Asparagus soup with tarragon and goat’s cheese…roast turkey with oyster stuffing…delicate little pearl onions in cheddar cream. It’s a Mid-Atlantic-style Thanksgiving feast. And it’s being served up in Panama—a place where expats and locals enjoy coming together for this tradition from up north.
When Dianne Heidke was working in the unforgiving world of corporate law in New York, painting was her escape. After her long, grueling work days, she would come home from the office and throw herself into her art. It was not only a release, but a way of supplementing her income.
From the glittering lights of downtown Panama City, it’s an hour’s drive to the little beach hub of Coronado. In a matter of minutes, there’s a drastic change of view. Zip past the gleaming skyscrapers that line the half-moon of Panama Bay and over the historic Bridge of the Americas, and suddenly, you’re in the country.
Casco Viejo. Panama Canal. Volcan Baru. So many popular attractions throughout Panama that are enjoyed by tourists and residents alike. However, there is one more fascinating experience which is less touted but no less exciting.
What potential Boquetinos may not be aware of is that there is also a myriad of volunteer opportunities in the town to occupy their time. Boquete has an established and active retirement community who volunteer with taking care of animals, providing food to the needy to assisting the disabled.
Panama City—a cosmopolitan capital on the Bay of Panama—has long stood as a testament to this region’s vast potential. Its gleaming skyline is composed of international banks, upscale hotels, and swank commercial and residential towers.
It costs nothing to lay your towel out on the smooth white sand and lose yourself in the therapeutic sound of crashing waves, while the bright sun washes over you. Coronado Beach is not far from Panama City, and it is hardly ever busy as it’s often overlooked for more popular locations. Revel in a seemingly private ocean-side paradise.
There’s so much to see in Panama, from ancient volcanic sites to pristine islands that look untouched by humankind. You’ll find hiking trails, hidden waterfalls, rare species, and there will always be more to explore.
Along the Caribbean coast of Panama, white sand beaches and aquamarine waters rival the best of the Bahamas. For a memorable vacation, these picture-perfect destinations provide the ultimate tropical backdrop. Pacific coast beaches, on the other hand, are the most popular for weekend getaways and full-time residents.
Her island is just five minutes from Bocas del Toro Town, “no matter how slow your boat is.” And guests can get there even if they don’t have their own water transport. “It’s $5 each way and the boat taxis run all night,” she says.