At the southeastern tip of Panama’s Azuero Peninsula is an up-and-coming beach community that has become a favored spot for surfers, beach-loving tourists, and entertainment-seeking expats.
In the western highlands of Panama, in the Chiriquí Province, is a little mountain town that has many smitten—Boquete. There’s a lot to like and many benefits that have made it a favored destination of retirees and other expats. Perhaps it’s the small town vibe that first draws you in.
It's 10 a.m. and I've already had time to drop the kids off at school...take in a morning Zumba class in a studio overlooking the canyon...and enjoy a café con leche (coffee with milk), holadre (a Panamanian breakfast pastry), and vegetable omelet during my morning "business meeting" with my husband.
Las Lajas is the favored beach among expats in Chiriquí. An easy one-hour drive from David going east on the Interamerican highway brings you to the San Felix intersection. Here you turn right and head towards the ocean. Thirty minutes more and you will find the two-lane road ends at the shore. The small village seems abandoned as you drive along the rough road.
A collection of facts and figures on Panama.
Panama has much to offer, from mountain havens boasting year-round mild temperatures to colonial towns where the traditions of grand old Spain have shaped and enriched the local culture. But it’s Panama’s sunny beaches that get the most attention…and with good reason.
I always wanted to live in the tropics, and since moving to the city of David all my expectations have been surpassed. Besides the great weather, shopping, and services, David is a thriving modern city. Even though David has a population of over 164,000, it feels like a smaller town. Everything I need is within 10 to 15 minutes of where I live.
"I think commuting is a waste of time. And I don't like fluorescent lights or uncomfortable business socks," says Jon Anderson, who works remotely in the field of IT. "The internet came around when I was first starting my career.
Before my recent visit, I'd heard a lot about the "small-town" feel of Pedasí, Panama. You hear that about a lot of places...and I've gotten skeptical over the years.
Meetings can be the bane of a writer’s existence. Or, they can actually help. I was privileged to experience the latter kind of meeting recently, just after our last International Living conference in Panama.