(1) Sign up for every yahoo group about Panama that you can find. Read the posts and ask questions. You’ll find that the expats who already live in Panama are glad to answer your questions. They’ve been in your shoes and understand that’s it’s a big decision to relocate to another country. You’ll learn what they love about Panama and you’ll learn which things frustrate them too.
(2) Buy Richard Detrich’s book, Escape to Paradise. It’s available at Amazon. Richard moved to Panama in 2004 and the book goes in to great detail about why they picked Panama and what life is like there.
(3) Go to YouTube.com and do a search for “retire in panama” or “living in panama” You’ll find many videos of expats talking about their life in Panama. You can subscribe to their videos so you’ll get email notifications when they add new videos. One video series I especially like is by Lee Zelter. Lee drives around Panama with a video camera on the dash board of his car so you can SEE Panama before you even get there. His video series are at http://www.youtube.com/user/lzeltzer Lee also hosts a blog at www.boquete.ning.com [Read more…]