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Search our blog if you're visiting Panama! 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 in our country! We've been writing about all things Panama for over 10 years and nothing beats local knowledge from the locals themselves.


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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.

5 Famous Panamanians Everyone Should Know

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Victoriano Lorenzo. La pelea es peleando.

I was teaching a group of Panamanian executives earlier this week. We were working on learning about the past tense in English through reading the biography of Martin Luther King Jr. The executives were enthralled by King, the history of the Civil Rights Movement, and asked many questions about his famous “I Have a Dream”…

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1 Week Spring Break Language Travel Itinerary for Bocas del Toro

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The Caribbean Waters of Bocas del Toro

Wherever you travel, please support local businesses who support local families. The suggestions featured on this blog post are locally owned businesses who put your tourist dollars in the right hands. If a tourist is your waiter, bartender or your tour guide (we know, go figure, but it’s happening), you’re probably doing more harm than…

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6 Movies To Not Miss During The 2017 International Film Festival #IFFPanama

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The 2017 International Film Festival #IFFPanama

Born in 2012, the annual Panama International Film Festival (#IFFPanama) is a wonderful way to experience the best of international cinema right here in Panama City. ¡Panamá tiene escenarios de película! El @micipma a través la Dirección Nacional de Cine (DICINE) promocionó Panamá en la edición 67 de la @berlinale como locación para producciones audiovisuales….

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How to Make Panamanian Friends

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Hanging out with new Panamanian friends in Panama

The expat bubble – where all your dreams of integrating into a new culture and fully immersing yourself in Spanish remain just a wish – is easy to fall into. When I first moved to Panama (alone), I realized that making friends once you’re out of college is harder than it looks. Not only had…

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The Top 6 Panama Festivals You Cannot Miss

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Diablos fighting on Main Street of Bocas Town during Carnivals

Panama is filled with rich history and traditions that are celebrated in various festivals each year. However, if you aren’t aware beforehand, you might miss interesting opportunities to celebrate Panamanian culture. This list is by no means comprehensive of all the festivals in Panama, but here are some of my favorite ones: 6. Feria del…

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