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A New Beach in Panama City? It’s a possibility!

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Have you ever driven down Avenida Balboa, or walked the beautiful tree-lined Cinta Costera, looked at the Panama Bay and wondered: what would a beach look like here in the city? If you have, it’s probably for good reasons. Once upon a time, for most of Panama City’s modern existence in fact, the curved banks of the Panama Bay was home to a vibrant, swimmable beachfront. For a large part of the 20th century, locals and visitors bathed, played, and took in sun along the Panama Bay, stretching from Paitilla all the way to the Casco peninsula.
As development grew during the latter third of the century, this just wasn’t logistically feasible to match the infrastructure growth and traffic, so the beach was removed. At the time, this was a decision that followed a larger trend of making urban cores more vehicle-friendly. It worked, and much like other cities, Panama expanded with density. These days, however, there’s a new “wave” of enthusiasm to bring the beach back. Will it be feasible? It’s possible!
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How to Manage Retirement or Relocation in Panama on a Fixed Income

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For most people who move to Panama, the cost of living, and being able to enjoy more on a limited budget is a big part of the draw. Living on a fixed income in Panama is not only possible, it’s a reality for many expats, and one that still allows them to enjoy life to the fullest. In Panama, living on a budget is all about choices, and knowing how to navigate the lifestyle you want, in the setting provided for you here. Whether you choose to live in the city, on the beach, or up in the mountains, you will find what you need, and at the budget you choose. Here are some tips how.
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Panama: Population Movement. : Weekly News Roundup, February 21st, 2020

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Your Expat 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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Fast-Track Familiarity in Panama by Making Friends with Locals!

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Moving to Panama can be a big step in life, and an even bigger one when it comes to making new friendships. Let’s be honest, changing countries, cities, towns, and cultures can seem a bit overwhelming for many of us, no matter where we’re from. For many expats, finding friendship can seem like a daunting task. It takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there in a new place, but with a bit of guts, some open-mindedness, and good communication skills, it’s a lot more pleasant than it seems.

If you truly want to adjust to your new life in Panama, familiarize yourself with the country and culture, and get the most out of your social life here, there’s one way you can fast-track it more efficiently than anything else: make friends with locals!
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Health authorities hunt for missing arriving China passenger who gave false information. : Weekly News Roundup, February 17th, 2020

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Why Open a Panama Bank Account?

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Considering moving to Panama or doing business in Panama? Where and how you bank is something you need to think about, and with priority. If you are relocating to Panama, either as an expat, retiree, or investor, chances are you have a bank account from your home country, or the country where you do your business in. Many of these banks are international, and thanks to the nature of digital banking in the 21st-Century, business can be done from anywhere without actually changing your bank account or moving it to another financial jurisdiction. There are, however, a few catches.
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Foodies rejoice! Here are some amazing local Panama treats to try!

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Panama is a country full of diversity at every angle, and that is certainly the case when it comes to food. Panamanians have a rich gastronomical tradition that spans centuries of influence from all over the world. They also have a burgeoning restaurant scene in the country that mixes old styles with new ones, and practically everything in between. If you want real, delicious, home-cooked Panamanian food, there are literally hundreds of options to choose from, whether in the city, countryside, mountains, or beach area. So in the essence of efficiency, and narrowing it down for newcomers (and long-time Panama expats), we’ve pick five of our favorite “must-eat” foods to try in Panama. Buen provecho!
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Two Panama ministers fired on Dominican’s 2nd prison break : Weekly News Roundup, February 7th, 2020

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A Quick 1-Day Guide to Panama City

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If you’re visiting Panama City for fun, work in Panama City, or here for work, chances are you’ll have some downtime. People all need time off, and when you’re not familiar with a new place, it can sometimes be a challenge to figure out how to spend it. Don’t worry! In Panama City, there’s plenty to do when you’ve got nothing to do at all. With many types of attractions and diversions, you’ll find that your vacation day, day off work, or time visiting friends and family will be full of local fun. Here’s a quick guide to how you can enjoy a full day of leisure in the big city.
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