Ever since I first visited the San Blas Islands, I have been convinced that this large archipelago in the Caribbean makes Panama special. A different palm strewn island for every day of the year, owned and governed by a native population and affordably available to the public – sounds like a dream. My convictions were [...]
Enjoying the peaceful view in Uverito
El Uverito Beach is about a ten minute drive from the center of Las Tablas in the Los Santos province. This small seaside village sits on a ledge overlooking the endless Pacific Ocean. So far, there is only a small number of houses and restaurants built, but this location seems [...]
Panama’s Party Buses Are Unlike Anything You’ll Find At Home
The very purpose goes against everything North Americans have been taught about safety. You are not supposed to drink alcohol while in a motor vehicle; you are not supposed to be jumping around a moving vehicle; it is frowned upon to be obnoxious while leaning out [...]
Panama City’s Seafood Market Offers Up The Catch of The Day
I have a confession. I’ve lived in Panama for 3 years and I just visited the Mercado de Mariscos (seafood market) in Panama City for the first time. I suppose because I have lived near the ocean in Panama’s interior for quite a while, I [...]
The Tucan Country Club in Panama
Aside from the occasional downpour, Panama is the perfect place to take up golfing. A few years ago there wasn’t much in the way of golf courses in Panama, but that is quickly changing. Golf pros and amateurs now have a number of options throughout the country.
Celebrating Santa Librada In Las Tablas
Everything you ever wanted to know about Panamanian culture could be found this weekend in Las Tablas at the Santa Librada festival. The festival has a distinct religious aspect, but the country’s culture and traditions were just as prominent.
The Capuchin Monkey Is Native To Panama
I have been in Panama for a few years now and have to admit, I didn’t have much of an interest in Summit Zoo and Botanical Gardens just outside of Panama City. When I heard a new exhibit had opened that featured jaguars, I figured maybe it was finally time to [...]
Festival Santa Librada – The Best Way To Get A Taste Of Panama’s Rich Traditions
The town of Las Tablas celebrates Santa Librada every July and if you’re in the area, it’s not to be missed. The town’s population swells during this popular weekend celebration, which is the second largest festival in Las Tablas, next to [...]
There Are Plenty of Nearly Deserted Beaches in the Azuero Peninsula
Things are really changing at the bottom of the Azuero peninsula. When I visited the southern tip about 2 years ago there was virtually nothing for tourists. All of the hotels past the Playa Venao area were basically surf camps and not really family accommodations.
Hospital Punta Pacifica in Panama City
Panama is famous for a lot of things but many people don’t realize just how great health care is in Panama. Panama has two health care systems – public and private. The public institutions are run by the Caja de Seguro Social (Social Security System). Working Panamanians have a set [...]
Sex Is A Booming Business In Panama
If you’ve ever been in Panama City, there’s no denying it – sex sells. The city is full of strip clubs, massage parlours, brothels and casinos. There are thousands of girls from many countries that are in Panama working in the sex trade business. The majority hail from Colombia, the [...]
55 Pound Wahoo Caught off Pedasi, Panama
Panama offers some of the best fishing in the world, and the Pedasi area is one of the best places to do it. The word “panama” translates to “an abundance of fish”, which is why some of the best sport fisherman are known to hit the water here. Whether [...]
Don’t End Up In Jail Like Paris!
I think most of us have it in us. We want to live the high life. Pretend we were fed on a silver spoon our whole lives and are trust fund babies. Maybe some of us are. Most of us probably aren’t. In Panama you can live the dream. [...]