106 on: September 26, 2017, 07:39:00 AM »
Just booked my tickets for the family for three weeks next summer so hopefully this trip report will have more adventures and great kosher restaurants added then.  With free tickets and about $300 a week for hotel at the Sortis, we decided its cheaper than paying even for day camp for my kids and way more fun!!

Enjoy! Are you going to go up north too or stay in Panama City?

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Re: Panama TR- a Hidden Family Gem (w/AWESOME restaurants)!
« Reply #107 on: September 26, 2017, 05:33:37 PM »
Have fun! I wish we could book for next summer now, but that won't happen unfortunately.

Aww, why not? Direct on Copa, 17.5 or 30k!


Enjoy! Are you going to go up north too or stay in Panama City?

Not sure yet, I haven't planned that far ahead yet. :P I'd definitely love to see Boquette and Colon though, maybe a coffee plantation.

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Re: Panama TR- a Hidden Family Gem (w/AWESOME restaurants)!
« Reply #108 on: October 16, 2017, 09:24:40 AM »
Aww, why not? Direct on Copa, 17.5 or 30k!


Not sure yet, I haven't planned that far ahead yet. :P I'd definitely love to see Boquette and Colon though, maybe a coffee plantation.
I really liked boquete. Can recommend a coffee plantation etc.
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Re: Panama TR- a Hidden Family Gem (w/AWESOME restaurants)!
« Reply #109 on: October 18, 2017, 09:10:29 AM »
I really liked boquete. Can recommend a coffee plantation etc.

Thanks! Feel comfortable to post the info here?  I'd love to have it.

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Re: Panama TR- a Hidden Family Gem (w/AWESOME restaurants)!
« Reply #110 on: October 25, 2017, 03:56:26 AM »
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Re: Panama TR- a Hidden Family Gem (w/AWESOME restaurants)!
« Reply #111 on: October 26, 2017, 08:23:17 PM »
http://boquetebees.com
https://goo.gl/maps/85JDoFrtAi32

The bee place looks really cool. Did you drive from Panama City to Boquete?

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Re: Panama TR- a Hidden Family Gem (w/AWESOME restaurants)!
« Reply #112 on: October 29, 2017, 10:30:09 AM »
Iíve already booked my flights and donít want to pay United change fees (yes I know SQ has a way better fee situation but I really needed the expanded inventory from United because of my co-branded cc).  If others are planning trips and want to go to Boquete, Iíd book my flight differently than what I did. Iíd just book my ticket to DAV (about 45 minutes from Boquete) with PTY as the stopover, so that I could get both locations included.  Itís about a six hour drive or $150-$200 RT for the one hour flight on Copa.

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Re: Panama TR- a Hidden Family Gem (w/AWESOME restaurants)!
« Reply #113 on: October 30, 2017, 05:25:34 AM »
The bee place looks really cool. Did you drive from Panama City to Boquete?
I took a shuttle (Ferry+Van) from Bocas. The way back I took an overnight bus from DAV to PTY.

Boquete has a tiny jewish/chabad community (mostly expats)
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Re: Panama TR- a Hidden Family Gem (w/AWESOME restaurants)!
« Reply #114 on: November 20, 2017, 09:48:27 PM »
I took a shuttle (Ferry+Van) from Bocas. The way back I took an overnight bus from DAV to PTY.

Boquete has a tiny jewish/chabad community (mostly expats)

Wow, you are hardcore and Iím assuming you werenít lugging kids with you on the overnight bus (although thatís totally stupid of me to assume since my dad planned family trips like that my whole childhood...yup, I got to experience some awesome hostels...lol...which is I guess why my current adventures need to be comfortable)!  :P

Seriously, thanks for all the great info and suggestions!

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Re: Panama TR- a Hidden Family Gem (w/AWESOME restaurants)!
« Reply #115 on: January 14, 2018, 02:37:26 PM »
@Denverite did you use Sorhay as the tour guide for Monkey Island as well? Was it worth the expense?

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Re: Panama TR- a Hidden Family Gem (w/AWESOME restaurants)!
« Reply #116 on: January 14, 2018, 03:15:33 PM »
@Denverite did you use Sorhay as the tour guide for Monkey Island as well? Was it worth the expense?

Yes and YES! For my family of 5 it was actually cheaper than paying per person on a big group tour and I love being able to extend parts my family is enjoying or move along when we are done with something. She got special fruit for us (and some special ones the monkeys like aside from bananas...I donít want to ruin the surprise).  I canít say enough good things about her and her company. We went on Friday and she even dropped us at a kosher restaurant (she knows where a lot of them are) to eat a late lunch when we were done.

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Re: Panama TR- a Hidden Family Gem (w/AWESOME restaurants)!
« Reply #117 on: February 14, 2018, 03:23:26 PM »
#DDFeffect!

Sorhay has gotten so much business from my trip report (and responding to so many PMs) that she decided to make a kosher tour page (gotta love her and capitalism).  I thought you all would enjoy and for those of you that have had questions about the most popular tours, she has listed them here with pricing for couples and for a larger group it isn't that much more (you can still always PM me and I'm happy to help).  I thought y'all would get a kick out of this and some of the pictures she has (spoiler alert, I'm not in any of them but some of my friends from Denver are and I'm wondering who all these other people are and what their DDF names are)!!  ;D

https://www.therealpanamatours.com/kosher-tours-details.html

I also just used two Marriott certs to book at the Sortis Hotel this summer.  A friend from here just got back and told me about a few other restaurants super close to the hotel that weren't even on my radar so I'm super excited to go back and try them out!

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Re: Panama TR- a Hidden Family Gem (w/AWESOME restaurants)!
« Reply #118 on: February 16, 2018, 05:07:44 AM »
Just came back und used soray and was super happy. We had a amazing time and alot of the pictures (with 6 boys) are mine
There is a new restaurant aria right across the street of the sortis, probably our favourite in panama
we Did san blas for 2 days as well

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Re: Panama TR- a Hidden Family Gem (w/AWESOME restaurants)!
« Reply #119 on: February 16, 2018, 07:58:42 AM »
#DDFeffect!

Sorhay has gotten so much business from my trip report (and responding to so many PMs) that she decided to make a kosher tour page (gotta love her and capitalism).  I thought you all would enjoy and for those of you that have had questions about the most popular tours, she has listed them here with pricing for couples and for a larger group it isn't that much more (you can still always PM me and I'm happy to help).  I thought y'all would get a kick out of this and some of the pictures she has (spoiler alert, I'm not in any of them but some of my friends from Denver are and I'm wondering who all these other people are and what their DDF names are)!!  ;D

https://www.therealpanamatours.com/kosher-tours-details.html

Wow, this is great.

But I'm not sure they really understand Jews. On the one hand, half of the conversation is about food, which is good. On the other hand, they say "When we have kosher visitors we only do group tours with other kosher visitors so you feel more comfortable." Do that not know that the last thing a Jew on vacation wants to see is another Jew ;D?
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