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New Airport in Rio Hato will be in operation on March 15

First Flight with Tourists to New Airport
April will see the arrival of Canada ‘s first commercial flight to Scarlett Martinez International Airport which was recently opened in Rio Hato.
Scarlett Martinez airport terminal in Rio Hato will receive its first commercial flight next month. Juan Carlos Pino, manager of Tocumen SA withheld the name of the company, but said it was a company that will make ​​direct charter flights from Canada to the airport.

“The terminal will be operational on March 15 and in April will see its first commercial flight,” confirmed Pino. “Air Canada, Air Transat, Can Jet and Webjet are some of the private airlines who inquired about the airport last year.”

Furthermore, ” … charter flights are being negotiated from Colombia , Venezuela and Spain. These will start when the hotel being constructed by the Spanish Riu chain on Playa Blanca comes into operation”.

The manager added that this month Tocumen will be putting out to tender the shopping areas in Rio Hato airport, Colon and David.” The bidding will be open and will not be made in blocks , ie , according to line of business.”

Coconut water

Today ​I spent a morning relaxing at El Palmar beach. When I returned back to my car, a young man was knocking down coconuts of the tree. I asked him if I can have one, he didn’t hesitate to offer me one. He opened  the coconut with machete, gave it to me to take it home. Once I got back home, I put the fresh young green coconut in my refrigerator for about two hours.
I enjoyed the delicious and refreshing drink that can not be any fresher.
The benefits of a coconut water are endless. Cheers to coconut water.
  • Keep the body cool and at the proper temperature.
  • Orally re-hydrate your body, it is an all natural isotonic beverage.
  • Carry nutrients and oxygen to cells.
  • Naturally replenish your body’s fluids after exercising.
  • Raise your metabolism.
  • Promote weight loss.
  • Boost your immune system.
  • Detoxify and fight viruses.
  • Cleanse your digestive tract.
  • Control diabetes.
  • Aid your body in fighting viruses that cause the flu, herpes, and AIDS.
  • Balance your PH and reduce risk of cancer.
  • Treat kidney and urethral stones.
  • Boost poor circulation.

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Todo Sabor – hidden treasure in San Carlos

Great Italian restaurant located in San Carlos run by chef Alfredo from Italy and his lovely wife Barbara.  If you are looking for a good Italian food, this is the place. Everything is made fresh and it changes from day-to-day. From fresh sea food, home-made pasta, pizza, home-made ice cream, desserts, great selections of wines and a wonderful service. chef todo sabor
The place is cozy, relatively small, about nine tables with simple decor. We really enjoyed the food, good prices, aroma of great Italian cooking and some relaxing Italian music. The chef makes his own liquor and brought two complimentary bottles to our table. Highly recommended.

Nice little BBQ stand

Just recently driving from Panama City back home to my condo by the beach,  I spotted a nice little BBQ stand on the right side of Pan-American Hwy. I decided to stop and check it out. The place makes their own sausage, as you see it in the pic. The sausage is smoked and barbecued. The also offer BBQ pork and chicken.
A nice young man was helping us and was happy that we stopped by. Shortly after we stopped, two more cars pulled over and were curious what’s cooking. He turn on the music and asked if we would care for a glass of passion fruit shake (I highly recommend).
It’s nice to see a new place where one can stop and enjoy local flavor. One thing they don’t offer is beer.
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Amador Causeway must on your list when visiting Panama

​Located at the southern entrance of the Panama Canal and stretching nearly three kilometers pc viewinto the Pacific Ocean, this popular causeway features many hotels, restaurants,  jogging and biking trails. If you don’t feel or can’t do a lot of waking, there is bike, moped  and surrey bikes rentals. Also, on the causeway you will find the pier where you can take the ferry to island Taboga. Amador Causeway has some of the most amazing views of the Panama City skyline and the Pacific entrance of The Panama Canal. There is a duty-free shop located toward the end of causeway and it’s worth checking out. Bring your passport when making  a purchase at the duty-free shop. All the way to the end of the causeway make sure to stop and see multi-million dollar yachts.

Ferry schedule to Taboga island.
Departs from the  Causeway Returns from Isla Taboga
Sat, Sun and  Holidays 8:00am, 10:30am, 4:00pm Sat, Sun and  Holidays 9:00am, 3:00pm, 5:00pm
Mon and Fri 8:30am,  3:00pm Mon and Fri 9:30am,  4:30pm
Tue, Wed, and Thu  8:30am Tue, Wed, and Thu  4:30pm
Weekends get more crowded, so weekday is a good time to go if one can.

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​Fallow up on Scarlet Martinez International Airport

I was passing by the airport yesterday and decided to stop and see if it’s open. Parked my car and walked inside, didn’t seem to be open for travel. I saw few guards and some workers just standing around, so I spoke to one of the gentleman that happen to speak little English. He told me that the airport will open on December 21st of this year for charter flights only.  The entrance to the airport is directly from Pan-American highway. The parking is very easy and I didn’t any parking meters, so I assumed it’s free. As always I like to take photos.

Scarlett Martinez International Airport to open next month

The new Scarlet Martinez International Airport is located in the beach town of Rio Hato. Rio Hato is located just off the Pan-American Highway. The airport is in close proximity to El Valle, Punta rio hato airportChame, Coronado, Gorgona, Playa Serena, Decameron Resort, Playa Blanca Resort, Sheraton Bijao, Buenaventura and the Royalton. The airoport will serve the pacific coast beaches which is experiencing a real estate boom.The planned flights coming in and out of the airport include flights from New York, Toronto, Miami, Philadelphia and many South American flights. The savings in time means that travelers will be able to arrive at their destinations much quicker.  The $115 million project began in December 2011. Scheduled to open this November.


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