February 2021

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

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.

December 2020

December 2020

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December 10, 2020

Pacific or Caribbean? That is the question…if you're looking to live on the beach, that is. And if you've been reading your way through your Panama Insider materials, you'll no doubt have noticed that we cover the Pacific coast more extensively.

November 2020

November 2020

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November 6, 2020

Will there be another severe lockdown here in Panama? We all know by now it's difficult to predict when or whether there'll be a spike in cases. Panama has a great many holidays in November, so the government is urging people to stay vigilant.

October 2020

October 2020

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October 16, 2020

My dad loved marching bands and parades. The slightest beat of a drum got his feet and hands moving to the rhythm of the music. He would have been thrilled that I accidentally became part of the Mil Polleras or "Thousand Polleras" parade in Las Tablas.

September 2020

September 2020

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September 4, 2020

On a quest to find the world-class Panamanian cocoa I'd heard so much about, I took a leisurely drive to the small mountain town of El Cacao in the Panama Oeste province. But the town was dry. An old man at a small market limped over to the counter and handed me the can of soda I bought. He smiled when I asked in remedial Spanish, where is the cocoa? Even with our language barrier, he understood the irony.

August 2020

August 2020

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August 11, 2020

Come down for a visit and talk to some expats who've been here a while, and you'll hear a lot of anecdotes about Panamanian people. Great stories about how friendly, helpful, fun-loving, or welcoming they are. These are things you'll learn through your own interactions, too.

July 2020

July 2020

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July 11, 2020

All of Panama is eager to get back to "regular business" as soon as possible... Some economic areas, however, have not been slowed by the virus situation—thereby shoring up Panama's overall economy.

June 2020

June 2020

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June 10, 2020

Currently, this is more of a buyer's than a seller's market. If you're test-driving life in Panama, I recommend renting before you buy. Countless expats have moved to the beach, only to find that they prefer a mountain community in another part of the country—and vice-versa.

May 2020

May 2020

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May 8, 2020

Panama has a long history of welcoming immigrants to its shores. Not long after the first conquistadors arrived in 1501, it became apparent that Panama was the narrowest point between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The isthmus quickly became part of an infamous trade route that transported precious metals from Peru to Europe.