Islands of the archipelago of Bocas del Toro enchant tourists


Islands of the archipelago of Bocas del Toro enchant tourists

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Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro. – Hundreds of tourists, especially foreigners, arrive daily at this time of year the paradise islands, cays and islets of the archipelago of Bocas del Toro. Most travelers arrive by water taxi (speedboat accommodating 16 to 20 passengers), which in 30 minutes bring tourists from the port of Almirante to Isla Colon, others come to the island in 45 minutes flights from Panama City. archipelago of Bocas del Toro is located in the Caribbean Sea northwest of Panama. It consists of Isla Colon, which besides being the resort is the largest archipelago and northern; Bastimentos island, offering its domestic and foreign maritime national park, and Carenero islands, Cayo Agua, San Cristobal, Popa and Solarte, which also have a variety of exotic paradise sites that attract tourists. ARENA BLANCA


Lovers of white sand beaches and clear waters, as fans of fishing, surfing, snorkeling and other water sports, from the Pearl of the Caribbean, the name by which it is also known to extensive Bocas del Toro archipelago of 250 kilometers, the ideal vacation destination.visitors Others liked diving among corals, see or swim with the dolphins, admire the diversity of the archipelago marine and terrestrial species, view the stunning tropical vegetation present on the islands and keys and to enjoy the dishes of the local cuisine based on seafood, fish, coconut, bananas, cassava and other crops grown in the Caribbean region. OFFER


Lukas Wunderlin is a Swiss tourist who a month of enjoying all the beauties offered by the Caribbean Bocas del Toro asked his girlfriend Valentina Iseli to travel from Switzerland to Bocas del Toro to accompany him on his tour of the islands. Now both have planned to stay in the islands until the end of March this year. The friendly nature of the people, the beautiful scenery and peaceful atmosphere of the islands are for Wunderlin and Iseli appeal that has made ​​this region as a destination favorite of tourists worldwide.Augustina Battaglia, tourist from Argentina, meanwhile, takes six weeks in Colon Island, and plan to stay a few months in the place and return home in late March. “I like the weather and beaches of white sand and clear waters here, very different from my country,” revealed Battaglia. formed by The American Nicholas Korea and Marcela Vargas Salvadoran couple, who have four months be vacationing in the islands, what attracts them are marine sports such as surfing, diving and snorkeling.”Had not been here before, this place has an almost idyllic charm,” Vargas said adding that she and her husband does not yet have a definite date to return to the United States. “I know many beautiful places in my country and in the United States, but none equal in beauty to these islands,” said Vargas. INDUSTRY


Tourism is the engine that drives the economy of the Caribbean region of Bocas del Toro. Transport (water, land and air), hotels, hostels, restaurants, supermarkets, among other businesses, they are directly concerned with foreign exchange generated by visitors. stay rates are varied and range from $ 20 a day in small hostels and go up to $ 800 in exclusive hotels. Also, prices of meals can vary depending on the cuisine requested because there Colón Island restaurants offering national meals, Afro-Caribbean, Italian, Chinese, and others. Walks in the different islands and cays also have different costs. The boat trip to Dolphin Bay, Coral and fall Bastimentos island costs between 15 and 20 dollars; Birds visit island, Starfish Beach and Boca del Drago has a value of $ 20, while moving to fall sneaker retails for $ 25. Hermenegildo Trotman, a boat operator in the region, recognizes that the prices of the rides by sea archipelago can negotiate directly with unions or water transport operators boats. “The price depends on the places you go and the amount of people,” said Trotman. Colón Some island residents also offer domestic and foreign services as tour guides.

In this summer: Breeze, Sun and fairs

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fair view of flowers and coffee in Boquete
Summer came and with it the season of tropical fruits, nice breezes, the sun in its splendor and in Panama the fair season where domestic and foreign can enjoy various outdoor activities. Approximately 20 fairs in which aims to exalt the local culture from different parts of the country will be developed in the country, opening a window to entertainment, besides stimulating trade. During the first four months of the year and be made ​​famous exhibits such as Fair Flower and Coffee in Boquete, Chiriqui, which ends on 19 January; Also, visit the Feria de San Sebastián Ocu, Feria de CV or Azuero International Fair which will take place from 3 to 13 April. In the table below you can review the various fairs to be carried out with precise dates.



Costa Rican Jews brave hazards, homesickness and Hamas to pursue new lives in Israel


TEL AVIV, Israel – From the frenetic, traffic-choked streets of Tel Aviv to the lonely northern mountain town of Qiryat Shemona – only a few miles from the Lebanese and Syrian borders – some 300 Costa Ricans have built a home away from home in Israel, lured here by family ties, high-tech jobs and a lifelong dream of living in the Jewish state.

One of them is Eddie Israelsky, who “made aliyah” (a Hebrew expression meaning to immigrate to Israel) three years ago and has never looked back.

“All my life, I was raised with a Jewish upbringing, surrounded by Jewish people and traditions. But I was rebellious. After graduating from high school, I didn’t fit into this closed society,” said the 31-year-old software whiz, who attended San José’s Instituto Dr. Jaim Weizman and later Universidad Veritas. “I came to Israel with a religious group, and in the middle of the trip, I decided I should stay for a couple of months and see if I could get a job. It wasn’t the typical aliyah.”

Israelsky ended up as manager of customer service at EyeClick, an Israeli video-game developer. He got the job thanks to his expertise in computer science and 3-D animation.

“I have two nephews from Guatemala here, and my niece Ariela is serving in the Israeli Army. The rest of my family lives in Costa Rica,” said Israelsky, whose father owns a clothing store in San José. “They think it’s a blessing that I have so many opportunities here.”

Eddie Israelsky, a Costa Rican-born new immigrant to Israel, is an executive with EyeClick Ltd., a Tel Aviv-based computer animation company.

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The aspiring executive spoke to us from the rooftop garden of his sleek office in the Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Gan – only a few blocks from the Costa Rican Embassy (it was moved here in 2006 from Jerusalem on orders of then-President Óscar Arias).

Rodrigo X. Carreras, Costa Rica’s ambassador here, estimated that about 300 fellow citizens – most, though not all of them Jews – reside in the Jewish state. Some of these non-Jews are employees of computer giant Intel Corp., which has manufacturing operations in both countries, while others married Israelis who were vacationing in Costa Rica and decided to join their spouses here.

