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Air Panama Jets are Landing at David Airport
All the buzz about David's Malek airport expansion and what it will mean to Chiriqui Province has folks in the travel, tourism and real estate industries here very excited. Today we witnessed the Air Panama jet doing "touch and goes" in and out of Malek airport...
Sam Taliaferro Passes Away
The Panama real estate industry has lost one of it's best. Sam had a vision for Chiriqui Province and through his efforts propelled our area forward...
Flights from Tocumen to David--Finally!!!
Any one who has ever flown into Tocumen (Panama's international airport) and made the connection to Albrook(Panama's domestic airport) knows the headache and expense this little connection involves...
David Airport Expansion Contract to be Awarded
This is very good news for Chiriqui as we have been awaiting the promised expansion of our airport with high hopes for travel and tourism in this province that already has so much to offer...
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We discovered Puerto Armuelles one of the many times we
pored over nautical charts of Panama’s coast looking for that ideal
seamount or ledge that would spell “big fish”. Five or six years ago,
Panama (and its real estate market) was largely a big question mark.
But the fish were a certainty. Just around the corner of Punta Burica
was the famous angler’s destination of Golfito, Costa Rica. Since fish
don’t really respect borders, the same record breaking catches were
bound to be swimming right off the beaches at Limones and Puerto
A trip to the bookstore netted us one solitary guide from the folks at
Lonely Planet and we eagerly sought out a description of the little town
that once housed a thriving division of the United Fruit Company’s effort
to corner the world’s banana production. At the end of the chapter on
Chiriqui Province, there was a passing reference to the bus stop in Puerto
Armuelles—the end of the line for public transportation and the jumping
off point to make the trek to “Mona Feliz”, an eccentric eco-lodge at the
tip of the Burica Peninsula. Years later, friends would bring the new
Frommer’s guide to Panama and, searching once again, we found not
even a mention of this, one of our favorite spots in the country.
Panama has miles of some of the most rugged and beautiful coastline
in the hemisphere. And, by and large, you still risk your axels and
your kidneys trying to reach them. The breathtaking vistas at Boca Chica,
for instance, are an hour-and-a-half’s ride from the InterAmerican
Highway and you had better have plenty of gas and provisions with you
as there’s no petrol station or grocery store at the end of that ride.
Arriving in Puerto Armuelles via an immaculate paved road, you pass
several gas stations, a couple of grocery stores, and the town is
dotted with typical restaurants, clothing and sundries stores, banks,
pharmacies, internet cafes, bakeries, and pretty much whatever you
might need to sustain life. Okay, basic is the watchword, but we couldn’t
help but wonder why this complete town was so completely ignored by
The old banana pier sits in disrepair jutting out from the “Malecon”—a
sort of seaside walkway that fronts the Pacific side of the town. There
you can join the locals and jig for dinner in the clear depths. There
are several places where you can sip a cold cerveza and one
really outstanding restaurant, “Don Carlos” that has served the town in
good times and bad with superb fresh fish dishes and the best (and
possibly the only) pizza in town. If you are lucky, the owner (a local),
will stop by your table and regale you with stories, opinions and tales
of old Panama. His father started the place back in the banana
heyday and the legendary Pier 3 sauce still on the menu is not to be
missed. That pier is gone, but the fond culinary tribute remains a
testimony to better days.
The banana company housed its employees in a tiered system. Much of
that housing remains and much of it is being lovingly restored today.
You can see the middle management area known as San Jose, where
little clapboard houses line a few streets, all dressed up in tropical
colors. You can explore the rattle-trap worker housing right on some
of the best beach real estate in Panama. And then you can step back
in time and look at Las Palmas, a neighborhood of some 45 homes laid
out on rolling green lawns. This was the enclave of the privledged, the
bastion of the upper management sent down to the torpid jungle to
mine the yellow gold known as “musa sapientum” or ‘fruit of the wise
There are a few places outside of the big city that speak as loudly of
the history of this tiny nation than the villas that dot the gentle hills of
Las Palmas. In their glory days, these expansive stilt-elevated homes
with their teak-slatted windows and soaring ceilings were meant to
cushion spoiled foreigners from the rigors of native life. The
neighborhood was endowed with a swimming pool, tennis court and a
nine-hole golf course to sooth away the boredom and restlessness that
must have come with being stationed at what was then the end of the
earth. There was (and still is) and airstrip, oddly positioned in the middle
of one of the fairways, where small planes could whisk you away to the
city. Beyond, you can see the ghost go-downs where packing and
production took place.
It is almost impossible not to envision ladies in wide-brimmed straw
hats and their gentlemen in white linen suits strolling about the winding
lanes exchanging greetings at sunset as the parrots cry overhead as
they make their daily trek home. Aside from the occasional boat parked
in a driveway, or the ubiquitous SUV, there’s little about Las Palmas that
has changed over the decades since it was built. Horses still wander
freely through the unfenced perimeters of generous lots, birds still
populate the huge old-growth trees, and the Pacific still lends its cool
breezes to the porches that open into the equatorial dusk as it descends
on the undiscovered and unspoiled charm of Puerto Armuelles.
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