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There is an app called Kosher PTY that has a lot of helpful information (I didnít use it) although some is in spanish.

Flights
 From NYC area there is UA and V3 (copa) who have multiple daily flights to and from EWR which are bookable when saver is open from 17.5k+ $6.85-$80 a way in Y on UA, plus UA offers XN on V3. J is bookable for just 30k +$6.85-$80 a way.
LH prices RT in Y for 35k+ $76.71 and J for 60k
Other options include stops like AA with a stop in MIA from EWR, JFK and LGA, as well as from PHL which we did on AA.com for 25k RT+$82.31, bookable on IB/BA in the 35k-40k+$95+  range for RT in Y. J on aa.com is 50k RT +157.31.

Hotels
There are many amazing options as far as hotels are concerned. While they are all cheap by comparison to their comparable hotels in America, some are cheaper than others. Since the prices are so cheap Iím glad I didnít go cheap. There are multiple point options such as the Sortis Hotel, Spa, and casino where we stayed for 15k MT a night, which was certainly well worth it. I do recommend it since many of the kosher restaurants are walking distance or a $2-$3 dollar taxi away. There is another MT hotel that seemed like good value, while the hilton and Hyatt options didnít seem worth it at all for points. Since the revenue prices are so cheap it may be an ideal time to use CSR @1.5cpp, Barclays, or Capital One points for the hotel.

Weather
Despite being warned many times about the crazy weather here, and the many short downpours, we never had more than a light drizzle which was just once. The humidity here is extremely high- upwards of 90%, while the temperatures were not as bad- in the 80į-90į F.

Transportation
All normal transportation options canít go wrong, cars are dirt cheap, as well as taxis and Ubers, if you feel the need for a tour guide they are cheap as well, obviously far more than the first 2 options, Iíd recommend getting a tour guide for the first day or two and go to the places that need a guide like San  Blas, Monkey Island, and the Native villages, since itís the first day the information you get from them can help for the remainder of the trip.

Parking
I havenít seen any parking meters or anything of that sort, parking was generally easy and we parked within a block or 2 of the hotel for free every time, as the Hotel parking was really confusing and it seemed they charged $0.05 a minute for parking.

Food
There certainly isnít a shortage of Kosher restaurants here, we tried out, Aria, and Lula by Darma  for Meat, neither was crazy cheap nor expensive although the servings were relatively small, Aria blew me away and and had some english speaking waiter, and Lula by Darma was ok but nothing like Aria as well as it didnít have any english speaking workers.
For Dairy we tried Jefferyís twice and it was incredible, and they had english speaking workers as well. We also went to Aroma which was decent the sushi wasnít quite like I was told it would be, and not only didnít they speak any english they couldnít even get one english word out. It is more of an upper class Dairy spot and the prices were quite cheap for that style spot. There is Kava as well where we didnít make it since they only open at 12pm but itís supposed to be amazing. We also tried the takeout at the supermarket ďDeli KĒ, which was cheap yet not impressive.

Culture/Language
The people here are all quite friendly, while barely any speak english, anywhere important like the hotels and many taxi drivers do speak english, the restaurants were half and half. As far as safety is concerned I felt safe at every given time.


Attractions
The skyline is of the nicest things in Panama as well as the tours we took to the Monkey Island, and to the Native American villages which Iíd consider a must do. We are told that the San Blas island is a must do as well, but it takes a full day for 5:30 AM which we didnít have time for.
Although all along the coast, the closest beach is Santa Clara, which is about an hour and a half from Panama City, it is beautiful, but I wouldnít recommend it unless you rent a car.

Shul
For Zmanim you can go to godaven.com, but just a fair warning that proper attire is required such as long pants, and IINM socks as well. You also are required to give in your passport when you go in, and should you go on shabbos you have to have them make a copy of it before you go in.


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Re: Panama in 3- A mini TR
« Reply #15 on: August 17, 2018, 03:14:16 AM »
Santa Clara Beach was a full day?

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Re: Panama in 3- A mini TR
« Reply #16 on: August 17, 2018, 12:46:17 PM »
Santa Clara Beach was a full day?
That day we toured the city, checked out the beautiful skyline, swung by the Panama Canal, drove through Veracruz, and then went to the beach.
We also drove slightly more then necessary due to our lack of communication with the locals.
Here is the poor Veracruz area, and some of the horrendous traffic (with a nice background) from our drive back
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Re: Panama in 3- A mini TR
« Reply #17 on: August 18, 2018, 11:03:36 PM »
That day we toured the city, checked out the beautiful skyline, swung by the Panama Canal, drove through Veracruz, and then went to the beach.
We also drove slightly more then necessary due to our lack of communication with the locals.
Here is the poor Veracruz area, and some of the horrendous traffic (with a nice background) from our drive back
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Re: Panama in 3- A mini TR
« Reply #18 on: August 23, 2018, 08:08:48 PM »
Thanks.
We didn't take a tour of the canal as it didn't seem too appealing, we crossed it multiple times and had a look, the first tour we took wasn't too far out as we saw some traffic from the canal there.
They were really nice at the Sortis and my talking talent did the trick :)
No status and no 20 dollar bills. Although my friend did try showing one and the guy laughed it off "oh no, please don't do that to me"
Thank you.