Once in a while, everyone gets together. During the recent World Cup, Israelsky was in charge of rounding up as many Costa Ricans as possible to watch the semifinal against Holland. On July 5, about 250 of them converged on Shalvata, a restaurant overlooking Tel Aviv’s waterfront – only to watch La Sele – Costa Rica’s beloved national football team – lose to the Dutch in a penalty shootout after a scoreless game.

The most recent gathering of Ticos in Israel took place on Sept. 15, Costa Rica’s Independence Day. About 40 people enjoyed a picnic organized by Dayan Webb of Kibbutz Nachshon, a rural community of 500 people west of Jerusalem.

“I really like it here,” said Webb, who first came to Israel in 2000 as a volunteer. During her year and a half at Nachshon, she met an Israeli man named Nimrod and eventually married him. The newlyweds moved to San José, but by 2007 they had enough of Costa Rica’s crime and insecurity, and decided to settle in Israel permanently.

Today, the 40-year-old mother of three manages Latin American, European and Asian sales for a kibbutz-owned company that manufactures aseptic bags for the liquid packaging industry. Her husband is a pastry chef at a restaurant near Tel Aviv.

“Even with the wars, I feel more secure here than in Costa Rica. I know that no one will break into my house,” she said. “My kids can play outside and I’m not worried about someone stealing them. This is my home now. I would never think about moving back to Costa Rica.”

Neither would Frida Grynspan, vice president of research and development and site manager for Stem Cell Medicine, an Israeli biotech company that focuses on personalized medical treatments based on cell therapy.

“There are lots of similarities between Israel and Costa Rica,” said Grynspan, who – like Ambassador Carreras – lives in the Jerusalem suburb of Mevasseret Zion. “Israel has a very large, middle-class, educated population, and in Costa Rica, it’s the same. Both countries have great universities, and large extended families.”

Grynspan, a descendant of Polish Holocaust survivors who settled in Costa Rica after World War II, grew up in the Caribbean slope town of Turrialba, where there were only three Jewish families. At 17, she moved to Israel, earning a degree in chemistry from Hebrew University. Grynspan later received a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a post-doctoral degree from Harvard Medical School.

She eventually married José Gottlieb, who became Yosef Gottlieb upon their return to Israel in late 1996.

“When I was in Costa Rica, I was associated with being Jewish. You come here and you’re Latina. But in my heart, I never left Costa Rica,” said the lifelong Zionist. “Remember, I came here to study science, and the education I got in Costa Rica was at a very high level, sufficient to compete against people who came from Russia. My kids love Costa Rica and we go there every chance we can.”

The biologist comes from a politically prominent family back home. Her sister, Rebecca Grynspan – vice president of Costa Rica from 1994 to 1998 – was the first Jew ever to occupy that position; she now heads the Madrid-based Secretaría General Iberoamericana. And her brother-in-law, Saul Weisleder, was president of Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly from 1997 to 1998.

Young Ticos living in Israel enjoy an Independence Day picnic on Sept. 15, 2014 at Kibbutz Nachshon, west of Jerusalem.

Larry Luxner/The Tico Times

As much as she loves Israel, life here isn’t easy – especially during a war. Her 23-year-old daughter Tali recently finished army service, and her 22-year-old son Amihai is an officer in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

Grynspan said the situation took a turn for the worse in 2005, when the late Ariel Sharon unilaterally withdrew Israeli military forces from the Gaza Strip – and Hamas wrested control of Gaza and its 1.7 million inhabitants. Soon the terrorist group began showering nearby Israeli towns and settlements with rockets – effectively souring the Israeli public on the idea of further territorial compromise with the Palestinians.

“That disengagement from Gaza destroyed the peace movement for a while. It was difficult and painful, and I expected that afterwards, it would be reciprocated with goodwill from the Palestinians,” said Grynspan.

The most recent war, fought this summer, left 72 Israelis and 2,143 Palestinians dead, and much of Gaza’s infrastructure in ruins. At an international donor conference earlier this week in Cairo, 50 nations pledged $5.4 billion to rebuild Gaza, with much of that money coming from Qatar, Kuwait, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

While physical damage to Israel was minimal, the war had a psychological impact on thousands of people here, especially those like Grynspan with sons on the front lines.

In addition, she often heard air-raid sirens warning of incoming rockets while driving to her job in nearby Rehovot.

“We’d have to stop the car and lay on the ground,” she recalled. “I’m a very liberal person and I’m in the peace movement, but regardless of our politics, we didn’t initiate this war. My son had three good friends in Gaza. One of them was kidnapped and two of them died, and his officer was killed. So he lost four very good friends in a period of one week.”

She added: “The peace movement has been hit hard, but it will come back. I think we should have a Palestinian state. I believe in a two-state solution. We have to be strong, but if we don’t talk, there will never be peace.”

Hary Pichanski and his wife, Catia Kellerman, are two Costa Rican-born “olim chadashim” who immigrated to Israel in 2009 and live in the extreme northern town of Qiryat Shemona, near Israel’s border with Lebanon.

Larry Luxner/The Tico Times

Up in Qiryat Shemona, Catia and Hary Pinchanski live a stone’s throw from two of Israel’s sworn enemies: Lebanon and Syria. Nevertheless, they’re about to celebrate seven years since Nov. 12, 2007 – the day they and their three sons arrived in Israel.

“It was a family decision,” said Catia, 45, who like her husband grew up in the San José suburb of Rohrmoser. “We sat down with the kids and told them we were going to Israel. They knew they’d have to join the army. It was something we thought a lot about. But seven years later, we see that it was the best decision we could have ever taken in our lives.”

The Pichanski family originally settled in Kfar Giladi – a kibbutz in Israel’s northern Galilee – through an Israeli government-subsidized program for new immigrants called Bayit Rishon Bamoledet (Hebrew for “first home in the homeland”).

“We thought it would be better for the kids to be in a kibbutz than in the middle of a city,” said Catia, who teaches English and Spanish to local residents, among other things. Shortly after their arrival, they relocated to Qiryat Shemona, an outpost of 25,000 located one mile east of Israel’s border with Lebanon, and a few miles south of the Golan Heights, which Israel captured from Syria in 1967 and officially annexed in 1981.

