Life is Simple in Panama’s Serene Mountain Town

Life is Simple in Panama’s Serene Mountain Town

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February 9, 2019

When I first discovered Sora, I had been looking for someplace quiet to spend a weekend away from Panama City. I wanted a place that was an easy drive from the capital. Somewhere with a cool climate and little noise or light pollution. I wanted to be able to look up and see the stars, maybe wear a light jacket, and have a relaxing weekend.

How to Get to Boquete, Some Hotels, Tours and Things to Do

How to Get to Boquete, Some Hotels, Tours and Things to Do

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July 2, 2018

Hi IL, We’re planning on going to Boquete in the Chiriqui provinence to check out local infrastructure. Would you be able to give myself and my wife a few tips on the following? What’s the best way to get to Boquete? Would you be able to suggest a few hotels? Would we get altitude sickness Read more...: How to Get to Boquete, Some Hotels, Tours and Things to Do

Five Benefits of Moving to Ecuador’s Highlands

Five Benefits of Moving to Ecuador’s Highlands

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April 8, 2018

There are a growing number of people who have realized that retirement dreams can come true by moving abroad. Ecuador is one of the countries seeing an uptick in retired expats—many of whom have settled in the mountains of this equatorial nation. Here are five reasons why moving to Ecuador’s highlands could be right for you.

This Is What Makes Panama Unique?

This Is What Makes Panama Unique?

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November 26, 2017

There's no other retirement destination quite like Panama. Whatever you're looking for in a retirement, you'll find it here. Do you prefer living by the ocean? In the mountains? In ranching country? Big city? Small town? Would you prefer the mainland or a nearby island paradise? Well, Panama has it all so the choice is yours.

Costa Rica Versus Panama: Which Country is Best for You?

Costa Rica Versus Panama: Which Country is Best for You?

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January 21, 2017

My wife, Suzan Haskins, and I were married in Costa Rica 14 years ago and have been back for business and pleasure almost every year since. We also lived in Panama in 2006 and, like Costa Rica, have returned nearly every year for International Living events, editorial trips, and vacations. So it is inevitable that...

This Couple Chased Their Dream to Panama

This Couple Chased Their Dream to Panama

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January 2, 2017

People come to live in Panama for lots of reasons. It’s one of the world’s best destinations for retirees, and if you’re keen on running your own business, it’s got much to offer. But if your dream is to establish a winery, then most folks will tell you to look elsewhere. David Feinstein and Kersti Landeck are not most folks.

Captivating Mountain Views in Cerro Azul, Panama

Captivating Mountain Views in Cerro Azul, Panama

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May 29, 2016

To sit on a porch in the tiny mountain town of Cerro Azul is to experience true serenity. That's how I feel as I relax in an old Adirondack-style chair, gazing at hillsides carpeted in green. A single pick-up truck is the only vehicle that trundles past. Though I don't know him, the driver gives me a friendly wave. Earlier in the day I took a mini-hike to a hilltop mirador (lookout point) and caught far-off glimpses of both the Pacific and the Caribbean. Now I sit sipping my coffee and watching a pretty blue tanager swoop around the garden.