WHERE ARE WE LOCATED?
The Purple House International Backpackers' Hostel is located in the San Mateo neighborhood of David City, Panama. We chose this area specifically for our international guests because the neighborhood has many 24 hour supermarkets, restaurants, and services. The hostel is located in a safe area on a quiet residential street with lots of trees and friendly neighbors and we are just a 5 minute walk to the services that most travelers want!
From the Paso Canoas border of Costa Rica or Cerro Punta or Volcan, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO TAKE THE BUS ALL THE WAY TO THE BUS TERMINAL. You can ask your bus driver to let you off about 3 blocks from The Purple House (La Casa Morada), and that way, you save taxi money! This is what to do: Ask the bus driver to let you off in front of the bus stop "Universidad Tecnologica". You will be in front of a gas station "Delta". Pivot your body around and look for the street between the car repair garage and the Don Lee Chinese Restaurant. Walk on that street (Avenida Sexta Oeste) for 3 blocks toward the Chamber of Commerce. We're the purple house on the corner!
From the David City Bus Terminal:
Take any bus (30 cents) that passes in front of McDonalds (there is only one here). When you pass McDonalds tell the bus driver to stop at the Supermercado 99. Get off here, and continue walking straight ahead of you 1 block to the Delta Gas Station and the Don Lee Chinese Restaurant. At the restaurant, make a right and walk 3 blocks toward the Chamber of Commerce We're the purple house on the corner.
Important Note: As of January 24, 2010, the prices for all the taxis and buses have increased so make sure you agree on a price.
Average prices to The Purple House from the bus terminal are:
$2.50 (for up to 3-4 people)
$2.00 (for 1 - 2 people)
Taxi's can charge more for extra luggage, surf boards, etc. They can also charge slightly more for night trips.
If the taxi driver doesn't know, "The Purple House" try saying this phrase to him:
"La Casa Morada, ubicado en la via rapida en San Mateo, atras de la Camara de Comercio"
If he still doesn't know....find another taxi!!!!!
It takes about 25-30 minutes to walk here from the bus terminal. If you are determined to do so, just ask locals to direct you toward the "via rapida" and then make a right and walk straight to the purple house on the corner. Be careful, traffic is fast on that road.
DRIVERS/BIKERS/CYCLISTS!!! FIND US ON YOUR GPS DEVICE!!!
Our coordinates are: n8.43128 w82.43629
HERE IS THE WEATHER FOR DAVID CITY, PANAMA: