Starting Over in a Panamanian Paradise

Starting Over in a Panamanian Paradise

"My typical day starts with a steaming cup of excellent Panamanian coffee," says Jade Wills. "I settle down at my desk and work for a few hours then I take a smoothie break using fresh papayas from our yard. "Later, I’ll ride my bike to the vegetable truck or maybe spend some time gardening. I’ve plenty of time for things like yoga and pilates, and some days I’ll pack up my laptop and work from right on the beach. Life is good."

Why You’ll Never Leave Boquete, Panama

Why You’ll Never Leave Boquete, Panama

In the Highlands of Panama, near the border of Costa Rica, there are mountains and valleys velveted in deepest green. Bougainvillea scampers up the hillsides, most often in shocking, bright contrasts of magenta and coral. The place just feels good for you. People comment on it all the time, particularly the expats, many of whom will tell you their health improved after moving here.

Retirees Don’t Wait in Line in Panama…

Retirees Don’t Wait in Line in Panama…

"Pase al frente"... "Go to the front." That’s the phrase I hear most when I’m with my Dad, who is 75 years young. When I was a kid in Oregon, I don’t remember there being a particular emphasis on respect or special courtesies for our elders. Now we live in Panama, where I’ve discovered that locals have very specific notions about how to treat mature citizens.

Boquete Bargains: Prices Fall in Panama’s Idyllic Mountain Retreat

Boquete Bargains: Prices Fall in Panama’s Idyllic Mountain Retreat

It feels like the highland town of Boquete is Panama’s fastest-growing relocation destination. There are a lot of “new things” around here…a new market, new theater, new library, and a new hospice are just a few. In fact, there’s little that can’t be found in Boquete these days. and you’re close to the city of David, just 30 to 40 minutes away (the road is being widened and drive times will vary until it’s done).