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...]

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...]

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...]

Beaches, Boca Chica, Panama

Boca Chica Beach, Boca Brava, Panama

Getting to Boca Chica by utilizing the Panamanian bus system can be difficult but once you get there it is so worth it.  I spent a few days on the island of Boca Brava right off the coast of Boca Chica.  The days that I visited the beaches I was the only one there and the weather was perfection. Click through the gallery below to see … [Read more...]

Hiking in Boca Chica, Panama

Hiking in Boca Brava, Panama

I've said it before, I've always been a girl whose heart belongs near the ocean.  But the more time I spend in Panama the more I come to love the beauty and peacefulness that comes with hiking and being surrounded by trees and nature.  This is big step for me. Boca Chica has the best of both worlds.  You have to hike, to get to the … [Read more...]

Altos de Campana Parque Nacional, Panama

Altos de Campana Parque Nacional

The Altos de Campana National Park is about an hour outside of Panama City, on Chame Bay on the Pacific coast. Established in 1966 it was the first national park in Panama.  Once you pass through Chorrera and Capira take the turn that goes to Chica and you'll be on your way to the park.   I stopped at the Altos de Campana National Park … [Read more...]

Pucha Garcia en Bocas

pucha garcia bocas del toro

During our recent "working vacation" in Bocas del Toro, the "working" part was Pucha being filmed for a couple short videos created by Erik Derman. It was not absolutely necessary for me to go, but it is Bocas del Toro during the swell season - so I had to go. It was a great trip! We got surf, explored the island and met a lot of great … [Read more...]