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1st timers to panama

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chicago
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1st timers to panama

Spending 6 days in Panama and have a 5 year old. Can we do day trips and keep PC as a base? We want to see the canal, go to the beach, rainforest and do something local. Any ideas would be appreciated. Can we ferry to Las Perlas for a day? Any nice beaches before Playa Blanca? Thanks

Madrid, Spain
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1. Re: 1st timers to panama

Apparantly, the good beaches start around Playa Coronado. (Well actually Playa Chame - but that is further to travel as you have to head back east again.)

The rest works fine as daytrips, especially as you only have 6 days.

There have been several threads recently about going to the islands.

Panama City, Panama
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2. Re: 1st timers to panama

Going to las perlas is a great idea for a day trip. also down by where you will be picked up, if you are going by boat, there is a smithsonian museum. It's very interactive, you can hold the starfish in one of the exhibits. It is located in Amador (The Causeway). Playa Coronado is good, there is also Playa Santa Clara.

chicago
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Since reading up more, how are the Ferry rides? Any advice on partial or full transits? canalbay or ptymarine better? The full one sounds too long for the 5 year old. Also, how is the Embera indian excursion? Is it as authentic as is sounds?Looking into embera tours. Can WE drive to playa blanca? Is it worth it? Looking to stay at the new Waldorf. Hear anything about this place and any restuarant ideas(we like the local diner dives type places) Good food. Don't need the fancy. Thanks again

Regina, Canada
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4. Re: 1st timers to panama

Ferry ride to Cantadora was fine. Took ferry both ways and it was about 1 hour and 45 minutes each way. Spent four hours on the island. Beaches wonderful. We caught ferry at the yacht club where there also have a nice restaurant with good food and very good prices. Enjoyed the Embera tour with Rudy from Pattys Casitas website. Rudy is excellent and we found it to be quite authentic, more so than some others that also went on other tours of the Embera.

Madrid, Spain
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5. Re: 1st timers to panama

Playa Blanca is a couple of hours drive.

The Waldorf isn't open for another month, is it ?

Calle Uruguay is known for its nightlife, and as where "faraduleras" hang out.

chicago
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6. Re: 1st timers to panama

Yes you are right, Found out the Waldorf doesn't open until the 15th now and it is booked. Is it better to stay in downtown area or by Casco Viejo? We would like to walk around, shop, eat, more panamanian surroundings and not a lot of construction. Any ideas would be appreciated.

Madrid, Spain
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7. Re: 1st timers to panama

"Better" depends very much on personal opinion.

The Casco Viejo is older buildings, a lot of character but narrow streets, poor sidewalks, and some streets closed because of the construction.

Via Espana is a mess because of the metro construction, but a block eother side of it is fine.

With either you can walk around a bit. Not much shopping in Casco Viejo except some touristy stuff.

Chicago
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8. Re: 1st timers to panama

Thank you everyone for your input. It is appreciated.

Edited: 10:44 pm, March 16, 2013
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