Savoring The Sunshine And
Saving The Turtles—
Darlene And Tom’s New Life On
Panama’s Azuero Sunset Coast
Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,
“In 2007 my husband Tom and I planned a vacation in Cancún.” Darlene explains.
“Then, in October, weeks before our trip, the hotel was damaged by a hurricane.
“We decided to change our plans.
“Looking at the map, we picked Panama as our replacement destination… primarily because, we realized, it doesn’t get hurricanes.
“We arrived in Panama for the first time for what amounted to practical reasons. Once here, though, it was love at first sight. We were won over immediately by the country and by the people. We’ve been returning as often as we could ever since.
“Finally, we agreed that we wanted to do more than come and go as tourists. We wanted to make Panama our home… at least part-time.
“We’ve been reading Kathleen Peddicord for years…” Darlene continues. “Since she was living in Ireland. More recently, we’ve been following her husband’s writings, too.
“When Kathleen and Lief began writing about their efforts at Los Islotes, on Panama’s western Azuero coast, it got our attention.
“From what we read, Los Islotes had everything we wanted in a part-time retirement home—a private beach, a warm climate, lush mountainous terrain (that remind us of the Hobbit movies), and a gated community.
“We shopped around… considered other coastal options in Panama… but nothing fit us the way Los Islotes fit us. Affordability was a key factor.
“Now, three years later, we are moving into our just-finished home in Los Islotes’ Mango Village neighborhood.
“Our plan is to spend as much time at Los Islotes as possible.” Darlene explains. “We intend to be here every winter… and to spend summer months on Lake Superior in Superior, Wisconsin, where we’re from.
“When we decided to build a house at Los Islotes, we weren’t sure, frankly, what we’d do with it. We’ve owned and managed rental properties in the United States and thought we could do that here, too.
“Now that the house is finished, though, and we’ve gotten to know Los Islotes better, we’re thinking we don’t want to rent our new little casa. We want to live in it ourselves!
“Our plan now is to hire a property manager back in the States so we can spend as much time as possible in our new home in Panama.
“We’re here now indefinitely. We’re going to live in our new home while getting to know the area better and trying to gauge the real demand for rentals. Eventually, we think we might rent out this house and build another one on another lot in a different section of Los Islotes.
“Back in the States, Tom worked for Motorola as a cellular communications engineer. He was in their overseas division. This took him to 23 countries, mostly in Central and South America. That travel helped to make our transition to part-time living in Panama easier.
“I spent my career as a board-certified advanced practice nurse and retired from St. Cloud State University as a professor of psychiatric nursing. I bring that experience with me now to our new home.
“When we were younger,” Darlene continues “We enjoyed ice fishing, cross-country skiing, ice-skating, and building snowmen.
“Now, we look forward to building sand castles on our beach, helping baby turtles find their way back into the ocean, and being warm all the time.
“We’re embarking on a whole new chapter. And having the time of our lives.”
Darlene And Tom Chose Panama…
And You Should Be Looking Closely At All That Panama Has To Offer, Too
Darlene and Tom’s story is inspiring and exciting… but it’s not unique.
Indeed, Panama today is home to many thousands of folks—like Darlene and Tom and like you, too, I’d bet—who’ve taken the leap and reinvented their lives for the better in this land of sunshine and ocean breezes.
I’ve been making this case for more than 20 years, and I’m writing today to tell you that I’m more bullish on the opportunities and upsides on offer in Panama—for both fun and profit—than ever before.
Bottom line, if you are in the market right now for a place to live well, retire better, invest, own property, or do business overseas, I’d say you’re doing yourself a big disservice if you aren’t looking closely at this little country at the hub of the Americas.
How Can A Country This Size Continue To Bring So Much To The Table?
- Home to more than 940 species of birds as well as 220 mammals and 354 reptiles and amphibians… from howler monkeys to caimans, from tiger cats to turtles, from ocelots to crocodiles, and from pelicans and toucans to king crabs and iguanas… plus the Central American tapir, the American crocodile, the scarlet macaw, many species of eagle, humpback whales, dolphins, and hammerhead sharks…
- Blessed with two long coasts and myriad sand-fringed islands, plus some of the best deep-sea fishing, surfing, snorkeling, and scuba diving anywhere. Around its Coiba island lies the largest coral reef on the Pacific side of the Americas…
- A U.S.-dollar jurisdiction—that is to say, Panama has been using the U.S. dollar as its currency for about 100 years…
- An established medical tourism destination and home to the Johns Hopkins-affiliated Punta Pacífica Hospital in Panama City…
- Home to both World Heritage Sites (Casco Viejo, Old Panama, and the forts of San Lorenzo and Portobelo) and UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site (the province of Darién, Coiba National Park, and the La Amistad Reserve)…
- Because of its unique geographical position, Panama harbors a greater diversity of wildlife than any other country in Central America. A natural land bridge connecting the two continents, Panama is home to both North and South American species of wildlife. About 29% of the country’s land area is protected in 14 national parks, more than a dozen forest reserves, and 10 wildlife refuges…
- The biggest international banking center in the region…
- Without question, the best place anywhere in the world today to start a business (that’s why we moved here from France in 2008)…
- One of the few Latin markets where it’s possible for you, as a foreigner, to borrow locally to buy real estate…
- Home to more than two-dozen international schools…
- One of the world’s true tax havens, a place where you can live and do business tax-free…
I invite you to come on down here to sunny Panama to find out for yourself.
