May 2021

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May 11, 2021

For much of last year it was difficult to travel and explore within Panamá, as only people on official business were allowed to drive west out of Panama City toward the provinces of Panama Oeste and Coclé. So to celebrate my birthday last month, I was eager to get out of town and go back to one of my favorite haunts, the mountain village of Sorá.

April 2021

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April 1, 2021

This year, thousands of Panamanians will celebrate Semana Santa (Holy Week) from March 28 to April 4. If you’re from the U.S., you’ve likely always worked regular hours during the workweek preceding Easter. In Panama however, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are important holidays.

March 2021

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March 9, 2021

Over the 15 years that I've been living in and writing about Panama, David and Panama City have both grown in popularity. Retirees, remote workers…expats of all ages who prefer city conveniences are looking to these destinations. Each compares favorably to good-weather cities in the U.S., at a fraction of the cost. But how to choose between the two?

February 2021

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February 16, 2021

Home to colorful Spanish colonial architecture, a variety of amenities, and three top beaches a 5- to 10-minute drive away, Pedasí—at the far south-eastern tip of Panama's Azuero Peninsula—is the perfect base for beach exploration.

January 2021

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January 6, 2021

On Sundays from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. a network of roads from the city's Paitilla sector to the Amador Causeway are closed to motor vehicles. That way you can bike, rollerblade, skateboard—whatever you want—all over the capital, and without worrying about traffic.