Exterior of Las Perlas 7 as it rests in front of Hotel Contadora Resort on Playa Largo.

Thirty miles south of Panama’s coast lies the Pearl Islands archipelago, a network of Panamanian Gulf islands so postcard perfect, they were the featured backdrop for three seasons of Survivor. In the midst of these emerald green waters and pristine beaches, you’ll find an unlikely sliver of eeriness wedged into paradise. Hotel Contadora Resort,, Read More

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Cerro Chato’s crater viewed from the sky. Photo Credit: http://www.arenalvolcano.com Cerro Chato, a dormant volcano in northern Costa Rica, last erupted 3,500 years ago.  It is located in the shadow of the Arenal Volcano, which was the country’s most active volcano until 2010. Cerro Chato is now a primary rainforest teaming with wildlife.  Those, Read More

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In December of 2009, my wife, Joyce, and I traveled to Panama for a quick getaway with our friend Bill. Halfway through the trip, we hung up the rental car keys for a few days of relaxation in Boquete, a quaint village nestled into the western highlands of Panama, just a stone’s throw east, Read More