“It’s a beautiful town,” she said. “We don’t lock our doors. My neighbors don’t either. There are no robberies here. It’s like how Costa Rica was years ago.”

Each time the family visits Central America, it requires a trip to Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion International Airport, three hours south. But in 2016, a high-speed train will link Tel Aviv with the northern town of Karmiel, only 40 minutes away – lessening the feeling of isolation that’s long been associated with living in Qiryat Shemona.

The Pichanskis have three sons: Samuel, 22, Avi, 21, and Joshua, 17. All have either served or will serve in the IDF – a duty that may seem jarring to those from a country that abolished its military in 1948, the same year Israel declared independence.

“A lot of Jews in Costa Rica don’t make aliyah because they’re afraid of the army,” said Pichanski. “But my experience is that the army is the best thing that can happen to someone. I know it’s hard, but the army makes kids grow up.”


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The Last couple weeks has been good.  We did start to get a few nice tuna, but there still not here in full forcé.  The marlín bite was great for a couple weeks, but that slowed down a bit over the last week.  we have had very good luck around the islands and have caught plenty of big roosters and snapper along with many other types of fish.

I have made a bit of progress on expanding my marina,  my permission finally came out for me to build a gas station.  I hope to start building in the next month.  We will be selling Gas to Boats from the end of our dock and also cars and trucks that pass on the road.

Hope to see you here this year for the Best and the Biggest Fishing in Panama and all of Central America.

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Panama Canal Information and Tours


Live web-Cam of the Panama Canal

The history of the Panama Canal goes back to 16th century. After realizing the riches of Peru, Ecuador, and Asia, and counting the time it took the gold to reach the ports of Spain, it was suggested c.1524 to Charles V, that by cutting out a piece of land somewhere in Panama, the trips would be made shorter and the risk of taking the treasures through the isthmus would justify such an enterprise. A survey of the isthmus was ordered and subsequently a working plan for a canal was drawn up in 1529. The wars in Europe and the thirsts for the control of kingdoms in the Mediterranean Sea simply put the project on permanent hold.
The length of the Panama Canal is approximately 51 miles. A trip along the canal from its Atlantic entrance would take you through a 7 mile dredged channel in Limón Bay. The canal then proceeds for a distance of 11.5 miles to the Gatun Locks. This series of three locks raise ships 26 meters to Gatun Lake. It continues south through a channel in Gatun Lake for 32 miles to Gamboa, where the Culebra Cut begins. This channel through the cut is 8 miles long and 150 meters wide. At the end of this cut are the locks at Pedro Miguel. The Pedro Miguel locks lower ships 9.4 meters to a lake which then takes you to the Miraflores Locks which lower ships 16 meters to sea level at the canals Pacific terminus in the bay of Panama. A pictorial view of the canals route can be seen below. Panama Canal Tours by Panama Travel Unlimited

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Enjoy the ParadiseThe San Blas Day Tour
Don’t have the time to stay overnight in the San Blas islands, spend an unbeatable day in San Blas for $135pp, which includes everything apart from some San Blas taxes $10-12pp. The San Blas Day Tour can be arranged at short notice for any day of the week. We suggest you book at least a few days in advance to be assured a spot. Transport to the San Blas Islands leaves Panama City at 5 am every morning and you will usually be back in Panama City by 7pm.
Enjoy the ParadiseEmbera Village Tour
The best value Embera Indian village tour in Panama at $110pp. Visit the traditional Embera Indians in their village less than an hours drive from Panama City. Experience a whole new world you never knew existed as you learn about the Indigenous Embera Indian culture and enjoy the river cruise in traditional canoe and the traditional dances will bring a smile to your face. This is a spectacular insight into the rich Embera Indian culture and many peoples highlight in Panama.
Enjoy the ParadiseUltimate San Blas Tour
This has fast become the most popular tour in the San Blas islands standard tour length is 2 nights and 3 days, but alternative lengths available. It will include 4×4 to and from Panama city, accommodation and food as well as daily tours to one possibly 2 Islands and maybe visit a community. We include snorkel gear, Kayaks, volleyball, football and boogie boards.
Enjoy the ParadisePanama City Half Day Tour
Between 6-7 hours and visits Casco Viejo, Panama Viejo, the Amador Causeway and the Miraflores locks at the Panama Canal while passing the Panama Canal administration building. We’ll also stop for the opportunity to purchase local handicrafts at the market in Ancon. Our itinerary will vary as we try to make sure we’re at the canal to see a large ship passing through the locks. The Miraflores locks has a museum and visitors centre and is a great experience.
Enjoy the ParadiseShuttle Service
Our shuttle bus and driver will meet you at the Tocumen International airport and transfer you to your Panama City hotel for the best price of any private shuttle service in Panama City. Tocumen airport is approximately 30-45 minutes from Panama City and thus a safe air-conditioned shuttle is a welcome sight after a long flight. We also offer private shuttles to many other locations including Decameron Beach resort and other Pacific Resorts, Colon Port, Portobelo, Isla Grande as well as The Azuero Peninsula (Pedasi, Playa Venao). We cannot be beaten on price and service.

Panama Canal Partial Transit Tour
See for yourself how the Panama Canal works as you transit the Miraflores Locks, one of three locks used along the canal. The construction of the canal was one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken at the time, and it made an enormous impact on shipping in the region. This is an amazing sightseeing cruise not to be missed!*From $115pp

Isis or Isil may be hiding in your neighborhood waiting to strike a blow against anyone is in their words is a Non-Believer and that means you are their target.

Isis or Isil may be hiding in your neighborhood waiting to strike a blow against anyone is in their words is a Non-Believer and that means you are their target.

The picture above is what the profit Muhammad was supposed to look like but this is really what he looked like below with a 10 year old bride about to be raped, by the Profit Muhamad


This is true Islam and what almost every Muslim believes, death to anyone who does not follow the teaching of the profit Muhammad.

The law of Islam also know as Sharia Law.

Convert or Kill anyone who does not believe in Islam,

You may kill and kidnap their women and make their women your wives up to 4 women per man.

You will treat your women as if you own them, like sheep or camels.

If your women disobeys you, you must kill her to keep your other wive in line.

