Top things to do

Top Choice Panamanian in David

Cuatro

This sleek eatery turns out sophisticated, modern takes on cocina local (local cuisine). Classic Panamanian basics such as cassava, tamales and new corn get gourmet treatment; be prepared for some happy surprises. S…
Top Choice Seafood in Boquete

Boquete Fish House

One of our favorite places in Boquete for a tasty, inexpensive meal is this fish house along the Quebrada Grande. It offers sea bass prepared in eight different ways – from the delightful version that's steamed and …
Top Choice Workshop in Volcán

Arte Cruz

On the west (left) side of Hwy 41, some 3.5km south of Volcán, you’ll spot this workshop where master carver and artist José de la Cruz González makes and sells exquisite signs, sculptures and furniture in mahogany …
Top Choice Italian in Boquete

Il Pianista

This Italian restaurant and pizzeria has riverstone walls and just a few tables along one of Boquete's hillside roads. Sicilian Giovanni cooks while his Panamanian wife, Doris, serves. A bottle of wine and pizza or …
National Park in Parque Nacional Volcán Barú

Parque Nacional Volcán Barú

Volcán Barú is Panama's only volcano and the dominant geographical feature of western Panama. It is no longer active but has seven craters and its summit, at 3474m, is the highest point in Panama. On clear days it a…
International in Boquete

Rock

This is cosmopolitan dining at its best, at least in the highlands of Panama. Attached to the Riverside Inn, the Rock takes itself very seriously. The pork ribs with papaya sugarcane sauce come widely recommended, a…
Mediterranean in Volcán

Cerro Brujo

This unexpected gourmet restaurant is in a funky country house with garden seating. A simple chalkboard menu offers just three or four daily options. Gregarious owner-chef Patti Miranda's mouth-watering creations, u…
Gardens in Guadalupe

Finca Dracula

This orchid sanctuary, 500m from the center beyond the landmark Los Quetzales Eco Lodge & Spa, is one of Latin America’s finest orchid collections, with some 2600 species cultivated here. The extremely knowledge…
International in Boquete

Mike's Global Grill

This homesick restaurant is the love child of Mike and Heidi who met – where else? – at the South Pole. To further the wanderlust theme, dishes range from Asian fusion to American chili and British fish and chips. T…
Italian in Volcán

La Carbonera

Quite a surprising find some 3km along the road heading northeast to Cerro Punta, this authentic Italian eatery serves excellent pasta and pizza (US$7.50 to US$10) as well as more complicated main courses such as ch…