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


Donna is off again - this time to Spain - Barcelona and others. It is going to be hot - strange to say coming from Panama but the weather is showing hot. I hope everyone is going to have a great time.

I posted a note in Facebook this morning - it was one of those "memory" photos - this one was of Cricket hanging out of the window of the car 3 years ago. It was one of here favorite things to do - a car ride and able to be out the window smelling everything. By then she was not able to see much so she loved to smell. Her second most favorite thing to do was her walk every morning and every afternoon to this area. Ten years ago she could walk all around Costa del Este, but in her last year all she could do was go for a ride to the sea wall.

During my morning walk I started thinking about how many changes we've seen and how many more we are going to see in the next 5 years. When we arrived 10 years ago litter was a huge issue, eco anything was unheard of anywhere. Today on my walk I ran across a small sign on a commercial building here in CdE. In a country of rain use of potable water is still an issue so i applaud their step to being more eco friendly.

A visitor recently to our area said she could see why we chose CdE - in 5 years there will be enough services, businesses, restaurants and shops so you would never have to leave the area if you didn't want to. We have a new mall being build in the town center of CdE - it will be something like MultiPlaza with shops, restaurants, and even theatres.

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I mentioned last time that the administration of CdE had decided to take a chunk of our park and make it into a parking area and a sports area. Now that they are digging up that area it is easy to see that this whole area was originally built on an old garbage dump - check out this picture I took this morning in the new construction area.

I am happy they are at least trying to preserve some of the great old trees. Some of these trees have to be very old judging by the size. Here are a couple that have been saved so far.

I hope they choose to keep as many of the other trees, except for the eucalyptus trees maybe, they are our least favorite.

Reading the latest Visitor they were talking about the opening of the new Canal lane this month. There is a lot of speculation about how much this new lane will mean to Panama - will it be a huge boon to the economy or will it be a huge waste of money. My bet is on the former - all the post panama ships need an alternative to the suez or going around the horn. That trek adds thousands of miles to their trip.

I suspect the coming years in Panama we will see many new improvements - is it perfect - no, not by any stretch, but I am not sure Canada was either. We made our decision 10 years ago and we've not regretted it - well we've had some times when we questioned it - but then that passes and we remember all the things that make us love it here - the weather, the economy, the lack of taxes and the opportunities that we've had since we arrived. 

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 now almost 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.

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 2016 and 2017 - her 2015 tours were all either fully booked or over booked. 


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