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The menu is:

Roasted turkey

Mushroom gravy

Walnut stuffing

Mashed potatoes

Sauteed carrots, corn and broccoli

Bocas salad with Pomegranet dressing

Home made sesamee rolls

Pumkin pie with whipped cream

$14.50 per person!
Limited Space, Reservations Recommended!
First St. next to Taxi 25
Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro, Panama
(507) 757 9546 / 757 9728 / 6780 0063
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This article from the Epoch Times talks more about the rise in tourism within Panama, considered the fastest growing economy in Latin America. Check it out!

Blessed with alpine mountains, tropical forests rich in wildlife, pristine beaches, protected coral reefs, vibrant indigenous cultures, and a cosmopolitan capital city, Panama is Latin America’s unspoiled treasure.

Panama has drawn dreamers, schemers and adventurers throughout its history. But the hordes of tourists that have overrun Costa Rica, flattening its culture in the process, have not landed in Panama—yet. It seems you’ll encounter more bankers, businessmen and pensioners visiting Panama than tourists.

With a diverse economy anchored in the canal, maritime services and a thriving banking and real estate sector, Panama has been saved from tourism-based development that has entrapped so much of the Caribbean and Latin America. That’s a good thing for the country, and for the traveler seeking an authentic experience.

Some other good things—you can drink the tap water in Panama City and most of the country because of a first-world public health infrastructure (a legacy of the American presence) that has also eradicated malaria and yellow fever.

Panama runs on U.S. currency—and you’ll get far more mileage from your dollar. Getting there is not a strain on the budget, either. Various carriers offer inexpensive flights to Panama City, many non-stop.

When you arrive you will find the Panamanians very welcoming. Situated literally on one of the world’s crossroads, Panama has a long history of accommodating outsiders, from gold-digging Spanish to canal-digging French and Americans.

Panama City
Panama City is the finance capital of Latin America, with hundreds of banks offering secret accounts to all comers. The financiers and assorted other tax dodgers who park there money here have an interest in being safe while they visit their investments. Hence, Panama is free of kidnappings and the other crimes that plague many parts of Latin America.

The most colorful part of the city is Casco Viejo, the colonial quarter with narrow brick streets, filigreed iron balconies and bougainvillea filled plazas. A pleasant afternoon is spent in its charming sidewalk cafes, eclectic shops, hip restaurants and art galleries. S’cena (www.scenaplatea.com), a popular upscale restaurant serves Mediterranean influenced dishes upstairs and pulses with exceptional live jazz and salsa at the bar Platea downstairs.

No trip to Panama is complete without visiting the canal, truly a wonder of the modern world. You have to be on the canal to fully experience its breathtaking scale, though you needn’t make the full 12-hour canal transit. Panama Marine Adventures (www.pmatours.net) offers a half-transit on the Pacific Queen tour boat, with air conditioned cabin, 2 lounge decks, outdoor seating. Your ticket includes a catered lunch, snacks and soft drinks.

The friendly, bilingual tour guide entertains with a running commentary of interesting facts and stories about the canal as the boat takes you from Lake Gatun, the flooded valley in the center of the Isthmus, into the Culebra Cut, the man-made valley that cuts through the continental divide, through the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Locks, to the Amador Causeway, the four-mile long palm-lined breakwater in the Bay of Panama built from rock dug out of the Culebra Cut during the canal’s construction. The trip takes about five hours, depending on ship traffic, as you drop 35 feet at a time through the locks, passing elephantine freighters and occasional pleasure craft.

Panama City is blessed with a wealth of excellent choices for international and regional cuisines. Chinese, Indian, Thai, Middle Eastern, French Italian, and various Latin are all represented.

Eurasia, Calle 48, offers signature seafood dishes with an Asian fusion cuisine. Prawns with tamarind and coconut melted in my mouth. The surroundings are a rich sensory experience as well. Original art by contemporary Panamanian painters adorn the 1936 hacienda-style home’s rich papaya-colored walls.

La Posta (www.lapostapanama.com), Calle 49, serves Latin with a European flair in a 1950’s Havana setting with potted palms and wicker ceiling fans. The menu offers a choice of salads, seafood and meats. Seared yellow fin tuna was pure heaven.

