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Panama has long been the prime choice for retirees, second-home buyers, and property investors alike. Today you can still find apartments in sought-after areas of Panama City for $80,000 and live well on $1,200 per month.

 

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Fast Facts About Panama

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  • Population: 3,559,408
  • Capital City: Panama City
  • Climate: Tropical maritime; hot, humid, cloudy; prolonged rainy season (May to January), short dry season (January to May)
  • Time Zone: GMT-5
  • Language: Spanish (official), English 14%; (many Panamanians are bilingual)
  • Country Code: 507
  • Coastline: 2,490 km

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Panama's Most Beautiful Town

Panama’s Most Beautiful Town

Santa Fe de Veraguas in Panama is a tiny mountain hideaway with lots of natural bounty. About 200 miles west of Panama City, it’s the kind of place where expat couples are able to live on small pensions (as small as $1,000 a month). And I mean live comfortably. It’s easy to grow heirloom vegetables or rare orchids, should you desire.

"I Got Paid to Write About My Panama Vacation"

“I Got Paid to Write About My Panama Vacation”

My husband and I had recently returned from our third vacation to Panama. We had a busy trip—we toured the Panama Canal, visited the ruins of Panama La Vieja, taken a Spanish language immersion class, explored the restaurants on Via Argentina…and that was just in the city. We also got out into the countryside, strolled quiet beaches and walked in the mountains.

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How I Paid For My Vacation to Panama

I love to travel to exotic destinations—like on my last trip to Panama. I trekked in Cerro Azul in the majestic mountains overlooking Panama City and visited Santa Fe—one of the country’s hilly frontiers. The rugged natural beauty of these places begs to have a camera pointed at it. Bring a camera with you, and you can start making money right away.

Reclaim Your Retirement Dreams in Panama

2012 Fast-Track Panama Package

2012 Fast-Track Panama Package
Panama City, Panama – April 2012
In Panama you can have it all: a genuinely cosmopolitan capital city with one of the world’s largest financial districts… hundreds of miles of spectacular beaches… highland retreats with green valleys where the weather is spring-like, even in January and August… and did you know that there are never any hurricanes? If you crave sunshine, you’ll love Panama, where the sun shines almost every day of the year. Find out if Panama is right for you in the 2012 Fast-Track Panama Package.

Spotting an Island Dream…from 20,000 Feet Up

Spotting an Island Dream…from 20,000 Feet Up

We were flying low over the glittering Caribbean when I saw my dream out the window. Looking down on reefs of coral and lush green islands, I just knew I had to live down there, with my toes buried in those warm, white sands,” says Stephen Crabtree.

How To Get Immediate Residency In Panama

How to Get Immediate Residency in Panama

Since my first visit to Panama in the 1970s I’ve returned countless times and visited every part of the isthmus except one—the Darién Gap, a large swath of swamp, jungle and forest, 99 miles long and 31 miles wide, that separates Panama’s Darién Province from the Republic of Colombia.

Panama’s Islands, Rainforests, And Artisan Crafts

Panama’s Islands, Rainforests, and Artisan Crafts

To see what makes Panama unique, explore its rich and fascinating indigenous cultures. Bocas del Toro is the best place to start—by dint of sheer beauty. The province is partly made up of an archipelago of Caribbean islands ringed by white-sand beaches and waters the color of a summer sky. To get to Bocas del Toro from Panama City, catch a one-hour flight on domestic carrier Air Panama.

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Panama: One of the Easiest Places in the World to Retire

Sometimes the best way to see something is through someone else’s eyes. For example, I know Panama. My wife, Suzan Haskins, and I lived in Panama City several years ago, and we’ve traveled nearly the entire country. We’ve also attended dozens of International Living events in Panama.

Pulling the Plug on Panama

Pulling the Plug on Panama

There’s a little mountain town in the interior of Panama where you can still buy a home or a large parcel of land next to a gurgling river. It’s likely this land will have waterfalls and hiking trails on it…you’ll see wild parrots and toucans and flowers of every tropical variety and color. The tall grass waving in the breeze will be so green, it would make even the Irish envious…

Baring All in Panama

Baring All in Panama

Today Al took us on a virtual tour of Panama City—his typical day. Paying his housekeeper, going to the bank, out to lunch, paying bills, to the movies… Al and Carmen own a three-bedroom, three-bath condo on the 14th floor with a bay and city view. This area is now the “Beverly Hills of Panama City,” Al said.

Panama: Don't Believe Everything You Read on the Internet

Panama: Don’t Believe Everything You Read on the Internet

It’s good to be back in Panama, the tiny country on the southern edge of the northern hemisphere, one of the only countries to bridge two continents… and the only country in the world where you can see the sun rise over the Pacific Ocean and set on the Atlantic. Did you know that? If not, don’t worry…there are so many things unique to Panama that it’s hard to track them all. For instance… Panama is the only country in Central America with no hurricanes and no destructive earthquakes.

