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

 

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

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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Improve Your Quality of Life: Move to Boquete, Panama

Improve Your Quality of Life: Move to Boquete, Panama

It must be the best view in the country…green hills that inspire artistic tendencies in even the most mundane-minded. Rainbow-rows of flowers line neat footpaths and dress up the little cottages that hide behind them. This is Boquete.

Christmas in Panama: Holiday Fun for Expats

Christmas in Panama: Holiday Fun for Expats

If you’re from a colder climate, sunshine and beach weather may not scream “holiday season” to you. But over the past five years, I’ve learned that the Christmas season in Panama can be a truly magical time.

Panama: Competitive Economy Outranks Most Countries in the Region

Panama: Competitive Economy Outranks Most Countries in the Region

Panama now boasts the second-most competitive economy in Latin America according to the 2010-2011 Global Competitiveness Index from the World Economic Forum (WEF). A report issued this month says the tiny Central American nation came in second to Chile. Costa Rica fell one spot to take third place in Latin America.

Doing Business in Panama: Endless Opportunities for the Entrepreneur

Doing Business in Panama: Endless Opportunities for the Entrepreneur

“The year I first traveled to Panama,” says expat entrepreneur Cynthia Mulder, “I felt a contagious excitement across the country. Business and construction were booming and we were eager to do business in Panama, too. During our very first trip in 2001, we purchased the property where we would build our new Bed & Breakfast.”

How Much Property Tax Do You Pay?

How Much Property Tax Do You Pay?

Obviously, I don’t know how much property tax you’re paying right now…but I’m pretty sure I know a way you can reduce it—to as little as $7 per month…or maybe less.

Good Times in Colonial Panama

Good Times in Colonial Panama

It’s Jazz Festival “free day” in Casco Viejo. Every year, a week of concerts all over the city culminates here, with a free concert to beat all free concerts.

The Cheapest Place to Live in Panama

The Cheapest Place to Live in Panama

“I didn’t move here for the cost of living,” says my friend Drew, “but I’m not complaining!” He is one of just a few expats who’ve discovered what I describe as the cheapest place to live in Panama.

You’ll Never Guess Where I Found Small-Town USA

You’ll Never Guess Where I Found Small-Town USA

Today I’m driving from what looks like small-town USA to an island paradise. But I’m in Panama City’s Ancon sector, heading out to the area known as the Amador causeway. It’s a five-minute drive during rush hour. Take a look at the video I shot. It’s nearly sunset, my favorite time of day to come […]

Best Colonial Towns in Panama

Best Colonial Towns in Panama

For colonial towns, places like Mexico, Guatemala and Ecuador come to mind before Panama. But truth be told, the best colonial towns in Panama are little undiscovered gems, places where intrepid expats can find opportunities galore.

Video Tour of Historic Casco Viejo, Panama City

Video Tour of Historic Casco Viejo, Panama City

See the video below from International Living’s Panama editor, Jessica Ramesch. Jessica is in historic Casco Viejo in Panama City, which was founded in 1673. Here, you’ll find cobblestone streets, stately churches that are more than 300 years old, and French and neoclassic style colonial constructed buildings.

Panama for Business and Lifestyle

Panama for Business and Lifestyle

When I first arrived in Panama, I was like a kid in a candy store. As a real estate investor, I immediately saw the opportunities. I was attending an IL conference and on day two I purchased my first apartment for $76,500—four blocks from where the conference was being held. (It’s since generated close to $40,000 annually for the last few years.)

Winner Takes All: Panama versus Ecuador

Winner Takes All: Panama versus Ecuador

I get a lot of inquiries asking me to compare different countries that people are looking to buy property in. These types of comparisons help a lot…

Get Connected: Panama Number One in Wireless Access

Get Connected: Panama Number One in Wireless Access

Panama has replaced Argentina as the Latin American country with the highest wireless penetration rates. The prestigious Latin Business Chronicle released a report this July, which takes into account International Telecommunications Union data from 2008 and 2009.

Panama City: The Ultimate 21st Century City - Panama: Dream It, Find It, Live It

Panama City: The Ultimate 21st Century City – Panama: Dream It, Find It, Live It

We have put together this comprehensive report to detail the areas of Panama City you need to know about to make an informed decision. We have chosen each neighborhood for different reasons, so you’re sure to find a place that’s perfect for you…whether you yearn for the quiet and greenery associated with suburban America or the hustle and bustle of the big city…or something in-between. We’ll tell you all about lifestyle alternatives and real estate prices, and give you our insider tips on saving time and money. We also provide property samples to give you the best possible idea of what it might cost to buy a home in these areas.

Video Tour of Panama Pacifico

Video Tour of Panama Pacifico

IL’s Panama Editor, Jessica Ramesch brings you on a video tour of a “new city” arising outside Panama City. Across the Bridge of the Americas, Panama Pacifico is formerly Howard Air Force Base, and is being transformed into a Special Economic Zone and residential community.

Live the High Life in the Highlands - Panama: Dream It, Find It, Live It

Live the High Life in the Highlands – Panama: Dream It, Find It, Live It

If your idea of the perfect Panama includes lush tropical scenery without the heat of the lowlands, head to the highlands to see the other side of Panama. You’ll meet plenty of expats who, like you, left the postcard-perfect beaches behind in search of cooler climes. Though Panama is best known for its city and beaches, the mountain areas do not disappoint and offer a wide variety of activities, property, and lifestyles. In this report you’ll discover the best that the Panama Highlands has to offer.

Make Money: Rent in Panama

Make Money: Rent in Panama

So you’ve closed on your new house or condo and can’t wait for next winter. All your friends up north will be shoveling their walks while you’re at your tropical haven in Panama.

Wait – Don’t Miss Out:

7 Great Retirement Towns You’ve Never Heard Of…

In the right places overseas…you have good options for safe, comfortable, affordable living (adventure built-in).

In 7 Great Retirement Towns You’ve Never Heard of Where You Can Live Better for Less we’ll pull back the curtain and introduce you to communities where you can embrace the retirement of your dreams…and do it for less than it would cost you to stay home.

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