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Panama drawn into World Cup Group G with Belgium and England : Weekly News Roundup, December 1st, 2017

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How to Enjoy the Holiday Season in Panama

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The holidays are here, and in Panama, that means a full month of celebrations all over the country. There are religious traditions, secular ones, and everything in between. December in Panama is a time to enjoy local culture, family, nature, and of course, good food and drinks. While December is best known for Christmas celebrations in Panama, it’s also the beginning of high season for tourism. This means that even if you’re not into the holiday spirit, you’ll find it’s the best time of year to visit Panama. Here are some of our recommendations on how to enjoy it the most.
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Panama’s switch from Taipei to Beijing could be a model for others : Weekly News Roundup, November 24th, 2017

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How to Enjoy Panama’s San Blas Islands

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Caribbean islands have always been the places of magic in the hearts and imagination of traveler, or would-be travelers all over the world. For Panama, the Caribbean is also something special, as it hosts half of the country’s coastline, and has a large variety of cultural heritage and historic influence. Amongst the most sought after places to visit on the Caribbean side of Panama are the San Blas Islands (or Guna Yala in their native name). San Blas is an archipelago that has around 400 small islands that hug the eastern Caribbean coast of Panama, all the way to the Colombian border. San Blas is protected indigenous territory, and is populated nearly exclusively by the Kuna tribe.

Although it’s semi-autonomous indigenous territory, San Blas has opened up to some incredible (and culturally conscious) tourist opportunities. It’s a place to go if you want to be off the grid, in crystal blue waters, and with a culture and customs as rich and fascinating as any in the hemisphere.
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After ditching Taiwan, China says Panama will get the help it needs : Weekly News Roundup, November 10th, 2017

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Four Reasons Panama’s “Beaches” Region is Right for You

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If you’re planning on relocating to Panama, you’ve got a lot of options for a lot of budget and lifestyle choices. One of the most popular destinations for expats who want to relocate or retire has been the “Playas”, or “beaches” area of Panama. This area consists of about 30km (or 20 miles) of beach communities and rural developments that stretch from Chame to Playa Blanca. The most popular area for expats within this region is Coronado, followed closely by Gorgona and San Carlos. Both are within a two-hour drive from Panama city. In the beaches region you’ll find lots of expats, lots of nature, and lots of ways to enjoy the Panama lifestyle and community. Here are four reasons we think you’ll love living there!
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Panama Independence Day: Top 10 facts about the country : Weekly News Roundup, November 3rd, 2017

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El Valle de Anton: A weekend escape and retirement heaven

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Let’s talk about El Valle, Panama. When you think about retiring in Panama, relocating to Panama for work, or just visiting Panama, you most likely imagine a tropical paradise. You’re not wrong. That’s most of Panama in a nutshell. There are, however, a few exceptions, and they’ll totally change your view on the diversity of Panama’s landscapes, culture, and climate. El Valle, Panama is special. It’s a small mountain town tucked right into the middle of the country that will remind you of a different time. It’s got small-town charm, and the type of place where you can walk and bike and be greeted by your neighbors. It’s where locals and expats share a common love for nature, community, and serenity. It’s as authentic as it gets, and is only getting better over time.
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Panama Canal Introduces GHG Calculator for Canal Vessel Traffic : Weekly News Roundup, October 27th, 2017

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5 Things to Know About “Fiestas Patrias” in Panama

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If you live in Panama, or have ever visited Panama in November, you’ll know that this is the most special month for the country. November marks the season of the “Fiestas Patrias” or “Patriotic Holidays” in English. Officially, there are five national holidays in Panama in November, each marking either a famous battle for independence, or declared independence from Spain, and later Colombia. Though five holidays may seem like a lot, it’s actually more, culturally, as many of these holidays are piggybacked with “puentes” (bridge holidays) that connect a Friday or Monday if the holiday falls on a weekend. So, if you’re in Panama in November, you’re going to want to know these 5 things:
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