The best meal we had during our trip to Panama was at the small Casa Congo Restaurante, introduced to us by our Portobelo guide (Heather of Tresoro Verde - I've reviewed them, too). We enjoyed a fresh, delicious meal while watching the sun set over the Bay. The staff was incredibly warm and professional. As if the serene natural setting wasn't beautiful enough, we were surrounded by vibrant works of art created by local artisans. Even in the dark, the patio was alive with strings of lights, and the comings and goings of fishermen, sailors "recharging" on land, and the few other tourists who had been lucky enough to discover the restaurant. But Casa Congo is MUCH more than a great restaurant: it's a whole complex housing charming accommodations, a music school, an art school & gallery, and a foundation supporting creative & socioeconomic development in the area. Everyone who makes it as far as Portobelo should explore the culinary, artistic, and philanthropic achievements of this amazing organization (Fundacion Bahia de Portobelo, use google translate if you aren't a fluent Spanish speaker).
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