Panama: The Owner's Manual 2012

Panama: The Owner’s Manual 2012

International Living ranked Panama the number one place in the world to retire for six consecutive years, and today it remains in our top five. This country stll offers First-World convenience at Third-World prices. Panama has one of the world’s best incentive programs for pensioners. What about the cost of real estate? Let’s just say that you’ll be surprised at how much Panama still has to offer. Panama: The Owner’s Manual will provide you with all the information you will need to turn your dreams of moving overseas into reality.

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Retire to Panama’s Highlands from $800 a Month

In the distance I can see the national park, where hiking trails crisscross hills lush with rainforest. In the treetops above me, I’ve seen monkeys and toucans and several species of birds I can’t name. This is Santa Fe de Veraguas, a tiny mountain hideaway about 200 miles west of Panama City.

Panama's Secret Surf Town

Panama’s Secret Surf Town

If you like a good wave, Santa Catalina will more than wow you. But the volcanic outcroppings responsible for the incredible surf break also create some of Panama’s best dive and fishing spots. And if you’re a landlubber at heart, there are numerous trails for hiking out to find remote beaches or trek through the jungle to view wildlife, birds, and exotic plants.

Retire Cheap: Great-Value Towns Where You Can Live Better for Less

Retire Cheap: Great-Value Towns Where You Can Live Better for Less

At home, prices are rising. It costs more to put gas in the car, buy groceries, and pay for health insurance. At the same time, retirement savings eroded in the market downturn. And with interest rates at near-zero today, it’s difficult to rebuild.

Budgets In Great-Value Towns

Budgets in Great-Value Towns

Santa Fe in Panama…Vilcabamba in Ecuador…Penang in Malaysia…Granada in Nicaragua…Campeche in Mexico…you know these havens come with a rock-bottom price tag, but on what, exactly, do expats in these locations spend their money on? We’ve asked on-the-ground experts for a detailed breakdown of what a typical couple might spend each month. Here’s what they said.

Panama’s Laid-Back Secret Surf Town

Panama’s Laid-Back Secret Surf Town

A few white cottages sit by an open-air restaurant with a great thatched roof. A lone swimmer splashes out of the water and onto the rocky shore. The only other noise is the sound of the waves—perfect waves, if the surfers are to be believed.

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A True Story About Panama

“I want it all,” he said. I was at International Living’s recent Ultimate Event. This attendee had come to us seeking information about Belize and Costa Rica. But my presentation—particularly the part about Panama City—got him thinking. Suddenly, Panama was at the top of his list of countries to check out.

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Fast-Track Panama Conference

April 4-6, 2013 – Panama City, Panama

As quality of life (worsened by crumbling economies) deteriorates elsewhere in the world, Panama looks better and better…Nowhere else can you enjoy such a comfortable life…with near-perfect year-round weather, excellent medical care, fresh, healthy food straight from the farmer’s truck…and a retirement incentive program that’s truly welcoming of expats…Discover if Panama is for you.

How Panama Changed Everything

How Panama Changed Everything

Las Tablas, just 15 minutes away, is one of Panama’s best-known rural colonial towns…a place where local traditions thrive and where Carnival season engrosses the entire town. “I like exploring places where the locals are surprised to see a foreigner. We drive around or go in search of a waterfall or swimming hole we’ve heard about. It’s a fun way to spend the day.”

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How to Get Discounts on Everything in Panama

In some countries, residency can be expensive (needing, perhaps, investments of hundreds of thousands of dollars). Not in Panama. Panama’s Pensionado program has made it easy for Baby Boomers to take advantage of everything this tiny tropical powerhouse has to offer. Most pensioners who can prove an income of at least $1,000 a month are eligible to apply.

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Panama: Great Health Care at a Fraction of The Cost

As a Texan firefighter my husband, Clyde, had premium health insurance—which the city helped pay for. But once he retired we would have had to pay the full amount, about $1,000 a month. Since we were both too young for Medicaid, we wanted to live somewhere with good health care that cost less than the U.S. Panama topped all the lists.

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Work ‘Til You Drop? Not in Panama

Fast-Track Panama: Lifestyle & Opportunity Conference
April 4-6, 2013 – Panama City, Panama

As quality of life (worsened by crumbling economies) deteriorates elsewhere in the world, Panama looks better and better…Nowhere else can you enjoy such a comfortable life…with near-perfect year-round weather, excellent medical care, fresh, healthy food straight from the farmer’s truck…and a retirement incentive program that’s truly welcoming of expats…Discover if Panama is for you .

