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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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Memories and Misadventures from the Field

Memories and Misadventures from the Field

IL’s staff writers have been traveling and scouting the world on your behalf for years. To celebrate our 30th birthday issue this month, we asked them to tell us about their most memorable travel experiences.

Prosperous Panama Proves to be Business Friendly

Prosperous Panama Proves to be Business Friendly

Patrick O’Brien has been working forever—or so it seems. The self-called “serial entrepreneur” first forayed into the business world as a child laborer…of sorts. He was a successful child actor, starring in everything from commercials to TV movies.

The Secret of "Jubilado"

The Secret of “Jubilado”

Al Fine knows a magic word: “jubilado”. He gets special treatment when he uses this word. He never has to wait in line. It’s not a trick…but an entitlement. You could be eligible to use this word, too.

The Panama You Can't Find in Panama City

The Panama You Can’t Find in Panama City

Isolated in the Chiriqui highlands of Panama’s western-most province, the town of Boquete might as well be in a different country.

Panama's New City

Panama’s New City

The party is over… for this year, anyway.

The largest Live & Invest in Panama Conference in the history of International Living is now finished and entered in the record book.

Panama is Finished

Panama is Finished

There’s a little beach town in Panama where you can still buy a home on a long stretch of beach. And you’ll pay very little for it. I’m pretty sure you’ve never heard of this place. Very few expats live here, yet it’s less than an hour from an airport. And about the same distance from Panama’s most popular expat locale

Day 2: The Easy Way to Make Money in Panama

Day 2: The Easy Way to Make Money in Panama

Find something you love to do and then do it like you love it. That’s good advice… something we’ve heard over and over. And it’s striking a chord with those who’ve joined us here in Panama at the International Living Live and Invest in Panama Seminar 2010.

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Retire Early, Retire Rich

Retire Early, Retire Rich

We’re going to try something a little different today. I’m not sure where we’ll end up, but stick with me… We’ve added a lot of new readers over the past few months—to you, a big welcome. To help you get up to speed on how International Living can help you find an overseas adventure, opportunity, […]

Where the Timing is Right for Real Estate

Where the Timing is Right for Real Estate

“Timing is everything.” They say it about wine. About fashion. And, of course, about real estate. I’m ill-qualified to comment on the first two. But when it comes to property investing, I’d agree.

Happy, Healthy, Wealthy and Wise…

Happy, Healthy, Wealthy and Wise…

What’s the secret to being happy, healthy, wealthy and wise? I won’t go as far as to say that moving to Panama will solve all your problems. But if accessing good quality healthcare is important to you, then the affordable healthcare in Panama will make it easy for you focus on the other aspects of a retirement in paradise.

A Surprising Side of Panama

A Surprising Side of Panama

Driving up into the hills, I am suddenly surrounded by orange trees. They are currently laden with hard green fruits. In September, though, there will be an abundance of ripe, fragrant oranges as plump as you please. Then the Orange Fair will draw locals from all the surrounding villages

Panama Business Opportunities

Panama Business Opportunities

I see a lot of opportunity in Panama right now for entrepreneurs and small businesses; in fact, I see more opportunity here than in just about every other country in the western hemisphere with few exceptions.

Caribbean Island Property—Without the Million-Dollar Price Tag

Caribbean Island Property—Without the Million-Dollar Price Tag

Steve Hartwig lives on an island that’s approximately three miles long. He leads a quiet life, running a small Bed-and-Breakfast. He’ll tell you there isn’t much to do—that is, outside of contemplating the bright blue water and the many species of rare and colorful birds. And that’s just fine with him.

Panama's Best Kept Secret

Panama’s Best Kept Secret

A cool breeze tickles my neck as I take in the view from Gaital Hill. The sky is a gingham pattern of crisp blue and white now that the mists have dissolved in the afternoon sun. The fauna is deeply green and seems to cover everything. At the foot of the hill lies my destination…“the valley.”

Volcan: Where to Find the Most Affordable Retirement in Panama

Volcan: Where to Find the Most Affordable Retirement in Panama

It’s a stunning drive to Volcan—and that’s not just travel writer hype. As the road winds up into the mountains, one vista after another unfolds. I have driven this road many times over the past four years, and it’s still as invigorating as ever.

Panama City’s Casco Viejo Set to Boom With Inclusion in New Transit System

Anyone who has visited Panama City recently knows two things: the city’s new Coastal Belt Highway improved the traffic situation immensely, and Casco Viejo ranks as one of the city’s most charming and beautiful areas. Now the two are coming together in a way that could spell the business and cultural boom that Casco Viejo […]

Globetrotter

Globetrotter

Discover the easiest way to get to Latin America and learn about Thai Airways unique program that focuses on Asia’s world famous pilgrimage sites

The World’s Easiest Places to Retire

The World’s Easiest Places to Retire

One of the most common questions we get from IL readers is: Where in the world is it easiest to retire or relocate? The answer? It depends.

The Best Places in the World to do Business

The Best Places in the World to do Business

As I travel, I see many places that are compelling for talented entrepreneurs because of a combination of business opportunities, tax-advantaged corporate structures, and low cost of doing business. Here are some of those places

On the Ground: How to Meet Expats and Get Connected

On the Ground: How to Meet Expats and Get Connected

One of the best – and fastest – ways to avoid boredom and become a part of your new community is to connect with other like-minded individuals through expat-oriented activities.

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