You can steal, kidnap or buy a women, but she must be over the age of 10 years old to marry her, because if you rape a women under 10 years of age you will end up killing her while making her have sex with you.

Although the profit Muhammad had fifty wives in his harem that ranged from 6 years old all the ones under 10 years died during sex with him, so in his teaching he lets you know not to do this.


Islam in a Nutshell – Scary stuff!

Islam in a Nutshell

What is the greatest threat to our western civilization?
Islam is not a religion, nor is it a cult. In its fullest form, it
is a
complete, total, 100% system of life. Islam has religious, legal,
economic, social, and military components. The religious component is a
beard for all of the other components.

Islamization begins when there are sufficient Muslims in a country to
agitate for their religious privileges.

When politically correct, tolerant, and culturally diverse societies
to Muslim demands for their religious privileges, some of the other
components tend to creep in as well.

Here’s how it works:
As long as the Muslim population remains around or under 2% in any given
country, they will be for the most part be regarded as a peace-loving
minority, and not as a threat to other citizens. This is the case in:

United States — Muslim 0.6%
Australia — Muslim 1.5%
Canada — Muslim 1.9%
China — Muslim 1.8%
Italy — Muslim 1.5%
Norway — Muslim 1.8%

At 2% to 5%, they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and
disaffected groups, often with major recruiting from the jails and among
street gangs. This is happening in:

Denmark — Muslim 2%
Germany — Muslim 3.7%
United Kingdom — Muslim 2.7%
Spain — Muslim 4%
Thailand — Muslim 4.6%

From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to
percentage of the population. For example, they will push for the
introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby
food preparation jobs for Muslims They will increase pressure on
chains to feature halal on their shelves — along with threats for
to comply. This is occurring in:
France — Muslim 8%
Philippines — Muslim 5%
Sweden — Muslim 5%
Switzerland — Muslim 4.3%
The Netherlands — Muslim 5.5%
Trinidad & Tobago — Muslim 5.8%

At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow
them to
rule themselves (within their ghettos) under Sharia, the Islamic Law.
ultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the entire

When Muslims approach 10% of the population, they tend to increase
lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions. In Paris ,
are already seeing car-burnings. . Any non-Muslim action offends Islam
results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam , with
opposition to
Mohammed cartoons and films about Islam. Such tensions are seen daily,
particularly in Muslim sections in:

Guyana — Muslim 10%
India — Muslim 13.4%
Israel — Muslim 16%
Kenya — Muslim 10%
Russia — Muslim 15%

After reaching 20%, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad
formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches
Jewish synagogues, such as in:

Ethiopia — Muslim 32.8%
At 40%, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror
attacks, and
ongoing militia warfare, such as in:
Bosnia — Muslim 40%
Chad — Muslim 53.1%
Lebanon — Muslim 59.7%

From 60%, nations experience unfettered persecution of non-believers
of all
other religions (including non-conforming Muslims), sporadic ethnic
cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and Jizya, the tax
placed on infidels, such as in:

Albania — Muslim 70%
Malaysia — Muslim 60.4%
Qatar — Muslim 77.5%
Sudan — Muslim 70%

After 80%, expect daily intimidation and violent jihad, some State-run
ethnic cleansing, and even some genocide, as these nations drive out the
infidels, and move toward 100% Muslim, such as has been experienced
and is
on-going in:

Bangladesh — Muslim 83%
Egypt — Muslim 90%
Gaza — Muslim 98.7%
Indonesia — Muslim 86.1%
Iran — Muslim 98%
Iraq — Muslim 97%
Jordan — Muslim 92%
Morocco — Muslim 98.7%
Pakistan — Muslim 97%
Palestine — Muslim 99%
Syria — Muslim 90%
Tajikistan — Muslim 90%
Turkey — Muslim 99.8%
United Arab Emirates — Muslim 96%

100% will usher in the peace of ‘Dar-es-Salaam’ — the Islamic House of
Peace. Here there’s supposed to be peace, because everybody is a
Muslim, the
Madrasses are the only schools, and the Koran is the only word, such
as in:

Afghanistan — Muslim 100%
Saudi Arabia — Muslim 100%
Somalia — Muslim 100%
Yemen — Muslim 100%

Unfortunately, peace is never achieved, as in these 100% states the most
radical Muslims intimidate and spew hatred, and satisfy their blood
lust by
killing less radical Muslims, for a variety of reasons.

‘Before I was nine, I had learned the basic canon of Arab life. It was
against my brother; me and my brother against our father; my family
my cousins and the clan; the clan against the tribe; the tribe against
world, and all of us against the infidel’. — Leon Uris, ‘The Haj’

It is important to understand that in some countries, with well under
Muslim populations, such as France, the minority Muslim populations
live in
ghettos, within which they are 100% Muslim, and within which they live
Sharia Law. The national police do not even enter these ghettos. There
no national courts, nor schools, nor non-Muslim religious facilities. In
such situations, Muslims do not integrate into the community at large.
children attend madrasses.
They learn only the Koran. To even associate with an infidel is a crime
punishable with death. Therefore, in some areas of certain nations,
Imams and extremists exercise more power than the national average would

Today’s 1.5 billion Muslims make up 22% of the world’s population. But
birth rates are higher than the birth rates of Christians, Hindus,
Buddhists, Jews, and all other believers. Muslims will exceed 50% of the
world’s population by the end of this century.

Well, boys and girls, today we are letting the fox guard the henhouse.
The wolves will be herding the sheep!

NOTE: Has anyone ever heard a new government official being identified
as a
devout Catholic, a devout Jew or a devout Protestant…? Just wondering.

Devout Muslims being appointed to critical Homeland Security positions?
Doesn’t this make you feel safer already??
That should make the United States much safer, huh!! Was it not “Devout
Muslim men” that flew planes into U.S. buildings only 10 years ago?

We must never forget this. Was it not a Devout Muslim man who killed
13 at Fort Hood ? (He killed “From within” -don’t forget that).

Also: This is very interesting and we all need to read it from start to
finish. Maybe this is why our American Muslims are so quiet and not
out about any atrocities. Can a good Muslim be a good American? This
question was forwarded to a friend who worked in Saudi Arabia for 20
The following is his reply:

Theologically – no. Because his allegiance is to Allah, The moon God of

Religiously – no. Because no other religion is accepted by His Allah
Islam (Quran, 2:256)(Koran)

Scripturally – no. Because his allegiance is to the five Pillars of
and the Quran.

