Fireworks explode in the sky above me. Reflected in the Panama Bay, I see fiery skyrockets, tungsten stars, and spidery bursts of pink, purple, and green. It’s the celebration of the Chinese New Year—an event Panama City has adopted as its own and celebrates with gusto.
Beneath the balcony, garish party buses roll slowly by, each a motley of color on red. Through the picture windows, the iconic skyline twinkles at us, the green Credicorp building and the spiral of the Revolution Tower just visible in the distance.
Panama City is color, light, noise, and action—a thrumming, modern city that surprises first-timers with its stellar roads and steamy nightlife. But the beauty is more than skin-deep. Panama is also the region’s most convenient capital.
Where else is it as easy to fly direct to Amsterdam as it is to L.A.? Or to find an international community so diverse that its members hail from around the globe? Where else can you find a hospital so advanced that it surpasses every other facility in Latin America? Only here.
But you don’t have to live in the city to take advantage of its best features. If you dream of getting away from it all, the best thing about Panama City is its strategic location.
It’s also incredibly close to islands, mountain hideaways, and more…destinations with warm, sunny beaches and shaded forest trails. Places where you can live a relaxed, comfortable lifestyle—and yet be a skip-and-a-jump from the city’s theaters, banks, malls, galleries, casinos, government offices…and so much more.
That’s why Panama is officially one of the world’s easiest places to retire. Take a look.