Better than that, I invite you to come on down to Panama so my team and I can introduce you to all this sun-drenched country has to offer personally. We know Panama like nobody else knows Panama… and we’d like to help you get to know her, too.
As I mentioned, I’ve been spending time and doing business in this country for more than 20 years… and I’ve been living and operating my business here full-time for more than 10.
Here in Panama, over the past two-plus decades, we’ve bought pre-construction for investment and centuries-old French-colonial for renovation…
We’ve invested in raw land… both oceanfront and riverside… and commercial rentals…
We’ve started businesses, formed corporations, and opened bank accounts…
We’ve acquired full-time residency through the country’s ground-breaking “Specific Countries” visa program (more on this in a minute)…
We’ve hired staff, shipped household belongings, put our son through school, sourced architects and carpenters, paid local utility bills, researched which health insurance plan makes most sense for our family, bought cars (because finally we’d had enough of dealing with Panama City taxi drivers!), gotten local driver’s licenses, even started a local franchise (a family project)…
And our personal experiences in this tropical haven are only the beginning of what we bring to the table for this conversation. Spending time and money in Panama as we have all these years, we’ve gotten to know everyone you’d want to know if you were thinking about following in our footsteps.
Our circle of Panama friends, expats, and advisors is extensive.
And every one of these dozens of Panama experts will be in the room with me for our Live and Invest in Panama Conference taking place Jan. 22–24, 2020…
Including, of course, resident global real estate investing, tax, and offshore expert (and my husband) Lief Simon. This annual Live and Invest in Panama event is our once-a-year chance to share our personal stories, anecdotes, discoveries, recommendations, caveats, and cautions… all the hard-won wisdom more than two decades of focused attention have earned us.
However, we realize that we are but one (well, two) points of view. To determine if Panama makes sense for your new life overseas, you need many others, as well.
Plus, you need experienced, professional counsel when it comes to things like taxes, banking, trusts, corporations, residency requirements, investor incentives, insurance…
To help you consider and understand the many advantages and benefits Panama offers, we’ve invited the top experts in the country on these important issues to join us for this special event. These are our trusted personal advisors, people you can count on to help you accomplish whatever you’re hoping to accomplish in this country safely and efficiently.
And they’ll join us not only to address the group… but also to answer your questions, one-on-one, and to make themselves fully available and at your disposal.
As so many nearing retirement are wondering and worrying how in the world they’re ever going to be able to afford to stop working… and where in the world they can find safe haven, for themselves and their money…
Panama is the answer!
What’s So Special About Panama?
Other former bubble markets worldwide have imploded. Why not the Panama market?
I can identify four reasons:
- This market was not made and is not supported by Americans, at least not 100%. This market was also made by Venezuelans, Colombians, and other Latino investors looking for safe haven for their capital. Panama continues to offer this, certainly relative to other regional options…
- Panama is not only a safe haven for worried investors from less free markets, it’s also the top doing-business haven in this part of the world. Big international firms (more than 40 of them, including Dell, 3M, Procter & Gamble, Caterpillar) have targeted this country, especially Panama City’s Panama Pacífico international business park located at the former Howard Air Force Base…
- Panama’s own infrastructure improvement projects (such as the Panama Canal expansion project… the Cinta Costera Panama City-center thoroughfare… the Panama City metro expansion… and the nearly doubling in size of the already bigger-than-any-other-airport-in-the-region Tocumen International) are requiring a big and ongoing influx of foreign labor. This foreign labor population is an important and expanding piece of this country’s economy…
- Meantime, the middle class in this country is exploding in size, creating ever-expanding local markets…
The trouble is, as you may have figured out already:
My Rallying Recommendation Gets You Only So Far
Internet research… email communications… armchair searching and planning… manuals, reports, and guidebooks…
All these resources are great… but no amount of them is enough.
You can’t determine whether or not Panama makes sense for you as a place to think seriously about retiring or relocating or buying pre-construction or investing in raw land or setting up a corporation or launching a new business… long-distance.
You can’t make any real decision about Panama until you’ve come down here to see it for yourself.
Therefore, I suggest you get yourself down here ASAP.
