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Cost of food in Bocas

Paonia, Colorado
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Cost of food in Bocas


How do the costs of food in Bocas compare to mainland US?

Mostly wondering about buying groceries to cook for ourselves, and also basic but good local type restaurant meals. I travel with a family of 5, so the cost of three meals a day can become a huge expense on a longer trip. Wondering how I should budget my costs.

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Cost of food in Bocas

Prices of food in supermarkets are similar or cheaper compared to US. It goes up a little if you want better (imported) selection. Local is probably less expensive. Selection of vegetables is fairly low and not cheap. Some vegetable markets are better than others, so shop around for better quality.

Some of the best local restaurants are Tom's (close to Fire Station - Bomberos) and Wild Birds (next door to Barco Hundido - night club). Meals are often lower than $5.00 per person. Ask for "comida del dia" (today's special) to get good price. There are also Chitre Restaurant and El Lorito on mainstreet but seating in Chitre and El Lorito is worse than in Tom's and Wild Birds.

In "tourist" restaurants meals are also not overly expensive. On the average $10-15 per entree.

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2. Re: Cost of food in Bocas

Several well stocked super markets in Bocas and a few local veggie stands. Prices are a bit higher than mainland Panama.

Tutti & Fish for good fresh fish and sometimes meat.

Super Gourmet is a bit pricey, but a great selection of speciality foods, meats, cheeses, etc.

Good rotisserie chicken place on the main drag (forget the name).

Local food stands are much cheaper than the resturants, but there a number of very good resturants too.

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