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Is moving to Panama right for you?

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Are you ready to move to Panama? Is moving to Panama the right choice? Is this the right time? These are tough questions, with no simple answers, that every expat has asked themselves and every future expat will ask themselves. Moving to Panama is a big step! In fact, moving anywhere is a big step, and one that you should plan for, but not overthink or drive yourself crazy about. All big decisions, no matter how many things you need to factor into them before making them, come down to one overarching question you need to ask yourself: is this right for you? Here’s how to best find the answer, when the question is moving to Panama.
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The Best Neighborhoods for Expats in Panama City are…

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Moving to Panama City? You’ll need to find the perfect area that fits you, and for many, that means somewhere that expats can adjust and thrive. There are many expats all over Panama, but when it comes to business and cultural centers, no place is better than Panama City. The city continues to grow at a breakneck pace, and each neighborhood offers something a little different. Here are what we believe to be Panama City’s top 5 neighborhoods for expats:
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Want to island hop? Here’s where to go in Panama!

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Panama is full of islands. Known as one of the most diverse tropical countries on earth, Panama has a unique landscape that includes hundreds of the most beautiful islands on both coasts. Whether you’re moving to Panama, or just visiting Panama, checking out the islands is sure to be high on your agenda. With so many islands to pick, you’ll literally never run out of places to go. You may, however, want to narrow down your search. Here are a few of our suggestions for a beautiful Panama island getaway.
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Relocate or Retire in Panama: Here are 6 quick tips

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If you’re planning on relocating to or retiring in Panama, chances are you’ll need to do some adjusting. This isn’t to say that it’ll be a bad experience; simply that moving to another country, and another culture, involves a lot of changes in a very short time. Getting personally adjusted to a new life, and new lifestyle, can be extremely rewarding, and a actually a lot of fun. Here are some simple tips to help you adjust to Panama, and make your stay, or new life here, much easier:
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Chiriqui on the Rise: How Panama’s west is best for tourism

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Panama’s tourism sector is a major reason why the local economy is so strong, but it may surprise you where it’s truly excelling. Far from the hustle and bustle of the capital city, and the tropical islands of the Caribbean coast, Chiriqui has carved a name out for itself as a major go-to destination for tourists. Chiriqui is Panama’s westernmost province, and is known for its agriculture, hikes, coffee plantations, and cool, temperate climate. Chiriqui is also a short flight from Panama City, and borders Costa Rica on its western side. But what really drives tourists to Chiriqui, and how is the province handling all the new attention?
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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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Moving to Panama on Fixed Income? Here’s what you should know first.

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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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Traveling with Pets? Here’s how to bring them to Panama!

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When you relocate to a different country, you want to make sure everyone in your family is happy. For many of us, “family” can also consist of a dog, cat, or small pet. That’s why, before you move, it’s important to know what the proper procedures are for bringing a pet into a foreign country. What steps do you need to take before the move? What steps, if any, do you need to take after? How will you transport your pet? There are many questions to ponder. Luckily, there are many ways to do this, and if you follow the steps correctly, you’re pet will be as happy and excited about the big move as you are.
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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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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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