You could make the trip on your own. I’d recommend you allow at least a month in the country… and that you count on a series of follow-up visits. No matter how well prepared you think you are before you get on the plane, you’ll likely find, once you’re on the ground, that nothing plays out quite as you expect.
“I Am So Happy I Joined Your Group!”
“Thank you to you, your staff, and the professionals who participated at the event. It was a great experience for me and I am sure for all the other participants, as well. I am so happy I made the decision to join the group. I learned a lot about investments, offshore banking, living in foreign countries, and much more. Congratulations for your organization.”
‐‐Janet K., United States
How Much Does It Cost To Live In Panama?
There’s no answer to this question… at least no one-size-fits-all answer.
A couple could live comfortably in parts of this country on as little as US$820 a month, perhaps less.
Of course, you could also spend a whole lot more than that… especially in Panama City…
The best news about life in Panama’s capital can be that this is the only place in the entire region where a bona fide luxury-level lifestyle is available. In today’s Panama City you can embrace penthouse living and all the comforts, conveniences, and amenities typically associated with that way of life… for a fraction the cost of a comparable standard of living in any U.S. city.
Together, during our Live and Invest in Panama Conference, we’ll walk through a series of budgets, from very modest to fully loaded, each one realistic and based on real-world experience… so you can make an informed decision both about what it would cost you to live in Panama… and exactly what that monthly spend would buy you.
You’ll run around from banker to attorney… from developer to owner… from agent to broker… from tax advisor to insurance salesman… from visa specialist to customs agent… back to the banker… back to the attorney…
You’ll stand in lines… you’ll struggle with the language… some appointments will show up hours late… others will never appear…
You’ll be batted around among bureaucrats… you’ll wonder if you’re getting a good price… if you’re being presented with all the options…
Yikes. Why would I subject myself to that torture, you might be wondering.
Indeed, why in the world would you?
Especially when you have a far superior alternative.
You need to get down here to Panama straightaway to see what’s going on in this country with so much to offer. And, while you’re here, you want to make efficient use of your time. You want to make the contacts and the connections you’ll need to realize whatever Panama agenda you imagine. You want to have all the options and opportunities laid out for you. You want to meet with the bankers, the attorneys, the visa specialists, the property developers, etc., etc….
And you certainly don’t want to spend weeks and weeks of your time doing it.
Make plans to be in Panama City Jan. 22–24, 2020. Be in Panama City… and in the room for our Live and Invest in Panama Conference. We’ll take care of the rest.
In Panama, You Could…
Enjoy Perfect Weather
Not in Panama City, of course. The climate in the capital is hot, hot, hot… and humid. But in the interior of the country, in places like Boquete and Volcan… Santa Fe and, nearer to the big city, El Valle… the weather can be spring-like year-round. In Boquete you might even want a fireplace for the chilly nights…
In Panama you’ll never again have to worry about snow. Nor will you have to give a thought to hurricanes. As one expat friend puts it, “The only hurricanes in Panama since 1851 have been the kind you drink.”
What’s the point of all this to you?
Well… all those years of experience… all those contacts and resources… and all those community connections? We’ll be bringing all that… and then some… to the table over the two-and-a-half days of our Live and Invest in Panama Conference in January.
We’ve put out a general call, and I’m pleased to report that all our top contacts have responded enthusiastically in the affirmative. They are ready for action. With their help, we’ve put together an A+ program.
Join us in Panama, and you’ll learn everything you need to know about residency and taxes… bank accounts and corporations…
holding structures and health insurance… employment opportunities (these are limited) and entrepreneurial options (these are not)…
Over the course of these two-and-a-half days, you’ll also meet everyone you’ll need to know to launch your new life in Panama. We’re opening our personal Rolodex for this event… live and on stage.
At our Live and Invest in Panama Conference, we’ll introduce you to:
The #1 Legal Resource for Living and Retiring in Panama: Roberto Guardia, Attorney-at-law And Principal Of Guardia & Co.
Roberto is our personal attorney, the one who’s by our side for every real estate purchase, every visa application, every bank account, every corporation, and every contract.
Roberto was born and raised in Panama. He knows Panama law, and he understands the current Panama market. He knows the players. He knows what to look for in developer sales agreements and what to demand in pre-construction contacts. He (and his top-notch staff) know their way around the immigration office… and understand the advantages and the downsides to every one of this country’s more than a dozen visa options.
Since his career in law began in 1987 he has gained a variety of expertise, including in the fields of real estate and consulting. Today he is a founding partner at Guardia & Co., which was established in 2005.
Roberto is the most knowledgeable attorney we’ve found in more than a decade-and-a-half of looking. He’s the one you want on your side when you sit down at the negotiating table… or when you begin considering your full-time residency options.
