Despite its proximity to Panama City and its popularity as a weekend-getaway destination, there aren't too many good dining and lodging options on Isla Taboga, which is another reason to make this destination a day-trip. In fact, Isla Taboga is almost eerily underdeveloped despite being a short ferry ride away from Panama City. By far, the best food in town is at Vereda Tropical Hotel's restaurant. For inexpensive but good Panamanian-style fare in an open-air setting, try Donde Pope Si Hay (no phone), open Thursday to Sunday. El Aquario, to the left of the pier is open 8am to 8pm daily, and though the food isn't bad, expect zero ambiance. Both restaurants offer seafood and meats served with rice and patacones (fried plantains) for about $3.50 to $8 (£1.75-£4). El Mirador and Fonda Mundi to the right of the pier serve up inexpensive, okay food for $3 to $7 (£1.50-£3.50). Restaurante Chu offers greasy Chinese fare for $4 to $8 (£2-£4), but the restaurant feels somewhat abandoned and neglected and is definitely not highly recommendable.

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