How do you Find Trusted Housesitters?

When you live overseas, going away for a while can be more complicated than it would be in your home country. This is especially true if you have pets. While it’s become easier to bring your pets with you when you move, it can be very difficult to travel with them once you get there. […]

Carnaval in Las Tablas, Panama

Carnaval (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 — residents describe it as muy tranquilo — jumps from about 10,000 people to over 100,000 for […]

How Reliable are Utilities 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 about electricity, water, and internet outages? How often, if at all, do […]

Bon Appetit! A Real French Restaurant in Las Tablas, Panama [review]

Although it’s a small town, Las Tablas boasts an authentic French restaurant. Located in the heart of downtown, only one block from the Park, Restaurante Lounge El Paris occupies a second floor balcony space. Like most restaurants in this area, it’s open air. Diners enjoy more cooling breezes up on the second floor, and the […]

Villas Coco del Mar One Year Later. . .

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. Rolling hills, beautiful views, and a long stairway […]

How I Survived the Polar Vortex

It’s early January, 2014, and while the New Year brings sunshine and skin-caressing warmth to expats like us, family and friends are freezing their bippies. This horrendous cold snap is now known as the Polar or Arctic Vortex. My oldest son, who lives in Vermont, found thick ice coating everything when he arrived home after […]

Some Common Questions about Las Tablas, Panama

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 a good match for me (of course […]

Survey Says. . .

A couple weeks ago I posted a three-question survey, asking whether you want to see more, less, or about the same amount of information about each topic. The results are in — the majority of you want to see more articles and information about Panama! Here’s the breakdown. #1. Panama — news and information about […]

Where to Stay in 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 transfer or two, it’s possible to get pretty much […]

10 Things I Hate About Panama

Don’t get me wrong — there’s more that do I like about Panama than not, and living here has been good for us. But once in a while the differences just rub me the wrong way. So, in the interests of full disclosure, a balanced look at the country, etc., etc., I thought I’d share […]