The #1 Resource for Real Estate Investing in Panama: Lief Simon, Private Real Estate Investor, Consultant, And Developer
Lief Simon has lived and worked on 5 continents and traveled to more than 60 countries. His real estate investing experience began more than 20 years ago with a multi-unit building in Chicago. After selling that building for a leveraged total return of more than 1,800% in two-and-a-half years, Lief began to diversify internationally. In the more than 20 years since, he has personally bought and sold property in 23 countries.
Lief looks for one of two market situations when evaluating a potential investment: an abundance of opportunity created by a market distortion (crisis investing) or a chance to position yourself ahead of new infrastructure or some other local trend (the path of progress).
For example, Lief told his readers to buy in Argentina immediately after the 2001 financial crisis in that country, a time when CNN was showing riots in the streets and warning people to stay away. Lief saw not crisis but opportunity. Forward-thinking readers who followed his lead enjoyed appreciation rates of 100% and more in fewer than three years on buys in Buenos Aires.
Since then, Lief has also turned readers on to investments in Mexico, Romania, Spain, Colombia, and Brazil, to name just a few examples… buys that appreciated 160% in 18 months, 90% in 15 months, 60% in 2 years, 50% in 23 months, and a whopping 700% in 5 years, respectively.
Lief made his first Panama purchase 20 years ago and continues shopping and buying today. In that time, he’s covered every corner of this country. Lief knows where to buy now and how much to spend. He knows the pitfalls and the caveats and how to avoid them all. If your Panama agenda includes any real estate component, this is the man you want to speak with.
Over the two-and-a-half days of our 2020 Live and Invest in Panama event… you’ll have the chance to do just that.
The #1 Resource for Insurance, Including Health Insurance, in Panama: Gonzalo de la Guardia, Licensed Broker, ADG Seguros
Gonzalo de la Guardia is your one-stop resource for all your Panama insurance needs. Gonzalo has been helping expats in this country shop for insurance for more than 35 years. He understands your concerns and needs, and he’s well familiar with all the options.
Health insurance may be one of your biggest concerns as you prepare to make a move overseas. Gonzalo understands that and is ready to answer all your questions.
In addition, though, he’s also the most knowledgeable and experienced source of information and advice you’re going to find in this country on title, automobile, fire, homeowners, and life insurance. Gonzalo can help you understand the costs and the product options in each case and make the most informed decision to suit your personal circumstances.
Again, here in Panama in January, you’ll have the opportunity to speak directly with Gonzalo and to have your particular insurance questions and concerns addressed.
Founding Publisher, Live and Invest Overseas
My name is Kathleen Peddicord. For more than 24 years, I was Editor and Publisher of International Living. In 2007, I decided to take a break, during which I did two things.
First, I began work to launch this new publishing group, Live and Invest Overseas, and the new free e-letter service, Overseas Opportunity Letter.
In addition, my husband, Lief Simon (yes, the guy I introduced to you above), and I made an important geographic decision. We decided to make a third international move with our family and my new business, from Paris to Panama City.
In other words, I’ve been covering this beat, researching, writing, speaking, and presenting on the opportunities for living, retiring, and investing overseas, for more than three decades.
I have moved children, staff, enterprises, household goods, and pets from the East Coast of the United States first to Waterford, Ireland… then to Paris, France… next to Panama City, Panama… and, most recently, we’ve flipped the switch to a new stage of our lives that has us moving around the world regularly with Paris and Panama City as complementary home bases.
I have traveled to more than 75 countries, invested in real estate in 23, established businesses in 7, and renovated historic properties in 6. I’ve written six books (including a brand-new and expanded edition of my best-selling “How To Retire Overseas” just published by Penguin Random House) on why and how you might want to do the same and I’ve appeared many dozens of times on television and radio (everything from Bloomberg and CNBC to Fox and the Regis Philbin Show) detailing opportunities for living, retiring, and investing all around the world.
In Addition, Over The Course Of These Two-And-A-Half Days In Panama City, You’ll Also Meet And Hear From:
- Representatives from our recommended local banks…
- Our preferred local shipping and logistics firm… so you can get answers to all your questions on with what to do with all your stuff (including your car)…
- Doctors and medical professionals from the top local hospitals and health care facilities…
- Our favorite Spanish-language teachers…
- Our recommended local real estate agents (with long experience helping foreigners buy property in this country)…
- Expat-entrepreneurs running successful businesses that are funding their Panama adventures…
The World’s Best Residency
Program— And A Work Permit, Too!
In May 2012, Panama’s then President Ricardo Martinelli issued an executive decree that has since become known as the “Specific Countries” residency permit. Big news, as this new program is not only offering easy residency, but a quick and easy route to a work permit, as well. And a work permit is no easy thing for a foreigner to organize anywhere in the world.
Panama is experiencing a growing shortage of qualified labor. President Martinelli wanted to do something to address the problem. So he conceived what amounts to the most user-friendly and straightforward residency program on offer anywhere in the world, not only today but in the history of residency programs.
What’s more, again, this special program also provides for the holy grail: a work permit.
