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A euphoric feeling overwhelmed us as we crossed the border into Panama, our last Central American country. After going through the usual and customary process of getting stamped out of Costa Rica and into Panama we felt a calm and relaxing feeling come over us.

Costa Rica was amazing and we began to think how much more could Panama bring. Scott wrote this story I’d like to share with you about our experience in Panama so far, meanwhile I’ve posted a few pics. Enjoy and thanks for following, More photos and updates coming soon.

by Scott Woodhams @ Life all Out


We are so completely enamored and humbled by the people and experiences we get to enjoy along this amazing trip!

Last night was no exception. We found a beautiful property in Panama, that is situated along side a river that spills into the Pacific Ocean. We met the owners of the property, who also run a quaint restaurant that serves gourmet food. The chef has had countless write ups about his culinary skills, and the open air restaurant is visited by many exclusive clients, including the President of Panama.
We had the privilege of enjoying an absolutely amazing meal, with so many fresh, and new ingredients. The flavors culminated exquisitely, on out pallets, to make our taste buds leap with joy!

My favorite was the Ackie, a Jamaican bean/nut style garnishment, on the fresh salad. A-mazing!

After dinner, one of the owners, and souix chef, offered to serenade us. We were absolutely stunned to learn that he is native Panamanian, and is self taught. He has performed for the President and many other dignitaries. He has invitations to take the lead in a production featuring a famous symphony, who invited him in person. His style and range is amazing. Although the songs are in Spanish, we could feel the emotion of each word.

By the end of the evening, he had sang a personal performance exclusively for the four of us, as we ate like Kings (and queens), while the rain poured down outside, adding to the quaintness of our evening.

We learned so much about the Panamanian culture, and had local jokes translated by Roberto.

This remarkable evening came to an end, with us feeling so much closer to and understanding the local culture. People everywhere are so amazing! I’m so thankful, we get to meet, talk, and form our own opinion of other countries, rather than having some slanted, ulterior motive driven media provide it to us. Viva Panama!



Where do I start? I guess at the beginning, so get a cup of coffee or a beer because this is going to be a long post. Starting with the mornings events and working my way backwards is going to be the best way to bring you up to speed. We woke up to the realization that last night there was an earthquake here at Ostional Beach. ” I thought you were goofing off shaking our camper last night” Scott said jokingly. “No, that wasn’t me!” I retorted. About that time our host Gilbert Araya walked up and asked if we felt the earthquake last night. Honestly Tammy and I hadn’t, must have been asleep, but Angela and Scott certainly did. “It was a 2.8” Gilbert grinned, “A baby” he added. “But it certainly stirred up a lot of howler monkeys in the jungle just across the street,  you could hear them for an hour after the shaking” he added. No damage, so all was okay. Welcome to Costa Rica, earthquakes and tremors are a way of life here.

We were staying at Ostional Beach, the number one beach in the world for nesting sea turtles. We couldn’t miss Ostional as we have participated in turtle conservation in Mexico and Florida, and feel very passionate about sea turtles. The night before we went out on the beach to see many turtles come up to nest. Tammy was overwhelmed by emotion actually getting to witness this. As Gilbert, our guide, we were with the number one sea turtle conservationist in the world, it was a memorable experience and very educational. There’s nothing like watching a mother sea turtle labor up on the beach, dig her nest, lay the eggs and then retreat to the sea. It was magical.

We had only planned to stay at Ostional Beach for one night, but the morning of the second day it rained and stormed all morning. When we got on the road to leave we realized we were trapped by ragging waters on both ends of the town. The day we came to town these now rushing and ragging waters were just a small creek we passed over. Not now, there was no way we were leaving. After telling our new friends Gilbert and his wife our goodbyes, we were back in 20 minutes, setting up camp again.


The day prior we stayed at Cabanas y Finca Canas Castilla, which was a great introduction to Costa Rica. Quite magical in it’s own right, we had spider and howler monkeys right over our camper everyday. We also had the opportunity to do some hiking and met a family traveling from California to Argentina. Please follow them, like and share their story We were truly inspired by Malia, Tim, Kalia, Wyatt and Carson…..and their little dog too, Max.

We also experienced a power surge from a 220 volt outlet. Thinking it was a 110 outlet, we connected and 10 minutes later “zap”, the damage was done. While we still have power going to all the electronics in our camper, our converter will not charge the 12v battery. So we are working to overcome this issue now. Stuff happens as they say.

I’m sorry I’m leaving out some details, but I promise I will revisit this part of our “Tales on the Pan Am” and update. Just trying to stay ahead of the curve at this point, as we don’t always have the best internet in which to post. Thanks for following.




Been thinking about your next travel vacation destination? Consider Central America! Now many think about the regulars, Belize, Costa Rica, or Panama to see the canal. Now I can’t argue with you, these are all wonderful spots,but have you giving some thought to Guatemala, tiny El Salvador, Honduras or Nicaragua. Well you should, They’re all very affordable, right under your nose, and a flight less than four hours from most major US cities will get you there. Trust us, take the plunge, pull the trigger, just do it. You’ll thank us. Happy Travels!

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