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Panama : Caribbean West : Changuinola
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Changuinola is a town in Bocas del Toro province of Panama on the Caribbean West coast.

Low key town. you cross through it to get to bocas from puerto viejo/ costa rica. a nice town, but i wouldnt feel safe there at night. during the day it is fine...The best and cheapest clothes ever. make sure to pack light so you can pick up some clothes from this town. it has a really interesting vibe, in a good way. some sweet local restaurants.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Flights into Changuinola's Manuel Nino International Airport from Panama City Albrook Marcos Gelabert Airport by AirPanama, from the capital everyday (60 mins $160/$230 after tax and fees, each way.) *** As of March 1, 2012, Aeroperlas has suspended operations, so Air Panama is the only option.

By bus[edit]

From Panama City Albrook Bus Terminal Tranceibosa bus line, two buses per night from 9pm/10pm. (12 hours)
From David Bus Station mid-size buses every hour (5 hours ride).
From Sixaola-Guabito Costa Rica border you could take a pickup taxi $1.50 or regular bus $0.75,
taxi is recommended, extremely fast (15 minutes).


Very few english spoken, Ngöbe–Buglé people is commonly seeing, recommended skip to Almirante to get the water taxi.

Get around[edit]

  • Changuinola Golf Club (golf course, swimming pool, basketball court, softball stadium)


  • Changuinola River Bridge (very long bridge, excellent for taking pictures).
  • Changuinola Mountains are very dangerous for hiking, local guide recommended.
  • San San Pond Sack, wetlands, swamps, birdwatching, manatee observations.
  • Several banana processing plants
  • On the mornings, very common watch fumigation planes around town.


  • Rent a boat at Farm 63 port to ride to Isla Colon, passing by Changuinola River, 12kms water canal, then 8 kms more to reach Isla Colon.
    Extreme and fabulous boat aventure.


  • Several arabic owned shopping stores located in Main Street (April 17th Avenue)


  • McDonalds restaurant
  • Pio Pio restaurant (national franchise)
  • Ebony Restaurant ( caribbean food ) recommended.



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  • Hotel changuinola 7588678
  • Hotel ejecutivo 7586010
  • Hotel Alhambra is one of the cheapest $25 a night 7589819
  • hotel golden sahara 7587908
  • Hotel hawaii 7586025
  • Hotel liang 7587534
  • Hotel Galaxy. Fair Price. Clean rooms. Air conditioning.  edit


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