Navigating Government Offices in Panama

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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 the bureaucratic machine … [Read more...]

Health Care Service in Panama

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Most foreigners considering a move to Panama worry about medical care. Quality of health insurance, medical care, medical facilities, public hospitals and private clinics are topics of interest I repeatedly encounter by serious investors. Most of these folks are retirees with concerns usually based upon staying healthy during the golden … [Read more...]

Property Purchase in Panama

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Many come here to Panama on vacation to look around and decide to purchase property. If you are one of those that have worked through the property search and are ready to "pull the trigger" on your own little piece of paradise here is a quick break down of the process. I have bought and sold a number of properties here over the years … [Read more...]

Feria Internacional de Azuero

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La Feria Internacional de Azuero is the peninsulas version of a country fair. Held each year in the town of Los Santos (near Chitre), the Azuero fair attracts people from all over the country. Just like the Feria Internacional de David, Azuero's International Fair is made up of nearly every type of business vendor. Local craftsmen … [Read more...]

Killer Bees in Panama and Why Monsanto Sucks

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Yes that's right folks! Killer Bees are in Panama and have been for a long time. Africanas as they are called here are seen quite often. The local fire station here in Pedasi makes on average a couple of trips a week responding to calls of Africanas colonizing in roofs, electricity transformers, old buildings and in tree trunks. We … [Read more...]

Melo Pet and Garden Supply Chitre

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Melo is most likely the largest agriculture supply company in all of Panama. They have agricultural stores in nearly every town where one can purchase anything from herbicide, animal medicines, fertilizer chemicals and feed. Agriculture is big business in Panama, as I often mention - crops and cattle are everywhere in Panama. There … [Read more...]

Gran Hotel Azuero Chitre

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The best lunch that I have found in Chitre is at the Gran Hotel Azuero located on the main road coming into Chitre from Divisa. The Gran Hotel Azuero is Chitre’s newest hotel. I have to spend many hours in Chitre running errands. At least once every week or so I have something I need to do there. If I am in Chitre during lunch hours … [Read more...]

Julio Sanche Legendary Chitre Car Mechanic

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It is common to hear both expats and Panamanians gripe about the slow pace or incompetence of many of the “professionals” here in Panama. Utility companies, government bureacracies, contractors, architects, engineers, lawyers, any profession in any country has it’s good and bad. In the case of a foreign expat, many times it is just a … [Read more...]

The Cubita Boutique Resort and Spa Model Home, Chitre, Panama

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A few weeks ago I was invited to the opening of the model home in the new Cubita Resort and Spa in Chitre.  What a great night it was. My brother and I had the opportunity to see the amazing project first hand. The house was stellar!!! The layout of the home was amazing the detail of the design and decor was well thought out and … [Read more...]

La Casa de Las Pipas Panama

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In Panama one learns to enjoy the little things.  If you know what you are looking for here there are all kinds of  jewels that most folks would pass by without even noticing. La Casa de Las Pipas, between Chitre and Las Tablas, is one of the "little things" that I enjoy almost every time I travel to Chitre.  A pipa is a young green … [Read more...]