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Top Choice Cambodian in Santa Fé

Anachoreo Restaurant

This intimate eatery at the hotel of the same name ranks among the finest eating this side of Panama City. The Cambodian owner-chef is a wonderful cook and delightful presence. Don't miss the Cambodian chicken curry…
Top Choice Seafood in Santa Catalina

Chillinguito

This thatched restaurant does seafood in slightly different, scrumptious preparations. Try the shrimp in garlic sauce with crunchy sautéed vegetables, abundant green salads or fried clam ceviche with yucca. There's …
Top Choice Seafood in Santa Catalina

El Encuentro

At a converted gas pump, Deivis' popular no-nonsense ceviche stand does superb versions of the citrus-cured seafood on a nest of shoestring fries. The squid version is to die for. There's also a vegetarian option an…
National Park in Veraguas Province

Parque Nacional Coiba

This national marine park contains Panama's largest island, the 503-sq-km Isla de Coiba, as well as astounding biodiversity; more than two dozen species of dolphin and whale have been identified, including humpback,…
Mountain in Santa Fé

Cerro Tute

With excellent open views of the valley, Cerro Tute is home to the area’s famed bird life and features a cliff blasted with up currents that seem to prevent anyone falling off. An extensive trail network winds throu…
Church in San Francisco

Iglesia de San Francisco de la Montaña

This simple stone church, built in 1727, contains nine elaborately carved altarpieces, including the ornate main altar of ash and cedar. Although most colonial altars in the Americas were brought over from Europe, t…
Waterfall in Santa Fé

Cascada de Bermejo

An excellent half-day road and trail walk (five hours round-trip) leads to this tall waterfall with a delightful swimming hole in the dry season. Follow the road past William’s inner-tube rentals; after taking the B…
Market in Santiago

Ceramica La Peña

A ceramic workshop and artisan market, this place sells wood carvings and baskets made by the Emberá and Wounaan peoples of the Darién, woven purses and soapstone figurines made by local Ngäbe Bugle people, and mask…
River in Santa Fé

Río Bulaba

There’s a lovely swimming hole on this river about a 20-minute walk from town. Head northeast along the road past the Coffee Mountain Inn on the way to El Pantino. The swimming hole is about 600m from there.
Sushi in Santa Catalina

La Tana Sushi Bar

Run by Francesco, a gregarious Italian chef, this thatched hut sushi bar uses fresh seafood to create some delightful tropical fare. Think out of the box. Rolls feature fresh fish and tangy homemade soy mayo. There'…