Some people have popped up recently looking for short term rental possibilities in this area, so I am putting together a couple things that I know about. Here in David short term rentals are probably a bit difficult to find. Even long term furnished rentals are harder to find than unfurnished (and unfurnished means no stove or fridge or washing machine). But, I know of a couple house sharing possibilities and a couple casitas for rent in Cuesta de Piedra, so I’ll put together some photos and some information in case it is helpful to anyone.
This house is on Ave Tomas Herrera close to Colegio Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles. (A google map should bring it up – look for the school on the north side of David, north of the Pan-American highway) This is a very nice neighborhood with some beautiful homes. It is close to a bus route and if you like walking, probably a 15 minute walk to shopping.
I stopped by today to chat with the owner of the house. She was just finishing lunch and her housekeeper was there, so they weren’t expecting company. But, in typical Panamanian style, she welcomed me warmly and gave me the house tour so I could take a few photos. She is 92 and very proud that she can pretty much take care of herself with a bit of help with the heavier work. She has a son living next door and a granddaughter on the other side if she needs anything. She is charming and delightful, and the few times I have stopped to talk with her have been a real pleasure.
Panamanian homes typically have small bedrooms and may be lacking some comforts we are accustomed to in the US (like hot water), but I think this is offset by the beautiful plants and the lovely homeowner. I think she would be a pleasure, and it would be Spanish immersion as well (she speaks no English). As far as I know there isn’t internet in the home but if you have an iPad, iPhone or similar device you can get a data plan for $11-12/month which will do for basics, but not if you work on line or need a lot of internet.
Another possibility is coming in the next post, and I am visiting Cuesta de Piedra tomorrow so I will have photos of the casitas there soon.
Oh, and for questions or more info email me at info@thePanamaadventure.com
This is a great idea, Kris, and an opportunity for people to REALLY find out what a great place Panama is in general and Chiriqui in particular.
If you want immersion in the life, culture, and language it’s definitely an idea to consider. And, you have a local to answer questions and help you learn your way around. I would have loved this myself when I arrived if I had known someone.
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I’m sure there are people who read my blog who wonder what housing is like here in Chiriqui. My friend, and fellow blogger, Kris, has two stories on her blog about houses where short term room rental is available.
I hope I am vibrant as this woman when I am 92! Thank you for the post, and I’m looking forward to the next post on the casitas in Cuesta de Piedra.
Yes really! She is remarkable. Glad you liked the post and the other will be coming in a couple days.
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