Travel Budget for David

Provincia de Chiriqui, Panama

How much does it cost to travel to David?

How much money will you need in David? B/.25 ($25) is the average daily price for traveling in David. The average price of food for one day is B/.8.07 ($8.07). The average price of a hotel for a couple is B/.20 ($20). Additional pricing is in the table below. These average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    B/.25
How expensive is David?
  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    B/.9.86
  • Food2 Meals for one day
    B/.8.07
  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
    B/.1.17
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    B/.9.63
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    B/.3.50
David On a Budget
In the Pacific West of Panama, David is the capital city of Chiriqui province. The city's population of almost 150,000 is among the wealthiest in the country. There is a well established middle class and unemployment remains low in the area. The area has grown rapidly in recent years with growing commercial and banking sectors. The city is well connected to the rest of the country by the Pan American Highway.

Chiriqui province continues to grow as a tourist destination, and David has expanded its tourist facilities to meet the growing demand. There are a range of hotels in the city including a couple of backpacker hostels.

The temperature in David stays relatively consistent throughout the year. Average highs in January and February are in the mid to high 90s Fahrenheit. Average highs in September, October, and November are in the high 80s Fahrenheit. The rainy season is from mid April through mid December and the dry season is from mid December through early April.
Sights
One enjoyable day trip from David is to visit the Los Pozos de Caldera hot springs. These hot springs can be reached by taking a Caldera bound bus from the David bus terminal. Just tell the driver you'd like to go to the hot springs and you'll be let off about an hour later. From there, its about a 2.5 kilometer walk on a paved road to the entrance.
Neighborhoods
Central David is laid out as a grid. The streets are numbered and easy to navigate. Most residential areas are in the outer parts of the city and are made up of detached single family homes. The population density of the city is relatively low. In the center of town, buildings are usually between two and five stories high.

The northern parts of the city are where the wealthiest neighborhoods are found. These areas also have commericial zones with many stores and restaurants.

The Chiriqui province continues to grow as a tourist destination and David is growing to meet these demands. The city's hotels are concentrated in the city center near the banking and business district. The city also has a couple of hostels where backpackers frequent.

In the middle of the city is Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra Park. This area is a pleasant place to relax with a lot of shade as well as ice cream and handicraft vendors.

Activities
David has no shortage of activities for travelers. There are plenty of nightclubs, bars, and a couple of casinos if that's your style. If you're in the city in the early part of the year there are likely to be some festivities around town related to Carnavales. If you're more the outdoor, adventure sport type, then there are many places to explore within only an hour's drive of David.
Food and Dining
There are a variety of different dining options in David. If you're looking for cheap food, head to a Chobeca's Burgers, which is basically Panama's version of McDonalds. They don't offer burgers, however, but instead you'll find Panamanian food that's worth sampling at least once. There's a Chinese restaurant in town as well so if you're looking for something different head to Restaurante Chiriqui. You'll find plenty of other options around town as well so explore and try something new with each meal.
Transportation
It's possible to fly to David from either Panama City or San Jose, Costa Rica. The bus ride from Panama City is about 7 hours and the buses usually stop in the city of Santiago on the way. It's also possible to travel to David from the Paso Canoas border with Costa Rica, as well as Boquete, and Almirante. If you're looking for a more comfortable transportation option and you have some money to spend, you can check out the Costa Rica Executive Transportation, which will offer luxury transportation between David and Costa Rica. They also provide airport transportation.

Once you're in the city, you can travel around David by bus. It's easy to pick up a bus at the terminal, as every bus route passes through there. You can catch a bus by waiting on the side of the road almost anywhere. Simply wave down the bus with the destination written on its window. If you're driving in David, make sure you proceed with caution and remain a defensive driver as traffic can be a bit crazy.
1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.
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By backpackguru in Entertainment
David has plenty to do for people with a range of interests. If you're the gambling type, there are several casinos around town, but the two most well known are the Royal Casino and the Fiesta Casino. There are also a good number of nightclubs that typically have a cover charge around $3. If you're in the area at the right time of year, there are a few festivals you might overlap with. Specifically, in the start of the year there is Carnavales.



If you're the outdoor type, you can head into the countryside and find some good adventure sports within and hour or two drive. the Los Pozos de Caldera hot springs make a nice day trip that can be reached by public transportation.