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Immigrating to Panama from South Africa: What you need to know

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For many in South Africa, the turmoil and uncertainty of recent years has become just too much, and staying put no longer seems like a good option. Right now, thousands of landowners in South Africa are under danger of either losing their land, or even worse, their lives, with no immediate end in sight, and little aid from the outside world. As chaotic as life is in South Africa, the resilience of its people is inspiring, and people are taking action into their own hands, and making the choice to emigrate. While this choice is never easy, it’s the best bet for those who want to improve their lifestyle, increase their safety, and continue to grow professionally, or as investors.

While there are many great options around the world for South Africans when it comes to emigrating, one place keeps popping up at the top of the list for people of all ages/backgrounds. That place is Panama. Continue reading »

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Renting vs. Buying in Panama: How to make the best real estate choice

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If you’re planning on relocating to Panama, whether for a short or long period, you’ll need to decide whether you want to rent or buy Panama real estate. Both options have a lot to offer, and both can be financially beneficial depending on your lifestyle and circumstances. If you’re looking to rent or buy in Panama, you’ll need to do some due diligence first. The Real Estate market in Panama is diverse and has an abundance of new properties, both in the cities and the suburbs. From luxury skyscraper apartments, beach houses, estates, family homes, and suburban condos, Panama has it all, to buy or rent. Here are some quick tips on how whether you should rent or buy in Panama. Continue reading »

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Five places that are PERFECT for retiring in Panama!

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Have you considered retiring in Panama? Have you already made your decision, but not sure exactly where in Panama you should retire to? With so many great communities here for retirees, you’ve got lots to look over and consider before you make the move. We fully recommend that before making any big decisions about moving, you come visit these places for yourself. That being said, here are five of our favorite places that we think are ideal for retires in Panama.
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What it Takes to be a Well-Rounded Expat in Panama

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What exactly is an expat? This is a question that has been asked (and answered) in many different ways, for many different years. And while the definition may vary depending on the source, we can all agree on one thing: to be a responsible, positive, well-rounded expat, it takes some patience and effort. If you’re planning a move to Panama, or you’re a newer expat and you feel kind of stuck, or frustrated, we understand. Here are some tips to help point you in the right direction, and help you become (or plan on becoming) a well-rounded expat.
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Think “rainy season” isn’t a great time to visit Panama? Think again!

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You may have heard of the “rainy season”, “wet season”, or “green season” in the tropics, and if you’re looking at Panama as a tourism or relocation destination, we’re sure it’s on that list. Rain is a just a part of life in the tropics, and something that keeps the air moist, the landscapes green, and the fruits ripe and plentiful. Panama’s green season (a more apt name) is a time of natural flourishing. It’s when Panama gets its color, and its soul. For many, however, this season may seem like a deterrent from visiting, or something that inhibits you from outdoor activities while on the isthmus. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Here’s why.
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A Panama Renaissance in Casco Viejo

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Panama’s historic “old city”, known as Casco Viejo or Casco Antiguo by some, is going through an incredible renaissance these days. It’s the #1 most visited area of the country tourism wise, it’s home to many of Panama’s best restuarants and bars, it has walkable small beaches, plazas, parks, and is where the seat of government resides in the nation. It’s grown, once again, into the cultural and entertainment center of Panama City. But it wasn’t always this way. Casco Viejo has gone through many layers of change over the past few decades. In fact, it’s gone through this time and time again over the past few centuries. Right now, the neighborhood is in full-on boom mode, and more importantly, a cultural renaissance.
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5 Reasons to Love Panama

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Whether you’re in Panama for business, pleasure, or doing an exploration trip before relocating, we’re sure you’ve already got your reasons to be curious about it. There’s lots to love about this small ocean-uniting nation, and it’s no secret to international tourists and expats (and certainly not to Panamanians themselves). With so much to love about Panama, it’s hard to put it all in one simple list. That being said, here are five of some of our top reasons to love Panama, whether for living or travel.
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Four Reasons Panama’s “Beaches” Region is Right for You

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If you’re planning on relocating to Panama, you’ve got a lot of options for a lot of budget and lifestyle choices. One of the most popular destinations for expats who want to relocate or retire has been the “Playas”, or “beaches” area of Panama. This area consists of about 30km (or 20 miles) of beach communities and rural developments that stretch from Chame to Playa Blanca. The most popular area for expats within this region is Coronado, followed closely by Gorgona and San Carlos. Both are within a two-hour drive from Panama city. In the beaches region you’ll find lots of expats, lots of nature, and lots of ways to enjoy the Panama lifestyle and community. Here are four reasons we think you’ll love living there!
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El Valle de Anton: A weekend escape and retirement heaven

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Let’s talk about El Valle, Panama. When you think about retiring in Panama, relocating to Panama for work, or just visiting Panama, you most likely imagine a tropical paradise. You’re not wrong. That’s most of Panama in a nutshell. There are, however, a few exceptions, and they’ll totally change your view on the diversity of Panama’s landscapes, culture, and climate. El Valle, Panama is special. It’s a small mountain town tucked right into the middle of the country that will remind you of a different time. It’s got small-town charm, and the type of place where you can walk and bike and be greeted by your neighbors. It’s where locals and expats share a common love for nature, community, and serenity. It’s as authentic as it gets, and is only getting better over time.
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No car? No problem! How to navigate living in Panama without owning a vehicle.

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If you’ve been living in Panama for some time, you’ve probably heard the old adage “you need a car to live here.” This, however, couldn’t be further from the truth. Having a car is not just a convenience for most Panamanians, it’s also a luxury. And this luxury, while helpful for many, can actually be a burden for others. When it comes down to it, some people need (or are greatly convenienced by) to have a car, but more often than not, especially if you live in the city, it’s an unnecessary expense and headache. If you’re one of the people that falls into the latter category, we’ve got some tips for you. Here are our best suggestions on how to live in Panama without owning a vehicle, and still make the best of your day-to-day life.
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