Pedasi

Pedasi, this quaint and friendly town is the shining star of the Azuero Peninsula. Located near the Southeastern tip of the Los Santos Province, Pedasi is a great place for tourists to start their Pacific Coast Tour.  Many ex-pats live in the area and the tourism industry is growing at a rapid pace. Surfing, fishing, diving, snorkeling,… [Continue Reading]

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Panama City

Panama City, Panama is quickly becoming an international hub of Latin America. Whether it’s Fortune 500 companies setting up Latin American headquarters, South American investors parking money in its many banks, or container ships traversing the Panama Canal, la ciudad de Panama, is now known as a major business center for Central America. Panama City… [Continue Reading]

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Playa Venao

Playa Venao is a surfer’s paradise. The waves are well suited to all skill levels of surfing from beginner to high-performance.  Playa Venao hosts more surfing competitions, both national and international, each year, then any other surf break in Panama. It is rapidly becoming known as a international surf destination. Hotels, hostels, stores, housing developments and… [Continue Reading]

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Boquete

Boquete is a picturesque tropical mountain paradise located in the Chiriqui highlands about 30 minutes from David.   Situated near the base of Volcan Baru, Boquete is famous for producing some of the world’s most delicious high altitude coffee. The cool mountain climate in this part of Panama is one of  the reasons Boquete plays… [Continue Reading]

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Bocas del Toro

WOW! Where does one start to explain Bocas del Toro? Stunning natural beauty, amazing parties, delicious food, comfortable places to stay, bumping reggae music, friendly locals and tourists. And that’s just the beginning. Bocas del Toro truly is the tourist epicenter of Panama. From late night partying to breathtaking tropical Caribbean island scenery, Bocas has it… [Continue Reading]

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Veraguas Coast

The Veraguas Coast of the western side of the Azuero Peninsula is littered with beautiful beaches and tree covered mountains.  “Ver agua” means to see water and the province of Veraguas lives up to its name.   Long sweeping views of the coastline and Isla Cebaco can be seen prominently many times while on the… [Continue Reading]

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Playa Cambutal

Located at the southern tip of the Azuero Peninsula bordering the Cerro Hoya National Park, Playa Cambutal is a top Panama surfing and fishing destination. Surfers venturing to Cambutal will usually find uncrowded waves, mostly right handed reef breaks like 411 and Corto Cirquito.  There are also a number of other reef and beach breaks in the… [Continue Reading]

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Chitre

Chitre is the capital of la provincia de Herrera, and is a lively town in the interior of Panama.  Chitre hosts many festivals throughout the year, including the celebration of San Juan, 19 de Octubre and of course, a Carnival party that rivals the festivities in Las Tablas. Chitre is a thirty minute drive off the… [Continue Reading]

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Cerro Punta

Cerro Punta is located in the heart of the “Panamanian bread basket.” Situated in the Chiriqui highlands just a days hike from the peak of dormant volcano Volcan Baru, Cerro Punta has an ideal climate and soils for growing many fruits and vegetables.  If you can find it in a Panamanian produce isle, it probably… [Continue Reading]

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Volcan

Volcan is the gateway to some of the most beautiful scenic mountain drives in Panama.  Named after Volcan Baru, a dormant volcano that blew her top off long ago, Volcan is the first reasonably sized highland community on the way to either Cerro Punta, near the top of  Volcan Baru, or Rio Sereno, at the… [Continue Reading]

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Las Tablas

Las Tablas is considered the heart of Panamanian folk lore.  The capital of Los Santos Province, Las Tablas is renowned for its festive annual celebration of Carnaval. Panamanians from all over the country gather each year to drink, dance and sing in the streets of Las Tablas for days on end. Each year Calle Arriba (upper streets)… [Continue Reading]

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Playa Coronado Area

Playa Coronado is aptly called the “gold coast of Panama.”  Coronado and the surrounding beaches have the highest concentration of high end real estate outside of the city.  Beach front mansions, condos and golf courses are sprouting up everywhere along this stretch of Pacific Coast.  It is the go to place for the rich and… [Continue Reading]

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Guararé

Guararé is the home of the famous Festival Nacional de la Mejorana, where Panamanian traditional folklore is celebrated each year.  The small town of Guararé is located next to the Los Santos Province capital Las Tablas. Guararé is also known for its many wood craftsman.  There are few high-end houses or projects in the area of… [Continue Reading]

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Playa El Arenal

Playa el Arenal is the major port for the small town of Pedasi. In Arenal one will find all the local fishermen’s boats either moored just off the coast or lined up along the beach. Playa el Arenal is a protected water way. The coast at Playa el Arenal is tucked in and angled more… [Continue Reading]

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Welcome to The Panama Portal!

