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Whale Watching with Anne Gordon of Whale Watching Panama PDF Print E-mail
Panama Life - Panama Travel
Thursday, 16 August 2012 12:04

whale watchingIt is whale watching season here in Panama! If you've been thinking about checking out the whales, now is the time to do it... and Anne Gordon of Whale Watching Panama is the woman to do it with.

Each year the humpback whales mirgrate to Panama starting mid-June, and they stick around until late October. If you are in Panama during these months, whale watching is an experience you won’t want to miss.



Indian Shish Kabbabs PDF Print E-mail
Panama Life - Recipies
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 16:58

mortar and pestle


3 Lbs ground beef

3 Tbsp fresh ginger

1/2 an Onion

2-3 Chillies

5-6 Cilantro leaves

3-4 Tbsp of Cumin seeds


Directions:  Finely chop ginger, onions, chillies, and cilantro.  Roast the cumin seeds in a frying pan for a few minutes to release the aroma then grind. Mix all the ingredients together in a big bowl and refrigerate for 20 minutes or more.  Roll kabbabs and fry or barbecue.



Panama’s Golden Frog on display at El Nispero Zoo in El Valle PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 17:13

golden frog The golden frog (la rana dorada), originally native to El Valle de Antón Panama, has been extinct from the wild since 2007. The critically endangered species now lives only in captivity. This Friday, August 17th, and Saturday August 18th, the frogs will be on display at the El Nispero Zoo in El Valle.

Animal Adoption: Sierra PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Cats and Dogs
Tuesday, 14 August 2012 23:52

Sierra female dogSierra is a very loyal, very loving, smart medium size dog about 1-1/2 years old. She was found on the beach, very hungry and wandering.

She has a very soft burnt umber coat. She is very healthy, spayed and has had all her shots. She also would make a wonderful watch dog because her hearing is very acute and she responds immediately. She prefers to be an inside dog and is well behaved in the house. She is beautiful inside and out and she deserves a healthy, loving forever home.
Please call PAL's phone 240-9984 or e-mail us This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Is rising inflation killing beach businesses? PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Tuesday, 14 August 2012 09:38

rising inflationReuters reports that Panama’s 12-month inflation rate is up by 6%. This is often echoed in the comments of visitors who consistently say that prices have gone up since the last time they were here.  Higher prices mean that visitors to Panama and expat residents on a budget are spending less.
This dynamic is apparent in the beach areas as merchants struggle to find a price point that will keep them in business.  Recently two area restaurants closed their doors. Dolce Idea, a gelato franchise serving Italian ice cream closed down, shortly after its opening two months earlier. Sunset Grill, which managed to stand its ground for over a year, seems to have suffered a similar fate. Yet others who have not been able to stand the economic downturn is a Mexican restaurant on the highway and a small furniture store, specializing in rattan pieces. Last year, other high end specialty stores such as Downtown Living and Nostalgia also opened and closed within short periods.
The question lingers whether high rents, in a lightly trafficked areas, like Coronado are to blame for killing small businesses. While the area builds it's consumer base, larger chain stores like Cochez and Matchetazo are expected to hold their ground and in fact draw people to the area. In the meantime,  the impression of the economic power of area consumers is more inflated than their actual spending ability. What doesn't compute is the high cost of real estate in an area that cannot sustain businesses. Add a rising inflation rate to the mix, and one worries if we are seeing the beginning of abandoned storefronts and homes that cannot be sold.

San Blas with Yacht Latina's Lady Lu PDF Print E-mail
Panama Life - Panama Travel
Friday, 10 August 2012 11:43


sanblas islanExploring the San Blas islands on Yacht Latina’s cruising yacht, the Lady Lu, makes life seem like a dream. Our last adventure aboard the yacht, with Captain Phil, and Aida his right hand man, was a three day adventure through the Archipelago. We visited a handful of uninhabited islands and one inhabited island, Nalunega. Aida knew the Nalunega well; he was able to give us an informative tour of the land and the people who lived there.

Panama Riptides - How to Identify and Escape PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Useful Information
Thursday, 09 August 2012 14:18

riptide Every year a number of people get caught up in a riptide and die swimming in Panama's oceans. A riptide is a strong channel of water moving out to sea, usually though the surf line. A riptide will not pull you underwater. The typically flow of a riptide is 1-2 ft per second, however riptides can move as fast a 8 feet per second. Riptides are dangerous for swimmers and surfers here in Panama. While it is important to understand how to identify and escape them, it is equally important to understand how help someone who is caught in one.

Panama is 'Moving like Bernie' PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Tuesday, 07 August 2012 15:12


dance moveIn the last couple months a dance craze, derived from the 1980’s movie "Weekend at Bernie’s", has been spreading like wildfire in Panama. The dance move, that involves throwing your head back like you have a nose bleed and flailing your limp body around like a zombie, originally gained popularity in the southern United States. The move has since then been adopted by Panama’s national soccer team in celebration of a goal against Honduras. President Martinelli has also been moving 'como Bernie' - the president found himself in hot water after moving like bernie with some college kids instead of attending to government matters back in June.

