Tomorrow I’m heading to Panama City to start the June tour. We have tour guests coming in from the United States, Canada, Europe, Cayman Islands, Singapore, and Mexico. Usually, by the end of the first day, everyone will be best friends! I really look forward to meeting everyone and showing them what their life can be like in Panama.
In one week, these people will get all the information they need to make an intelligent decision about moving to Panama.. or not. If they decide to make the move, they will know exactly what to do, where to go, how to get things done, which attorney to use, how to buy a car, how to rent a house, how to save 90% on prescription drugs, how to get affordable health insurance, … and much much more…they will know how to relocate to Panama with ease. Plus, they will have someone (me) to hold their hand once they get here because there will always be more questions. I’m here for my tour clients even way after the tour!
Before I leave for a week, I wanted to give you with some extra reading materials about living and retiring in Panama. The most prolific writer about life in Panama is Richard Detrich. So I will share some his articles below.
Richard Detrich has been living in Boquete Panama for 12 years. In that time, he has written a LOT of blogs about his life in Panama. The blogs include a lot of helpful information for those who are considering moving to Panama. Like me, Richard does not tell the ‘rose colored glasses’ story you read about in some overseas magazines. He also wrote a book about what it was like moving to Panama 12 years ago and a new book called The New Escape to Paradise which is about the contrasts between what life was like then and what it is like now… big big difference!
Panama must be doing something right because Richard and hundreds of thousands of other expats love living in Panama. Me too!!
Here are links to some of Richards blogs about living in Panama.
- Thinking of Relocating?
- Living In Panama: Is It For You?
- What Others Say About THE NEW ESCAPE TO PARADISE: OUR EXPERIENCE LIVING & RETIRING IN PANAMA
- Let Me Save You Thousands, Even Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars
- Blowing Smoke Or Telling It Like It Is
- Three Ways To Discover Panama
- Best Places to Retire in Panama
- Expats: Expectations and Reality
- Panama Relocation Tour
- Live: Day By Day: Panama Relocation Tour
- Panama Relocation Tour Snapshots
- 13 Things the Offshore Gurus Will NOT Tell You About Panama
- Coming to Panama
- Stop Dreaming & “Just Do It!”
- Building In Panama
One interesting thing you will discover in Panama is that no two expats have the same experience. Ask 100 expats what they think about anything about Panama and you will get 100 different answers. Why is that? It is mostly because each expat comes to Panama with different life experiences and expectations.
Some expats come to Panama with a lot of money and prefer the finer things in life. Some expats move to Panama on a tight budget and are perfectly happy with a $4 Panamanian meal. Different experiences and different expectations!
Another example, some expats have a horrible time getting a Residency Visa. They spend thousands of dollars and after two years, they still don’t have a Visa. Contrast that with most expats who work with a GOOD and HONEST attorney then they get their Permanent Residency Visa in a few months – and at an affordable price. (during the tour, you find out who the BEST attorney is and you get a discount because you come on the tour)
Some people have had a bad experience building houses- especially 10-15 years ago. But now there are many QUALITY builders in Panama and everyone I have talked to who has built a house in the last couple of years has had a GREAT experience.
Not that Panama is perfect. No place is perfect! Panama is not like the United States or Canada or Europe. In many ways, for me at least, Panama is much better because many of the “bad” things about the United States do not exist in Panama.
The Panamanian people are the nicest people! They are almost always smiling! They are friendly and helpful. Sure there are a few who have the manana attitude; you’ll find that in any city in the world. But most Panamanians are honest, hard working people who are very proud of their country.
Just because you read a book or one person’s blog post about how they don’t like something in Panama, or they had a bad experience, it does not mean that that is the way it is every where in Panama OR that everyone has that experience. Far from it!
The fact that Richard and other expats stay in Panama 12 years, or longer, is testimony that life is good in Panama … even on the days when things don’t always turn out exactly like you want (which can happen no matter where you live). If things were bad, expats would be rushing to the border to leave. But that’s not happening! You could not pay me any amount of money to move back to the United States. I love living in Panama. The good stuff far outweighs the no so good stuff!!!
Come see what you’re missing! Join me for a Panama Relocation Tour so I can show you what your life could be like in Panama and teach you how to make the transition with ease.