Tax Free shopping in the tax free malls with shops like Nike, Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, Lacoste etc. or in the bazaars with a large range of budget clothes.
Furthermore popular food chains such as Dominos Pizza, Burger King and Subway have their restaurants here and large supermarkets with all major North-American products. Also various furniture and electronic shops are established here.
Without any doubt the area ranks among the best in the world if you would like to catch giant Yellowfin Tuna, Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Cubera Snapper, Rooster fish and Dorado.
The eco-friendly fishing lodge Hooked on Panama is a specialized fishing tour operator. Besides it is a nice place to stay right on the beach with a pool, private cabins and a knowledgeable friendly American owner.
David is the capital of the Chiriquí province and Panama’s second largest city. It lies in western Panama, within close proximity of the Costa Rican border.
This fairly wealthy city has a population of approximately 150,000 people. The infrastructure of David is well-developed and the public services are reliable. It serves as the business, transportation, educational and health care center to all western regions of the country.
The town is a hub to other parts of the Chiriquí Province, such as Boquete, Bocas del Toro and Volcan, the beaches next to Puerto Armuelles and San José in Costa Rica. David offers excellent utilities, extensive services and high end technologies, like high-speed internet.
Despite all amenities, the cost of living is much lower compared to other Panamanian cities. This is likely to change in the following years though, since the economic activity of David is growing fast.
Center for the region David is officially called San José de David and is the economic and financial center for the whole area of the Chiriquí Province. From this town all the provinces’ produce is transported to the rest of Panama and beyond.
The main goods being exported are: coffee, wood, cacao, cattle, sugar, vegetables and fruit. The town is also favored for its wide variety of café’s, restaurants and shopping possibilities. Add to this the bustling nightlife and one can see why so many like David.
Permanent or holiday home Expats, retirees and many locals particularly choose to live in the surrounding towns and villages. Here they enjoy spacious living in a natural, cooler surrounding and are still close to all amenities which the city of David offers. Look and feel David is considered Panama’s second largest city, but still has a small-town feeling to it. Most buildings are only one or two stories tall, are fairly new and have a solid construction.
David also has a port, Pedregal, where private yachts are lined up and where (sports)fishermen try their bait. This dock is also the jump-off place for tours to mangroves and islands like Boca Chica. The city is conveniently connected with the Pan-American Highway and has an easy access to the international airport, Enrique Malek Airport.
Amenities and services David offers extensive services for both locals and visitors such as: hospitals, pharmacies, post offices, banks, shopping malls, tourism- and rental car agencies, launderettes, salons, hotels, (internet) cafés, restaurants, casinos, bowling alleys, billiard tables, clubs, bars and movie theaters.
David is a lively and thriving city with many stores, franchises, outlets and street vendors. You can find more than a dozen malls in the city. Three of the most popular malls are: Price Smart, El Rey and the huge Chiriquí Mall. People from all over the western region come to David when they need clothing, shoes, furniture, cars, electronic gadgets or other goods.
If you are in need of something, David is the place to go to. In 2017 a giant shopping mall will be opened, the Federal Mall. This shopping-paradise will exist of 120,000 square meters commercial space with seven large department stores, 400 stores and 3,000 parking spots.