Las Tablas is considered the heart of Panamanian folk lore. The capital of Los Santos Province, Las Tablas is renowned for its festive annual celebration of Carnaval.
Panamanians from all over the country gather each year to drink, dance and sing in the streets of Las Tablas for days on end. Each year Calle Arriba (upper streets) and Calle Abajo (lower streets) select a queen and princesses to compete against each other in a friendly traditional battle. The Calle’s each have their loyal followers and supporters complete with marching bands, indigenous drummers, fireworks, extravagant floats and their own unique anthems poking fun at the followers of their rival Calle. It’s an interesting scene especially for those who understand spanish. Listening to hundreds of imbibed Panamanians singing in unison an anthem making fun of their neighbors while following behind a long line of floats is a feast for the eyes and ears! Queens are selected and start training years in advance for their moment to represent their Calle. Carnaval is serious business in Las Tablas.
Most of the year Las Tablas is like most small interior towns in Panama; quiet, inexpensive and loaded with friendly, smiling people. When driving down the Azuero Peninsula one has to pass through Las Tablas after Chitre and before arriving in Pedasi. It’s a good place to park, stretch the legs, walk around town and enjoy one of Panama’s most famous dishes, Sancocho. Sancocho is a chicken soup available at any of the street side eateries.
Remember, if you’re passing through during the Carnaval season, be ready to party!
Posada del Mar
$165 and up
Oceanfront bed and breakfast in Playa Uverito only a few minutes outside of Las Tablas
Tel: 507 6886 5208
Hotel Don Jesus
$30 and up
Small hotel with pool located in downtown Las Tablas
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Tel: (507) 9946593 / (507) 9949593
Casa del Puerto
Beachfront hotel in Guarare about 15 minutes from Las Tablas
Tel: 507-994-4982 or 507-6772-2863
Hotel La Luna
Beachfront hotel at Playa Uverito a few miles outside of Las Tablas
Tel: (507) 6525-9410
American Style Food at the Entrance of Las Tablas
near the traffic light.
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