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65,000 pairs of rubber booties help kids get to school. : Weekly News Roundup, October 29th 2019

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4 Ways to Manage “Fiestas Patrias” in Panama in November

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November is almost here, and that means it’s party time for Panama. Well, to be honest, it means much more than that, but the mood is certainly festive on the isthmus, and it’s a great time to celebrate national pride with the Panamanians. Panama celebrates five national holidays, spread out during the month of November, collectively known as the “Fiestas Patrias”, or “Patriotic Parties (holidays).” The fiestas patrias are November 3rd, 4th, 5th, 10th, and 28th.

Each holiday represents a different battle or independence from colonialism, and each are celebrated with lots of national pride and fanfare. Now, this doesn’t mean that the whole month is one big holiday, however with so many falling in such little time, many Panamanians like to take the majority of their vacations during this month. There’s lots to do all over the country, and a lot to absorb, especially if you’re a tourist or a newer expat. To help you navigate all these celebrations, here are four things we think you should know, while celebrating here in Panama.
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Why this is the year you should retire to Panama!

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There’s lots of talk about how Panama is the #1 expat retirement destination going around the web these days, and to be perfectly honest, it’s been that way for some time now. Panama is a huge destination for retiring for a lot of reasons, and as we move ahead through 2019, it seems like there’s no better time than now to take the plunge. Panama has a vibrant expat community spread over all parts of the country, and the retirement community plays a big part in all of it. Retiring in Panama can be both economically beneficial, as well as greatly increase one’s quality of life, and give you the perfect retirement that you’ve always wanted, not too far from home. Here are our top 5 reasons to retire in Panama this year!
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Panama Atlantic coast bunker sales seen rising in 2020 : Weekly News Roundup, October 24th 2019

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Time to Take the Leap: Why you should move to Panama in 2020

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Moving to Panama and relocating your life can be a challenge, and a big leap for many people. There’s so much to consider, and it may seem like an enormous amount of effort to make it work. Luckily, if you feel this way you’re not alone. But you don’t have to be. Moving to Panama can be not only a great experience, but both a personally and financially viable choice. And if you take the right steps, and know what you’re getting into, it could be one of the best decisions you make in your life. We’re here to tell you why, and how you can make the transition as smooth and enjoyable as possible.
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How to find the perfect “dry season” beach escape in Panama!

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Though it’s technically winter in the northern hemisphere, in Panama, January through March is considered “Summer” as it’s the hot, dry season. And while some Panamanians and expats may have vacation time, many who work are limited to being weekend warriors, who get there outdoor summer fix in day trips to places close to the city. Lucky for them there are some great, underrated beaches just a short drive from Panama City. Here’s a quick list of our favorites:
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Biologists in Panama Eavesdrop on Manatees for Their Own Good. : Weekly News Roundup, October 16th 2019

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Looking to Relocate to Panama? Don’t miss Playa Venao!

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Retirees, working expats, and locals, have long sought after Panama’s beach communities as the ideal place to live both full-time and part time. In recent years, and especially today, many of these communities are going through a major Real Estate boom. This is great for the local economy, and is really driving investment and revenue into Panama’s top beach locations. The only downside is that with all of the development, many communities are becoming crowded, and more importantly, expensive. They are also moving further and further away from the city as land becomes less available. And that may not necessarily be a bad thing, especially for people looking for an authentic, natural experience. The problem is, once you bring the city to the beach, it loses some of its authenticity.

For many expats there is a need for something a little quieter, and away from the hustle and bustle of modern beach development. And there’s a huge demand for eco-friendly areas that are unspoiled by cookie cutter developments and rush hour traffic. If you’re looking for something off the beaten path, but still a quality, safe beach community, Panama’s got a lot of unique options for you. From Isla Grande on the Caribbean side, to Pedasi in the Azuero Peninsula, there are some great finds when it comes to Real Estate. There is one area, however, that’s attracting a new kind of attention, and for all the right reasons.
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Moving to Panama with kids? Here’s how to pick the best school.

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Panama has many good private schools to choose from for expats relocating here. Panama’s private schools are amongst the top in Central America, and are easily comparable with the quality of education offered by schools in North America.
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Panama Canal Welcomes First Cruise Ship Transit of 2019-2020 Season : Weekly News Roundup, October 8th 2019

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