After almost 15 years of living in Panama, I have finally paused for a minute and looked around at what I love about this country. Australian by birth, well-traveled, and not blind to the problems of Panama, I can honestly say I can’t imagine living anywhere else. I’m constantly amazed at the luck of me putting […]
Author: Liz Larroquette
Restaurants At The End Of The World
Boquete, a picturesque Panamanian town of approximately 25,000 is located only 37 miles from the Costa Rican border and has always been a top retirement haven for expats worldwide. Nestled on the side of Panama’s inactive and only volcano, Baru, Boquete enjoys spring-like weather year-round and sits at an altitude of approximately 4,000 feet. Known […]
The Tipping Point Of Panama
When I moved to Panama almost 15 years ago, it was considerably different than what I see today. Just a couple of weekends ago, I woke up to find numerous emails from friends who wanted to make sure I knew about The New York Times article entitled 36 Hours, Panama City, Panama. I’ve always loved the […]
Once A Zonian, Always A Zonian
Lots of Panamanians speak English fluently, including many well-to-do locals who have studied in the United States, Canada, or Great Britain. Servers in fast-casual restaurants often speak well enough to have a light conversation and most medical doctors and pharmacists are completely comfortable discussing complex medical situations in English. And then there are the Zonians […]
Worry About Hurricanes? Not In Panama!
Panamanians watched in horror as hurricane Ian made its way across Cuba and then directly onto the West Coast of Florida, near Ft. Meyers. It was sobering to hear about the 125 individuals who lost their lives because of Ian and damages estimated to be over $50 Billion dollars. Panama does not have hurricanes. For […]
New Opportunities in Boquete
Many retirees are not looking for the urban hustle of Panama City or the business vibe of Costa del Este. Even the beach properties of Gorgona and Coronado have not answered the call for those seeking a location with a more moderate temperature, laid-back feel, and generally lower cost of living. Boquete, a small town […]
Most North Americans actually know very little about Panama. There is the Panama Canal and the invasion by the United States to depose General Manuel Noriega more than 30 years ago, but generally, that completes the list. In a recent poll, individuals in the US, Canada and seven other countries were asked about their knowledge of […]
Goodbye 2021. Hello, 2022.
Now that we have put 2021 behind us, I would like to share with you some of the exciting things that are coming in 2022. While the year 2021 was certainly miserable for many, there were also outgrowths of the pandemic, both positive and negative, which will affect Panama for generations. After a difficult continuation […]
If You Build It, Will They Come?
It’s no secret that between the Millennials and pandemic, how we work, live, and communicate continues to change and evolve. Only a few years ago employees filed into offices and cubicles without question or complaint. If someone was “working from home” it was questioned and silently considered a day off regardless of what was accomplished. Today, […]
Panama Tourism Is Exploding
As the long, long season of COVID-19 wanes, everyone worldwide seems ready to get back to traveling. Booking sites can’t take reservations fast enough, wedding venues and caterers are booked months out, family celebrations are hastily being planned, sporting, arts, and musical events are back and Panama, it seems, is at the top of many travelers’ […]
Like The Bunny, The Panama Canal Just Keeps Going!
The recent crisis with the grounded container ship in the Suez Canal was something that made many Panamanians become instantly grateful and then reflective. Of course, a tragedy like the giant container ship getting stuck for six days is something that could happen here, but the bottom line is that it hasn’t and it certainly isn’t […]