Lying in western Panama, Chiriquí province is home to towering mountains covered in cloud forest stretching down to the Pacific Ocean’s pristine sands. Exploring Chiriquí and finding new hidden places is a passion for me—I’ve been doing it since making my home in the provincial capital, David, four years ago.
Madrid, Spain’s capital, is a must-visit for all things art, food, wine, and architecture. I’ve lived here for over eight years now, and I’m still smitten. Tree-lined boulevards open up to busy squares, anchored by elaborate fountains shaped like neo-classical sculptures spraying arcs of water high into the air.
For decades now, International Living has been sharing information about all that Panama has to offer. As quality of life deteriorates elsewhere in the world, Panama looks better and better.
You can live better for less abroad, even on Social Security. Whether you want the sophisticated big city life…to escape to a deserted stretch of coast…to dance the night away in a beach resort…live in history in a colonial town…or follow rural rhythms in a small farming village…you can find it overseas at a fraction of your current budget.
I sat with a friend on the beach in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, marveling at the most spectacular sunset I had ever seen…gold, purple, orange, pink, and blue. I made the decision right then and there to live in this unbelievably beautiful country. And I wasn’t going to wait for retirement.