I’m a little late in posting our June 2014 group photo. Just a few days after the tour I went to Ecuador and just got back yesterday.
Every Panama Relocation Tour group is a little different but very much the same too because everyone on the tour is considering Panama is a place to live, work and play. So, everyone has a common interest which creates a quick bond with all tour attendees. Margie and Dennis Casey from Florida sent in this testimonial which describes how it is actually more educational to get input from other tour attendees:
Typically when we explore a new region we haven’t been, we rent a car and off we go. In Panama, I’m glad we didn’t. We came across the Panama Relocation Tours website and wondered if it was worth the money. We’re happy to say, we were pleasantly surprised. The constant communication, well chosen hotels, guest lecturers and the depth of the ‘boots on the ground experience’ from Jackie’s life in Panama made the trip a worthwhile investment and fun. Traveling with 12 other people isn’t typically our style however everyone of us is in the ‘same boat’ exploring retirement places which made it more educational to hear everyone’s concerns and input, not just ours. Over the period of a week, we traveled from one end of Panama to the other. We ate at fine restaurants and local Mom & Pops where lunch cost $3.50. We loved the diversity of the cities we saw and would recommend anyone considering Panama for relocation take the tour with Jackie first! Be sure to go into Panama City a couple days early and ask for Jackie’s driver Jose to show you around the city.
June is the beginning of the rainy season. That usually means that we have a light rain in the late afternoon every other day. The rain will usually only last an hour in June. It’s not until October and November that we usually see rains in the middle of the day or in the morning.
Mother Nature decided to give us a surprise on the first day of the tour. It was pouring down rain all day. But we didn’t let it interfer with the tour agenda too much. We still had lunch with an expat and got to see property in Coronado. We did skip driving up the very winding road to El Valle and the hike in the rain forest. Luckily, by the time we got to the resort where we spend the first night of the tour, the rains stopped so everyone could enjoy a little more time to walk on the beach, swim in the pools, and a few adult beverages.
Before dinner we met with two expats, Bob Adams of www.RetirementWave.com and his business partner Jeff Lane, who live in Panama City. They provided a wealth of information about the pros and cons (mostly pros) of living in Panama City.
Richard Detrich joined us for the June tour too. He has lived in Panama 10 years and has seen many changes take place. SEE RICHARDS RECENT POST about the June tour with additional photos and comments.
When considering moving to any country it is important to meet with and talk to expats who live there. You won’t hear the same story from everyone. Some will say they love it. Others will say they are ready to move. We met with one lady who living in Boquete then decided to move to Cuenca Ecuador because it is bigger with much more cultural opportuity. But after a year in Ecuador, she moved back to Boquete because the expat community is so strong there.
During the Panama Relocation Tours we make arrangements for you to meet with about 50 expats.
You also learn about:
healthcare costs and availability
moving pets to Panama
shipping costs to move your things to Panama
alternatives to shipping your things to Panama
the pros and cons of living in various areas of Panama
rental costs and house prices
the best way to find a rental at a good price
online business opportunities to increase your income in Panama
getting a drivers license
and much more….