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Alan Stone

Alan Stone



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Pedasi Palms | Gated Condominium Community
About Me
Pedasi Palms is a gated development less than half a mile from the quaint and charming town of Pedasi and a little more than one mile from Arenal beach, one of more than a dozen beaches in the Pedasi area. The new hospital and shopping mall which are nearing completion are only 2 minutes from the development so it’s conveniently located for everything. The development is surrounded by beautiful green fields and has the benefit of ocean views from many of the apartments.

Pedasi Palms is a development of 17 luxurious apartments ranging in size from 800 to 1,650 sq ft on 3 levels. All apartments have spacious terraces, the third floor units having an additional upper level, loft area giving amazing views of the surrounding area and fantastic ocean views.

There are elevators to all floors and amenities include a fitness center, 40 ft rancho with kitchen and dining area, a 36 ft pool, barbecue area, lush gardens and landscaping which will include over 100 beautiful palm trees.
Where I’m From
England, United Kingdom
Where I Live Now
Pedasi, Panama
Countries Doing Business In
England
Panama
Worldwide
All Services You Provide
Property management
Real estate for sale
Community Q & A Questions Answered
My Answers
  • Is PedasiAzuero Peninsula Panama safe? 

    Is it a safe place to live? 

    While Panama does rate with a high level of safety in Latin or South America, it’s the small town charm and security of  Los Santos, Pedasi where we  feel the safest. In this area, crime is almost unheard of and friendly locals always watch out for each other.

    You’ll also be happy to know that Panama has a diligent police force committed to protecting foreign investors and locals alike. This being said however, it’s always advisable to get to know your neighbors and help prevent crime and work together to enforce safety.

    We think Panama is probably safer than many cities in the U.S. but with any new adventure there are risks involved, especially when traveling or moving to a new, unfamiliar place. Do your research and remember that you're a gringo in a foreign country.

    April 08, 2013
  • How much does food cost in Panama? I've noticed that food prices at the grocery stores in Panama get more expensive the further you move away from the city; maybe because it costs more to get it there. Anything American is more expensive, like cereal and name brand items, but buying fruit and veggies off the veggie truck is very inexpensive. Also eating at local Panamanian restaurants or fondas is usually the cheapest way to go. Try the $3 Comida del Dia (meal of the day offered at most local places) it can't be beat! I paid about $6 for 3 bags full of veggies from the truck but paid over $6 for a six pack of Club Soda at the local grocery store. I say learn to eat the local Panamanian food and you'll save a ton!
    April 08, 2013
  • What are the food recipes of Panama? Well here is my favorite recipe by far:
    Sancocho: "Chicken Soup For the Panamanian soul"
     
    Ingredients:
    • 1 x 3 – 3½ pound chicken
    • 2 lb yucca root, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
    • 1 lb yam peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes(if available)
    • 2 large plantain peeled and cut into 1 inch slices (not too ripe)
    • 1 bunch green onions coarsely chopped (white part only)
    • 3 carrots scrubbed and cut into bite size pieces
    • 3 ears corn cut into 1 inch pieces
    • ½ cup gringo cilantro leaves and stems, chopped or if Panamanian culantro (leaf resembling dandelion) is used — 1 leaf
    • water or chicken broth
    • salt and pepper
    Directions
    1. Put all ingredients except salt, pepper, and corn in a large soup or stock pot.
    2. Add enough water or chicken broth to cover.
    3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 1 hour.
    4. Remove chicken, discard skin, and peel meat from the bones.
    5. Break the meat into fairly large pieces and return to the pot.
    6. Add corn, salt and pepper to taste.
    7. Simmer for about 20 minutes longer.
     
    After moving to Panama I had to adjust slightly to the cuisine here. Being mostly vegetarian, I had to make some changes and compromises; I also had to get creative. Living in a small town like Pedasi, we only have seasonal selections and we don’t always have everything I am used to. So yes, I started eating meat again; but I am not complaining. Many of the Panamanian dishes are delightful and easy to make. 
    April 09, 2013
  • What do you need to know about international pet travel to Panama? From personal experience traveling with our dog from the states to Pedasi, Panama was a bit stressful doing it by ourselves but it can be done.
     