It would be a big mistake to skip the local cuisine at the innumerable cafes, cafeterias, roadside stands and street stalls. Manolo café, across the street from El Veneto hotel and casino, is open till the wee hours of the morning. You can sit on the wraparound patio and take in the vibrant street life while chowing down on lechon (pork) and tostones (fried plantains) or the typical Panamanian sancocho stew.

El Veneto Hotel and Casino (www.venetopanama.com) captures the Las Vegas, wide-open town aspect of Panama. El Veneto’s 24-hour casino is the center of all the action. The attentive, bilingual hotel staff are on duty at all times, and so are coffee shops, hopping bars and restaurants. The comfortable rooms come with top drawer linens and toiletries, and the hotel has a large rooftop pool, with poolside café and bar and fitness center.

The Intercontinental Miramar (www.miramarpanama.com), caters to the top international clientele, counting among its visitors presidents, Mick Jagger and Hillary Clinton. Located on the seafront boulevard with a huge pool and breathtaking views of the Bay of Panama and the skyline, it is close by Calle Uruguay’s hot nightspots and restaurants.

The Playa Bonita Resort and Spa (www.playabonitapanama.com) offers a close-by alternative to staying in the city. Set on a small Pacific cove and surrounded on 3 sides by lush rain forest in the former Canal Zone, it’s just minutes from downtown, across the canal on the Bridge of the Americas.

With 3 pools (including a swim-up bar), a variety of restaurants and the best spa in the country, it’s a good place to relax and get a massage after roughing it in the bush. Stylish rooms, all with balconies and ocean views, and a beach lined with coconut palms add up to international resort ambiance. When you’re sitting on a chaise lounge with a rum punch, the ships on the blue horizon queued up to enter the canal tell you you’re in Panama.

Beyond the City
Panama’s diverse natural beauty is readily accessible. Just minutes from downtown Panama City, you’ll find yourself in protected tropical rain forest. This is the watershed that feeds the canal, and more species of birds are found here than in all of Europe.

Located on a mountaintop 40 minutes from the capital, the Canopy Tower (www.canopytower.com) is a mecca for bird watchers and nature lovers of all kinds. A former U.S. military radar installation with 360 degree views of the canal and surrounding rainforest, this round, five-story metal tower has been converted to a rustic-chic lodge for world-class bird watching. The forest canopy is at eye-level from the bedrooms and dining room. Fruit crows, hummingbirds, sloths and monkeys seemed close enough to touch from the window.

Equipped with digital telescopes and binoculars, the Tower’s expert guides take you on hikes on rain forest trails where they will spot and point out toucans, blue cotingas, howler monkeys, capuchins and other wildlife. It was a fascinating experience even for me who is not a birder.

The Canopy Lodge (www.canopylodge.com), the Tower’s luxurious sister property, is located in the Valle de Anton, an extinct volcanic crater in the mountains two hours west of the city. The Valle de Anton enjoys cool spring temperatures year round, and wealthy Panamanians make it a weekend destination and own second homes here. The Lodge’s rooms are tastefully appointed with natural stone walls, high ceilings, and balconies overlooking lush gardens of tropical flowers, banana plants and palms beside a fast-running stream.

The Tower and Lodge include delicious freshly prepared meals served family style with the other guests. At the Lodge, we enjoyed a candlelight dinner of the freshest fish and perfectly spiced vegetables on the covered patio that doubles as a dining room and library. Dining partners included couples from California, Maryland and Maine, and an engineer from Madrid in Panama for the Canal expansion.

The next morning, our Panamanian guide took us hiking through the cloud forest. He had a story for each of the trees, flowers and insects we encountered. Like the Tower’s guides, he would mimic bird calls and had an uncanny ability to spot the tiniest birds in the thick forest canopy.

The winding trail up the rim of the ancient volcano led to the take-off point for the Canopy Adventure (http://adventure.panamabirding.com) zip line, a cable strung high above waterfalls and treetops that you grab onto and zip down for an adrenalin charged ride.

Later, we visited the outdoor Indian market with stalls offering local handicrafts, ceramics, fruits and vegetables. As I was drinking a café con leche, an old man walked by selling fresh tart tamarinds and buttery soft freshly roasted cashews the likes of which I had never tasted.

Best Beach in the World?
East of Colon in the Caribbean you’ll find the San Blas islands, the premiere beach destination of Panama, if not the world. More than 300 idyllic, picture postcard coral islands, most inhabited only by coconut palms, fringed with white sand and living reef, scatter across miles of sapphire water stretching to the Colombian border. The islands and the virgin rainforest on the mainland are unspoiled by hotels, mass tourism or modern development of any sort.

This is Kuna Yala, homeland of the Kuna Indians, the friendly, self-governing indigenous people who have retained control of their culture, their land and their economy. They bar all development, outside investment or land sales. Their fascinating matriarchal culture, largely intact since pre-Columbian times, is yet another reason to visit this incredibly beautiful tropical paradise. The story of how the Kuna won their autonomy through an armed uprising with the help of an American adventurer in the 1920s reads like an Indiana Jones tale.

You can visit Kuna Yala aboard a boat or by staying at one of the rustic lodges of thatched huts the Kuna run on otherwise uninhabited islands. A Kuna family prepares meals of lobster and other local seafood, and takes you by dugout canoe to visit other islands and snorkel. The rub is that there’s no running water and the outhouse toilets empty to the sea, so you will probably want to swim elsewhere.

We went by boat, and it was a truly unforgettable experience. The pocket sized islands, silver and dark tufts of palm, appear like a mirage on the shimmering horizon. We would drop anchor and snorkel among sunken ships and some of the best-preserved coral reefs on earth. (No runoff from onshore development to harm them.)

Kuna fishermen pilot dugout canoes boat side to sell fresh-caught lobster. The women, dressed in traditional fashion with colorful headscarves and skirts, gold nose rings and intricate beadwork on their calves and forearms, are famous for their hand-stitched appliqué fabric blouses (molas). They spread their handiwork across the deck to make a sale.

After dark, the night sky, with no competition from earthly electric lights, revealed the infinite splendor of “heavens’ embroidered cloths, Enwrought with golden and silver light.”

The Kuna believe the islands and sea are a gift from God, and true happiness is only experienced within nature’s presence. You will experience it when you visit this magical land suspended in time.

For budget travelers, the Andiamo (http://theandiamo.com), offers group sails, where you share cooking and other duties with up to six shipmates. For a luxury experience, the Simpatica (www.sail247.net), a 45’ blue water catamaran, accommodates up to four guests in air-conditioned staterooms, with gourmet meals and all the accessories you need to enjoy the water.

It’s owned by a couple sailing San Blas as they prepare a round the world trip. Louis and Julie invite a few people to come sail with them for as long or as short as you wish, and see the world from a different perspective. A portion of proceeds from the boat go to Africa Down Under, the non-profit they founded to support sustainable community development projects in Zimbabwe.

Air Panama (www.flyairpanama.com) serves San Blas with daily flights from Panama City on small planes.

For information on travel to Panama visit www.visitpanama.com
and the Panama Tourism Bureau at www.atp.gob.pa
Last Updated
Nov 15, 2009


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Explore Panama, but more than anything explore Bocas del Toro. Bocas Paradise Hotel located in the center of Bocas Town, over the ocean provides excellent accommodations and great prices. Check out this article from the Breaking Travel News Website: http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/news/article/central-america-predicts-tourism-upturn-next-year/

Tourism to Central America has fallen by 8% this year compared to last year.

The sharp drop means that tourist numbers will fall back to fewer than 8m people by year end, who stayed for a shorter period of time and spent less money.

However, tourism ministers at this year’s Central America Travel Market predicted the market would pick up in the second quarter of next year.

Central America Travel Association president, Alan Flores, said: “The economic crisis has certainly affected our economies and also affected tourism.
“We have seen an average eight per cent fall this year which has also affected stay and spend.”

European visitors account for just 9% of total visitor numbers to the region, but their average 12-day length of stay and $200 per day spend is significantly higher than any other region.