We’ll share all the details for how to take advantage of this ground-breaking residency program during our Live and Invest in Panama Conference taking place Jan. 22–24, 2020.
Note that this unique and important program could be discontinued anytime. This could be your last chance to take advantage of it.
“Kathleen, thanks so much for a super seminar. That was really sensational, and I have lived here for two years already!”
‐‐Scott R., Panama
Plus, at our Live and Invest in Panama event, we’ll also introduce you to the people behind the most appealing property developments on offer in the most appealing regions of this beautiful country… from Panama City to the City Beaches… from the highlands to the glorious Pacific coast… and from the country’s white sand-fringed Caribbean coast to our favorite little beach towns…
One problem with Panama is that you’re spoiled for choice. Panama City’s, especially, is a mature real estate market. How do you choose among all the options for city living?
And which beach developments make most sense for you given your personal preferences, priorities, and budget?
We’ve been scouting, researching, and performing due diligence on real estate development projects in this country for more than a dozen years. We know who’s doing what… and who’s doing something he shouldn’t be doing.
“You Have Made A Lot of Dreams Come True”
“Thank you for all your hard work. You have made a lot of dreams come true. I enjoy all the emails from all your staff living all over the world. I am always telling people about you and how you started your publications years ago. In fact, I just today told my banker about how honest and smart you are, letting us know where to go. Wish I had listened to you more years ago…”
‐‐Marlene M., United States
In Panama, You Could Indulge Your Favorite Hobby
“Kathleen, I moved to Panama 12 years ago because I like gardening and wanted to live in a place where tropical gardening is possible year-round without worrying about frost.
“Here in the highlands of Chiriquí, we have very rich black volcanic soil, and it is cool enough here to grow many temperate plants, yet it is frost-free.
“Gardening is one of the most popular hobbies in the United States, especially among retirees, and a reason to move to Panama. If you move to a foreign country with an interesting hobby, it helps to keep you from becoming bored and dissatisfied with your choice.
“In addition to gardening, birding is very popular in Panama, as there is an unusually large number of species of birds living here…”
–Robert G., Happily Retired to Panama for 12 Years
We know who is building dream homes by the beach and who’s the subject of serial horror stories.
I’m not exaggerating when I say that dozens of local developers have asked to be able to participate in this event. They’re all willing to pay advertising or sponsorship fees. That’s not the issue.
The issue is: Who do we want to recommend?
We understand that, when you’re in the room with us over these two-and-a-half days, every speaker and exhibitor we introduce to you comes with our implied endorsement.
Heck… he (or she) comes with our explicit endorsement.
We don’t take that lightly. Our reputation is everything. We want you to be wowed by the quality of this event… so that you might think about coming to another event somewhere sometime down the road.
We’re in this for the long haul.
The same can’t be said for all the real estate developers in this part of the world. We’re careful, because we’ve learned you’ve got to be. That’s why, for this event, we’re inviting but a handful of developers. These are the guys we want you to know, for theirs are the development projects worth your attention… and your investment.
Where Should You Buy For Investment In Panama Today?
Panama’s is one of the fastest-moving property markets on the planet.
No, that’s not true. Panama is many property markets… and they’re all shifting so fast right now it can make your head spin.
How do you keep your wits about you… buy smart… and come out on top?
More to the point: Where do you look to buy in the first place?
Lief Simon and our other in-country Panama property experts will tell you. Join us in Panama to find out…
- Is this the time to buy in Panama City?
- How much should you pay for farmland? Where should you buy? And what might you best grow?
- What’s the best investment in the country right now overall?
- Is pre-construction still smart?
- What about these hotel-condos?
- Most up-and-coming region?
- Where will the expanded international airport terminal go?
- Where else might you front-run the infrastructure?
- Panama’s Next Big Thing? We believe we’ve found it…
- Best buy on undeveloped beachfront?
- Best condo buy for 2020?
In Panama You Could Embrace The Resilient Life
Coley and his wife weren’t worried about money, making ends meet, or how they’d pay for retirement. Coley was making a great living, the young couple and their two small children were enjoying a fully appointed life in Washington, D.C., and retirement was decades away. Looking ahead, their lives seemed to promise lots more of the same—more earnings and an even more comfortable lifestyle as they continued to work hard and make their way up the D.C. ladder. They had achieved, at early ages, the life that many Americans dream about.
Only it wasn’t working for them. From their position in the U.S. capital, they had an insider’s view of what was going on and, from their perspective, what was going wrong. This was seven years ago, and, after a lot of research and months of soul-searching, Coley and his wife, in their mid-30s, scooped up their two little ones and opted out. “We wanted to get out while we were still young enough to remake our lives and our children’s futures in a way that made more sense to us.”
