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Right Now Could be the Best Time to Come to Panama…the Hub of the Americas.

 

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Fast Facts About Panama

Panama
  • 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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The Best Places to Spend December in the Sun

The Best Places to Spend December in the Sun

Snow, sleigh-bells, mistletoe—or the beach? Christmas doesn’t always have to mean a gaggle of relatives, too much eggnog, and bulky winter coats. This year, why not relax in a hammock, with a cocktail and the soothing sun?

The Top 5 Panama Restaurants: Fun, Fashionable, and Foreigner-Friendly

The Top 5 Panama Restaurants: Fun, Fashionable, and Foreigner-Friendly

America will be shocked by Panama’s ultra-modern look. But here looks are not just skin-deep; the city lives up to the swanky image created by its towers of glass and steel. That means you’ll find a sizzling nightlife and plenty of trendy restaurant districts to keep your palate entertained.

Retire in Your Own Idea of Paradise

Retire in Your Own Idea of Paradise

Although we had traveled extensively prior to our moving overseas in 1987, it was only then that we realized that we would not return to the States when we retired.

An Answer to Every “Live Overseas” Question You’ll Ever Have

Last week, 310 International Living readers took decisive action. For many of them, it will change their lives. Lying ahead will be a richer, more-rewarding lifestyle…better financial security…and a higher standard of living at a fraction of the cost that they’d planned on spending in their retirement years. But that’s not all. Many learned of—and […]

Panama: The Owner's Manual (2009 Edition)

Panama: The Owner’s Manual (2009 Edition)

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.

Panama Properties for under $100,000

Many years ago, I was editor of a publication called Pocket Money Real Estate. The idea was simple: Great properties, low prices. The readers favored big city apartments and lush mountain retreats, and hated to spend more than $100,000. So, that’s what we found for them. It was a great publication and a lot of […]

Mandated by Law—High Quality, Low Cost Health Care

You don’t have to be a conservative, a liberal, or anything at all to understand that the health care system in the United States is in trouble. It doesn’t matter which figures you like the sound of—the health system in the U.S. is about numbers…big numbers. Like $2.5 trillion—that’s how much will be spent on […]

The Ultimate Overseas Retirement Plan (For Health Care, Airfares, and More)

Over the past 30 years, we’ve compiled hundreds of charts, lists, and indices (like the Quality of Life Index and the Retirement Index), seeking to rank the world’s best destinations. We’ve dedicated scores of editors, researchers, and statisticians to the task. Probably spent hundreds of thousands of dollars…maybe more…teasing out the secret of the numbers. […]

One Year in Panama: Lessons Learned

Presenter: Stephen Johnson Recording Back to The Ultimate Panama Audio Collection No Powerpoint

What’s the Real Cost to Live in Panama?

What’s the Real Cost to Live in Panama?

We’ve been writing about Panama for more than a decade. We ranked it the number one place in the world to retire for six of those years. And today it remains in our top five.

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Fast Track Panama Package 2009 Thank you for ordering the Fast-Track Panama Package 2009. Click Here to Download the Schedule Click here to download the entire audio collection. (The file is over 800MB, please allow some time for it to download)    Fast Track Panama Package 2009  Exposing the Hidden Panama: Find Your Personal Paradise […]

Buy Panama Real Estate for $65,500 (or Rent for $350)

When I talk to expats in Panama about living well on less than $1,500 a month, some nod knowingly…usually because they’ve done it. Others scoff and pull out their $4,000-a-month budgets. These typically include rent or mortgage payments on a new luxury apartment in a new luxury high rise in a new luxury neighborhood. And […]

"Can I Live in Panama on my $1,059-a-month Social Security Check?"

To me $0.69 is a reasonable price for a pound of potatoes, but my dad has a different idea. “They’re half that at the market,” he says, “we’ll get the produce there.” He knows all about Panama’s best markets, where he can buy a rainbow assortment of fresh fruit and vegetables straight from the farmers. […]

Live Large for Less in Panama City

Living for less in Latin America is a hot topic, but what exactly does it cost to have that dream life south of the border? In Panama City, the first step to living the good life for less is finding a home in a location that’s safe and affordable. It’s an easy task if you […]

Panama, Panama City: Buy a Condo for Less Than $80,000

Every day, Gretchen and Jon awake to the intense blue of the Pacific Ocean. It glistens outside their massive bayside windows. They take their coffee on the balcony, where they enjoy the cool breeze and soft morning sunlight. They didn’t have to move to the boondocks to get this lifestyle. This couple found their haven […]

The Perks of Living in Panama City

The Perks of Living in Panama City

A new addition to Panama City’s fledgling art scene, Barbara Dove is a petite, stylish lady. Her bright and airy apartment, with its definitive Asian flair, is just as chic as she is—filled with her own artwork and pieces she discovered here in Panama.