Geographically – no. Because his allegiance is to Mecca , to which he
in prayer five times a day.

Socially – no. Because his allegiance to Islam forbids him to make
with Christians or Jews..

Politically – no. Because he must submit to the mullahs (spiritual
leaders), who teach annihilation of Israel and destruction of
America , the
great Satan.

Domestically – no. Because he is instructed to marry four Women and
and scourge his wife when she disobeys him (Quran 4:34)

Intellectually – no. Because he cannot accept the American Constitution
since it is based on Biblical principles and he believes the Bible to be

Philosophically – no. Because Islam, Muhammad, and the Quran do not
freedom of religion and expression. Democracy and Islam cannot co-exist.
Every Muslim government is either dictatorial or autocratic.

Spiritually – no. Because when we declare ‘one nation under God,’ the
Christian’s God is loving and kind, while Allah is NEVER referred to as
Heavenly father, nor is he ever called love in The Quran’s 99 excellent

Therefore, after much study and deliberation… Perhaps we should be
suspicious of ALL MUSLIMS in this country. – – – They obviously cannot
both ‘good’ Muslims and good Americans. Call it what you wish, it’s
the truth. You had better believe it. The more who understand this, the
better it will be for our country and our future.
The religious war is bigger than we know or understand.

Can a Muslim be a good soldier???

Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, opened fire at Ft. Hood and Killed 13.
He is a good Muslim!!!
Footnote: The Muslims have said they will destroy us from within. SO
Please don’t delete this until you send it on.

Building the Beach Community, Panama

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Written by Kara Patrick
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Model Ania Moreno on the beach in Coronado

Model Ania Moreno on the beach in Coronado

Until recently, the expat community in the Pacific beach neighborhoods has been primarily made up of retirees. In the last 5 years a younger demographic has begun to arrive, and their needs are different than those who came before.

Many of the new residents have young children and seek social networks beyond what the beach community already offers. While “happy hours” have been the forerunner in community connection, there is now a growing need for more family oriented functions. Parents want events where their kids can meet other kids, they can connect with other parents, and spend quality family time.

The first institutions to act on the needs of young families were, naturally, the schools. The three International schools in the area, Panama Coast International School, Coronado International School and Five Stars Academy, offer a variety of kid friendly initiatives.

Coronado International School (CIS) offers dance, soccer, and music programs that are open to children in various age groups. This year CIS will also introduce parent and student councils, as well as a recycling program in their school cafeteria.

Students at Five Stars continue to nurture a school garden. They also offer ocean familiarity programs such as swimming and surfing as part of their extra curricular activities.

Panama Coast International School (PCIS) is in the final stages of completing their open-air performing arts center. The center will include a stage to host student performances, as well as fairs. This year PCIS will hold their third annual Science Fair and their first annual History Fair. Also new for students this year, are the tennis, golf and swim teams.

Schools are not the only organizations making strides to develop family friendly community programs. Parents who own local businesses have also been organizing events with kids and parents in mind. Last month United Country organized their first Family Beach Day.

We spoke to Marla and Roberto Diaz, owners of United Country Real Estate, about the event. Marla explained that the activity was created as an opportunity for not only parents and their children, but also anyone looking to take advantage of the Pacific playground in our backyard. Being avid surfers and business owners with a wholesome outlook on life, Roberto and Marla wanted a non-happy hour event that the community could be involved with. On family beach days, free surf lessons are also offered. Participants are requested to do their part to keep the beach clean, and leave with one bag of trash.

There are two Family Beach Days scheduled for October: Saturday Oct. 11 and Saturday Oct 25 – both start at 10:00 a.m. Currently the venue is Playa Serena in Coronado, but it is subject to change based on the surf conditions. For up to date information visit the PlayaCommunity events page, The Coronado Family Surf Facebook group, or email:

UPDATE: There will be a Family Beach Day on Friday October 3 at 4:00 p.m. the location will be Playa Serena

Surfing Bocas del Toro

Shopping Guide For Panama




by Okke Ornstein

Why do I do what I do? Because I want to be stinkin’ rich and famous. Just kidding—I’ve never heard anyone say they get into public interest media projects to make a mint or claim a slice of celebrityhood. I’m a journalist because social injustices drive me nuts. I’m a storyteller because I like to provoke and entertain.

Engaged, media savvy audiences appreciate being well-informed, and they generally trust the press that gets it right. Here’s our chance to get it right together, with original and impactful work that holds immense entertainment value—even when the subjects are serious or difficult.

I’m currently overseeing the documentary project below; documentary photography about the Ngobe indigenous people of Panama, for a photo book. It’s important for historical and cultural reasons, and without your support, this story would forever be lost. Thanks for your generous contribution!

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Ngobe documentary photo project

I first met the Ngobe indigenous population in Panama when I produced a radio documentary about a hydroelectric dam that is being built on their territory. While doing research for that radio piece, I noticed how little was actually documented about the Ngobe, their culture, the way they live, and their history. That prompted me to launch a photo project. I want to spend a considerable amount of time in the “comarca” to take pictures and document this piece of indigenous Latin America. Unfortunately, this is not a project that I can do just on the side. It involves travel, extra gear, and the Ngobe comarca is difficult to move around in. That’s why I’m counting on your donations to make this project possible. The end result will be a photo book. Depending on the amount you donate, I’ll give you either a copy of the book or a fine art print of your favorite photograph in return. A kickstarter funding campaign is in the works. Meanwhile, you can donate by clicking on the photo.

