• Thursday , 14 December 2017

Panama Accommodation

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Costs are all based on two people. Generally, potable water was not available so we filter our own. Locations included secure parking.

PENSION TOPAS – tent camping
Boquete, Panama
GPS: 8.773717, -82.431917
Cost: 8USD per tent per night (not based on per person charge but per tent)
Dates stayed: 1-4 April 2015
Bathroom: Running water
Shower: Hot but this wasn’t working while we were there
Electricity: Yes at the common area
Internet: Yes and it does reach to some of the tent areas
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Notes: Camping in a grass area near the pool. It has a good, shared area with tables and chairs that is covered. It is in the middle of town so very easy to walk to anything. It has secure parking for the motorcycles. They are in the process of building a kitchen area. The managers are very friendly.

ECO VENAO – tent camping
Playa Venao, Panama
Website: http://ecovenao.com
GPS: 7.434952, -80.200951
Cost: 6USD per person per night for tent camping.
Dates stayed: 5-7 April 2015
Bathroom: Running water
Shower: Warm
Electricity: No, but there are outlets at the shared palapa near the restaurant and at the restaurant.
Internet: Yes, at the restaurant and it reaches to the shared palapa near the restaurant.
Kitchen: Yes
Restaurant: Yes and the food was good and reasonably priced
Notes: This location has tent camping in a specific area that is reachable by motorcycle but not other vehicle type (would likely park below and walk up to the tent area). The tent area is on top of a hill with a good view of the ocean and it also has a palapa area with hammocks. There is beach access across the street. There are other room types and cabins available. It can be very windy at night (at least during our stay) so stake down your tent.

Panama City, Panama
Website: http://www.dumasvilla.com/2014/
GPS: 9.054153, -79.449373
Cost: 30USD per night per room with Aircon (and it was the 12sq. meter option)
Dates stayed: 8-11 April 2015
Bathroom: Running water
Shower: Warm
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes
Kitchen: Yes
Restaurant: No
Notes: This is a large home (villa) with ten rooms of different sizes with and without aircon. The different rooms have different price rates. The least expensive is 25USD per night. All is double occupancy. There is a large kitchen, wifi, and secure parking. Parking costs 5USD per day per vehicle (our pair of motorcycles was considered one vehicle so we only paid $5 for both). There is a washing machine and dryer (also drying lines) available and the price is 5USD for the entirety of your stay. The house is out of the central area (about six miles) but central Panama City is accessible by taxi, bus, and metro. There is a large mall (Metro Mall) a three-minute walk away that includes a large grocery store.

Panama to Colombia
Website: http://www.stahlratte.org
Cost: 930USD per person with motorcycle (we booked well in advance)
Dates stayed: 12-16 April 2015
Bathroom: Running water
Shower: Warm
Electricity: Yes
Internet: No
Kitchen: Yes
Notes: This is a very enjoyable way to get from Panama to Colombia around the Darien Gap. We spent four days aboard the Stahlratte sailing vessel that is around 120 feet and over 100 years old. During the four-day tour we stopped in the San Blas islands for snorkeling and relaxing. All meals are provided and they are very tasty. For the motorcycles, a shipping agent on both ends takes care of all your paperwork and the costs are included (except Colombia vehicle insurance) in the price. While more expensive than some other means (ferry) it was worth the additional cost for us and this proved to be one of our highlights of Central America.

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