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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 Mary Beth Strawn

Not quite your typical 27-year old, Mary Beth Strawn left behind the stressful rat race in Atlanta, Georgia when she joined the Peace Corps in 2010. Since then, she has been in Boquete, Panama perfecting her Spanish, working with indigenous communities and becoming an expert in Panama's growing tourism industry. Now with a Panamanian partner, she has no plans to leave anytime soon. Who would want to leave this paradise?? In her free time, she plans future travel, plays with her husky puppy and undomesticated kitten, and works on her two personal blogs: Naïve to Cultured and please, child.

Ngäbe-Buglé Comarca’s Challenges | Health / Medical Assistance: Part 5

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This is the fifth and last of a 5-part series about the biggest problems in the Comarca Ngäbe-Buglé and how they are being addressed. You can click here to see the 1st part here about Physical Infrastructure, here for the 2nd part about Social Problems, here for the 3rd part about Education or here for…

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Benefits of Learning Spanish Abroad

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There are so many options for learning Spanish nowadays – online lessons, apps, local tutoring, and immersion programs in Spanish-speaking countries just to name a few. It isn’t to say that one method is better than the other; it simply depends on your goals and personal circumstances. But for those who desire to authentically communicate…

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Holiday Celebration Tips for Christmas and New Years in Latin America

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Thinking about celebrating Christmas or New Year’s Eve in Latin America or with Latinos? If you’re not, you should be! Latinos go all out for these particular holidays, making them some of the most fun of the year. They are also based on some interesting cultural traditions, which you don’t want to miss. So that…

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Celebrating Christmas with Latino and Indigenous Families in Panama

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Usually I try to be home for Christmas with my family in the USA since that is the only time I really get to be with them since I relocated to Panama, but during my two years in the Peace Corps, I spent Christmas and New Years with my Panamanian family. In fact, during my…

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Don’t Miss These 12 Latin American Christmas and New Year’s Traditions

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Some of the most treasured childhood memories a person has come from festive holiday celebrations. In Latin American communities, Christmas and New Years are typically the biggest parties of the year. If you want to really experience a different culture, I recommend visiting during an important holiday season so that you can take part firsthand…

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