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We've been writing about all things Panama for over 10 years. So search our blog to plan your vacation. From must do's, where to party or eat, to which beaches and hiking trails you shouldn't miss. You'll find great insider info about Bocas del Toro, Panama City and Boquete, as well as Panamanian culture, customs and traditions, and certainly tips and advice for learning Spanish while on vacation!


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Blog Posts by France Francois

France Francois has a masters in international development and conflict resolution and has spent years working on social issues in Haiti as well. She recently moved to Panama to attend school at Habla Ya and immerse herself in Panamanian culture, food, and music. You can find her snapping photos or scribbling in a notebook around town. Like France on facebook, or follow her on twitter.

Is Panama Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

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Female Travlers by Waterfall in Panama

France has been writing on this blog for over a year. You can follow France and her adventures HERE… More and more recently, fellow female travelers to Panama contact me with one pressing question: Is it safe to travel here solo as a female? Many of our students are solo female travelers learning Spanish to…

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How the People of EVERYWHERE Took Back Playa Paunch

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France has been writing on this blog for over a year. You can follow France and her adventures HERE… In Panama, we feel the effects of climate change every day. The weather can veer sharply from extreme drought to severe flooding, putting the people, the environment, and even the economy at risk. Food, water and…

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May, “Mes de La Etnia Negra” | Black History Month in Panama

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Mes de la Etnia Negra en Panama. Panamanian girl and woman dancing in traditional dresses.

May is El Mes de La Etnia Negra – or Black History Month – in Panama. This month serves to highlight the contributions people of African descent have made to Panama. Panamanians are always ready with a smile and a dance! : : #hablaya #learnspanish #panama #PanamaCity #pty507 #wanderlust #citylife #igerspanama #cuidadpanama #cascoviejo #panamagram #jetsetfam…

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How to Book a Dirt Cheap Flight to Panama from Europe or North America

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#LaPlayaEsDeTodos Beach in Bocas del Toro, Panama

Once again we’ve noticed a surge of cheap airfares to fly to Panama City (PTY – Tocumen Airport), the major international airport in Panama City, Panama. Depending on your dates, you can find a return ticket in the $400 – $800 price range from Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Miami, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris, London and…

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5 Beaches You Can’t Miss While Visiting Panama City & Boquete

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#LaPlayaEsDeTodos La PLaya es de todos. Exploring beaches in Panama with Habla Ya.

I love escaping to the beach on the weekends, and while Bocas del Toro is arguably home to the most breathtaking beaches in Panama (both in quantity and in quality, specially in terms of raw natural beauty), if you’re not vacationing in Bocas, the long bus ride certainly isn’t conducive to a quick weekend trip…

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