Coley and his young family hopped a flight from the American capital to the Panamanian one, where, months before, they’d purchased a house on the beach. They had to pull the trigger on their plan, because their house back in the States had sold. Yet, they discovered, their new home on the coast outside Panama City wasn’t finished yet. Arriving in Panama, the little family checked into the InterContinental Hotel.
“Experience, Knowledge, And Competence Are Top Shelf”
“The level of experience, knowledge, and competence is top-shelf.
Primarily, I appreciated the sincere and honest approach of the organizers and all the presenters, as well as the obvious desire to give participants complete, accurate, timely, and appropriate information and to answer questions thoroughly.”
‐‐Andrew F., United States
“We were at the InterContinental for weeks,” Coley explained one evening when we met for dinner. “I would wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat. What had I done? What was I doing? We were living in a hotel in a third-world city with two toddlers, for crying out loud. Burning through our savings. No one could promise when our house would be ready for us to move in. I thought I’d made the biggest mistake of my life.”
Today, seven years later, Coley is confident that moving his family to Panama was the smartest thing he could have done at the time and that, if he hadn’t done it then, he’d do it today for sure. “I look at what’s going on back in the States,” he says, “and I know we made the right choice. I see very bad times ahead for my country. I think my family and I can do better for ourselves in this life we’re creating for ourselves.
“There’s so much unhappiness and uncertainty in the United States right now, especially in D.C. I think people in that part of the country are at the epicenter of a growing recognition that things are out of control. What I realized years ago was that nobody was going to get things back under control anytime soon. Our only choice, each of us, is to take control of our own lives. I say this to friends and clients back in D.C. today, and they agree. They see this truth as well as I do. But they’re scared, intimidated. I understand. I was scared, too, when the realization first set in for me.
“All I can say is that this move to a simpler life here in Panama that we found the courage to make? It was the best move and the best decision of our lives.”
14 Reasons Panama Is One Of The
World’s Top Retirement Havens
#1: The cost of living is affordable. Outside Panama City, it remains downright cheap. You could retire to the beach in Las Tablas, for example, on the country’s Azuero Peninsula, on a budget of US$1,000 per month or even less.
#2: The sun shines year-round. Panama City can be too hot and sticky for some retirees’ tastes, but, again, look beyond the capital, and you find pockets of near-perfect climates in some regions. If you prefer cool mountain temperatures to steamy sea-level ones, consider Boquete or, less discovered and therefore more affordable, Santa Fe.
#3: The retiree’s path is well-worn. This country has been attracting foreign retirees in growing numbers for more than a decade. It offers many and very user-friendly options for establishing foreign residency if you want to live here full-time, and it is home to established and welcoming communities of expats and retirees.
#4: You can get by without speaking Spanish. I don’t recommend it, but, in Panama City, you don’t have to learn to speak Spanish if you don’t want to.
#5: Health care in Panama is of an international standard, and Panama City is home to Hospital Punta Pacífica, the only hospital in Latin America affiliated with and managed by Johns Hopkins Medicine International.
#6: The cost of medical care is a bargain. Like everything, medical costs are higher in Panama City than elsewhere in the country, but, even in the capital, a doctor’s visit costs US$50 or less.
#7: Local Panama health insurance (which can be good, comprehensive coverage, all you need living in this country) can cost US$100 per month or less.
#8: The infrastructure is of a high standard. This is a place where things generally work—the internet, cable TV, phone service, etc., are all as reliable as anywhere in the States. The roadways and highway systems are being constantly expanded and improved.
Panama City is an international banking center, meaning you find banks here from all over the world. ATMs are on every corner.
#9: The currency is the U.S. dollar, so U.S. retirees have no currency-exchange risk or exposure.
#10: Panama City is an international travel hub, very accessible from North America. The flight from Miami, for example, is about two-and-a-half hours.
#11: Panama’s pensionado program of special benefits and discounts for foreign retirees is the current Gold Standard. Retired in this country, you can save as much as 50% on everything from restaurant meals to in-country airfares, from prescription medicines to closing costs on your new beach house.
#12: This is a nature-lover’s paradise, boasting some of the world’s best surfing, snorkeling, diving, sportfishing, birding, hiking, and adventure-travel opportunities anywhere on earth.
#13: This is a safe, welcoming place to call home.
#14: Retirees you meet in Panama aren’t losing sleep over their futures. They’re embracing them.
If All These Folks Could Do It,
You Can Do It Too!
Who else will you meet at our Live and Invest in Panama Conference?
Others just like you who’ve already made the move:
Expats already living, investing, or doing business in this country.
In fact, these introductions… and your chance to mingle one-on-one, during cocktail receptions and over poolside lunches, with these folks… these alone are worth the price of admission. They could be the most important benefit of the entire event.
I’m not counting myself as part of this crew. Yes, I’m an expat living, investing, and doing business in Panama… but I understand if you’d like to hear about Panama from someone other than me for a change.
