In our first month of living in Panama (time flies!), we’ve had several occasions to visit David (Spanish pronunciation, DaVEED) – the capitol of Chiriqui Province and Panama’s second-largest city. And what a fascinating city it is! With a population of 145,000 souls, give or take, David is about a half-hour down the mountain from Boquete and is situated on the coast. Its location on the Pan-American Highway (and fine regional airport) makes it the jumping-off point for visiting Panama City to the east, or heading to the Costa Rica frontier to the west.
David is also the shopping and commerce capital of Chiriqui and the center for medical facilities and services. We’ve been enjoying poking into some of its nooks and crannies.