Refugio la Brisa del Diablo Unique Hip Gourmet Bed and Breakfast

Gourmet bed and breakfast panama

Finally! There is a great place to stay along the mountain road between David and Almirante, launching point to caribbean paradise Bocas del Toro. Refugio la Brisa del Diablo is a Bed and Breakfast with a unique location and style. Perched on a hillside with a incredible view of Panama's highest peak Volcan, 50 minutes from David and … [Read more...]

Rio Sereno Panama to San Vito Costa Rica

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For those border crossing travelers entering or exiting either Panama or Costa Rica by land who are looking for a low-key border junction, look no further than Rio Sereno, Panama. Rio Sereno is only a few miles from the beautiful Costa Rican town of San Vito. Rio Sereno is about a 45 minute drive from the mountain town of Volcan in the … [Read more...]

Navigating Government Offices in Panama

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Are you ready to live or work in Panama? If you are, be prepared to maneuver through bureaucracy, especially government bureaucracy. Sounds boring I know, but like must everything else in Panama for the foreign resident it can be quite an adventure. Here are a few rules to live by when making your way through the bureaucratic machine … [Read more...]

Panama Border Town Paso Canoas

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Paso Canoas, Panama is the border town along the Inter-americana Highway entering into Costa Rica. Located only about 30 minutes past David, Paso Canoas is where many a foreigner goes to renew their tourist visa. Tourist visas for americans are valid for 180 days. For those who do not want to fly out of country, taking a quick trip to … [Read more...]

David Fair Chiriqui Panama

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Much like Carnaval, the annual provincial fairs are a popular attraction amongst Panamanians. Two of the most popular fairs are the Feria Internacional de Azuero and La Feria Internacional de David in Chiriqui. Fairs here are similar to the ones you will find in the United States. There are many rides for the youngsters and young at … [Read more...]

Panama Tacos – Taqueria Jalisco in David

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I have traveled to David and Boquete many different times. Friends of mine from both towns are always talking about the great tacos at Taqueria Jalisco. Jalisco's Mexican Restaurant is located just off the Interamericana on the highway towards Boquete. Every time I have driven by the restaurant it has been closed. Finally on my latest … [Read more...]

Panama Surfing Guide

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Though this is a video that I made some years ago, I have never featured it here at The Panama Portal. It's a short video of a surf trip I took with my friends Dexter and Graciela from Panama Surfing Guide. The wave featured in the video is a long right hander that only breaks on the perfect tides and swell. This day we scored! I would … [Read more...]

Coffee Store La Cabaña Panama

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Just before arriving to the police check point near the Fortuna Damn crossing the continental divide from the province of Chiriqui into Bocas del Toro, on the right, at the edge of the Reserva Forestal de Fortuna one will find La Cabaña Coffee Store. La Cabaña is a cute little red building with a waterfall and pool running along side … [Read more...]

Feria de las Flores y del Café Boquete Panama

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La Feria de las Flores y del Café is Boquete’s annual fair. Much like the small town of Boquete, this fair is small yet extremely beautiful. La feria de Boquete is an assortment of vendors selling products from Panama and neighboring Central American countries, different food stands, local business stands, government informational … [Read more...]

Playa la Barqueta Surf Chiriqui Panama

chiqui panama surfing

Playa la Barqueta is one of the only convenient surf spots in the province of Chiriqui, Panama. Though there are many other places to surf in this area of Panama, they are difficult to find and travel to. Many Chiriqui surfing locals require a boat and almost all require very large swell before they start to break. Playa la Barqueta is … [Read more...]