These people have no agenda. They’ve agreed to participate in the event for no reason other than they’d like to help out fellow expats considering following in their footsteps. They receive nothing in return… have no ties to anyone (including me or Live and Invest Overseas)… and are hindered by no conflict of interest.
Our only request of them is that they tell it like it is. What you hear from these Panama expats won’t be all good. Maybe it won’t even be mostly good. But it will be the real deal.
“Honest, Tell-It-Like-It-Is Approach”
“I particularly appreciated your information today about the joys (?) of international rental property. What I admire is your honest, tell-it-like-it-is approach. A lot of people have been hurt by nothing but glowing reports about offshore living from various sources. Your honest, direct approach is a real service.”
‐‐Arlean K., United States
No place is perfect, and we understand that a rose-colored view does you no favors.
There’s a reason these folks (and Lief and I) are in Panama. We’re fans. But we’re not fools. We know the good, the bad, the beautiful, and the ugly of day-to-day life and of trying to do day-to-day business in this place. We’re enjoying the advantages… and we’re reconciled to the downsides.
An important part of our agenda during this event is to show you these downsides… so you can decide whether you can live with them, too.
To this end, our expat speakers will be there to tell you about life in Panama as it really is. One expat couple is living out their vision, building their dream home on the beach and taking midday surf breaks on the daily… another “expat” has actually rediscovered his home country after moving to the States to try to attain the American Dream, which he eventually found back home, in Panama. But all stories of success come with some struggle… and you’re attendee seat grants you the opportunity to avoid any mistakes they may have made along the way…
And, of course, I’ll be there, too. You hear from me every day… but perhaps this would be a good time for a more formal introduction.
“This was a 10! Great event. Awesome job by the Live and Invest Overseas team!”
‐‐Edward T., United States
In Panama, in January, at this Live and Invest in Panama Conference, I look forward to sharing details of our long experience in this little country with such an abundance of upside.
More than that, I look forward to the chance to meet you face-to-face and one-on-one. For me, this is one of the best parts of these live events.
This will be a high-energy, full-throttle two-and-a-half days. But we’ll do everything we can to make sure it’s also a whole lot of fun. We’re building in cocktail receptions, lunches, open-air parties, and other special events to give you as much opportunity as possible to mingle and mix with your fellow attendees, with our Live and Invest Overseas panel of experts, and with all the Panama expats we’ve invited to join us.
You never know where these cocktail and poolside conversations might lead. Over the years, we’ve known readers who’ve met business partners… roommates… equity investors… language tutors… and, certainly, great friends at our conferences.
We’ve even known some conference introductions that have led to much more than friendship. You know… Lief and I met, almost two decades ago, at a conference in Ireland…
Founding Publisher, Live and Invest Overseas
P.S. We want to do everything we can to motivate you to make the trip.
So here’s what’s on the table for the first 40 readers who register for our Live and Invest in Panama Conference scheduled for Jan. 22–24, 2020:
- VIP Transfer Service: Let us escort you from the airport to your hotel—it’s a terrific service when landing on your own in a foreign country…
- Reserved VIP Seating: Get the most of all presentations with exclusive, VIP seating in the event room…
- Elite, VIP Concierge Service: We’ll take care of your every need, from the moment you register until the closing ceremonies. Whether you want to arrange a trip to an indigenous Kuna market, check out the Caribbean coast, or to tour real estate, we can make it happen…
About that last one… for this event, how about if we put our in-country staff at your disposal to make sure you get the maximum value out of every minute you’re in Panama to participate in the conference?
Nobody knows Panama like we know Panama. Here in our office in Panama City’s expat-friendly neighborhood of El Cangrejo, we’ve got more than two dozen of the most experienced and knowledgeable Panama-philes you’ll find anywhere. Some expats (from the United States, Canada, and Great Britain), others native Panamanians, our in-Panama team knows firsthand what it takes to live, do business, invest, and build a new life in this country as a foreign resident.
If you’re one of the first 40 to register for our Live and Invest in Panama event, all off our staff will be on hand, and their expat knowledge, experience, and judgment will be at your disposal. For obvious reasons, we can’t extend this offer to everyone. We wouldn’t be able to deliver.
But for the first 40 who sign on, we promise to provide an unparalleled level of support, both as you make plans for your visit and during your stay. You tell us what you need, and we’ll help you find it. You tell us what you want to do, and we’ll do everything we can to help make it happen. Hotel bookings, airfare recommendations, restaurant suggestions… you name it, we’ll do our best to have you covered so that you enjoy your stay in Panama to the fullest.
This VIP offer is a first-come, first-served invitation. And, given the level of interest already expressed for this event among the Live and Invest Overseas readership, I expect them to fill very quickly. I urge you, therefore, if you want to join us for this one-of-a-kind event, to get in touch with our Conference Managers immediately. When you do, we’ll confirm your VIP status and help get you started on all of the preparations you’ll make for the January event.
