Although it feels more like a country town, David is Panama’s second-largest city and the capital of Chiriquí Province. Think more major agro industry than cultural hub; you will be disappointed if you have museums, clubs and fine dining on your mind. Yet, with a powerful wave of foreign capital flowing into Chiriquí, David is rapidly gaining wealth and importance. With tens of thousands of North American and European retirees expected to settle in the region in the years to come, it's poised to boom.
For travelers, David is a pit stop on the way to surrounding destinations. Half way between San José, Costa Rica, and Panama City, the city is an important transportation hub. If the road has you weary, slip into the slow pace, grab a jugo de caña (sugarcane juice) in downtown's Parque de Cervantes, the heart of the city, or day trip to the beach or highlands.