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Panama Living: The Pan American Highway

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The Pan American Highway For those who love driving, it’s actually possible to navigate your way from one end of the Americas to the other. The Pan American Highway has been called the world’s most motorable road, though that remains somewhat debatable, depending on the source. If you’re talking to anyone who’s made the trip, […]

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Panama Living: AirBNB

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Panama Airbnb You decided to move to Panama; congratulations! Great choice! Where should you stay while you search for your permanent home in Panama? Hotels are an option and the local resorts are beautiful and tons of fun, but those are costly choices, especially if you are staying any length of time. I’ve found a […]

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Panama Living: Sports, And More Sports

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Sports in Panama If you think you’ll miss baseball when you move to Panama, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Baseball is Panama’s national sport! Some of the most famous US baseball heroes have hailed from Panama; Rod Carew, Mariano Rivera, Carlos Lee, Manny Sanguillén, and Carlos Ruiz, for just a small handful of examples. […]

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Panama Living: Don’t Worry; Be Happy

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Don’t Worry; Be Happy in Panama A phone call from a friend the other day who was about to head out to buy snow shovels gave me the kind of satisfaction a guy gets from moving to Panama. He wondered what the temperature was in Panama, groaning when I told him that with winter coming, […]

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Panama Living: Mountain Towns

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Mountain Towns in Panama There are several lovely mountain communities in Panama, a couple of them close to more populated areas, which I’m going to talk about here. First you need to know when investigating the mountain towns; this is not Colorado. Though the terrain may look comparable and there are many similarities, we need […]

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Panama Living: Looking For a Date?

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Looking For a Date? Dating in Panama isn’t completely different than anywhere else but there are some pointers to share that can make your chances a little better. It’s very important to realize that in Latin American countries, people run pretty much on a different clock; however this can present problems if you’re going to […]

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Panama Living: The Canal

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The Panama Canal A lot of people know there is a body of water that runs between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans called The Panama Canal, but unless they paid attention in Middle school History classes, they don’t know much about it. Europeans, traveling to the West Coast of American, often took a year or […]

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Panama Living: Surfing

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Surfing in Panama Tuned-in surfers around the world are familiar with Panama’s great beach breaks. There are way more than the selected places I’ve listed here but it’s a start for those who like to hit the swells, and awesome for observers, too. Panama’s curving, south-facing west coast is a surfer’s dream and some of […]

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Panama Living: Halloween

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Halloween in Panama There are a lot of Americans living in Panama and they bring many of their own traditions. In the past decade Halloween has become known as the most popular holiday in the United States, but it’s not a traditional holiday in Panama. There are reasons for Halloween’s popularity in the US because […]

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Panama Living: Panama Bridge of Life

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The Biodiversity Museum: Panama Bridge of Life The Biodiversity Museum is a masterpiece. It took ten years to build on the Amador Causeway, at the mouth of the Panama Canal and celebrates the remarkably diverse flora and fauna of Panama. Covering more than 44,000 square feet, The Biomuseo, as it has come to be called, […]

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Panama Living: Getting Hungry?

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Panama is a land bridge between two continents and it shows in the foods of the country. Panamanian cuisine is a hodgepodge of Spanish, African, Caribbean and Indigenous cooking. Imagine. My mouth waters, just writing about it. With the availability of so many fruits and vegetables, mixed with the huge variety of herbs and spices, […]

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Panama Living: Taking Pets to Panama

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Taking Pets to Panama The first thing you need to know when taking pets with you on your trip to Panama is that all airlines have different rules. This can be very frustrating but if you plan ahead, you can make life quite simple for both yourself and your animal. My advice is to not […]

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Panama Living: Money and Stuff

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Money in Panama There is little doubt that Panama is an attractive investment for foreigners; North Americans have been taking advantage of this fact for a long time. Panama hasn’t had the kind of worries that other Latin American countries have experienced with out-of-control inflation and constant fluctuation of exchange rates. Panama does have an […]

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Panama Living: Meeting and Greeting

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Meeting and Greeting in Panama One thing all ex-pats in Panama are familiar with is making and keeping friends. You move to a foreign country and not only are you new there, so are a lot of other people. And a lot of them aren’t’ sure how long they plan to stay. This keeps some […]

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Panama Living: Working in Panama

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Working in Panama Working in Panama requires knowledge of Spanish, unless you’re transferring here with a company who operates on an International scale and everyone speaks English. There are many foreign companies based in Panama but if you come here looking for employment, this is one probably the number one requirement. Everybody asks me about […]

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Panama Living: The City of Colon

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Colón, with a tropical monsoon climate, is a city that was created with the literal draining of the swamps. Founded by Americans and originally named Aspinwall for one of the leaders of the construction of the Panama Railroad, Colón is among many 20th Century cities forced to rebuild after destructive fires that wiped out huge […]

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Panama Living: The City of David

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David When people move and find themselves in faraway places they usually have a reasonable cause for their relocation. Transfers are common in this world, where you live light so you can pack light, never clinging to material things that won’t easily fit into a suitcase or a couple shipping boxes. Ex-pats often move for […]

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Vallarta Living: Dogs Dont Like Thunder

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Dogs and Thunder It’s called Strom Phobia and our pup suffers from this horrible affliction here in Puerto Vallarta during rainy season. We always know when a storm is brewing because the pup starts the panting/pacing ritual that precedes thunder and lightning. Pup seems to want to be on top of us, or maybe inside […]

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Vallarta Living: 911 is Coming To Town

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911 Comes to Puerto Vallarta For many years we were taught to dial 066 in Puerto Vallarta for an emergency and though, thankfully, we haven’t put it to much use, we will soon be able to revert to the ubiquitous 911 that is being adopted, slowly but surely, for more global usage. Getting the world […]

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Panama Living: The Climate

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Climate in Panama Natural weather disasters are rare in Panama. The last hurricane to hit Panama was Martha in 1969. It’s nothing more than history now and rarely spoken of except in reference to the fact that extreme weather patterns are not common. Boaters love Panama and find safe haven in many of the moorages […]

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Cost of Living in Panama

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Cost of Living in Panama The first thing to know is you won’t need to exchange your dollars if you’re coming from the US to Panama. Panama benefits from the stability of the US dollar and never has to be concerned with inflation and fluctuations. Relying on the US economy has been very favorable for […]

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Ex-Pats in Panama

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Ex-Pats in Panama US expats account for over 30 per cent of the 190,000 overseas populations in Panama. The country boasts good weather (it’s outside the hurricane zone), a low cost of living and one of the fastest-growing economies in Latin America. Panama has a stable government and a currency attached to the US dollar. […]

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Advantages of Living and Retiring in Panama

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Advantages of Living and Retiring in Panama Why Panama? 1. Panama: One of the Lowest Costs of Living for Foreigners in the World You can live comfortably on $2000.00 a month in most places in Panama. Or if you’re good at penny pinching, $1500.00 will also be fine. Panama City is the most expensive place […]

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