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...]

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...]

Panama Border Town Paso Canoas

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Paso Canoas, Panama is the border town along the Inter-americana Highway entering into Costa Rica. Located only about 30 minutes past David, Paso Canoas is where many a foreigner goes to renew their tourist visa. Tourist visas for americans are valid for 180 days. For those who do not want to fly out of country, taking a quick trip to … [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...]

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...]