North American visitors make up almost half of all visitors to the region.

Flores said the seven countries (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama), all had plans in place to stimulate tourism next year.

He added that the recent merger between Avianca and TACA would also help increase tourist numbers.

Flores, who is also Costa Rica’s tourism minister, said his country had invested $20m in tourism promotions.

“We are going to continue to have a difficult situation in regards to travel, but we will see an improvement on 2009,” he added.

And Dionne Chamberlaine, the president of the Belize Tourism Authority, said: “We musn’t rely on one market. We are looking towards new markets such as Russia, Canada, Mexico and Europe.”

Ricardo Martinez, the tourism minister of Honduras – which has suffered the highest falls in tourist numbers due to the coup – predicted that numbers would start to climb again in the second quarter of next year, but added:

“The average stay is going to grow very little and neither is the average spend.”

The one bright spot for all the countries in terms of tourism is the cruise sector, which continues to grow despite the economic downturn.

Martinez confirmed that cruise lines were not cancelling itineraries to Honduras, and Royal Caribbean’s port development on the island of Roatan was continuing as planned.

Mike Singh, Belize tourism minister said: “The average spend of cruise passengers is $100 a day and that compares with overnight tourism. We are co-operating very closely with cruise companies.”

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A successful meeting between ISA President, Fernando Aguerre and Panamanian Minister of Tourism, Mr. Salomón Shamah was held during the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games in Costa Rica. Shamah showed a great deal of interest in letting the surfing community know that Panama is a “Surfing friendly” country. The campaign has already begun with an initiative by Panama´s main airline, COPA Airlines, by not charging extra fees for surfboards on most of their flights.

The promotion “Bring your Surfboard for Free to Panama,” runs between September 15 - November 15, 2009. It will resume on March 1, 2010 and run through May 30, 2010.

One board bag with a maximum of two boards inside is allowed per person on flights coming from the United States of America (Los Angeles, Orlando, Miami, Washington, and New York), Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, and Manaus) and Costa Rica (San José).

The only thing you have to do is call the COPA Airlines call center and let them know that you’re going to travel with surfboards.

According to ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, “"I congratulate Mr. Shamas for his support of surfing. Panama is certainly one of the greatest surfing destinations in the world. Add tropical weather, warm water, and the welcoming nature of the Panamanian people and you have a top place in the short list of destinations for any traveling surfer. Gracias Panama!”

Wave-rich Panama, home of the world-famous breaks Santa Catalina and Bocas del Toro, is providing the unique chance of going on an exotic surf trip without the added cost of surfboard baggage fees.

Gleaming skyscrapers highlight the modern side of Panama City, the most cosmopolitan city in Central America.

Looking for reasons as to Why you should choose Panama as your next travel locations? Here are some that CNN Budget Traveler William Friar had to say:

Here's a snapshot of Panama's defining experiences: a modern capital on the canal, near-deserted islands, and trails for spotting wildlife and waterfalls. Get a sense of which ones fit your travel style and your budget.

Follow the path of conquistadors and miners

Panama City is three cities in one: the conquistador-era Old Panama; the colonial quarter of Casco Viejo; and the modern capital, a forest of gleaming skyscrapers that's easily the most cosmopolitan city in Central America.

Among the ruins of Old Panama, razed by the pirate Henry Morgan in 1671, the centerpiece is the cathedral tower. It's one of Panama's proudest national monuments, and thanks to a recent restoration, visitors can climb to its top for the first time in 355 years.

The city was rebuilt on a small peninsula five miles west of its original site. Known today as Casco Viejo, the second Panama City is a maze of Spanish- and French-colonial buildings that includes the Museo del Canal Interoceánico de Panamá, which tells the story of French and American efforts to build the Panama Canal.

Restaurant Las Bóvedas is built right into the stone vaults of Casco Viejo's seawall; below it are dungeons where Spanish conquistadors allegedly drowned their prisoners at high tide. The restaurant's French-inspired dishes are pricey; the same spooky atmosphere pervades the bar (011-507/228-8058).

