Welcome to Welge Travel Report's guide to the best of Panama. WTR's Panama map shows you the location of the Summit Botanical Gardens and The Metropolitan Park.
WTR's Carlota Cuisine describes the signature dish at Donde Jose and what to order at Casa Sucre Coffeehouse. Then you're off to Nicaragua.
Panama & Nicaragua
Welge Travel Report Notables for Panama
Getting around in Panama
Public transportation in Panama
WTR's Tony Transit says the best site for public transportation in Panama (http://panamacity.angloinfo.com/information/transport/public-transport/) and for Nicaragua (https://vianica.com/nicaragua/practical-info/4-transportation.html)
The things that we really like about Panama are:
- Their currency is the U.S. dollar.
- The tap water is drinkable.
- The shopping is the best in Latin America.
- English is commonly spoken.
People Watching in Panama
Our Francois Flaneur says the best "PW" is at Cinta Costera and the Mercado Nacional de Artesanias.
Dining in Panama
WTR's Carlota Cuisine thinks Tantalo Kitchen is the best breakfast - B,L,D: Daily, Calle 8a Este, 507-6002 5891
Hotel restaurant, big menu, roof bar scene with live music.
Beverage Report for Panama
Our Larry Lager says the best local beers are: Panama, Balboa, Atlas and Soberana. Seco is fermented sugar cane liquor, Vino de palma is palm wine and chichi fuerte is corn alcohol.
Nicaragua – Larry says the best local beers are: Tona, La Victoria and Bufalo. A popular local drink is el macua made with light rum (Flor de Cana), guava juice, lemon juice and sugar. When ordering a beverage in Nicaragua specify sin hielo – no ice.
Shopping in Panama
Shari Shopper says the best shopping is at The Karavan Gallery – Daily: 9-6, Calle 3, between Avenida A & Central, 507 228-5161 where you will find beautiful and unique local art and design pieces, from home furnishings to jewelry. Many of the products are made by the indigenous people of Panama.
Look for molas (colorful, multi-layered reversed appliqué panels of blouses) by the Kuna Indian Tribe and hand woven baskets by the Embrea Indians.
Another interesting shop is Papiro y Yo – M-Sa: 10-7, Condo Callejon del Chiceme Local #1 Calle 4 between Avenida Central & Avenida B, 507 391-3800.
Papiro y Yo offers the fan of paper something different with a wonderful array of paper based gifts, art, and stationary supplies with an emphasis on originality and sustainability.
Business Information for Panama
Here is help in regard to your business in Panama: (http://www.businesspanama.com/about_panama/glance.php) and for Nicaragua (http://www.heritage.org/index/country/nicaragua)
Recognition for Panama and Nicaragua
We extend special thanks to the people who manage and/or own the institutions, museums and restaurants featured in our guides. In some instances we have relied on their descriptions and photos.
Lagniappe for Panama
WTR's Ernie Exhibit provides information on special current exhibitions for our featured museums.