Panama has a long history of welcoming immigrants to its shores. Not long after the first conquistadors arrived in 1501, it became apparent that Panama was the narrowest point between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The isthmus quickly became part of an infamous trade route that transported precious metals from Peru to Europe.
Hello from a Panama in the midst of "cuarentena absoluta"—our highest level of quarantine here. Wherever in the world you are, I hope you're healthy and keeping your spirits up.
Most expats-to-be worry about how they'll fill their days. They get a little nervous when they think about leaving behind jobs and co-workers…the family circle…a long-established network of friends. It's only natural to have concerns.
So, what do you do with your days while you are living your retirement dream? How do you remain active? How do you stay engaged with your new community? One answer is to volunteer.
Here in Panama we've been easing into our "dry" or summer season. Though we really do get sunny weather all year, January through March are particularly glorious on the Pacific Coast and in the mountains. It's a wonderful time to explore the great outdoors in Panama, whether you're living here or just down for a visit.
Summer weather in Panama occurs during the months of December through mid-May. During this season, days are sunny, with only a few clouds, and rain is rare. These months coincide with winter in North America. So, the population of Boquete and other areas in Chiriquí swells as tourists and snowbirds visit to get away from the cold.
The mountain settlement of Cerro Azul, north of Tocumen, had once been favored by Panama's elite. But as more luxurious communities became popular, many of Cerro Azul's sweet A-frame cottages were virtually abandoned.
Many expats find that closer and warmer destinations like Panama are plenty safe—in some ways even safer than the cities they lived in up north. Come down to visit and you'll see your fellow expats going about their lives with few worries.
It costs nothing to lay your towel out on the smooth white sand and lose yourself in the therapeutic sound of crashing waves, while the bright sun washes over you. Coronado Beach is not far from Panama City, and it is hardly ever busy as it’s often overlooked for more popular locations. Revel in a seemingly private ocean-side paradise.
Regardless of age, folks aren't just coming here to retire. There's a large subset that is looking to earn an income. Some simply could use the money. Others feel it's the best way to stay excited about and engaged with their community as a whole (not just the North American retirees).