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Old 02-05-2010, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Lakewood NJ/Murrells Inlet SC/ N. Naples FL/Swainton NJ
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For a spell, before I retired, I looked into moving to Panama (and Costa Rica and Equador, but Panama was the most recent). Now that we are retired and have purchased homes in both SC and FL, it probably won't happen. Besides I never did learn Spanish.

But, I was just curious if anyone on this site who was born in the US has made the move to Panama? If so, I'd be happy to hear your expierences.
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Old 09-09-2010, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Macao
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I am bumping up this topic, as I would be equally interested to hear experiences.
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Old 09-09-2010, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Hermoso y tranquilo Panamá
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Hi everyone. I've lived in Panama coming up on 6 years now. I knew maybe 5 words of Spanish when I moved here. My primary objective was quality of life but since I'm too young to retire had to start a biz. I live in all Panamanian neighborhoods and always have. Even being a single female and obviously from the States, I've never once had problems. Think the real key is, well, just treating others respectfully.

I did just post on my blog a recent article from AARP's magazine about Boquete, which is in the Highlands where I live. Of course the Republic is very diverse, so there's a place for everyone - well, unless one is expecting "little North America". We do have a strong US influence with the canal and all of that but we're not like say Cabo where one feels like they're still in the States.

There are also some other blog posts that talk about retirement benefits etc., cost of living and other info Anyway, there's no place in the world I'd rather be
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:22 PM
 
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Okay, I'll give this thread a 'bump' to see if much has changed between 2010, when this thread was begun, and 2013.

We've been talking about relocating somewhere less expensive than here (Ashland, Oregon) but two monkey wrenches were thrown into our discussions. Grandson Number One and Grandson Number Two. I just adore them and would miss them very much. They live close by with my daughter and son-in-law.

Still, even that mitigating circumstance doesn't alleviate the fact that someday we could just plain run out of money (he is 71 and retired, I am 58 and do not work). It would make good economic sense for us to pull up stakes, live where it is cheaper (and maybe more interesting?) and come home to visit.

The more I read about countries with great weather which are located in the Americas, Boquete continues to stand out. It would be wonderful to know what life there would be like, including information on satellite tv, wifi and other amenities, whether they exist or not. "International Living" is like one big cheering section for all of these countries. They write nothing about crime rates, safety issues, etc.

Anybody out there who lives in Boquete or David who might like to share? Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:48 PM
 
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The more I read about countries with great weather which are located in the Americas, Boquete continues to stand out. It would be wonderful to know what life there would be like, including information on satellite tv, wifi and other amenities, whether they exist or not. "International Living" is like one big cheering section for all of these countries. They write nothing about crime rates, safety issues, etc.
As you probably gathered, Panama is muggy hot, and not the easiest place to live in when you are over age 70. Boquete at about 3500' in altitude is much cooler than the rest of the country, but you will get bored sooner or later and want to come into the city.

Personally, I am somewhat wary of American retirement towns in Latin America. They may not be the hedge against future cost of living increases as much as you may think. San Miguel de Allende in Mexico went from being a hippie town to a very expensive place to live as more and more the American wealthy retired there.

Del Bajío International Airport or Aeropuerto Internacional de Guanajuato is very near one of the cultural centers of Mexico, Guanajuato. It's a beautiful city, with the streets buried in tunnels under the city, favored by many of Mexico's wealthy. You have easy access to flights to the USA, and you would be living in a place that is really running on the Latin American economy (with some tourism). Prices will be considerably lower for transportation, housing, restaurants, etc. While you can get by on English waving your hands, you will probably have to learn some Spanish. You are more likely to meet with European tourists than Americans.

While your neighbor (even a Mexican American) will tell you that Mexican violence is appalling, keep in mind that many states are actually safer than Canada. The violence rate in Mexico is extraordinarily high in Ciudad Juárez (the world's murder capital) and Sinaloa, Chihuahua, etc. But much of the country is very calm. Simply exercise the same caution that you would in the USA.

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Old 02-12-2019, 02:14 PM
 
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Default Where I was Born

I am the opposite: I was born in Panama and then moved to the USA.
Suffice it to say that I am returning to Panama to retire there....
Am I making myself clear?
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