Welcome to Panama

So Why Panama?
Panama is such an amazing country and surprises everyone who visits. I joke with our friends that if they are planning on coming to Panama be prepared to be overwhelmed.

So Why Panama? Is there a reason - No, There are several reasons -- the opportunities are plentiful, albeit the prices are going up.

We have really taken to the Caribbean coast as it offers so much nicer water and beaches.

Costa del Este
Panama City, Panama
The 2012 Spay Panama calendar is now available and it's their best ever! Both Panamanian AND U.S. holidays are labeled. The pictures featured are all of formerly homeless dogs and cats that were neutered and lucky enough to have been adopted. All proceeds go to support the wonderful efforts of Spay Panama to control the overpopulation of unwanted pets. Since its inception in 2002, Spay Panama has sterilized over 24,000 animals! The yearly calendar is their main fundraising tool and they really need your support. Like most other non-profit organizations, Spay Panama has seen a severe drop in donations due to the economy.

Pat Chan


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Since we moved to Panama in 2006 every time we tell one of our friends that we moved to the Republic of Panama, the first question is always "Why Panama". So we decided to build a web site to help them understand how simple the decision to choose Panama really was to us. We have included some links to other sites and to articles we think might help understand Panama. This  is  by no means exhaustive, so be sure to move through the suggested sites and explore the links and resources they suggest to ensure  you get as much information as possible.

News and events


Welcome to the month of November in Panama. November it the month of holidays and festivals.  November is the month of rain. November is the month when Christmas starts. November is black Friday sales. November has the Day of the Dead. November is a crazy month.

When we first moved here and went through our first November as residents and business owner I remember thinking how crazy it was to have everything packed into one month.

There are 5 official holidays to be celebrated. All of them about independence from either Spain or Colombia. Everyone gets patriotic for a month. The businesses festoon their entrances with flags and official seals or proclamations. Women come to work in celebratory dress, some almost full pollera dresses. Mostly people people party and set off fire works. As Canadians, we have only one day to Celebrate Canada - July 1st - seems so much less than Panama with 5 full days to celebrate their country.

One day is tolerated vs celebrated, the Day of the Dead - the day when you can't buy alcohol.

As a business owner with clients in North America it means everyone gets 2.5 times their pay to come to work on these 5 holiday days.

December is slightly less chaotic with Mothers Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Years Eve.

The rains are generally the strongest in November but still tolerable as they rarely last the entire day ant it is still warm.

November is also one of the busiest months for our business.

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October means another year passed since our Cricket passed away. I can't believe it has been four years already. And now we lost one of our foster pups a couple of weeks ago. We "met" Pastor almost 12 years ago as a stray living around a security shed in our neighbourhood. He had a serious case of mange and we were not sure he'd survive but our vet at that time, Dr Frank, assured us he would come around with some treatment. He did and he went on to live almost 12 more years in the care of a nice family here in our area. We visited every week or every two weeks. His harem grew to 3 other dogs over the years but he was always the the biggest and the patron.  We will miss him but we are thankful he had such a great life compared to what he would have had on the street.

Are you thinking about Panama as a new home? If you are you will have lots of questions.

We've been so fortunate to meet and enjoy so many other expats and Panamanians over the 12 years.

We get notes often asking about something to do with Panama - because we encourage people to ask. We've been so fortunate with our move and the people that have helped us we are more than willing to help where we can.

Feel free to ask if you are you just thinking of a vacation in Panama or if you are thinking of making Panama home we'd be happy to point you at some resources or give you some suggestions - we have nothing to sell and nothing to gain except maybe meeting a new friend. We have been really privileged to get to know some great friends during our past 10 years.

If you want, write us if you have questions - we love to help.

We add to the areas of the site like people, sites, and services as our experience with each of them change so you should feel comfortable dealing with any of them.

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Donna started iCanGarden.com and is now over  20 years later it has become Canada's largest Internet gardening resource site. Several thousand people visit her site every day. Spend some time looking over the thousands of pictures of gardens from all over the world.

We are so proud of the TV special just aired by Recreating Eden - entitled "the Gardening Tourist".

Donna recently changed the look of the site - - if you enjoy it - let her know - I am really proud of her.


In 2006 Donna started a site dedicated exclusively to her garden tours but she has been hosting tours since 1998

For more than 18 years she has been hosting groups of gardeners to gardens all over the world.

Donna has some incredible garden tours lined up for 2017 and 2018 - her 2016 tours were all either fully booked or over booked. 

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