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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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Panama’s Caribbean Coast: Beaches, beauty, and natural wonder

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Panama’s Caribbean coast has a unique history. It’s the first coast the Spanish settled upon, a place rich in resources and pristine beaches, and hosts the northern mouth of the Panama Canal. For the past century or so, however, Panama’s Caribbean coast has largely been overshadowed by the economic and tourism powerhouse of the capital city and developed beach areas of the Pacific. Despite all this, there is a certain kind of magic contained within Panama’s Caribbean coastline. One that locals in the rest of the country know, and value, even if they don’t visit that often. Panama’s northern Caribbean coast has some of the country’s best beaches, hikes, fishing, boating, maritime commerce, and yes, party scene. Here’s more.
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Top 5 Things to Do in Chiriqui, Panama’s Western Wonderland

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Panama is a small country that packs some of the most diverse terrain and wildlife in all of Central America. This means that each region of Panama is different, and each with its own flare and attraction for travel, as well as retiring and living in Panama. Chiriqui, Panama’s westernmost province, is a great example of this diversity, and on the top of many to-do lists for both people visiting and living in Panama. With so many things to see and do that you just can’t get anywhere else in the country, we’ve compiled a list of our top 5!
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Four Neighborhoods Perfect For Expats in Panama City

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Panama City, Panama is a great place to live if you’re an expat. It’s the center of the country’s business, tourism, and financial industry, as well as its culture capital. For this, and many other reasons, many expats choose Panama City as their home. Panama City’s size and cost of living variance between areas means that choosing the right neighborhood can be an important step in many aspects of your life here. Here are four neighborhoods we feel are great for expats, each with its own charm, style, and quality of life.
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Learn Spanish in Panama!

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Learning Spanish in Panama can be as fun as it is useful, and is easier than ever these days thanks to its popularity. Spanish is an important language to master, even if you don’t live in Panama or Latin America. More and more, multinational businesses need these types of language skills for their employees, making it a high demand skill for both the North American and European job market. Schools weigh language tools upon acceptance. And more importantly, learning Spanish helps bring people in the Americas closer together, and gives us greater empathy towards one another in a growing globalized world. If you live or work in Panama (or anywhere in Latin America), learning Spanish is also a practical skill that’s invaluable in everyday life.
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Panamas Pacific Beaches are Popular as Ever With Retirees

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Retirees heading to Panama tend to find themselves with many types of communities to live in that suits their taste. More and more, however, they are choosing the “Playas” or beaches area of the central Pacific coastline. This area consists of three primary towns: Coronado, Gorgona, and San Carlos. Though retirees live up and down the coast in some other small towns as well, this is where you’ll find the largest concentration of expats, and the most infrastructure as far as residential developments, shopping, and food/drink/entertainment services. If you’re looking for a quiet, natural, upscale beach life that’s about an hour or so from Panama City, this may be your best bet. Here’s why.
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5 Ways to Enjoy Rainy Season in Panama

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Rainy season’s in full swing here in Panama, and that means (unfortunately) a lot of everyone’s favorite outdoor activities may be a bit tougher to do. Panama is a tropical country, and because of this, has a serious amount of annual rainfall. Tropical rains come strongest between June and October, and serve as one of the main reasons Panama is so lush and beautiful. The downside, however, is that it may put a damper on your beach day, hike, or walking tour around the city. Don’t worry, though! We’ve got five fun ways to enjoy rainy season without getting wet, and still seeing the best of Panama.
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