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Royal Decameron to Penonome

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Royal Decameron to Penonome

HI, I was wondering how far Penonome is from the Royal Decameron and the best way to get there? I have read, you can take the local bus, but no mention of the distance or cost.

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1. Re: Royal Decameron to Penonome

Very cheap on the bus, maybe $1.25 or close to that. You will need to get out to the highway from the resort and then cross the highway to catch a bus west.

Look for a bus that says Penonome. It is about 1/2 hour drive from there, because the driver will stop for everyone waiting up the road, it make take longer than that.

Tell the driver you want to go to the stores in Penonome as getting off the bus just on the highway you will still be far from the shopping area.

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2. Re: Royal Decameron to Penonome

Went to Penonomee on our last visit to Panama. Shopping was great, many shoe stores and different than at home. We ended up getting a lift with someone there and the bus back. We were a little worried about when to get off but the bus driver helped us. I would say it is about 1/2 hour as well. Nice outing !!

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3. Re: Royal Decameron to Penonome

Thank you both. Does anyone know how much a taxi would cost to get there from the Decameron?

Edited: 13 January 2012, 13:24
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4. Re: Royal Decameron to Penonome

I have gone to Penonome from RD. There used to be a local bus line that ran from Farallon to Penonome on a regular basis. It was as stated about $1.25. Remeber, fares are what they choose to charge not fixed. The better the bus (a/c for example) the higher they will charge. This bus ran from the village and stopped on the road outside each of the lobbies. They are not permitted to come onto the RD property. Outside Lobby 1 on the road by the security gate, is where most of the workers at RD catch this but to go home. If you want anywhere other than Pen, you catch this bus to the main highway (too far and too hot to walk). At the end of the road wait under the bridge and hail the next bus in the direction that you want to go. Note that the bigger buses will not stop for you. Also, you will have a plastic bracelet on. If you stand at the bus depot in Penonome, with it showing, the bus 'hustlers' will pick you off for the next bus going to the RD. All a lot of fun really. Ask to be let off at the shops in the main area. Otherwise it's a bit of a hot walk in the sun

Edited: 14 January 2012, 23:26
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5. Re: Royal Decameron to Penonome

Bus drivers are always helpful.......just ask........but you need a little Spanish to do so. Have fun. It is an easy trip on your own. Don't fear the buses. Cheap

and very interesting.

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6. Re: Royal Decameron to Penonome

Of course knowing a little Spanish will help. But the buses serving the RD to Penonome usually have a driver and another person who looks after the passengers, getting on and off to help you on and off. Really all you need to do is say the name of the place. I have also found in the 'holiday" season (which is the dry season), they have their young boys with them, and they usually can speak enough English to get you by. But they all know the phrase "Lobby 1".

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7. Re: Royal Decameron to Penonome

We took a cab (van) last year right from the resort and I think it was about $60 US round trip

LN
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8. Re: Royal Decameron to Penonome

Again, don't be afraid of the buses, cheap and you get to experience the local peoples.

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9. Re: Royal Decameron to Penonome

I am thinking of going to Penonome by bus. So can I just get it from outside lobby 1? or do I have to walk out to the highway? any idea how often they come?

On the return trip do they have the resorts written on the windshield like in Mexico? if not how do you know which bus will get us back to RD?

Anything recomended to see in Penonome?

Thanks!

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10. Re: Royal Decameron to Penonome

Please read #1 and #4 on this thread and it tells you how to take the bus - it is easy really. The buses come often.

They do have Towns on the Windshields, not resort names, but # 4 tells you what to do on the return trip.

No historic sights there, but various shops where women and men (in small

sizes) can buy clothes, shoes, jewelry, etc. Also street vendors outside the shops, pretty nifty. You don't see much for the extra extra large shopper there in the clothing dept.

A couple of little "casinos" - slots only and lots of bars - and a cold

beer for $.75 - good place to sit and wait while your wife shops the many stores along the main strip.

Edited: 23 January 2012, 19:44
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