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...]

Playa Destiladeros Surf

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Only a few minutes by car south of Pedasi is a beautiful set of beaches locally called Destiladeros. To find the turn off just look for the Cafe Limon sign on the left hand side of the highway, only minutes outside of Pedasi when driving towards Playa Venao. Destiladeros is the name of a tiny community just up the road from these … [Read more...]

Surfing in the Azuero

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The surf here on the Pacific coast of Panama has been great as of late. It's normal this time of year for swells churned up from large storms in the Southern Pacific Ocean to produce wave energy that pounds the South and Central American coastline from Chile up to Mexico. March through November is the peak of the Pacific south swell … [Read more...]

Colombian Marriage Proposals in Panama

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I had been here in Pedasi a few months and was getting a little bored. Retirement is wonderful, but after a while of not having much to do, I was running out of things to keep me occupied. I had planted flowers, painted the house, furnished it, baked home made bread and created recipes for pies with local tropical fruits. I was … [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...]

Language Hiccups in Panama. I am Hot or Oh baby I am so Hot!

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I had anxiously awaited my first trip to Panama to visit my son. In preparation I had found a spanish language learning site online and grasped a few words. A friend had given me a language dictionary that was literally printed on a fan. When you opened it up, on one side was Spanish and the other side English. It fit nicely in my … [Read more...]

Your Name Is? House Painting and Romance in Pedasi

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I had just arrived in Panama and within a week was moving in to my new home. The first thing on the agenda was to have the house painted. My son hired two young men who were at my house everyday for six days painting away. Needless to say we developed some sort of rapport. Spanish is a bit tricky in the name department so I wrote their … [Read more...]

Rio Pedregal Playa Cambutal

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Panama has an abundance of deserted beaches.Of course on weekends or holidays many beaches are full of visitors getting away for a nice day at the beach, but the majority of playas en Panama are nearly empty most days. I recently had family visiting from the United States. We spent a weekend at the Hotel Playa Cambutal. This was a good … [Read more...]

Pedasi Palms – Condo’s in Pedasi

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Growing up around the beautiful beaches of Perdido Key, Florida I can appreciate the convenience of condo style living. A few times in my life I have lived on or near the beach in a condominium. Want to take a quick dip in the pool yet not worry about keeping it clean, maintaining healthy ph, skimming leaves or vacuuming the bottom? … [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...]