I'm sipping a golden ale nano-brew and looking out over the peaks of Panama's Coclé Province. It's a broad vista. Beyond the bright, grassy shades of mango and banana trees are mountains, richly carpeted in a deep, velvety green.
“Rent before you buy.” I’ve been interviewing expats in Panama since I began writing for International Living in 2006, and this may well be the phrase I hear (and repeat) the most. It’s good advice when moving to a new community…whether it’s across the country or across the world.
Today, the best restaurants in Panama City aren’t necessarily the fanciest (and the most pretentious tend to have impressive “barks” but may fail to deliver when it comes time to bite).
I’m walking along the Panama Bay, under a clear sky the color of cornflowers. The tide is high, and the waves of the deep Pacific are breaking close to the shore. A warm, strong breeze swooshes through the palms…their rattling leaves are the sound of summer.
With an impressive skyline that glistens in the midday sun, Panama's capital looks modern and sophisticated. It's not uncommon for me to hear visitors comparing it to other cosmopolitan destinations like London or New York. Of course, with a population of just under 2 million, Panama City is much smaller.
Imagine living just a 20-minute flight from a world-class island destination…a 45-minute ferry from a tiny haven called the Island of Flowers…or an hour’s drive from an expansive, uncrowded beach that is home to an exuberant expat community.
Imagine having easy access to an exciting, cosmopolitan city…and equally easy access to a string of uncrowded, pristine beaches. On any given day, you could take in a world-class show, see an innovative art exhibit, try out a new restaurant….
I'm in the City of Knowledge, a large "technopark" in Panama's capital. It's much like a business park, but the offices here mostly belong to NGOs and educational institutions. This is a place for innovation and forward thinking...and its small theater is the venue for this year's Panama Jazz Festival.
"You're starting a business where?" That's the question you'll get, over and over, when you tell your friends you've decided to pack your bags and move to Panama. They'll likely know that Panama is famous for its...
If you’re looking to retire or move abroad—but would like to find new ways to make money—you may want to consider getting involved in tourism in Panama. (And even if you’re not looking to work here, you sure can prepare to enjoy the many new and exciting offerings as a tourist in Panama.) Panama’s tourism sector is experiencing...