3 Places to Test-Drive Retirement in Panama

Caribbean island, cosmopolitan city or cool mountain haven? Everyone has a dream and, chances are, people have told you yours is unrealistic. I certainly thought mine was—cottages in colourful Caribbean towns were for movie sets or the uber rich. Or so I thought... Turns out in Panama, the dream isn’t out of reach. You can easily rent in a welcoming, attractive area for six months to a year and test it out....

Test Driving Expat Life in Panama

“I’ve got the Bocas Blues,” says Michelle Estes. She recently spent five months test-driving life overseas in the island paradise of Bocas del Toro. And she’ll have the blues until she goes back there in December…hopefully, this time, for good. Located in western Panama, the province of Bocas del Toro is part mainland, part archipelago. Here, over 100 jewel-bright islands stud the translucent...

In Photos: A Modern City with an Historical Heart

With an impressive skyline that glistens in the midday sun, Panama City is modern and sophisticated. It’s not uncommon to hear visitors comparing it to other cosmopolitan destinations like London or New York. Of course, with a population of just under 2 million, this city is much smaller. But when it comes to events, activities and amenities, Panama City more than holds its own.

Monkeys, Rainforests and WiFi…Welcome to Panama City

A capuchin monkey is in a tree just a few steps from where I sit. I stay still for as long as I can—I’m enjoying looking at him and don’t want to scare him away. Surrounded by lush rainforest, I could almost forget that I’m in Panama City. But I am hooked into WiFi in a cafe and—now that the monkey has scarpered—I’m tapping away on my laptop...

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