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 earn some extra income by bunking in together … [Read more...] about After the Lights and Music End: The Dark Side of Carnaval in Las Tablas, Panama [Video]
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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 … [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 a good match for me (of course I need to check … [Read more...] about Some Common Questions about Las Tablas, Panama
Over this past weekend, I looked at two very different pieces of Panama beachfront property. The first belongs to an expat couple we met. They're not selling it, and I can see why. It's absolutely beautiful! Directly on the beach near Chitre, it was built as a collection of small buildings … [Read more...] about The Pains, Perils and Joys of Buying Panama Oceanfront Property
What's the cost of living? That's the question on nearly everyone's mind when they think about retiring overseas. Even if you've got a big budget, you still want to know the sorts of expenses you might run into in a new place. Naturally, your expenses and mine will never line up perfectly. … [Read more...] about Las Tablas, Panama – What does it REALLY Cost to Live Here?
Less than two weeks. That's how long we had our dogs with us in Panama before potential disaster struck. Recently I wrote about our ordeals in moving our three small dogs with us to Panama. As I explained, it wasn't so much the paperwork, although you have to carefully dot all your I's and … [Read more...] about Losing a Dog in Las Tablas, Panama