Panama City, Panama
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Did you know Panama does not have hurricanes?
There are some small
beach towns in Panama that you've most likely never heard of...where you
can still buy a home on a long stretch of beach, and pay very little
If you were to live in one of these towns, you could sit on
your terrace and watch young surfers trying out the waves or whales
frolicking with their babies. You might see giant sailfish flipping and
There are also some
little mountain towns in the interior of Panama where you can still buy a
home or a large parcel of land for a very low price. Chances are it
will come with a babbling brook...they're everywhere here.
It's also likely this
land will have waterfalls and hiking trails on it...or that you'll see
wild toucans and parrots and flowers and vines of every tropical variety
The tall grass waving
in the breeze will be so green it may remind you of Ireland—although you
can be very sure you'll never suffer any cold weather here. The land is
so fertile that a broken tree branch stuck into the ground will quickly
sprout and blossom into a full-grown shade tree.
As I said, you've probably never heard of these little hamlets...but you will soon, mark my words.
And of course, there are also all those well-known Panama expat communities...like Boquete and Coronado, where life is tranquilo
and there's not much angst for the new expat. Don't speak Spanish yet?
No worries. Don't know anyone? Not a problem. There are lots of other
folks just like you...except they're been here longer. They can tell you
about the best doctors and medical clinics, the best places to bank, to
eat, to get your car repaired, or to take your dog for grooming or
They're also the best
resources when it comes to finding out how much it really costs to live
in Panama, right down to the nickels and dimes. After today, that's
something I (and the more than 400 people in the room with me today)
know for sure right now.