As an expat, finding a comfortable place to be with friends and family is important to maintaining your emotional compass. That's why the local bars, restaurants, and other amenities can sometimes come to take on a special place in our hearts—they become gathering places where you feel a part of a community.
During the rainy season (off season), all of the tourist "things to do" are still open. So, it's a wonderful time of year to visit without the crowds, and experience the day-to-day lifestyle of Volcán. Volcán's expat population is growing, and there are now several venues where you'll find expats and locals hanging out all year.
Once this information becomes common knowledge, Panama could see another boom in property sales…in which case the smart thing may well be to buy sooner, rather than later.
For tourists, Panama is a wonderland waiting to be discovered. But if you're planning a move here, you'll want to check out the top retirement and relocation destinations. Once you've processed the information on your Panama Insider website—including descriptions of the towns mentioned here—you'll want to put boots on the ground to see what feels right.
Kiersten left home in Southern California to move to a country where she had no major connections and only knew about three people. Multitalented, Kiersten has worked as a preschool teacher, dancer, performer, and dance instructor. But she always knew that moving away from the U.S. was something she wanted to do.
One of the best things about Boquete is all the delightful dining options. Cuisines from around the world can be found here in small, elegant restaurants and local eateries. With more than 75 restaurants in Boquete, there are choices for every palate.
Along with a better climate, I was looking for a place that offered a slower pace of life, and allowed me to do volunteer work. All those requirements were met in Bocas del Toro.
Right now, there's so much going on in Boquete, it's hard to take it all in. The town is truly realizing its potential as an expat and tourist haven.
January is, as usual, beautiful and sunny here in Panama. I spent the first summer holiday of the year on the Caribbean coast. My sister was in town from Vancouver, and we decided to drive to the Portobelo region, just two hours from Panama City.
My wife, Johanne, and I woke on a lovely morning with blue skies and a warm breeze. With freshly brewed Panamanian coffee poured, we sat outside by the pool and plotted our activities for the day.