What Spain reads about Panama these days

by Eric Jackson

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Unpopular austerity measures at a time when a quarter of Spain’s work force is unemployed form the explosive backdrop for two deepening political scandals, one about kickbacks mainly from the large-scale construction industry that appear to have ended up in a slush fund for the benefit of Spain’s ruling Partido Popular and the other about an allegedly sticky-fingered duke, the king’s son-in-law. People who are suffering don’t want to hear about the peculations and graft of those whose “regular” maintenance they pay through taxes, and the seething popular anger may oblige King Juan Carlos to abdicate. There are also huge and sometimes violent demonstrations outside the Parliament and the offices of the ruling conservative Partido Popular, but polls suggest that for the time being Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is slightly more popular than the opposition Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE), which get a most of the public blame for the economic collapse and a good share of the blame for the corruption. At the epicenter of the allegations against the ruling party is its former treasurer Luis Bárcenas, while the royal family’s problems center on but are increasingly less limited to Iñaki Urdangarín, the former Olympian who is married to the king’s younger daughter, the Infanta Cristina. It turns out that large sums of money, the alleged graft that went through Bárcenas ultimately to Partido Popular politicians and the proceeds of frauds against the rregionalgovernments of Catalonia and Valencia that went through the Noos Foundation and ultimately to the duke, washed through some of the same Panamanian corporations that were used as money laundering shells.

So in Spain these days, what is being cast in the public eye about Panama is this:

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Why Panama?

One of the lowest costs of living for foreigners.

The great comfort of having the American dollar as currency.

The best program of benefits for retirees in the world.

The country has world class attractions, a vibrant city, Miami style, exotic rainforests, beautiful mountain refuges in the perfect climate, premier golf, diving, fishing, islands and beaches on both the Pacific and the Atlantic. With all that and more, you will never be bored.

Advantages of living in Panama

-An investor friendly state or foreign retiree.

‘The fastest growing economy in the Americas.

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‘The Panamanian people are “globalized” peaceful, friendly and fun.

Systems of reliable transport from paved roads to public transport.

Health-services and high quality medical care at affordable prices.

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Numerous publications have declared the United States to Panama as one of the best places in the world to retire and for many reasons! Enter to discover useful information in preparing the best retirement program. You will enjoy a fast, secure, fun and unforgettable experience full retired THE REPUBLIC OF PANAMA .

Why is the United States giving Terrorist Hamas-Isis Palestinians 200 million dollars

Palestinians go fuck yourself up the ass with a pig sausage.

Egypt asked ISRAEL To suck cock and bend over. and the United States kicks in $200,000,000.00 to aid Isis Palestinians Terrorists.  

Cairo (AFP) – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi urged Israel to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians as an international donor conference opened in Cairo on Sunday to raise funds for Gaza.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has asked for $4 billion (3.2 billion euros) to reconstruct the Gaza Strip, devastated during a 50-day conflict between Israel and Hamas militants in July and August.

Donors are wary of committing large funds in the absence of a permanent peace treaty, with Gaza having undergone three destructive conflicts in six years.

“I call on the Israeli people and the government: now is the time to end the conflict… so that prosperity prevails, so that we all can have peace and security,” Sisi said in his opening remarks.

PA president Mahmoud Abbas repeated his calls for an internationally set timeframe for establishing a Palestinian state, telling the global envoys in attendance that the latest conflict had destroyed government institutions in Gaza.

“Gaza has suffered three wars in six years. Entire neighbourhoods have been destroyed… There is a tangible need for funds to bring back government institutions, because they have all been destroyed,” Abbas said.

“There must be a new international approach to resolve the Palestinian-Isis-Terrorist, Israeli conflict,” he added.

“More than ever, the international community needs to support our attempt for a UN Security Council resolution to set a deadline to end the occupation.”

Abbas and his Islamist Hamas rivals in Gaza have agreed on a unity government which convened last week for the first time in the enclave.

Egypt has said the conference will also try to shore up the PA in Gaza, seen as a key condition to allow aid into the Israeli-blockaded territory.

Israel, the United States and the European Union have designated Hamas, which has ruled the strip since 2007, as a terrorist group that is now fighting along with Isis, in fact 50% of Isis fighters are Palestinian hamas terrorists.

Palestinians fire Saudi Arabian Rockets at Israel and declare war on all the Jews of the World

Palestinians with Saudi Arabian Missiles, attack Israel after declaring war against all the Jews in the World

Palestinians with Saudi Arabian Missiles, attack Israel after declaring war against all the Jews in the World

Palestinians shoot Saudi Arabian Missiles at Israel in an attempt to Kill Jews

Palestinians shoot Saudi Arabian Missiles at Israel in an attempt to Kill Jews

ISIS jihadists execute four women in northern Iraq and show the true face of Islam

Baghdad (AFP) – The Islamic State group has executed at least four women, including two doctors and a politician, in their northern Iraq strongholds this month, relatives and rights activists said on Saturday.

In the IS hub of Mosul, the jihadists executed three women on Wednesday including two doctors, Hanaa Edwar, a human rights activist who heads the Al-Amal organisation, said.

A medical source in Mosul confirmed their deaths and named the two doctors as Maha Sabhan and Lamia Ismail. The third woman was a law graduate.

On October 5, Iman Mohammed Yunus, a former Sunni parliamentarian from the Iraq Turkmen Front in the city of Tal Afar, farther west towards the Syrian border, was also executed.

“They took her from her home last month and called her family this week to say that she had been executed,” said Ali al-Bayati, who runs a foundation supporting the rights of Iraq’s Turkmen minority.

“Then they dumped her body in a water well outside Tal Afar,” he said.

According to Edwar, who confirmed Yunus’ execution, at least four other women were executed by IS militants in the Mosul area in recent weeks.

Among them were a former candidate for the local council and an academic.

“Women are easy targets for them. Many of the rights activists from Mosul ran away but some of the women among them had to stay with their children,” Edwar said.

IS militants have controlled Mosul since June 10, the second day of a major offensive that saw jihadist fighters seize swathes of land in five Iraqi provinces.

They have used the city, Iraq’s second largest, as a de facto capital for the Iraqi half of the “caliphate” which their leadership proclaimed in June and also includes large parts of Syria.

“After going after the ethnic and religious minorities, they are now hunting down Sunni members of civil society groups and anyone remotely connected with the government,” Edwar said.

She said IS was probably trying to sow maximum fear among the population by openly targeting women.

“When you abduct and kill women, you are really spreading horror,” she said.

On September 22, IS executed a women’s rights activist, Samira Saleh al-Nuaimi, reportedly because she had condemned the demolition of heritage sites by IS on social media.

Edwar also said two men, a judge and a deputy prosecutor, had been executed over the past two weeks.

A source at the Mosul morgue confirmed that their bodies had been brought in earlier this month.

