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


Donna is off to China next week and my friend from Canada is arriving but that is not why Panama is about to go crazy - the Summit of the Americas is the reason. If holy week last week wasn't bad enough when basically the country shuts down mentally on Wednesday in anticipation of really closing at noon on Thursday to celebrate Good Friday.

The Summit will bring the heads of 35 countries to Panama for 4 days including Pres Obama and ex-President Clinton. Imagine the chaos in a country of only 3 million. It is already nuts but it is about to get nuttier. I am glad I can walk to work as so many people will be inconvenienced big time by road closures and traffic snarls worse than normal. If something concrete was likely to come out of the Summit I'd be right in there supporting it but the doubting Thomas side of me says - "same old - same old".

On much brighter notes we had a great day today wandering around Casco Viejo with our friends Rita, Jordan, Todd and Josselyn. What a great place especially when it was so quiet compared to normal. On a typical Sunday it would be crazy but because most of the city folk are just now struggling to return via the Interamerican highway there were hardly any people. We loved it.

We started the morning the group for breakfast at the Roadsters - a diner styled restaurant in San Francisco across from the Atlapa. Check out the comments in our food section.

Here are just a few pictures from today - check out the rest in our Pictures area.

One of the more interesting sites in Panama is the new Museum of Biodiversity by Frank Gehry - he also has page for his art - Artsy's Frank Gehry

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There are so many things to do in Panama it is always difficult to answer people when they ask what should we do when we visit for a week or 2 or a month or two.

With two oceans - the Pacific and the Caribbean there are no shortages of beaches - albeit sometimes the access to the beach can be tricky to find.

If you are into birding - welcome to one of the best places to see over 900 species of birds.

Do you like hiking in volcanic (extinct) jungle - or diving in pristine areas like Coiba or warm water Caribbean sites, then you found  your place.

Are you looking to explore indigenous people or pristine jungles  - you found it ...

Surfing, orchids, virtually untouched islands, and great small towns with really quaint traditions.

For such a tiny country it has so many different areas, climates and things to do and see. Panama is not something you can do in 1 week or 2 weeks - we've been here almost 9 years and there are still so many things to see.

It's been over 6 months since our little Cricket passed away. It's taken me that long to say how impressed we were with the professionalism of the funeral service. Prior to "the" day we had communicated often by email and was assured everything would go as we wanted - you have to know after being in Panama for over 8 years we took this assurance with a grain of sand. But when the day came, our vet from down the street arrived when he promised, he allowed all the time we needed to say goodbye and to make sure Cricket was calm and not stressed. When she took her final breath the funeral company let us hold her and say goodbye for as long as we wanted. He was very patient with us as we didn't want to let her go. Within a few days he delivered her ashes as we wanted with a small wooden container in the shape of a heart. Cricket has her own virtual plot on line at http://mascotas-panama.com/mascota-fallecida/obituario-cricket - I would never wish that anyone has to go through this with a lost friend but if you do and  you want a company that cares contact MascotasPanama.com - they do care.  I was sure I could make it through this part without choking as it has been 6 months but not so.

Last week there were two more people on Facebook asking about moving to Panama and the things they needed to consider. One was Canadian and I sent my note saying they needed to take their time, visit, check out the areas, decide what they want from their new country and make sure they seek advice in Canada from a good tax lawyer long before they make the final decision.

I've posted the 3 pictures we take every month from our balcony to show you how many changes we've seen in our little area of Costa del Este alone. Check them out here.

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

we've included in People, Services, Tourist Site and others in the links on the left side of the page.

We add to these areas as our experience with each of them change .

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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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