Monthly Archives: March 2010

Time For Another Warning

Yesterday, I received an email from a gringo living in David. He had just been notified that a friend of his (that lived in Golfito, Costa Rica) had entered Panama at Paso Canoas and after entering Panama had an embolism and was brought to the hospital in David. He died while in Hospital Regional and none of his personal effects identified next of kin.

I contacted the US Embassy and they are working on tracing the next of kin. Following up this morning I went to Hospital Regional and spoke with them. The hospital is very anxious to know what to do with the body. While Hospital Regional has a morgue, it is not efficient and bodies don’t stay fresh long. They need authorization to transport the body to the David Morgue which has 6 refrigerated units.

So the ball is rolling with the Embassy on that one.

While I was talking to the admission office at Hospital Regional, they told me that they had another gringo from Boquete that had been admitted to the hospital. He was brought in alone ( I assume by ambulance) and they also had no next of kin to contact to notify of his condition. I have contacted the US Embassy about him as well.

Here is the warning. Get your passport out and turn to the back of it. It would be wise to write emergency contact information there so that if you wind up in the situation of the two examples above, there is a way for someone to be notified.

Latest ACS Message

Dear Wardens: Please disseminate this message to U.S. citizens in your area. Thank you.


Monday, Tuesday: 8:00 am – 12:00 noon and 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon and 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Friday: Closed

Thank you,

This email is UNCLASSIFIED.

Hotel Ladera Inauguration Party

Last Friday night was the inauguration party for the second opening for Hotel Ladera, in Boquete. The event was to celebrate its reopening following the tremendous flood that had put it out of business.

The event was supposed to begin at 6:00 PM and I arrived about that time. A tremendous amount of work has been done to the hotel and the surrounding area since the flood that had invaded the hotel. The hotel looks spectacular.

As I entered, there was a band playing in the lobby in front of the reception desk. Continue reading Hotel Ladera Inauguration Party

Thief in the Neighborhood?

There has been a potential thief entering a vacant house/yard close to me. The first time, I couldn’t get my camera before he left, but this time I did.

The next time, I will be better prepared.

Here is a photo of him in the yard and getting ready to leave.

Here is another photo of him walking away down the street.

From the vacant house’s yard, he can inspect / case at least three other houses in this area. It might be a scouting expedition. It might be nothing, but he has no business here. Keeping a camera handy to get a photo of any suspicious person is a good idea.

He was in the yard for over 15 minutes. I was waiting to take his photo. We finally got tired of waiting and hollered that we had called the Police. With that, he decided to leave. As he was leaving, I hollered, “Yo tengo su foto”. Maybe he will think before he returns.

For Rent – Cabañas B&B Momentum

I received the following with a request to post.

From……: Ken Neal

Might I post this ad re upcoming low season cabin rental here? Sorry if I am posting this in the wrong spot, but was unable to locate another for submission. Thank you. Ken

Cabañas B&B Momentum offers the quiet, privacy and security of our spectacular 3.85 acre site, at LOW off-season rates. Large, furnished cabins $500 or $600 monthly.  Enjoy our 40’X20,’ heated pool. Work out in the gym. Run/walk along our groomed on-site trail. Fabulous views. Wireless internet. Laundry available. 720-4385

For Sale By Owner in Montanas De Caldera

I just received the following to post:

From……: jeff brown

Less than one year old townhouse in the exclusive Montanas De Caldera development. This townhouse has 2 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths four appliances, fully landscaped, internet wired and also sky tv.

Beautiful views of the valley, from the private balcony off the master bedroom. This home is fully finished and priced to sell, balance of 20 year tax exemption. For more information, please e-mail me at

Gringo Murdered in Algarrobos

The most information on the incident comes from Don Winner’s Panama Guide.

I will paste his post here.

By DON WINNER for – Paul Roger Nunes, a US citizen who recently moved to Panama, was killed this morning in the house he was renting in the Alta Mar #2 development of the Los Algarrobos neighborhood in the town of Dolega of the Chiriquí province, Republic of Panama. Paul Nunes was approximately 65 years old, according to neighbors, and he had been living in the area for only two months. There was a young Panamanian couple living in the same house with Paul Nunes. According to reports, the robbers forced the young Panamanian woman into a back room and locked her in with her baby. The woman’s husband was not home at the time of the incident. The attack apparently occurred in the early morning hours, today. Area residents suspect the robbers might have had keys or some other way to gain access to the house, because apparently there were no signs of forced entry.

Americans in Panama Participant: Paul Roger Nunes, the CEO of Stonecastle Homes Inc, was a frequent participant on the Americans in Panama Yahoo Email Group. Ironically, in a recent discussion about crime and violence in Panama, Paul wrote: Continue reading Gringo Murdered in Algarrobos