Super-Inclusive Resort to Grace Panama’s Pacific Coast

Another mega-resort joins the hyper-growth along the Pacific Coast near Santa Clara. Breezes is advertised as the first Super-Inclusive resort set to “grace the shoreline of the Pacific Ocean.” If you book by October 25th for travel October 1-31, you can save 25% on rates from $109 per person, per night for a cocoon destination…

Flooding the Ngöbe Bugle Not a Good Idea

In a beautiful land of hills and rivers in the province of Bocas del Toro, there lived a simple people known as the Ngöbe Bugle.  In 2005, in came the US Allied Energy Systems (AES) corporation in partnership with the Panamanian government and began razing their homes and farmlands to make way for the first of…

The Panama Mall Craze

More than $160 million will be invested in the enlargement and construction of at least eight malls throughout Panama, reports La Prensa’s Martes Financiero. That’s a lot of malls but developers want into the business that has made Albrook Mall, Multicentro and Multiplaza popular money-makers, and there can never really be enough food courts. $65 million…

Le Méridien Panama Seeks Aspirational Audience

Invidious consumption of passion points by the creative mind, the envy of many. Le Méridien hotel chain opens in Panama on Avenida Balboa and Calle Uruguay with a series of lavish launch parties this week, elaborately touring guests around the installations. Eva Ziegler, Global Brand Leader, Le Méridien and W Hotels Worldwide says of the…

Naso Indians Kicked Out of Casco

The Naso people who had become an on-again off-again  fixture on Casco Viejo’s Plaza Catedral were escorted to the Red Cross today.  Since May, they had been camping out in the central gazebo protesting the destruction of their land in Bocas del Toro by a wealthy cattle company (Ganadera Bocas)  and hydroelectric project (Hidroeléctrica del Teribe).…

Dengue Incidences Up

High temperatures, rainy season, sitting water, a mosquito paradise This year, The Department of Epidemiology of Panama’s Ministry of Health reported 1,193 cases including several  hemorrhagic cases in the Panama Metropolitan Area, Chiriquí, San Miguelito and Panama West.  There have been four deaths confirmed (as of September 25, 2009). Dengue (pronounced DENG-gay), also known as “breakbone”…