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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’s Western Expansion: the role of development in the outskirts of the capital

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The geography behind Panama’s economic development, and their history, is a subtle, yet obvious marker for residents of the capital and its surroundings. Panama City is an ever-expanding metroplex where property values, logistics, and general investment rely heavily on location. This has created a boom for some areas, and a drought for others. Luckily, however, this is all changing, as certain growth areas in Panama City are oversaturated, creating ample opportunities to invest in other locations, and for a fraction of the cost. One of the biggest areas that is filling this need is Panama Oeste (West Panama). Panama Oeste is not, in fact, western Panama, but is rather the western suburbs of Panama City, and is its own province.
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Panama rejects inclusion in EU dirty-money blacklist : Weekly News Roundup, February 28th, 2019

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A Basic Guide to Carnavales in Panama!

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This weekend, Carnaval in Panama begins, and the whole country will be celebrating this traditional 4-day holiday. Carnaval holds a deep cultural significance for people all over Latin America and the Caribbean, and Panama is one of the biggest Carnaval destinations. Whether you live and work in Panama, are retired in Panama, or just visiting Panama, there is something for everyone during the days of Carnaval. And since it’s a national holiday, there are many places you can spend your time celebrating in, depending on your budget and needs. Here are some suggestions for things to do during Carnaval days, that each offers a unique taste and experience of Panama.
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Panama’s Population Continues to Grow, as Country Builds to Meet Demand

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In 2010, during the census taken of the entire country of Panama, there were 3,322,576 registered residents on the isthmus. Now, according to new data, that number could reach over 4,000,000 the end of 2019. This is a massive increase for such a small amount of time, and one that many believe is a positive sign of both economic growth, and quality of life increases. During this same period, Panama added thousands of new houses and residential buildings to meet the demand, sparking a construction boom unlike any in the region. Now, as the population continues to surge, Panama continues to work hard to meet growth for relocation and international investment.
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Scientist accidentally discovers 20-million-year-old tusked sea cow in Panama : Weekly News Roundup, February 21st, 2019

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Tips and Things to do in Panama During Carnaval

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Carnaval in Panama is just around the corner (March 2-5), and the country is getting ready for the biggest party of the year. Carnaval is a traditional celebration that marks the beginning of the holy week holidays each spring. It’s also a huge tourist draw, and Panama’s biggest celebrations generate millions of dollars in added revenue from both foreign tourists and locals. It’s a pretty intense party nationwide, comprising of parades, concerts, street foods, dancing, and elaborate costumes. There are so many things to do in Panama during Carnaval, it’s nearly impossible to do all of them in one year. But there’s something for everyone, if you know how to find it. Here are 5 fun things to do: Continue reading »

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Panama to build migrant shelter as hundreds of Cubans enter : Weekly News Roundup, February 15th, 2019

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Panama ranks near top in LatAm for international franchise investment

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Panama is a hot market for a variety of international investments. And for the most part, a lot of the consumer investments revolve around major international franchises. This has a lot to do with consumer culture in Panama, as well as Panama’s reputation as an international tourism hub, and business hub. People who shop in the Panamanian market expect a world-class product branding, which makes franchising in Panama so attractive. And if you follow the data for Latin America, Panama is one of the top countries for international franchise investment.
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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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