Young Girls raped by Palestinians fighting along with ISIS and made Sex Slaves


Horror stories about multiple rapes of women in both Syria and Iraq told by thousands!

MAQLUBA, Iraq (AP) — The young Yazidi girl rocked apprehensively as she described the ordeal that took her from her family, snatched from her home by militants in Iraq, then sold as a slave in Syria before finally escaping to Turkey.


The 15-year-old is now with what is left of her family — two of her brothers and some more distant relatives — living in a makeshift roadside shelter in this tiny village in northern Iraq, along with other families shattered by the onslaught from the Islamic State militant group.

Her two sisters remain in the militants’ hands, and her father, other brothers and other male relatives have vanished, their fates unknown.

The girl was among hundreds of women and girls from the Yazidi religious minority captured by Islamic State fighters in early August when the militants overran her hometown of Sinjar in northwestern Iraq. Hundreds were killed in the attack, and tens of thousands fled for their lives, most to the Kurdish-held parts of northern Iraq.

Iraq’s Human Rights Ministry said at the time that hundreds of women were abducted by the militants, who consider the Yazidis a heretical sect.

The Associated Press spoke to the girl and several other young women who escaped captivity by the Islamic State group. While specifics of their stories could not be independently confirmed, they reflected circumstances reported by the United Nations last month.

They each independently painted a similar picture of how the militants scattered them around the broad swath of territory controlled by the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq and sold the girls to the group’s foreign fighters or other supporters for “marriage.”

For weeks after being snatched from Sinjar, the 15-year-old girl and two of her sisters were shifted from one place to another, she said. The AP does not identify victims of abuse, and the girl also did not want to be named for fear of reprisals against her relatives still being held by the militants.

As she told her story, the girl rubbed her hands and avoided eye contact. But she spoke decisively and clearly, never hesitating when asked questions. She asked her relatives to leave the room, saying she was more comfortable speaking alone.

First, she said, she and other girls were taken to the nearby town of Tal Afar, where she was kept in the Badosh Prison. When U.S. airstrikes began around the town, the militants took her and many other girls with them to the Islamic State group’s biggest stronghold, Mosul, in northern Iraq.

From the city of Mosul, she and her sisters were taken to the militants’ de facto capital, the Syrian city of Raqqa. There they were held in a house with other abducted girls.

“They took girls to Syria to sell them,” she said, her body shyly hunched over as she spoke. “I was sold in Syria. I stayed about five days with my two sisters, then one of my sisters was sold and taken (back) to Mosul, and I remained in Syria.”

In Raqqa, she said, she was first raped and married off to a Palestinian man. She claims she shot him, saying the Palestinian’s Iraqi housekeeper who was in a dispute with the man helped her by giving her a gun. She fled, but she had nowhere to run. So she went to the only place she knew, she said — the house where she was first held with the other girls in Raqqa.

There, the militants did not recognize her and sold her off again — for $1,000 to a Saudi fighter, she said. The Saudi militant took her to a house where he lived with other fighters.

“He told me, ‘I’m going to change your name to Abeer, so your mother doesn’t recognize you,'” she said. “You’ll become Muslim, then I will marry you. But I refused to become a Muslim and that’s why I fled.

She said she saw the fighters at time taking a powdered drug. So she poured it into tea she served to the Saudi and the other men, causing them to fall asleep. Then she fled the house.

She found a man who would drive her to Turkey to meet her brother. Her brother then borrowed $2,000 from friends to pay a smuggler to get them both back to Iraq. They ended up in Maqluba, a tiny roadside hamlet just outside the Kurdish city of Dahuk, where several other Yazidi families are staying.

The other women who spoke to The AP described difficult conditions, where the militant fighters would deprive them of enough food, water or even a place to sit. They all reported having seen dozens of other Yazidi women and children as young as 5-years old in captivity, and they all said that they have relatives who are still missing.

Amsha Ali, a 19-year-old, said she was taken from Sinjar to Mosul. Ali was around six months pregnant at the time. The last she saw of her husband and other men in her family as she was being dragged off, was the scene of the militants forcing them to lie on the ground, apparently to shoot them. Ali agreed to be identified, saying she wanted the ordeals of the women to be known.

In Mosul, she said, she and other women were taken to a house full of Islamic State fighters to be married off. “Each of them took one of us for themselves,” she said. She too was given to a fighter. She said she was never raped by the man — likely because of her pregnancy, she said — but she witnessed other girls being raped.

After several weeks, she was able to slip out of a bathroom window at night and escape. A Mosul resident who found her in the streets helped her get out of the city to nearby Kurdish territory on Aug. 28, she said. She said she tried to convince other women to flee with her, but they were too afraid. “Because they were so terrified, they are left there and now I know nothing about them,” she said.

Now Ali is with her father and a surviving sister living in an unfinished building in the town of Sharia, where some 5,000 Yazidi refugees live, also near Dahuk.

“The killing was not the hardest thing for me,” she said of seeing fellow Yazidis slain in the assault on Sinjar. “Even though they forced my husband, brother-in-law and father-in-law on the ground to be murdered — it was painful — but marrying (the militant) was the worst. It was hardest thing for me.”

Panama Inaugurates Frank Gehry Designed Museum in Panama City

PANAMA CITY (AP) and Yahoo News — After years of delays, Panama has inaugurated a museum designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry that officials hope will become a cultural landmark and symbolize the country’s recent economic ascent.

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Panama inaugurates Frank Gehry-designed museum


The Biomuseo at the Pacific Ocean gateway to the Panama Canal celebrates the isthmus’ history not as a crossroads of trade but as one of the world’s most-diverse ecosystems, with more bird, mammal and reptile species than the United States and Canada combined. The museum’s eight galleries trace Panama’s natural history dating back to its geological formation 3 million years ago.

The Los Angeles-based architect is married to a Panamanian and chose his wife’s homeland for his first design in Latin America. He previously worked as an engineering adviser on the construction of Mexico City’s Soumaya museum, which houses an art collection of billionaire Carlos Slim.

Panama inaugurates Frank Gehry-designed museum

Gehry, 85, wasn’t present Tuesday for the museum’s inauguration by President Juan Carlos Varela and several of the country’s business and political leaders. It opens to the public on Thursday.

