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El Valle, Panama: An oasis of outdoor adventure and fun! (Part 1)

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If you’re planning a visit to Panama, or if you want to relocate or retire to Panama, you must check out El Valle de Anton. Commonly referred to as simple “El Valle”, or “The Valley” in English, this small mountain town in Panama’s central highlands is the perfect mountain getaway for people of all ages, tastes, and budgets. A short distance from Panama City (about 2.5-3 hours drive), and a quick drive from the beaches of Coronado and Chame (about 45 minuts), El Valle is a true natural oasis, that has its own unique feel, style, and culture. It’s paradise for those who love outdoor adventures, or those who just love resting and relaxing in nature. Here are some of the ways you can enjoy El Valle, and all it has to offer! Continue reading »

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Top 5 Beaches to Visit During Panama’s “Summer” Season

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Panama is full of fantastic beaches, which are loved by both locals and people visiting, working, or retiring in Panama. From resort areas to secluded natural clearings, the types of beaches Panama has to offer runs the gamut. These beaches are incredibly popular all year round, but during Panama’s “summer”, or dry season (Jan-April), they are an especially hot ticket when it comes to visitors. If you’re planning on coming to Panama, or already live here and what to get out in the sun and sand, we’ve got you covered. Here are our top 5 beaches to visit this season! Continue reading »

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Navigating the Holidays in Panama: What you need to know to keep from getting stressed

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The holiday season is upon us, and it’s a busy time of year for many people all over the world, including here in Panama. Spending the holidays in Panama, whether for the first time or an annual tradition, can be a rewarding, fun, and exciting experience. It can also be a stressful one. Regardless of whether you’re a tourist, a retiree, or a full-time expat in Panama, you’ll find that the holidays in Panama are full of things to do, places to go, delicious food to eat, and lots of shopping. You’ll also find that it’s the beginning (and peak volume) of busy season, and the most popular time of year to be out and about. All that being said, we’ve broken down some ways to navigate the holidays in Panama with ease. After all, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. You should be happy, and stress free! Continue reading »

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The 5 Basic Steps to Moving to Panama, for an Expat

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Are you considering moving to Panama? Have you begun the planning process already but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. When moving to a foreign country, it’s easy to get bogged down in planning, and even overwhelmed at times. There’s so much exciting stuff to consider, and when it comes down to it, you just want to enjoy yourself in the process and not worry so much. Luckily, moving to Panama doesn’t have to be a chore, nor does it need to overwhelm you. Simply focus your attention and organize your priorities, and you’ll find the whole thing much less stressful, and easier. Here are our 5 basic steps to moving to Panama that we think you should get to know, in order to make your move as simple, and fulfilling as possible. Continue reading »

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The Top 5 Reasons to Retire to Panama in 2017

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There’s lots of talk about how Panama is the #1 expat retirement destination going around the web these days, and to be perfectly honest, it’s been that way for some time now. Panama is a huge destination for retiring for a lot of reasons, and as we move ahead to 2017, it seems like there’s no better time than now to take the plunge. Panama has a vibrant expat community spread over all parts of the country, and the retirement community plays a big part in all of it. Retiring in Panama can be both economically beneficial, as well as greatly increase one’s quality of life, and give you the perfect retirement that you’ve always wanted, not too far from home. Here are our top 5 reasons to retire in Panama in 2017: Continue reading »

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The Top 5 Must-Eat Foods in Panama

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Panama is a country full of diversity at every angle, and that is certainly the case when it comes to food. Panamanians have a rich gastronomical tradition that spans centuries of influence from all over the world. They also have a burgeoning restaurant scene in the country that mixes old styles with new ones, and practically everything in between. If you want real, delicious, home-cooked Panamanian food, there are literally hundreds of options to choose from, whether in the city, countryside, mountains, or beach area. So in the essence of efficiency, and narrowing it down for newcomers (and long-time Panama expats), we’ve pick five of our favorite “must-eat” foods to try in Panama. Buen provecho! Continue reading »

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The Amador Causeway: Panama’s Luxury Canal Escape in the City

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Panama City is a packed metropolis, known for its hustle and bustle, business center, and luxury residential, office, and hotel towers. These have become the public face of Panama City, and the iconic symbols of a city, and country on the rise. But if you talk about the history of the city, the Canal, and how it’s been settled over the years, you’d be remise if you didn’t highlight the Amador Causeway. The Amador Causeway and islands lay on the far south side of Panama City. The islands are connected by a thin strip of land, and subsequent avenue that connects them with the city, and have a rich history and bright future ahead of them, all in one. For years, Panamanians have been using this part of the city as a refuge from the hustle and bustle; a place to live or spend the day on the water, just minutes from downtown. Continue reading »

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Panama’s Month of “Fiestas Patrias”: Understanding the importance of November

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If you’ve ever experienced the month of November in Panama, you know that it is unlike any other month of the year when it comes to experience. November is the “mes de la patria”, or “patriotic month” in English, where most of the country’s non-religious national holidays are held. This means that it’s an incredibly important month to both the people and businesses of Panama, as well as the government and the entire country’s infrastructure. Panama celebrates 5 official holidays during November, with many of the days in between taken as de-facto, or “bridge” holidays to make them longer. There are two official Independence Days (one from Colombia, and one from Spain), a flag day, and a number of days that commemorate battles that all lead to the country’s independence. Here are some things that will help you navigate and better understand Panama’s patriotic holiday season. Continue reading »

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4 Things to Know About Panama’s Month of National Holidays

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November is here, and that means it’s party time for Panama. Well, to be honest, it means much more than that, but the mood is certainly festive on the isthmus, and it’s a great time to celebrate national pride with the Panamanians. Panama celebrates five national holidays, spread out during the month of November, collectively known as the “Fiestas Patrias”, or “Patriotic Parties (holidays).” The fiestas patrias are November 3rd, 4th, 5th, 10th, and 28th. Each holiday represents a different battle or independence from colonialism, and each are celebrated with lots of national pride and fanfare. Now, this doesn’t mean that the whole month is one big holiday, however with so many falling in such little time, many Panamanians like to take the majority of their vacations during this month. There’s lots to do all over the country, and a lot to absorb, especially if you’re a tourist or a newer expat. To help you navigate all these celebrations, here are four things we think you should know, while celebrating here in Panama.

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Meet Wingo, Copa Holdings’ New Low-Cost International Carrier

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Good news for travelers in Panama and Colombia! Copa Holdings, the parent company of Copa Airlines, announced the launch of a new low-cost airline that will have a hub in Panama City, and connect travelers with a variety of cheap, fun, international and domestic locations. This is huge for regional flights, especially to and from Colombia, and will generate more competition for Viva Colombia, currently the only budget airline leaving from Panama (Panama Pacifico Airport). Though owned by the same entity, Wingo will be a completely separate brand from Copa Airlines, which currently has flights (and will share routes) to Bogota and Medellin, from Tocumen International Airport. Wingo is looking to offer lower prices than Copa for Panama/Colombian travel, but with a more “bare bones” approach to amenities, and small surcharges for things like luggage, food, and seat assignments.

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