We stayed at Jamraka Homestay for a total of five nights on two occasions, at the beginning and end of our month in Panama. By the end we felt we had got to know Ciro and his mother really well (a testament to how friendly and welcoming they are.) Ciro's English is flawless, and he gave us some great tips on what to see locally, as only someone born and bred in the city could. We were able to leave our main luggage here while we went to Contadora Island for a few days, which was a big help, and we were made to feel that nothing was too much trouble.
The room was comfortable with a good fan, and we had the run of the kitchen and use of two shared showers, as well as a cosy lounge with cable TV. The garden is large and pleasant, and the area is an oasis of green calm in what can be a noisy, built-up city.
We arrived on a late flight, and Ciro's directions from a local pizza restaurant didn't mean anything to the cab drivers at the airport. They got us to the right neighbourhood eventually, and we found the house after a while, but it wasn't easy in the dark, and getting a map printed off in advance, or very clear directions might be a good idea.
We really enjoyed our time here, and would thoroughly recommend it to someone looking for a safe, quiet home-from-home in a bustling city, but within a short cab ride of the old quarter and within walking distance of the causeway. A great find.
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