Live Large for Less in Panama City

Live Large for Less in Panama City

Living for less in Latin America is a hot topic, but what exactly does it cost to have that dream life south of the border?

Building a B&B Business in Panama from the Ground Up: A Tourism Venture on Tropical Taboga Island

Building a B&B Business in Panama from the Ground Up: A Tourism Venture on Tropical Taboga Island

In this issue of the Lifetime Society Communiqué, we profile American Cynthia Mulder. Cynthia first visited Panama with her husband and son in 2001 and liked what she saw. “The year we first traveled to Panama we felt a contagious excitement across the country,” Cynthia says. “Business and construction were booming and potential retirees were flooding in to check the place out.”

Panama City: Buy a condo for less than $80,000

Panama City: Buy a condo for less than $80,000

Every day, Gretchen and Jon awake to the intense blue of the Pacific Ocean. It glistens outside their massive bayside windows. They take their coffee on the balcony, where they enjoy the cool breeze and soft morning sunlight.

Your Burning Questions Answered

“It’s getting a little out of control.” That was the word from the events staff this week. They’ve been peppered with questions from hundreds of readers about our Ultimate Event coming up this March in Quito, Ecuador. And though they’ve been returning calls and answering each e-mail individually, they can barely keep pace with all […]

The Best Beach in Panama (They Tried to Keep it Secret)

The Best Beach in Panama – a Latin America Scouting Report A long stretch of white-sand beach, blue ocean tempting you in for a refreshing dip. Afterward, an afternoon spent idling in a hammock with a good book…followed by a barbecue of fresh locally-caught fish or shrimp, and a cold beer. A perfect day on […]

Five Reasons You Should Consider This Panama Investment Opportunity

Nov. 19, 2008 Panama City, Panama Not yet a subscriber to Panama Insider? Find out how to sign up here. Experts Agree: Now Is the Time to Buy Into This Industry Dear Panama Insider, What’s the best way to grow your money by investing in Panama? Right now you can buy into an industry that’s […]

Panama Banks in Regional Top 3

Oct. 29, 2008 Panama City, Panama Not yet a subscriber to Panama Insider? Find out how to sign up here. Dear Panama Insider, Panama banks are a safe place for your money, according to local and international sources. According to banking superintendent Olegario Barrelier, high liquidity is the big reason for this. Panama’s reputation as […]

Panama a Top-notch Place to Do Business in 2009

Nov. 12, 2008 Panama City, Panama Not yet a subscriber to Panama Insider? Find out how to sign up here. Dear Panama Insider, You’ve heard the buzz about business in Panama…but as we look toward 2009, is investing in Panama still a good idea? The World Bank indicates the answer is a solid “yes.” According […]

Now Online: A Coastal Town Where You Can Golf for $10 a Month

Nov. 5, 2008 Panama City, Panama Not yet a subscriber to Panama Insider? Find out how to sign up here. Dear Panama Insider, What’s your idea of a perfect day? Imagine waking up to the sound of gently rolling waves. The view from your window is a burst of color…the turquoise and indigo-striped water, red […]

The Truth About the Yellow Fever Vaccination

Oct. 15, 2008 Panama City, Panama Not yet a subscriber to Panama Insider? Find out how to sign up here. Dear Panama Insider, Some media sources are reporting that, due to a new law, you won’t be able to visit Panama without a yellow fever vaccination certificate. That’s not exactly true. The law applies only […]

Healthful Living in the Land of Eternal Spring

Oct. 2, 2008 Panama City, Panama Not yet a subscriber to Panama Insider? Find out how to sign up here. Dear Panama Insider, The Boqueteños, the people of Boquete, have a secret. Many of them live into their hundredth year, and in good health. Can you get healthy, too, by moving here? Maybe so—we’ve talked […]

Comfortable, Convenient, Cost-Effective…Have It All

Sept. 24, 2008 Panama City, Panama Not a subscriber to Panama Insider? Sign up here. Dear Panama Insider, Picture a place where rolling hills sprout lush greenery and flowering patches as far as the eye can see. A place where cool mornings bring a fine mist and afternoons smell of grass and sunshine. Now picture […]

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