Las Tablas is a bustling little town. It’s busiest when temperatures are coolest — in the early morning, around lunchtime, and then in the evening after dark. (Here in the tropics, we don’t have the lengthened summer evenings and the short, short winter days that North Americans are used to.)
It’s located on Panama’s Azuero Peninsula, near the east coast. The nearest beach is about six miles away.
A few days ago I grabbed my camera and went into town to shoot some video. It was mid-afternoon on a sunny day — great for photographs, but the people were indoors trying to stay cool.
This video doesn’t give you the sense of liveliness that characterizes the town, but you can get an idea what the heart of downtown looks like.
The park, like most Latin American towns, is anchored by the church at one corner. Shops line the other four sides.
There’s free WiFi available in the park, and lots of trees and places to sit.