When my husband and I were moving to Panama, we did nearly everything wrong. Well, not wrong exactly, as we ended up in the right place at the right time. But the way we went about it was driven by desperation rather than proper planning. It all … [Read more...] about Moving to Panama: Do As I Say, Not As I Did…
Last week my husband and I flew out of Panama's Tocumen International Airport for the last time. Well, maybe not the last time forever, but for at least a couple of years. If you're not on my mailing list, Facebook page or Google Plus page, you … [Read more...] about I Miss Panama! Here are 10 Reasons Why
A few months back, I wrote about our search for someone to stay with our dogs while we traveled back to the US this spring. After uploading our request to the Trusted Housesitters site, I was astonished to see 30 applications slam into my inbox in … [Read more...] about Choosing a Housesitter in Las Tablas, Panama
Today my husband came back from Chitre with a huge smile on his face. He was as excited as a little kid with a new toy as he unloaded the car. The new Riba Smith store has opened in Chitre, and that’s cause for celebration at our house. (Chitre is … [Read more...] about Las Tablas, Panama: To You, it’s only a Hot Dog. To me, it’s a Sign of Growth
Carnaval in Las Tablas, Panama, is a huge event. It brings around 100,000 visitors to the town -- and Las Tablas' normal population is only about 10,000. Merchants make a big chunk of their annual sales before, during and after Carnaval. Families … [Read more...] about After the Lights and Music End: The Dark Side of Carnaval in Las Tablas, Panama [Video]
Carnaval in Las Tablas, Panama (and yes, that's the correct Spanish spelling for Carnival) is a big deal here. A very big deal. Every year the town of Las Tablas swells to more than 10 times its normal population. This normally quiet town -- … [Read more...] about Carnaval in Las Tablas, Panama
It's time for another peek into the expat mailbag. Here's a question that I haven't thought about in a while (and trust me, that's a good thing!). Utility Outages Hi, I love your website, there's nothing like hearing about a place first-hand! What … [Read more...] about How Reliable are Utilities in Las Tablas, Panama?
Sadly, There's Not Much Progress Last year, I wrote a piece about a promising new beachfront development near Las Tablas. It's the Villas Coco del Mar, and at the time we bumped out there on a very difficult dirt road, there was not much to be seen. … [Read more...] about Villas Coco del Mar One Year Later. . .
Recently I received this email from a reader. It asks questions I see pretty often about Las Tablas, Panama, so I thought I'd answer it publicly. "I will retire in about 5 years and was thinking about buying a place in Panama - Las Tablas seems to be … [Read more...] about Some Common Questions about Las Tablas, Panama
A reader just emailed to ask about how to get around and where to stay in Las Tablas. She's thinking about coming here for the New Year's celebration. How to Get Around in Las Tablas Panama has an efficient bus system. Although it might involve a … [Read more...] about Where to Stay in Las Tablas, Panama