Pucha and Family in Bocas at Hotel Limbo on the Sea

The Republic of Panama is home to beautiful places, exciting attractions and cultural experiences like no other. The Panama Portal is a window into this small but spectacular Central American nation.

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Tryp Wyndham Albrook Hotel – Centrally Located for Shopping and Regional Travel

The Tryp Wyndham Hotel located at Albrook Mall is a great lodging opportunity for those in need of catching a flight from the regional airport out to other areas of Panama. Located just across the street from the Albrook Airport, one can wake up early to catch the early flights of Air Panama, with out [...]

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Bocas del Toro Video with Pucha and Baby – Hotel el Limbo on the Sea

Pucha Garcia – Hotel Limbo on the Sea – Bocas del Toro Panama – Caribbean Paradise from The Panama Portal.com on Vimeo.   Like always Hotel el Limbo on the Sea received us with open arms on our annual surf trip to Panama’s premier caribbean paradise Bocas del Toro. I could sing praises endlessly about [...]

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Refugio la Brisa del Diablo Unique Hip Gourmet Bed and Breakfast

Finally! There is a great place to stay along the mountain road between David and Almirante, launching point to caribbean paradise Bocas del Toro. Refugio la Brisa del Diablo is a Bed and Breakfast with a unique location and style. Perched on a hillside with a incredible view of Panama’s highest peak Volcan, 50 minutes [...]

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Rio Sereno Panama to San Vito Costa Rica

For those border crossing travelers entering or exiting either Panama or Costa Rica by land who are looking for a low-key border junction, look no further than Rio Sereno, Panama. Rio Sereno is only a few miles from the beautiful Costa Rican town of San Vito. Rio Sereno is about a 45 minute drive from [...]

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Playa Venao Hotel Resort Luxury Training Ground for Pucha Garcia

Playa Venao Hotel Resort is without doubt the most luxurious place to stay on the beach at Playa Venao. The area’s largest infinity swimming pool, great ocean view restaurant seating, quality gym, immaculate lawn and grounds, large comfortable suites and impressive attentive service all contribute to a incredible stay for even the most demanding traveler. [...]

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Playa Venao Cove Beachfront Hostal

Venao Cove is Playa Venao’s newest hotel accommodation. Ocean front, tucked in the western corner of beautiful surfing beach Playa Venao, Venao Cove Hostal is a great place for travelers looking for an economical beachfront location to spend the night. Offering both inexpensive shared rooms in the hostel or private rooms with private baths, plus [...]

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My Little Buddy Henry

I just wanted to share one of my fond memories shortly after arrriving in Pedasi. I was just settled in my house and really needed to get to work in my small front yard. So I purchased the necessary garden tools, found some plants, started pulling weeds, digging up rocks and planting flowers. My neighbors [...]

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Novetel New Comfortable Classy Hotel in Panama City

Novetel, Panama City’s new stylish hotel  has officially been added to my favorite hotel list amongst the capital cities ever growing hotel crowd. We had to make a quick spur of the moment trip to Panama City and needed a place to stay downtown close to the long list of errands we had to run in [...]

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Fingerprints for FBI Criminal Summary Report from DIJ in Panama

Permanent Residency in Panama  The great accomplishment for foreigners that choose to make Panama their new permanent home. There are many different Panama Residency Programs available to the foreigner in search of permanently living and or working in country. All resident visa programs available in Panama require United States Citizens to submit a FBI Criminal [...]

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Navigating Government Offices in Panama

Are you ready to live or work in Panama? If you are, be prepared to maneuver through bureaucracy, especially government bureaucracy. Sounds boring I know, but like must everything else in Panama for the foreign resident it can be quite an adventure. Here are a few rules to live by when making your way through [...]