Panama On The EU Black List

After two years of negotiations the European Union has reached a consensus and defined a list of 17 nations considered to be "tax havens", among which is Panama. For the first time, tax authorities in...

Ivanka and The Fugitive From Panama

(REUTERS) PANAMA CITY/TORONTO - In the spring of 2007, a succession of foreigners, many from Russia, arrived at Panama City airport to be greeted by a chauffeur who whisked them off in a white...

BOCAS HISTORY WITH CLYDE STEPHENS EPISIDE ONE: WORLD WAR II & BANANAS

(Tracuccion español abajo) You could fill hectares and hectares of banana plantations with all the things I didn’t know before sitting down with Clyde and Phyllis Stephens one afternoon at their lovely estate at Hospital...

Panama Cuts Ties With Taiwan

TODAY PANAMA - Panama has announced that it is cutting ties with Taiwan and instead establishing relations with China. The shift is a major win for China as it seeks to isolate Taiwan, which...

Panama Records Increase In Consumption of Poultry Products

The union of poultry farmers reported an increase of 8% in the first ten months of the year compared to the same period in 2015. The National Association of Poultry Farmers of Panama (ANAVIP) recorded...

Surf Scene: Bocas’ First Family of Surf

The Juan Caraballo Story After seeing the waves at Paunch in January of 2005, I returned in July to determine if Bocas might be a place to relocate. I stayed in a bungalow in the...

Events – October 2016

Sept 30 – Oct 2: Oktoberfest @ Selina Hostel Oct 2: Sunday Brunch Buffet @ The Cosmic Crab. $12.95 11-3. Live music all afternoon. October 6-7: Cosmic Crab– 2 Day Mosaic Workshop. $20 for materials. Overnight Slumber Party...

Friends of Casa de Asilo

by Tom O’Flaherty and Other Friends of Casa de Asilo *Editor’s Note:  “Asilo” refers to El Asilo de Ancianos which is a state-run elderly home in Bocas Town (Isla Colón). “Friends of Casa de Asilo” is...

Clyde Stephens: Scientist, Bocas Historian and Local Storyteller

by Allene Blaker Some folks in Panama look forward to the return of whales every July so they can go whale-watching. Bird enthusiasts can’t wait for winter when the bird variety and population increases due...

Marine Turtles in Bocas del Toro: Culture Vs Sustainability

A child goes to his father and says: Dad, I heard it’s not right to eat sea turtles, and that there is only a few left and it takes many years for them to...

Editors Note & Letters to the Editor

This month a few people wrote me. Thank you for reading and writing! The Bocas Breeze always loves hearing from our readers and you can send your thoughts to editor@thebocasbreeze.com. “I am visiting from Wales,...

Horoscopes – October 2016

Aries March 21 — April 19 This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship, seek out a Taurus and see what happens.  Your popularity wanes during the full moon which should in turn give you...

Bocas Breeze Photo Challenge

Congratulations goes to Lyn for her picture of the hummingbird. It had the same number of Likes as the Toucan, however, people commented more on this one. As Russell said, the lighting is good...

Classifieds October 2016

BOATS AND ACCESSORIES ALL BOATS AND MOTORS IN STOCK IN BOCAS CONTACT 6480-6325 or earlmeck@ yahoo.com 17′ catamaran, 2 50 hp 4 stroke yammies 20′ aluminum pontoon, 115 low hours, reduced for quick sale 22′ center console panga, 75...

Chili on the Beach: 11th Annual Chili Challenge to be Held Sunday Sept 25th

The Bocas Del Toro 11th Annual Chili Challenge will be held Sunday September 25,2016 at The Bocas Brewery, where it will be “Chili on the Beach” that day. A large crowd of ex-pats, tourists...

Editors Note: September 2016

This month I’d like to simply share a picture from our good friends at Super Gourmet.“A picture is worth a thousand words” and I’ll add a few more. With so many plastic bags...

The Piratas Riders Visit Isla Colon with 300+ Motorcycles

Friday July 15th, more than 300 motorcycles invaded Isla Colon to celebrate the 8th anniversary of the founding of the motorcycle club Piratas Riders. They have been active for 19 years now. The 9...

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Chinese Railroad in Panama?

A rail line connecting Panama City and David is the first of several joint infrastructure projects to be studied, as part of a cooperation...

The Never Ending Tariff Conflict between Panama and Colombia

The Panamanian government has decided to increase, in some cases by up to 30%, import tariffs on several products, including flowers, cement and bituminous...

Panama Car Sales Down 14%

At the end of November 2017, the downward trend continued, adding up to almost 53 thousand new vehicles registered since January, 13.8% less than...

Moody’s gives Canal expansion thumbs up

Eighteen months after the expansion of the Panama Canal began to operate, its performance exceeded expectations. According to a new Moody’s Investors Service report,...

US judge backs extradition of ex-Panama president Martinelli

MIAMI — A Miami federal judge on Tuesday upheld the extradition request for former Panama president Ricardo Martinelli to face political espionage and embezzlement...

Panama Says It Will Comply With Inter-American Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

The government of Panama said it plans to comply with a landmark Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruling that recognizes same-sex marriage and transgender...

Panama Hotel Votes to Drop Trump, But His Company Won’t Go

(VOA) The owners of a Trump-branded hotel in Panama sued President Donald Trump's family-owned company in federal court Tuesday, alleging that the namesake business...

US Ambassador to Panama Resigns, Says Cannot Serve Trump

(Reuters) U.S. Ambassador to Panama John Feeley, a career diplomat and former Marine Corps helicopter pilot, has resigned, telling the State Department he no...

A New Contender Has Emerged for the Best Credit in Latin America

If you had to name the country that bond investors consider to be the best credit in all of Latin America, which would you...

Panama Tourist Spending Continues to Slow Down

From January to October 2017, tourist spending grew by only 1.6% compared to the same period in 2016, significantly lower than the 13% recorded...