A few days ago I was on an expat forum to answer questions about relocating to Panama. One person expressed an interest in a certain town in Panama. Then several people told her what a terrible place it is. So, she said she decided not to even go visit that area. That’s a big mistake. The 200 expats who live in that town in Panama absolutely love living there. Just because one or two people don’t like it, does not mean that you won’t like living there.
You need to see a variety of areas in Panama to decide what’s right for you. Of course, we think a Panama Relocation Tours is the best way to see a variety of different areas in Panama and learn about the pros and cons of each area.
You cannot trust information on expat forums, yahoo groups or facebook groups. You’ll get a lot of conflicting information. Some of it is accurate but some of it is definitely false. Just yesterday someone on facebook was talking about a Panama Visa you can get that only cost $100. It is simply not true.
You can’t trust information in books about living in Panama that were written 5 or 10 years ago. That information is very dated. Panama is changing so fast.
You can’t trust websites about living in Panama because some of the people who run those sites don’t even live in Panama! But they will fly to Panama to sell you a lot if you are interested.
Last week, I was listening to a conference call that a new tour company did. He gave out false information five times during the call. It’s scary to think that anyone would rely on his information.
Sadly, you can’t trust websites about residential developments in Panama either. Some of those websites show artists renditions of what they neighborhood “could” look like but it is absolutely not what it really looks like today. You need come check it out yourself. What you see today is what you are buying. That marina or club house that the developer promises may or may not become a reality. Never buy, or rent, anything in Panama without seeing it first!
Your well-meaning friends and family will probably tell you that you are crazy for even considering relocating to Panama. But it’s YOUR life so only you can decide if relocating to Panama is right for you.
It’s not just Panama. This information applies to every country! [Read more…]