Top things to do in Lowlands

Vietnamese in David

Pho Palace

A find for the area, this immaculate restaurant with screens, ambient lighting and flower arrangements serves authentic Hanoi cuisine. Big bowls of pho (noodle soup) and sweet-and-sour fish, plus more mainstream opt…
Middle Eastern in David

Café Rincón Libanés

This fairly authentic Lebanese restaurant southwest of downtown provides a welcome relief from a steady diet of rice and beans. Homemade hummus, tabbouleh, baba ghanoush and lamb kofta (meatballs) will make you wond…
Panamanian in David


A longtime neighborhood staple, this basic seafood restaurant (with a few pork dishes thrown in) does cheap and cheerful pretty well. The ceviche (citrus-cured seafood) is a cut above and the whole fried fish is the…
Ice Cream in Playa Las Lajas


In Las Lajas town near the main plaza, you will swoon for this artisan gelato with flavors ranging from tropical fruits to tart yogurt and chocolate as rich as pudding. It's Italian-run, need we say more?
Feria in David

Feria Internacional de San José de David

This big international fair is held for 10 days each March; contact the ATP office for exact dates, as they vary from year to year.
Beach in Lowlands

Playa Barqueta

This long and lovely black-sand beach 25km southwest of David is a popular weekend escape for city folk, but you'll have the place all to yourself if you visit during the week. Be warned: as inviting as the ocean se…
Nature Reserve in Playa Barqueta

Refugio de Vida Silvestre Playa Barqueta

The Refugio de Vida Silvestre Playa Barqueta Agricola oversees about 14km of eastern Playa Barqueta, where mangrove and scrub offer protection to four species of turtles. It's hatching season here from September to …
International in David

Restaurante El Fogón

This spacious red, yellow and orange eatery is a welcome oasis northwest of the center. Grilled meats and seafood are the standard main courses, and there are burgers and sandwiches for the less-than-ravenous. Check…
Cafeteria in David


A prime choice if you're looking for something cheap and filling while you're on the hoof downtown. This colorful cafeteria south of the landmark cathedral has trays of local beef, chicken and pasta dishes as well a…
Cinema in David

Multicines Nacional

This old-style movie theater at the Gran Hotel Nacional has six screens and is the perfect spot to catch up on all the ‘latest’ Hollywood films; the majority are in English with Spanish subtitles. It's also a way to…