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Cultural in Las Tablas

Carnaval

Held over the four days preceding Ash Wednesday, Panama's best Carnaval celebration sees floats and musicians parading parallel streets at dusk, and fireworks at night. The queens appear on Saturday night and their …
International in Las Tablas

El Caserón

This pink hacienda-like restaurant has a large covered terrace that is a delight on a warm evening. The emphasis here is on seafood and grills, but the pizzas (from US$4.25 to US$5.50) can also be recommended. It's …
Church in Las Tablas

Iglesia Santa Librada

The walls and base of the pulpit in this baroque-style church giving onto Parque Belisario Porras are original, as are the painted faces of cherubs on the ornate gold-leafed altar. Consecrated in 1789, the church su…
Cultural in Las Tablas

Fiestas Patronales de Santa Librada

Held for four days from July 19 and incorporating the Festival Nacional de La Pollera. Church services are accompanied by street celebrations that recall a medieval fair, combined with gambling, dancing, singing, an…
Cultural in Las Tablas

Festival Nacional de La Pollera

This festival features a parade of young women modeling the national costume, while being judged on their grace and on the artisanship, design and authenticity of their costumes.
Museum in Las Tablas

Museo Belisario Porras

South of the main square is the former home of three-time president Belisario Porras, during whose administration the Panama Canal opened. The museum contains many artifacts from Porras’ life and times and serves as…
Cafe in Las Tablas

Boquitas Caseras

This snack shop is a perfect hunger fix if you have a few minutes between buses: think marinated meatballs, potato salad and empanadas (turnovers stuffed with meat, cheese or veggie mixes) served up in a clean littl…
Panamanian in Las Tablas

Los Portales

Housed in a colonial building on its very last legs, this low-key spot serves grilled meats and basic Panamanian dishes. Stop by in the morning for a tasty farm-style breakfast to start your day before hitting the r…
Panamanian in Las Tablas

Restaurante Aida

This very basic fonda serves comida típica (traditional Panamanian dishes) that won't win any culinary awards, but you can't beat the prices or the generous opening hours.