Re Pomodoro Boquete

Delicious homemade pizza.

My family and I spent New Year’s in Boquete.  On January 1st we went searching for a place to have lunch.  Most places were closed and we were beginning to believe we were going to have to skip lunch when we happened to stumble across Re Pomodoro in Plaza Los Establos.  The owners are Italian and they served us a delicious homemade style pizza.  We were not only impressed with the quality of the pizza but also with the wonderful service and excellent prices.

The Inn at Palo Alto

On a recent visit to Boquete my family and I stayed at the Inn at Palo Alto.  The rooms were super comfortable and very cozy.  A delicious breakfast was included and is served on an outside terrace complete with a fireplace. The breakfast was excellent and the terrace overlooks the river which runs through the back of the property. We stayed two days and we didn’t want to leave. Service was excellent and the rooms were very clean.  We will definitely return to this beautiful little oasis.

Getting an MRI in Panama

If you are like me, living in Panama and your insurance will not cover an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). Do not make the mistake of not shopping around. Panama has a vibrant free market economy and health care is definitely not the exception.

Resonator in Aguadulce
MRI machine in Aguadulce

The health care provided by the government should cover working Panamanians, but there are not currently enough machines to cover the population. In addition, it might take months to get an appointment. If it is an emergency or you are not covered by social security, it is time to look at the private sector. Continue reading “Getting an MRI in Panama”

The Riverside Inn

The Riverside Inn is a lovely small hotel in Boquete.  It sits right on the river as its name suggests and is surrounded by lovely lush mountains.  The rooms are spacious and very tastefully decorated.  There is a cozy living room with a fireplace and a small bar and TV room.  Breakfast is included and served at The Rock, which is a lovely restaurant located next to the hotel.  I absolutely love this quaint little hotel.

Hacienda Los Molinos

Hacienda Los Molinos is located in El Frances, Chiriqui.  It is about 10 minutes outside the town of Boquete.  Los Molinos is a gated community that has a small hotel.  The hotel has lovely rooms and a great restaurant, Raices.  There is a pool and a spectacular canyon view.  Small villas are also available for those who are travelling with family and need more space.  It is outside of Boquete and off the main highway, so a car is needed if you want to leave the area,  I went with my family so we stayed in a two bedroom villa.  The villas have a nice kitchen and is very roomy and comfortable.  We really enjoyed our stay here and plan on returning soon.

Gatun Lake Tour

Gatun Lake forms a major component of the Panama Canal.You can take a tour and immerse yourself in the nature, history and impressive engineering of the Panama Canal during this 45-minute boat tour.  This major part of the canal is home to abundant tropical wildlife and is surrounded by a lush forest. I recently took one of these tours through Gamboa Rainforest Resort.   I was fascinated by the beauty of my surroundings and the flora and fauna of the area.  The cost of the trip is under $40 for adults.

Sheraton Bijao Beach Resort Review

We arrived after a 2 hour drive from Panama City. The hotel grounds are nice and the beach is pretty. We arrived right at check-in time so there was a line of about 5 people ahead of us. The line moved very slowly! We were in line for at least 30 or 40 minutes. Our own check-in process did not take long but apparently a large group had arrived and their rooms were not ready, so we had to wait until they were all sorted out. There were only 2 clerks checking people in so the whole thing just dragged on.
The room was really basic but it was spacious and the bed was very comfortable. It had a really pretty view of the ocean and of the entire pool area. Continue reading “Sheraton Bijao Beach Resort Review”