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
They Need Your Love
They Need Your Love - animal shelter in Arraijan near Panama City. Hundreds of dogs and cats that have been rescued from a life on the streets, starving, hurt, and unloved.

We have set up a web site to help.

You can Adopt a Pet no matter where you are in the world. For as little as $15 per month you can help make the life so much better for one dog or cat.

Donate Now

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.

So, by purchasing a calendar you get something truly useful and you help out a great cause at the same time! The price is a ridiculously low $7.00 and the calendars can be found at: the U.S. Embassy, Excedra Books, Balboa Dental Clinic, Los Angeles de los Animales (cell 6781-2641) or Mailboxes, ETC in Coronado

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


Mid July - funny, in Canada it would be the height of the summer and everyone is out with their BBQ or pool or tubing down a river like our friends Wes & Stephen but here in Panama it is the middle of the "green" season as Donna calls it (the rainy season to everyone else). People ask all the time if we miss the seasons. The short answer is no, but then there are times I do remember with fondness the changing colors of the trees and the amazing spring green. But when I think of how short those times were and how long the winter was - no, I don't miss it. Donna gets her fill of seasons with all her travels so she says she just loves coming back to the warmth.

When we first moved here eight years ago we hardly ever used AC. The only times were Saturday and Sunday naps and Christmas when we had lots of guests over for nibbles and drinks. Nowadays we seem to use it more. We have AC on in the office a lot more when we are working, especially when there is very little breeze.  We've still avoided the use of AC while we sleep - to me that would be the ultimate in giving in :} so we get through the nights that are without breeze/

When I read the posts in the forums and expat sites in Facebook the most common questions revolve around where to find services or where to find goods. One of the hardest things about being in a foreign land with a foreign language is not knowing who to trust so the expat community becomes the source of information. That is part of the reason we started this site. We wanted to let anyone moving here know that we have been really fortunate in our past eight years. Everything from lawyers to doctors, to dealing with banks and real estate agents we've been through almost everything any new expat would encounter. Also because we have a small office we have always had a great source of knowledge from locals. The other reason we built the site was we worry that too often some of the advice offered comes with a motive that we don't have.

We booked our first 4 nights on the Pacific in the Vacation rental that Tony Busse offered online a couple of months ago. The condo is next door to Playa Blanca so it should be a great place. If you've read this site over the past 8 years you know we really enjoy the Caribbean side but when we read the offer of Tony we thought it would be a nice change and a great chance for our friends who visit. So now we have two places for them to visit, the Pacific and the Caribbean.  

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I was reading the news lately and the new government is getting itself settled but I was happy to read that they seem to want to continue some of the things the old government started. The first thing I heard about was their decision to continue the second phase of the metro line that will take it out past Tocumen. With the metro, the corridor and other roads should feel a major relief in traffic.

We've been watching lots of surveyors along our main road over the past week and I hope that means they are looking at expanding the main road and finding at least one or more new ramps onto the corridor as that is one of our biggest complaints.

If you are considering Panama - do your homework - I've mentioned it before but it is worth repeating - there is a lot of information available from a number of sites - check them out - ask questions - we love Panama but I understand it is not for everyone and it is a very diverse country.

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

Check out our site - we listed People and Services we have found we trust - we also have contacts for even a great handyman - Juan

One last note - are you a diver living in Panama - have you been diving around Portobelo - are you interested in meeting other divers, if so email me and I will let you know the next time we go diving.

Just a few pictures of diving around Portobelo and my dive master Ray Sanchez from Golden Frog Scuba.

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Donna started iCanGarden.com and now almost 18 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.

For more than 8 years she has been hosting groups of gardeners to gardens all over the world.

Donna has some incredible garden tours lined up for 2013 and 2014 - her 2012 tours were all either fully booked or over booked. China 2013 is already closed as it is full. 


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