     It's all about timing and making sure you are in contact with the Panamanian consulate and the Ministry of Health in Panama.
     
    Below is a list of what you will need to travel with Pets to Panama. You can obtain information by visiting the Embassy of Panama online. Click on Services then click on  Consular services and then scroll down and click on Traveling with Pets.

    1. Fill out the form Quarantine for Domestic Animals (Home quarantine costs approx $130)
    2. USDA Sanitary Certificate, signed and sealed by USDA Vet and signed by the pet'’s vet
    3. Vaccinations Certificate for Rabies.
    4. Fee: $30.00 (money order or certified check).
    5. Self-addressed prepaid envelope for return of documents.
     
    All of the above needs to be done within a 10 day period. So be sure and use Fed-ex when sending documents. Also be sure and check with your airline for further guidelines for your pet.
     
    NOTE: Fax the completed Quarantine for Domestic Animals form to (507) 212-9449 or (507) 238-4059 or email it to the Ministry of Health in Panama. This form must be sent to the Ministry of Health authorities 3 days prior to your arrival in Panama. I highly recommend taking a copy of your reply from them because they said they never received mine and I sent it twice. They almost refused me and my dog because of this.
     
    With fees, vet bills and Fed-ex charges It cost several hundred dollars to do this but worth every penny :)



     
    April 09, 2013
  • The cost to rent a home in Pedasi, Azuero Peninsula, Panama varies and also depends on the time of year.
     
    Short term home rentals can range between $80 and $200 a night.
     
    For long term home rentals, we've seen small casitas right in town (unfurnished) go for as little as $150 a month. A 2 bedroom furnished home in town can also start around $400 a month. I recently noticed a 2 bedroom on the border of town for $750 a month furnished, so it can also depend on the location. Off season or (wet season) prices seem to go down a little and during high season (or dry season) the prices increase because of demand.
     
    The best thing to do is ask around about rentals, You may find a few on craigslist but the majority of rentals in the Pedasi area are usually found by word of mouth. 
     
    The Pedasi Palms gated condominium community will be offering rentals in the near future. So why wait to live the dream? Visit Pedasi, Panama and discover this little gem of a community!
     
    April 11, 2013
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  • If you like warm weather and a slower pace of life then Panama is a perfect place for you.

    I get tons of emails asking why I moved to Panama and what it’s like here.Pedasi, Azuero Peninsula, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living

    I say why not! Panama is affordable and gives me everything I need. There is so much life here! Amazing fishing, surfing, beautiful birds and flowers and the people are so nice. I am constantly greeted as I walk through my little town of Pedasi with “Buenas” (the local way to say hello).

    The local people here are so willing to help out and seem to welcome the growing expat community.

    A typical day for me: I wake to the sound of tropical birds and often have a nice breeze blowing. I open all the doors and windows and spend most of my time outside on the covered veranda. After sipping my Panamanian coffee, I take a walk to the ocean about 1/4 mile away. I am greeted by the almost empty shoreline…ahhh.

    For lunch I stop in a local restaurant in Pedasi for the “Comida del dia” only $3 a plate! This consists of flavorfully stewed chicken with rice and beans..Delicious! Afternoons are sometimes spent working in the yard planting flowers or planting seeds. Right now I have bananas, papayas and plantains growing in my yard. I pick them each day and often make smoothies.

    I love it when the vegetable truck drives by and I can buy fresh fruit and veggies for very little. I also love going in to town on Friday nights to see the local “Expat” band and meet friends. Did I mention the Friday afternoon Spanish class followed by a yoga session? Not to mention the $40 deep tissue massage. WOW I am living in Paradise! For far less that I lived in the US.

    Every year there are tons of festivals and events in Pedasi as well as an amazing Carnival celebration. But regardless of where you settle in Panama, you will always find tons of expats and awesome weather that’s for sure..Why not live the dream?

    I love Living in Pedasi, Panama and look forward to our growing gated condominium community here at Pedasi Palms.

    April 08, 2013
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