Reach our Conference Managers directly right now by email at PanamaConference@LiveandInvestOverseas.com or by phone, toll-free from the United States, at 1-888-627-8834… or, internationally, at 1-443-599-1221.
P.P.S. From my vantage point here in Panama City, I can tell you that this is a moment of opportunity in this country that, right now more than ever, qualifies as the world’s top retirement, investment, tax, and doing-business haven.
The better acquainted I become with this country, the more convinced I am that this is the place to be (as a retiree, an investor, and an entrepreneur), both now and for the coming decade. Here’s your chance to stake your claim here while prices are down and sellers are more negotiable than they’ve been in a half-dozen years.
What are you waiting for? Here in Panama, the sun is shining, and the future is bright. You owe it to yourself to come see for yourself.
Contact our Conference Coordinators now to order over the phone or to ask any questions: PanamaConference@LiveandInvestOverseas.com. You can also reach us by phone, toll-free from the States: 1-888-627-8834.
Live And Invest In Panama
Panama City, Panama
Jan. 22–24, 2020
Program Details, Costs, And Special Discounts
Your Live and Invest in Panama admission includes all seminars, breakout sessions, workshops, cocktail parties, and entrance to the exhibit hall.
The full-price cost of admission for the Live and Invest in Panama Conference is US$1,195.
However, the Early Bird Discount is active right now, saving you a full US$350 per person…
That means you’ll pay only US$845 for all two-and-a-half days of the event, including the open-bar cocktail parties, free snack and coffee breaks (two a day), and every discussion, workshop, and how-to seminar.
Coming with someone else? They’ll pay only US$350 to join you… in other words, right now you can register two people for the price of one!
What’s more, discounts are available for certain members and subscribers of Live and Invest Overseas services. Head to this page to view them all.
We’re holding our event at the luxurious W Hotel, where we’ve negotiated a very special rate for our attendees, including both full breakfast and free wireless internet. If you’ve researched the cost of international-standard hotels in this town, you appreciate what a bargain this is. Internet alone can cost you US$30 a day at some hotels!
On behalf of our entire Panama Team: We look forward to meeting you soon in sunny Panama City!
“Sophisticated And Thoughtful”
“I have to say that you seem to dig deeper into the feel of a particular place and to do comparative analysis between alternative places. Your approach is more sophisticated and thoughtful and therefore more useful than that of other information sources covering these same subjects.”
—John W., United States
To Join Us In Panama City
Jan. 22–24, 2020
- To learn how to navigate Panama City like a pro… we’ll introduce you to the taxi fare zone chart… and the metro and bus lines… (Plus, we’ll let you in on the secret to the best, most hassle-free way of getting around in the city.)
- To learn the secret to having mail delivered in this country (Hint: You don’t rely on the Panama postal service…)
- To learn how to live in Panama tax-free…
- To understand the options for getting a job (Yes, there are some opportunities… and we’ll detail them…)
- For a firsthand account of everything you need to know to start a business in this country. Panama is an entrepreneur’s playground. How can you cash in? Our entrepreneurial experts have real-world answers…
- To get to know Panama as a tourist. This country is a naturalist’s dream come true and an eco-traveler’s paradise. Come, let us introduce you to Panama beyond the tax and banking advantages, beyond the real estate investment upside, beyond the economic boom and the special benefits for foreign retirees… come discover the other Panama…
- To meet like-minded folks who, just like you, are looking for a chance to live better, to retire well, and to invest safe and smart in the current climate…
- To mingle with expats who’ve already made the leap… to hear firsthand of their adventures, their discoveries, their accomplishments, and their horror stories… an evening chatting at the bar with these people is alone worth the price of admission…
We’re Not The Only Ones Who Know A Good Thing When We See It
Here’s what others are saying about Panama…
Trump Says: “Great Views, Prestige, Convenience,
and Growth Potential”
“Donald Trump participated [in the boom]… developing Trump Ocean Club—a 68-story mixed-use hotel and apartment tower in the Punta Pacifica district, which meets with his four key criteria: great views, prestige, convenience, and growth potential.”
‐‐The New York Times
Drawing Investors from Across the Region
and the World
“The tiny Central American country is now one of the fastest-growing economies in the region… the Latin American powerhouse. The economic boom comes amid efforts by the Panamanian government to market itself as a financial haven in an area of instability, drawing investors from across the region and the world”
‐‐National Public Radio
A Secret the Rest of the Traveling World Has
Yet to Discover
“Panama’s charms include its stunning coastline of palm-fringed beaches, its astounding wildlife—boasting an incredible diversity of tropical birds—and its proud, vibrant indigenous peoples, such as the Guna. While in Panama, you’ll find it hard to shake the inescapable feeling that you’re in on a secret the rest of the traveling world has yet to discover.”