Find out more and register here.

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Work ‘Til You Drop? Not in Panama

Fast-Track Panama: Lifestyle & Opportunity Conference
April 4-6, 2013 – Panama City, Panama

As quality of life (worsened by crumbling economies) deteriorates elsewhere in the world, Panama looks better and better…Nowhere else can you enjoy such a comfortable life…with near-perfect year-round weather, excellent medical care, fresh, healthy food straight from the farmer’s truck…and a retirement incentive program that’s truly welcoming of expats…Discover if Panama is for you .

Find out more and register here.

The Two Best Day Trips from Panama City

The Two Best Day Trips from Panama City

From Panama City, no island is easier to get to than tiny (and often overlooked) Taboga. The best island in Panama for true local flavor, it’s just 12 miles off Panama’s Pacific coast. Locals call Taboga “the Island of Flowers.”

Travel and Photography: How Keith Made Money Overseas From His Two Favorite Hobbies

Travel and Photography: How Keith Made Money Overseas From His Two Favorite Hobbies

For me, with my own company doing project management for large Information Technology infrastructure deployments, my job was a means to an end. I worked to earn money to travel and take photos of interesting and exotic places. But I longed for a job I could do from anywhere, which would permit me to travel as I worked.

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Panama: Perfect Weather, Low Taxes, Friendly People

Six months ago we moved to Panama. We knew that we didn’t want to live in a gated community. For us, it just made more sense to live among the locals where we could immerse ourselves in the culture and get to know everyone.

Three Rewarding Trips From David, Panama

Three Rewarding Trips from David, Panama

It’s one of Panama’s newest expat destinations, with all the amenities you could want in an overseas retirement haven. There’s high-speed Internet, inexpensive restaurants, good clinics and hospitals, and a burgeoning expat community. It’s a fast-growing city and the busy domestic airport is being expanded. But the real allure of David, capital of Panama’s Chiriquí province, is its strategic location. David is a hub for the region’s best vacation spots: natural hideaways like the lush green highlands to the north or the many beaches on the Pacific and Caribbean.

Running A Language School In Pedasi, Panama

Running a Language School in Pedasi, Panama

Ingrid Senne spends a great deal of time at the beach, doing yoga, or exploring the villages near her new home in Pedasí, Panama—“especially the tiny ones,” she says. Las Tablas, just 15 minutes away, is one of Panama’s best-known rural colonial towns…a place where local traditions thrive and where Carnival season engrosses the entire town.

Events The Most Attractive Retirement “Package” in the World

Events: The Most Attractive Retirement “Package” in the World

Here’s a round-up of the events you should be keeping an eye on over the coming months. First up, the Fast Track Panama: Lifestyle and Opportunity Conference which is kicking off this April in Panama City. Panama is, arguably, the one country on our beat that offers something for everyone. Beaches. Big City. Colonial enclaves. Highland retreats. In this diverse place, the sun shines someplace, 365 days a year.

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Panama’s Best Bargains from $50,000

I’m sad to report that most visitors to Panama never leave the capital city. But if you’re willing to look beyond the city skyline, a world of choice awaits. This is a country roughly the size of South Carolina, so you needn’t go far to find idyllic mountain, beach, and valley hideaways with a “so close, yet so far away” feel.

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Great Havens Close to Panama City

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.

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Five Reasons to Choose Panama

If your dreams of life in a new country mean securing an overseas income, then Panama must be high on your list. Here’s five reasons why Panama fits the bill for today’s move abroad adventurer. Reason #1—Economics: Panama is fast becoming an economic giant on the world stage. Why? Simple—geography.

Why Two Californians Moved to Panama's Pacific Coast

Why Two Californians Moved to Panama’s Pacific Coast

Stephen and Linda lived in Northern California. But if they wanted to retire there, they knew they’d only be able to afford “some desolate place and live in a double-wide.” So they began searching for somewhere in the world that had the surf they craved but at prices they liked, too. They found a little Pacific Coast beach town about 60 miles west of Panama City.

Mountain Village Panamanian Life

Mountain Village Panamanian Life

A man with his own private zoo…a Dutch transplant with a penchant for black and white movies…and a former builder who just wanted to make the region’s best burger. They all have one thing in common: The tiny mountain hideaway in Panama they now call home. Veraguas is a massive tract of land—the only province in Panama to touch both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts.

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The Beach Bar Dream in Panama…Come True

Located in the Panamanian beach town of Coronado, the always happening Picasso is owned and run by British transplant Claire Ross. Claire didn’t come to Panama intending to start a restaurant here, but while doing some consulting work in Panama City she found a town an hour’s drive away that has it all.

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