We returned another day to see Howard. This time (unlike when we went to
Farfan) there was a guard at the gate. He didn't want to let us in
because he said it was private property and we couldn't take any
pictures. My daughter explained to him in Spanish that we had been there
earlier in the week and the people at the Foundation would vouch for us.
We also promised to not take any more pictures.
I read in a tourism magazine that this whole area is being developed
into 'Panama Pacifico' with a town center that will include businesses,
houses, apartments, shopping, etc. You can see all of the construction
We drove in and passed Farfan. All of this area is now called Howard and
there are streetlights with banners along the whole boulevard that says
'Panama Pacifico.' Before you get to what was Farfan there are nice
subdivisions on the left hand side. Once we passed Farfan, we saw the
new Industrial Park called Panama Pacifico that even has a Mailboxes,
Etc. in it! They are in the process of building housing, shopping, etc.
We also saw a huge Dell corporate headquarters for Latin America and a
headquarters for Marsk (the shipping company). As we kept going we got
to the clearing where the base used to be. On the right you can still
see the parade grounds that look like they're now used to train police
forces. This area now also houses the Panamanian Police Academy and they
use the buildings for offices, classrooms and dormitories. On the right
you can still see all the hangers and they look like they're still all
in use. We didn't see any aircraft, but the airfields look in good
shape. This most likely is for corporate uses. It also looks like they
were in the middle of renovating some parts. When we kept driving all
the way back to base housing we saw that all the houses looked deserted.
But there was a security guard back there, and the buildings didn't look
like they had been deserted for long. We think this area is going to be