The museum bears Gehry’s trademark metallic curves and canopies, made famous by the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. But it’s painted in bright pastels to reflect its tropical setting.

The project has suffered numerous setbacks since it was conceived in 1999, shortly after Panama took over control of the U.S.-built canal.

Originally budgeted at $40 million and expected to be completed within a few years, construction was halted from 2005 to 2007 after then-President Martin Torrijos pulled government financing for the project.

Panama inaugurates Frank Gehry-designed museum

His successor, Ricardo Martinelli, resumed government support. But the final cost surged to around $100 million, making it a symbol to critics of the uncontrolled spending and widespread corruption that has marred the country’s reputation for economic growth fueled by a government-led construction boom.


The Panama Pacifico International Airport, Cheap Airfare, located in the former military base of Howard

The first low-cost international airport in Panama
Sept 11th, 2014


The Panama Pacifico International Airport, located in the former military base of Howard, has taken its first steps to become the first terminal in the region to serve low-cost airlines. From the beginning of August, 11 international flights will be departing from there to Colombia.

Rosa Muñoz, Panama Pacifico Airport director, said that she was very proud to have the first commercial airline, VivaColombia, using this terminal and that it took a lot of work to achieve this goal.

Panama Pacifico Airport
Panama Pacifico Airport.
Talking about the possibility of other airlines utilizing the airport, Muñoz said: “Our intention is for the Panama Pacifico terminal to become a complement of the main airport, Tocumen International. After all, this is the first low-cost airport of the region. It is also expected to be used by cargo airlines, because it is in the middle of the Panama Pacifico economic zone.”

The airport underwent a two-year renovation at a cost of $950,000 and now has customs, a new terminal and one of the best runways in the country, capable of receiving 757 aircraft. So far, the airport has received private and charter planes, but the main objective at the moment is to attract other commercial airlines that could take advantage of its proximity to the Colon Free Zone, Panama City and the Pacific beaches.
Panama Pacifico Airport



Panama’s Fish Exports Grow

Panama’s Fish Exports Grow

Sales of shrimp, shrimp larvae, fish meal and fish oil showed the largest growth of total exports from Panama in the first half of 2014.

Between January and June exports of fish and aquaculture industry products were those that showed the best performance, well above traditional exports such as watermelon and pineapple, whose foreign sales decreased by 4% and 24% respectively, compared with the same period of 2013.

Shrimp and shrimp larvae exports increased by 48.9% and 197% respectively, while sales of frozen yellowfin tuna, fresh fish and fish fillets grew by 66.9%.

Panama seafood report 2014

Exports of fish meal and oil, another important category within the fishing sector, increased five-fold between the first half of 2013 and the same period in 2014, according to figures from the Comptroller’s Office of Panama.

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New Ferry Go’s to the Perlas Islands From Panama City

New Ferry Go’s to the Perlas Islands From Panama City

It’s faster, It’s luxurious

The new Island Express III arrived this month in Panama to ferry passengers from Panama City to the Pearl Islands. “It is brand new, from Washington State,” said Claudio Caicedo, Sea Las Perlas Operations Manager.

new Sea Las Perlas Island Express III

“It’s top of the line, with nice cushioned aircraft seating and it’s faster than the other ferries in the fleet.” said Captain Randy Rickson.

“Powered by two 500hp Iveco diesel engines, we do 30 knots whereas the other ferries in the line do 20 and 22 knots,” said Rickson. “So we get to the nearest Pearl Island destinations in an hour and 25 minutes versus an hour and 45 minutes. Because the 92-passenger vessel is longer and wider, the ride is smoother.”

Cap. Randy Rickson

Rickson said Sea Las Perlas owner Sonny Eymann is already building Island Express IV. “We are improving the Las Perlas fleet with new boats, said Rickson, “We’re constantly seeking to upgrade the passenger experience.”

Riding on bench seats on the stern deck is a thing of the past. On the Island Express III, the stern deck is set up like a cruise ship with colorful deck chairs and plenty of walk-around space. Inside there is airplane-style theater seating, three-foot wide aisles, and spaces behind bulkheads where people can move around freely without tripping over luggage or feet. You will hear safety announcements, reminiscent of pre-flight airline announcements, with popular and Caribbean music piped in once the vessel is underway.


Expanded views

On older ferries, the ship’s captain station obstructed passenger views across the bow. The Island Express III’s wheelhouse is one flight up from the passenger cabin. That opens up the forward-looking seascape view to seated passengers.

Passage on the new Sea Las Perlas Island Express III, which departs from the Balboa Yacht Club Marina in Panama City, can be booked through their website

It’s faster, It’s luxurious

The new Island Express III arrived this month in Panama to ferry passengers from Panama City to the Pearl Islands. “It is brand new, from Washington State,” said Claudio Caicedo, Sea Las Perlas Operations Manager.

new Sea Las Perlas Island Express III

“It’s top of the line, with nice cushioned aircraft seating and it’s faster than the other ferries in the fleet.” said Captain Randy Rickson.

“Powered by two 500hp Iveco diesel engines, we do 30 knots whereas the other ferries in the line do 20 and 22 knots,” said Rickson. “So we get to the nearest Pearl Island destinations in an hour and 25 minutes versus an hour and 45 minutes. Because the 92-passenger vessel is longer and wider, the ride is smoother.”

Cap. Randy Rickson

Rickson said Sea Las Perlas owner Sonny Eymann is already building Island Express IV. “We are improving the Las Perlas fleet with new boats, said Rickson, “We’re constantly seeking to upgrade the passenger experience.”

Riding on bench seats on the stern deck is a thing of the past. On the Island Express III, the stern deck is set up like a cruise ship with colorful deck chairs and plenty of walk-around space. Inside there is airplane-style theater seating, three-foot wide aisles, and spaces behind bulkheads where people can move around freely without tripping over luggage or feet. You will hear safety announcements, reminiscent of pre-flight airline announcements, with popular and Caribbean music piped in once the vessel is underway.


Expanded views

On older ferries, the ship’s captain station obstructed passenger views across the bow. The Island Express III’s wheelhouse is one flight up from the passenger cabin. That opens up the forward-looking seascape view to seated passengers.

Passage on the new Sea Las Perlas Island Express III, which departs from the Balboa Yacht Club Marina in Panama City, can be booked through their website