In Pictures: Panama – The Best Retirement Haven in the World

The Amador Causeway, a land bridge connecting three islands, provides stunning views of Panama. For cooler weather, look to Boquete—a town popular with North American retirees and located close to Panama’s border with Costa Rica. The town is a visual gem—a place where A-frame cottages are adorned with potted plants and cheery flowers. El Valle, about 45 minutes north of Coronado, is nestled in the green velvet of the Chame mountains, and offers magnificent views. Swaying palms, sultry tropical weather and a low cost of living are just a few of the reasons why Panama is an ideal place for retirees. Panama is the best retirement haven in the world and Panama City is a First-World capital with all the amenities you would need. About 94 miles from Panama City, Penonome is today known as a symbol of agricultural wealth, with ranches and farms scattered throughout the town. In Santa Fe, an authentic Panamanian town, you'll find khaki-green hills staggered across the horizon while rainbows streak the powder-blue skies. Located on the Azuero Peninsula, Pedasí sits on what is known as the “tuna coast,” and is an anglers’ paradise. Brightly colored markets with the most diverse and freshest produce can be found in many areas in Panama. Panama, the winner of IL’s Annual Global Retirement Index of 2014, is an ideal place to retire with its stunning beaches, glorious mountain-side villages and cosmopolitan cities.
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For cooler weather, look to Boquete—a town popular with North American retirees and located close to Panama’s border with Costa Rica. The town is a visual gem—a place where A-frame cottages are adorned with potted plants and cheery flowers.

International Living has just released its Annual Global Retirement Index for 2014. This Index ranks the top 24 retirement havens in the world across 8 important categories. This year, Panama has come out on top as winner of the Index and gains the title of being the best country in the world for retirement.

Panama ranks highly across all 8 categories in the Index, but sets the bar high when it comes to special retiree benefits, ease of integration, health care and real estate. Retirees in Panama are entitled to many discounts from movie tickets to airline tickets and health care. With a large expat community, stunning scenery and a low cost of living, it is not hard to see why Panama has once again reigned supreme.

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