We just finished the February 2014 Tour. What fun it was meeting so many nice people who are all considering moving to Panama. After leaving the heat and congestion of Panama City we enjoyed lunch in Coronado before meeting with two real estate agents who showed us one property for sale and one for rent. The photo above is the tour group taking pictures of Coronado Bay from a rooftop pool area at a condo in Coronado. Even though we do not sell real estate, tour guests always want to see what houses look like in different price ranges (for sale and for rent) in Panama. We don’t see real estate in every town that we visit but we do see six or seven properties during the tour including a $600 per month rental.
There are pros and cons of each area in Panama. During the tour we discuss what those are plus the tour guests share their thoughts about each area. In four years of doing tours, we have never had anyone who wanted to live in Panama City. It seems that people who come from cold climates prefer the beach areas and people who come from hot places ( like Texas) prefer the spring like temperatures in the highlands of Panama.
Panama Relocation Tours are not for tourists. The tours are geared towards providing as much information as possible to help people make an informed decision about relocating to Panama for retirement or work. We provide all the information necessary to make the relocation transition smooth.
But, all work and no play is not fun so we do have many fun activities like a short hike in a rain forest, seeing a farmers market with crafts, we stop off at the bakery with the best brownies in Panama, and we visit a famous artist. Each tour is a little different. We even saw Kathleen Peddicord and Lief Simon at our hotel in Santiago.
Everyone on the Panama Relocation Tours says the best part is getting to see Panama from one end to the other then being flown back to Panama City (included in the tour price). You just can’t learn about living in Panama by sitting in a conference room. They also enjoy meeting with expats in most of the towns we visit. They usually join us for lunch or dinner so there is plenty of time to learn about their Panama relocation experience.
Last month we had a couple on the tour who had attended a 3-day Conference about Relocation to Panama. They said they did not feel like they learned anything (except one sales pitch after another), so that is why they signed up for our tour. You just can’t get a “feel” for what life will be like living in Panama by sitting in a conference room looking at slides. You need to have boots on the ground to see and feel what Panama is like. That couple said they got “more than their money’s worth” on the Panama Relocation Tours. They also learned what they needed to learn to be able to relocate to Panama…. without the hype of a conference.
We have special arrangements with several banks to get a Panama bank account opened in less than an hour. During this month’s tour, we helped 6 tour guests open a bank account.
Meals are fun times when guests can get to know each other and they get to tastes the incredible flavors in Panama’s fruits and vegetables. Many people comment that they had no idea that a pineapple, mango, carrot or tomato could taste so good. We surprised our driver with a birthday cake during one of our lunches.
If you’re thinking about moving to Panama, join us for a Panama Relocation Tour in 2014. Our March tour is sold out. Most tours sell our a few months in advance so sign up early. Call or fill out the form on the Contact Us page to get more information.
The February 2014 Tour group photo which also includes Bob Adams and Jeff Lane from RetirementWave.com who joined us at an exclusive resort on the Pacific Ocean. I’m taking the photo so I’m not in this one.