Click the 'Read More' link below to see what 'como Bernie' is all about. And if you dance "como Bernie" when you hear the tune, at any Playacommunity event, you could win a prize.

Changes to the Toll System on the South Corridor in Panama City PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Tuesday, 07 August 2012 12:48

toll booth panamaStarting September 2012, tolls payments on the South Corridor will be made only with the 'Surexpress' card. According to Rigoberto Effio, National Highway Company Administrator (ENA) the measure seeks to reduce long lines at the toll booths during rush hour.  Effio says the electronic payment system will reduce the wait time by half. Currently, the sur express cards can be bought at Corredor Sur Delta Gas Station for $5 and can be recharged at the toll booths. ENA will also be setting up 300 recharge points in major super markets in Panama city. For more information you can call 260-0433 ext. 2319 or 2320.

Bringing Businesses Together at Panama's Beaches PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Monday, 06 August 2012 16:23

networking peopleBusiness at the beach is the sought after dream of many northern hemisphere entrepreneurs and professionals, specially during the months of scraping ice off frozen windshields. For those of us, living the dream of working at the beach, business life is not always as idillic as the poster.
Businesses at Panama beaches face seasonal traffic and consumers on limited income among other challenges. While Panama's beaches holds high future potential, todays businesses often have to hold their ground to weather the low season. Expatriate business have the additional challenge of foreign regulations, employee culture and a new language.

The Playa Business Club, formed by Karyn Saunders aims to bring businesses together for the purpose of sharing information and networking. Karyn, an entrepreneur with many talents has leant a hand to a number of businesses in Canada, her home country and in Panama. "The aim of the club is to bring a community of businesses together to share ideas, be a part of improvement initiatives and to help each other in better business practices". In the 4 years that Karyn has lived in Panama, she has made friends and initiated projects with local businesses along Panama's Pacific coast.

Spay the Strays/Spay Panama Blitz PDF Print E-mail
Panama Social - Spay the Strays
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 12:05

puppyThis past weekend, Spay Panama joined forces with the Spay the Strays Group to hold a “blitz” at Las Lajas to spay and neuter street animals, rescues, and the pets of low income Panamanians. Spay Panama arrived on Saturday evening and worked until late night operating on 129 walk-ins on a first come, first serve basis.After just a few hours of sleep, they started again on Sunday with the help of our intrepid Spay the Strays volunteers.Together, we sterilized another 201 for a total of 330 animals! As usual, conditions were rugged (hot, dirty, crowded) but everyone teamed up and finished by late afternoon with no waiting list for our first time in years!

Our Spay the Strays Group gives heartfelt thanks to both our dedicated volunteers and to the tireless team of Spay Panama. Not only did personnel from Spay Panama conduct the operations, but they also made a special trip to Las Lajas on Friday to teach school children the care and responsibility of owning a pet. They made it fun by allowing the children to bring their pets, by holding an art contest and by serving cake afterward. Spay the Strays together with Spay Panama does make a difference! If you would like to either volunteer for future events or donate money so that we can continue with our mission, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or “like” our Facebook page Spay the Strays Panama. Check out the cool photos of both the blitz and the school children.

Heads-Up for Punta Chame Beachfront Lots PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Panama News Wire
Friday, 27 July 2012 11:19

punta chame beachfront propertyIf you currently own beachfront property in Punta Chame, your property boundaries may have changed. If you are thinking of buying beachfront in Punta Chame, be aware that the property you are looking at may come with legal complications.

With natural sand deposits building the coast line, beach front properties lines have extended over the years. The situation has created an opportunity for a corporation to use loopholes to swoop up beach front land and title it, without the knowledge of property owners who are just waking up to realize that they may not own the property they think they have.

Don Winner of Panama-Guide.Com is investigating the situation and is reporting about it. Read the full story here.

We Are Eager to Love. Please Adopt Us PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Cats and Dogs
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:48

This lovely doggies need a home:

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Panama Safety Box Opens at Coronado Mall PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Useful Information
Tuesday, 24 July 2012 23:10

safety boxPanama Safety Box is now open for business in Coronado Mall. The company offers boxes in 4 different sizes, which are available from terms of 3 months and up. Catering to businesses and individuals who need a secure facility to lock away important documents and valuables, the service is the first of it’s kind to open at the beaches.

Located on the food court level of the Coronado Mall, a wall of safety boxes are secured behind steel doors, with hours of access from Monday to Friday.

For more information call 345-3203 or visit them at Coronado Mall.

In Home Patient Care, now available in Panama's Beaches PDF Print E-mail
Panama Life - Health and Fitness
Tuesday, 24 July 2012 12:10

MD Integra logo

Health issues are one of the strongest concern for expats moving to Panama to live.  While Panama has good doctors and medical care facilities, there is one company that is taking patient care to the next step and bringing treatment directly to your home. Mercerdes Ortegis, director of MD Integra has developed an on-call program that is tailored to the meet the needs of each patient. Weather it is a single consultation for a passing concern, or a condition that needs regular monitoring and assistance, help is at hand. 

The most popular programs are the 'On Call Clinic' and the 'Health Manager Program'.
The On Call Clinic Services:
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