Not far from Panama City is a section of the Las Cruces Trail, built around 1530 by the Spanish to transport treasure looted from the Inca Empire across the isthmus. Their two main forts on the Caribbean side, San Lorenzo and Portobelo, endured 200 years of pirate attacks.

Encroaching jungle is attempting to complete what the pirates started, but their partially restored ruins still guard the now-silent coast. Portobelo is easy to get to by public bus, but visitors to the more remote San Lorenzo need to either rent a car or hire a guide with one.

The Las Cruces Trail was revived as an important route in the 19th century, when forty-niners used it during the California gold rush. The route proved so popular that entrepreneurs built a railroad across the isthmus to speed up the journey.

Its descendant is the Panama Canal Railway, a comfortable and extraordinarily scenic way to travel from ocean to ocean in about an hour ($22). There is only one passenger train each weekday, leaving Panama at 7:15 a.m. and departing from Colón at 5:15 p.m. The train ride is an event in itself, but once on the Caribbean side, several attractions are a short taxi ride away, including the mile-long Gatun Locks.

For many, a transit of the Panama Canal is the trip of a lifetime, a chance to experience one of the great human achievements of the 20th century and see the progress on its multi-billion-dollar expansion for the 21st. For those already on the ground in Panama, a day trip is easily arranged for a tiny fraction of the cost of a cruise. Panama Marine Adventures and Canal and Bay Tours offer partial canal transits on Saturdays ($115). One Saturday a month they offer full canal transits ($165).

When to go

Panama has two general seasons, rainy and dry. The dry season lasts from mid-December to mid-April and is Panama's summer, when schools are out, prices are higher, and hotels are fuller. Panama is especially beautiful at the beginning of the dry season; late in the dry season the foliage turns brown. For most of the rainy season, storms blow through quickly, leaving much of the day and evening clear. Only those planning serious jungle hikes or backcountry drives should be too concerned about the rain. Rain tends to be heaviest and last the longest toward the end of the rainy season, in November and early December. However, there is some regional variation.

Surf or dive on a deserted beach
Panama has two oceans, 1,500 miles of coastline, and hundreds of islands. In other words, it's easy to find a deserted beach. Surfers and sunbathers favor the archipelago of Bocas del Toro for its bohemian party scene and wide expanses of white sandy beaches. (Bocas Paradise Hotel is located only 10 minutes on boat from some of the best surf spots in Bocas)

The most famous surfing spot is Playa Santa Catalina, which has one of the most consistent breaks in Latin America and wave faces that can reach 20 feet. Its growth as a tourist destination has made Panama's largest island, the remote Isla Coiba, accessible to budget travelers because it is only about an hour by boat away from Santa Catalina.

The waters off Coiba are spectacular for scuba diving and snorkeling -- the second-largest coral reef in the eastern Pacific Ocean attracts 760 species of fish as well as larger sea creatures such as humpback whales, orcas, manta rays, and sea turtles. Coiba Dive Center and Scuba Coiba offer excursions starting at $55 per person for a full-day snorkel trip. Other more informal operators offer boat trips to Coiba.

Kuna Yala, also known as the San Blas Islands, is a Caribbean archipelago of nearly 400 coral islands and the home of the Kuna, arguably the most intact indigenous society of the Americas. A visit is memorable as much for the chance to meet the Kuna as for the chance to swim in remarkably clear waters and lounge on palm-covered desert islands.

The best of the low-end places is Hotel Kuna Niscua, a tidy, well-cared-for little place on the island of Wichub-Huala. Rates are $50 per person for a room, a daily boat tour, all meals, and transfers to and from the airstrip.

Go in search of birds and waterfalls

Starting east of Panama City and extending all the way to the Colombian border is the Darién, one of the world's last great wildernesses. It should top any adventurer's list. The most pristine spots are accessible only by chartered plane or guided trek, but there are cheaper options.
Burbayar Lodge, for instance, is in the middle of a forest on the western edge of the Darién -- and about 50 miles from Panama City. It has some of the best birding in eastern Panama, with more than 300 species identified near the lodge. (Panama has nearly 1,000 species, more than the United States and Canada combined.) Round-trip transfers from Panama City, accommodation, all meals, and a daily guided hike along the continental divide is $190 per person for the first night, $155 for subsequent nights at Burbayar.

