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...]

The Perils of Living in Panama and How to Deal

Locked in. Just out of arms reach.

Each and every day I get to wake up truly happy.  Happy because I'm confident in what I'm doing, I'm surrounded (near and far) by people who love me and I truly LOVE where I am living.  A large part of this happiness comes from the ability to laugh at myself and at situations I often find myself in.  And as a foreigner living in Panama, … [Read more...]

Rufina Alfaro, Hero of Los Santos, Panama

Rufina Alfaro, Hero of Los Santos

A very modernist (and very naked) representation of Rufina Alfaro stands in the town square of Los Santos, Panama.  The story behind her nakedness is as follows. Panama was under Spanish rule and itching for its freedom, especially in the interior town of Los Santos. Rufina Alfaro came to the rescue with her ginormous breasts. Rumor … [Read more...]

First Pedasi Olympic Triathlon and Sprint, Playa Arenal, Panama

First Pedasi Olympic Triathlon and Sprint, Playa Arenal, Panama

I started off my day today with a quick jaunt to Playa Arenal to check out the First Pedasi Olympic Triathlon and Sprint.  This is the second triathlon of the season here in Panama that is valid for national ranking thus drawing professional competitors from all over the country. The athletes swim for 1500 meters, cycle for 40 … [Read more...]

Carnival in Los Santos, Panama…in the thick of the action

Ever go to a parade and think, "DANG!  These barricades that are here for my safety are really getting in the way of me being a part of the action." Well in Panama, that doesn't happen.  You want to be a part of the action, you just jump right in!  Dance, march, sing or shout!  You can be as involved and as close as you want to be! I … [Read more...]

Playa Destiladeros, Panama

Playa Destiladeros, Panama

Playa Destiladeros is located where the road ends in Pedasi.  Head down the main road and go left a the fork when you get to Limon.  Over some bridges and through some woods and then, like I said, the road ends...at a beautiful and pristine Pacific Coast beach.  A friend and I spent a day on Destiladeros walking, swimming and picking up … [Read more...]

Pedasi Carnaval

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It’s that time of year again! Panama Carnaval craziness is in full swing. The entire country is on vacation and many amongst the population are getting their drink on. The Azuero Peninsula is the heart of festivities during Carnaval. Las Tablas, Chitre, Los Santos and Pedasi are swollen with partying Panamanians. Yes at this very … [Read more...]

Carnaval in Panama, Pedasi, Los Santos Province

Carnival in Panama, Pedasi, Los Santos Province

Panamanian Carnaval is considered the second largest festival in the world...OF ALL FESTIVALS.  And where is the center of the action? Right here, in the Los Santos province of Panama, particularly Pedasi...my home...where I live. Carnaval is celebrated throughout the country of Panama but the festivities in this part of the country … [Read more...]

Pacific Coast, Fishing and the Freshest Catch Around, Pedasi, Panama

Pacific Coast, Fishing and the Freshest Catch Around, Pedasi, Panama

Being born and raised on the Gulf Coast of Florida I know and love fresh seafood.  So when the hankering for fish hit me I took a trip just down the road to Playa Arenal and waited for the boats to come in. Playa Arenal is the first beach you come to when driving through Pedasi.  Take a left at the filling station and follow the road … [Read more...]

Hotel Playa Cambutal

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Hotel Playa Cambutal is the first and best hotel you come to once hitting the beach road in Playa Cambutal. The two story hotel is surrounded by full growm coconut palms and impeccable landscaping, it's impossible to miss. They have a large pool and a beautiful grassy lawn that kisses the sand heading down to the great Pacific Ocean. I … [Read more...]