Tryp Wyndham Albrook Hotel – Centrally Located for Shopping and Regional Travel

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The Tryp Wyndham Hotel located at Albrook Mall is a great lodging opportunity for those in need of catching a flight from the regional airport out to other areas of Panama. Located just across the street from the Albrook Airport, one can wake up early to catch the early flights of Air Panama, with out catching the morning traffic of … [Read more...]

Organica Panama – Organic and Natural Market

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That I know of, Organica is the only organic store in Panama. They have plant based vitamins and nutrients, not the synthetic derived garbage. Organica offers natural skin care and hygeine products, not the petroleum based chemical industry left-overs that are so prevalent in our modern world and amongst their natural baby products they … [Read more...]

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


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...]

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...]

Albrook Mall, Panama City, Panama

Albrook Mall, Panama City, Panama

Shopping.  It's meditative and uber personal for me.  It's something I like to do alone and for hours at a time.  Even if I don't buy anything.  Just being surrounded by the fabrics and the colors and the things.  It provides a peace for me. Even at the monstrosity that is the Albrook Mall.  There's a certain peace that comes from … [Read more...]

Super Gourmet Grocery and Deli, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Super Gourmet, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Rumor tells it (and by rumor I mean Lorelai, the owner of Super Gourmet) that before Super Gourmet opened people would fly to David with mini coolers just to purchase a block of cheddar cheese.  Well not anymore because Super Gourmet carries it all.  From a fully stocked deli with salads and sandwiches to fresh produce, locally made … [Read more...]

The Bocas Bookstore, Bocas del Toro, Panama


The Bocas Bookstore is a primarily English language used book store on Avenida E on Isla Colon.  Packed to the gills with books on every subject, fiction and non fiction, The Bookstore (as it's known by locals) is not your typical quiet reading place.  It's also a bar! Stop by the Bookstore for a drink, a read and/or a game of ping … [Read more...]

Island Traders, Bocas del Toro, Panama


I love to shop.  I'm an absolute machine when in a retail environment.  I have an inner compass that always directs me to the cutest shops, boutiques and stands.  While in Bocas del Toro my shopping heart led me right into Island Traders.  It was like I died and went to heaven. Island traders is owned by a woman named Francesca who's … [Read more...]

Antique Bottles in Bocas del Toro, Panama


Back in the day Bocas del Toro was a chic, cosmopolitan town.  Private mansions, saloons, opium dens, restaurants and a slew of other business that catered to the banana industry were located in Bocas del Toro.  All these people and places disposed of their trash in the most convenient way possible, by dumping it into the ocean!  And … [Read more...]

Retail Therapy in Panama City, Boutique Regalos Cathy


After a long and relaxing week in Bocas del Toro I was in need of a little retail therapy.  Not without reason of course, I was having breakfast at the Trump and needed something a little dressier than a bikini and cut offs to wear.  I decided instead of hitting up the usual malls in Panama, I wanted to find a smaller boutique-y store. … [Read more...]