The mountains of western Panama offer considerably cheaper but equally pleasant lodging for hikers, wildlife watchers, and waterfall seekers. These include the charming Hostal La Qhia in the little-known mountain town of Santa Fé and the Lost and Found Lodge Eco Resort and Finca la Suiza, both of which are just off the Fortuna Road, a famous bird-watching destination.
Prices top out at $55 for a double room at Finca la Suiza, which has extensive private, well-maintained mountain trails crisscrossed with hidden waterfalls. It can get surprisingly cool up here -- 57 degrees Fahrenheit at the highest points along the Fortuna Road -- and it's a delight to step out of protected forest to see panoramic views of the lowlands and ocean. More than 1,000 plant species have been identified in the Fortuna Forest Reserve alone.

All of these spots are near the Continental Divide, which appeals to nature lovers because they have access to both Pacific and Caribbean flora and fauna.

Western Panama is the most mountainous part, but it's not a land of towering peaks -- by far the biggest is the 11,400-foot Volcán Barú, a dormant volcano. There are plenty of accessible hiking trails, and non-hikers can have a Blue Lagoon moment just off the Fortuna Road by getting off the bus or parking the car at kilometer marker 67. At the bottom of a short path is El Suspiro, a rarely visited 100-foot-tall waterfall at the end of a narrow box canyon.

In the western highlands, the town of Boquete is known for its mild weather and gourmet coffee. Bird watchers, hikers, and the high-adrenaline set visit to search for the resplendent quetzal bird or climb Volcán Barú, from the top of which it's possible to see the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea at once.

Other attractions around Boquete include world-class white-water rafting, the longest zip line ride in Panama, and rock climbing on a column-like basalt formation called Los Ladrillos, just outside of town.

Insider tips
  1. Panama uses the U.S. dollar as its paper currency, known locally as either dolares or balboas. Panamanian coins are nearly identical to and are used interchangeably with U.S. ones.
    However, some U.S. credit and debit cards have begun charging a foreign transaction fee of 3 percent or more for purchases and ATM withdrawals made in Panama. Check your card's fine print and apply for a new card without these fees if necessary. Travelers' checks are not easy to cash in Panama.
  2. Panama has lots of microclimates, so peak season may not be the best time to visit your destination. For instance, in Bocas del Toro it's usually drier in the rainy season month of September than during Panama's official dry season, but prices are still lower, the islands are less crowded, and there's a chance of seeing nesting sea turtles.
  3. Tourist taxis, identifiable by license plates that begin with SET, lurk outside Panama City's tourist spots and upscale hotels. They're more comfortable than regular taxis, but they're authorized to charge several times the normal fare. For a cheaper ride, walk down the block and hail a street cab, of which there are thousands. Taxi drivers in Panama are generally reliable characters, though many drive like maniacs -- the norm for Panama motorists unfortunately.
  4. Panama is a rather formal country, so reserve the shorts and flip-flops for the beach. Some establishments will turn you away, and others will assume you're a disrespectful, clueless foreigner and treat you accordingly.
  5. So-called Panama hats are actually from Ecuador. You can find them in Panama, but they're not genuine souvenirs.
  6. It's a big hassle to drive a rental car in Panama City, and not necessary. Taxis and buses are cheap, plentiful, and safe.
  7. If you want to cover a lot of ground, avoid visiting Panama during national holidays, particularly around Christmas, New Year's, Carnaval (the four days before Ash Wednesday), and Semana Santa (the week leading up to Easter). These are festive times, which means everything shuts down.

Price index
• Bottle of Cerveza Panama, a locally brewed beer: 75 cents-$1.50
• Meal-of-the-day at a comida corriente (fast-food) diner, including meat, rice, beans, and salad: $2.50-$3
• Mola (hand-stitched artwork made by Kuna women from layered, brightly colored cloth): $15-$25
• Average taxi ride within Panama City: $1-$2
• Average rate for a two-star hotel in Panama City: $45 (one or two guests)

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