Maisell’s Restaurant, El Valle, Panama

Maisell's Restaurant, El Valle, Panama

Maisell's Restaurant is on the main drag when driving (or walking) through El Valle.  Just down from the Public Market on the opposite side of the street you will find Maisell's in an unassuming, two-story building.  The sign is large so you can't miss it. There are a few places to park directly in front of the restaurant and street … [Read more...]

Cevichito’s Ceviche, San Carlos, Panama

Cevichito's, San Carlos, Panama

About three hours outside of Panama City, just at the town of San Carlos is a dive restaurant and bar called Cevichito's.  You'll know it by the large green building and the bus that is probably parked outside.  Cevichito's is a common place for buses making the drive from Panama City to points beyond to stop for a quick bite.  For under … [Read more...]

Feeling Fruity in Panama

Panama Fruity Drink

I'm a little farther north than usual and the colder temps have me missing  my tropical oasis.  Next to .65 cent beers nothing is more Panamanian then fruity drinks.  So in honor of my missing the beach, sun and rum here's a shot of some of my favorites.  A Coco Colada,  a Tequila Sunrise and a batido!...DELISH! ~Lauren   … [Read more...]

The Book Mark Book Store, Boquete, Panama

The Book Mark, Boquete. Panama

A few weeks ago my Kindle went out.  It was perfect timing because I was on the way to Boquete for a few days.  About 15 minutes before  you get to Boquete in  the town of Dolega (on the main road to Boquete) you will come to a great shop called The Book Mark. The Book Mark is the perfect place to pick up some new reading material. … [Read more...]

Speeding Ticket!

Speeding Ticket, Panama

  Every now and then the law catches up with you.  And last week it caught up with me.  After driving some-what successfully (only one fender bender) for over a month I got my first speeding ticket. You see police all along the roadsides in Panama.  In most (notice I said most, pay attention to the signs) wide open highway … [Read more...]

Anton Valley Hotel, El Valle, Panama

Anton Valley Hotel, El Valle, Panama

El Valle is one of my top five places in Panama.  On a recent trip I decided to stay at a different hotel.  Instead of finding a secluded place in or a the foot of the mountains, I stayed on the main drag at the Anton Valley Hotel. Located on the main street in el Valle just down the street from the Public Market, Anton Valley Hotel … [Read more...]

Panama Viejo, Historic “Old Panama”

Panama Viejo

Panama Viejo ("old Panama") was founded in August of 1519 making it the oldest Spanish settlement on the Pacific Coast.  In 1671 the town was destroyed when Captain Henry Morgan invaded.  It was never rebuilt.  Panama Viejo was declared a historic site in 1976 and has since been under governmental protection.  In 2003 the site was added … [Read more...]

Clinica San Fernando, Coronado, Panama

Clinica San Fernando, Coronado, Panama

A few weeks ago I had to visit the doctor.  I was fine, just along for moral support with a friend who broke her nose.  We were in San Carlos, Panama when it happened so we took the 15 minute drive to the Pacific coast beach community of Coronado to a private clinic that was recommended by some friends. Within two hours and for under … [Read more...]

Dolce Idea Gelato, Casco Viejo, Panama

Dolce Idea Gelato

At Plaza Bolivar in Casco Viejo, Dolce Idea is the place to go to beat the heat. For just a few bucks you can get two scoops of delicious and homemade gelato. I went with my two favorites, coconut and Nutella! What a perfect combination!  It was a hot day so most of it ended up dripping down my arms but it was so worth it! Stop by … [Read more...]

Surf Lesson, Palmar, Panama

Palmar Surf Lesson

Recently a friend came for a quick visit with the primary goal of learning how to surf.  So we headed to Palmar, Panama on the Pacific Coast  The winds and waves all cooperated and he was able to get some good time in the water with a great instructor named Tiffany.  I have to be honest, I've never tried to surf...mainly because it looks … [Read more...]