David, Panama

David, the capital of Chiriquí Province in western Panama, is becoming more and more popular as expats discover its convenience and affordability. David is Panama’s third-largest city, with a developed infrastructure, but a much lower cost of living than bustling Panama City. It serves as the commercial, business, transportation, education and healthcare hub for all Read more...

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....

Expat Life in Panama

I am sitting enjoying the last of the rainy season with my cup of freshly ground Panama coffee looking out at all the greenery surrounding me. Looking back over the last six years in Panama, it has been a wild ride. Things have ebbed and flowed but I now feel like a local. I know the backroads around the city, know where to find bargains and which restaurants are the best...

Boquete, Panama: The Town of Perpetual Spring

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 favoured destination of retirees and other expats. Perhaps it’s the small-town vibe that first draws you in. It’s the type of place where you can stroll down the main avenue and see a half-dozen...

Golf Tournaments, Carnivals and Low-Cost Living

The original plan was to try out retirement abroad—a short test-drive. But after just a few months on Panama’s Pacific coast, Rex, 77, and Colleen Swanson, 68, were ready to stay for at least two years. So, they signed another lease on their rental home in a small, well-landscaped, waterfront community about 20 minutes’ drive from Pedasí, a small fishing and farming community popular with expats.

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