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...]

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...]

Sugar Cane Juice Guarapo de Caña

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Sugar cane is one of Panama's must productive crops. Here on the Azuero peninsula, around the Divisa turn off to Chitre, sugar cane fields go on for  as far as the eye can see. Around David in Chiriqui, near Playa Barqueta, sugar cane is everywhere. Large tracts dominate the low lying flat areas. During harvest time it's common to see … [Read more...]

Mail from the States to Panama Uno Express

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One issue that nearly every expat worries about upon arrival to Panama is how to receive mail from their home country. There are various services available for those of us who need to order online goods, receive packages from family or need a business mailing solution. Mailing a letter or small package from Panama to North America or … [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...]

Break Dancing in Las Tablas

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Charlie and I were driving back from Guarare on Saturday and imagine our surprise when passing through Las Tablas and right there in the town center was a breakdancing competition!  Of course we stopped the truck because who can pass up a break dancing street comp?!  The guys (and gals) had some great moves and the crowd that gathered was … [Read more...]

Fonda el Corotu Panama

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Between Chitre and Las Tablas, just outside of La Villa de Los Santos, is one of the best restaurants on the Azuero Peninsula for home style cooked Panamanian food. Panamanians love food cooked over a wood fire, they love the flavor it gives the dishes. I agree, it does taste better. The smoke and little bit of ash that mixes with the … [Read more...]

Restaurants in Las Tablas – El Caseron

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The lovely Pucha Garcia and I spent most of the day Friday doing what (most) girls do best.  Lunching, shopping and laughing.  Our first stop of the day was El Caseron in Las Tablas.  El Caseron is a large, bright restaurant with inside and outside seating that is widely considered the best restaurant in Las Tablas. The menu includes … [Read more...]

Las Tablas Panama Town Park

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Most towns in Panama have a central park in the town center.  The park in Las Tablas was recently remodeled.  I recently spent time at a small open-air restaurant named Bambu Lounge located on the second story of a commercial space with a balcony over looking the park.  It's a comfortable lounge scene that I will definitely return … [Read more...]