Welcome to Panama

So Why Panama?
Panama is such an amazing country and surprises everyone who visits. I joke with our friends that if they are planning on coming to Panama be prepared to be overwhelmed.

So Why Panama? Is there a reason - No, There are several reasons -- the opportunities are plentiful, albeit the prices are going up.

We have really taken to the Caribbean coast as it offers so much nicer water and beaches.

Costa del Este
Panama City, Panama
The 2012 Spay Panama calendar is now available and it's their best ever! Both Panamanian AND U.S. holidays are labeled. The pictures featured are all of formerly homeless dogs and cats that were neutered and lucky enough to have been adopted. All proceeds go to support the wonderful efforts of Spay Panama to control the overpopulation of unwanted pets. Since its inception in 2002, Spay Panama has sterilized over 24,000 animals! The yearly calendar is their main fundraising tool and they really need your support. Like most other non-profit organizations, Spay Panama has seen a severe drop in donations due to the economy.

Pat Chan


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Since we moved to Panama in 2006 every time we tell one of our friends that we moved to the Republic of Panama, the first question is always "Why Panama". So we decided to build a web site to help them understand how simple the decision to choose Panama really was to us. We have included some links to other sites and to articles we think might help understand Panama. This  is  by no means exhaustive, so be sure to move through the suggested sites and explore the links and resources they suggest to ensure  you get as much information as possible.

News and events


Welcome to the month of June in Panama.

June is summer in North America but it is considered "winter" or the rainy season here. Donna loves to call it the "green" season as it is like spring in North America - all the plants come alive again after the dry season from December to April.

When we first moved here in October 2006 I remember experiencing the end of the rainy season and the beginning of "summer" in December. I remember thinking how odd to be coming into summer just before Christmas. I also remember Donna lamenting how bad everything started to look during the dry season. Everything went brown. That is when she started coining the phrase - the brown and green seasons of Panama. It also reminded me of growing up in Victoria, BC and the rains of "winter" and the brown times of summer. 

I love both seasons for different reasons. I love the "summer/dry" months because the winds pick up and we get amazing breezes that cool everything down and make sleeping so much easier. The mid days however are a bit brutal with no clouds to provide shade and the roads, parking lots, building and sidewalks absorb so much sun and heat it makes it difficult to be out other than in the morning or after sun set.  The green or wet season has the clouds so the temperatures feel much easier to tolerate during the days but when whatever breeze we gets disappears the humidity becomes almost oppressive and makes sleeping without AC very difficult. 

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I had a fellow call from Canada this week asking me if I'd be willing to go on record and answer some questions about what it has been like being an expat in Panama. He was asked to write an article for a Canadian retirement magazine. I agreed and answered all of his questions. Will be interesting to read his article in September.

Are you thinking about Panama as a new home? If you are you will have lots of questions.

We've been so fortunate to meet and enjoy so many other expats and Panamanians over the 12 years.

We get notes often asking about something to do with Panama - because we encourage people to ask. We've been so fortunate with our move and the people that have helped us we are more than willing to help where we can.

Feel free to ask if you are you just thinking of a vacation in Panama or if you are thinking of making Panama home we'd be happy to point you at some resources or give you some suggestions - we have nothing to sell and nothing to gain except maybe meeting a new friend. We have been really privileged to get to know some great friends during our past 10 years.

If you want, write us if you have questions - we love to help.

We add to the areas of the site like people, sites, and services as our experience with each of them change so you should feel comfortable dealing with any of them.

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Donna started iCanGarden.com and is now over  20 years later it has become Canada's largest Internet gardening resource site. Several thousand people visit her site every day. Spend some time looking over the thousands of pictures of gardens from all over the world.

We are so proud of the TV special just aired by Recreating Eden - entitled "the Gardening Tourist".

Donna recently changed the look of the site - - if you enjoy it - let her know - I am really proud of her.


In 2006 Donna started a site dedicated exclusively to her garden tours but she has been hosting tours since 1998

For more than 18 years she has been hosting groups of gardeners to gardens all over the world.

Donna has some incredible garden tours lined up for 2017 and 2018 - her 2016 tours were all either fully booked or over booked. 

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