In this Panama Special Report, we bring you the lively town of Bocas del Toro, Panama.
Panama’s Bocas del Toro archipelago in the Caribbean is one of this country’s most popular tourist destinations. It’s also an interesting lifestyle and retirement choice for anyone looking for the island life, and this quintessential Caribbean destination of white-sand beaches and clear turquoise waters is home to a friendly and welcoming community of just under 7,500 people.
The cost of living in Bocas del Toro is among the lowest in Panama. A couple could live here comfortably on as little as US$1,000 per month, and you could buy a place of your own on the water for as little as US$90,000.
Bocas town boasts restaurants, shops, and nightlife, all with a casual, kickin’-it-in-the-Caribbean vibe. English is widely spoken, thanks to the many gringos who call the town home.
In this Panama Special Report, we bring you a closer look at the District of Chame and its most popular town, Punta Chame, which—in high season—draws beach-goers of all stripes, from surfers, kite-surfers, sport-fishermen, extreme sport-lovers, etc.
While it shares the same stretch of coastline as expat hot spot Coronado (which has seen major development over the past decade), Chame remains largely undiscovered, unpenetrated, and underrated.
Located in the Panamá Oeste Province, Chame comprises 11 small towns that sprawl out along the Panamerican Highway. On the hour-and-a-half drive it takes to reach the area from Panama City, you pass national parks, sleepy hamlets, mountains, and mangrove forests before finally arriving at the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean.
In this Panama Special Report, we bring you the peaceful town of Cerro Azul, Panama.
Cerro Azul is only 45 minutes outside Panama City, but its crisp, cool weather, abundance of wildlife, and peaceful tranquility make you feel as if you are on the far side of the country. Many expats and even many Panamanians have traveled far into the country’s interior to find the lifestyle that some have realized here in Cerro Azul, so close to the city.
In this Panama Special Report, we tour Panama’s Causeway in Amador, a former U.S. military outpost and Canal Zone recreation area that is today enjoying a multi-million dollar makeover.
The Amador Causeway has a long and winding history tied to the construction of the Panama Canal and the nearly 100-year occupation of the Canal Zone by U.S. military forces. Used first as a military base, Amador was later repurposed as a sprawling recreation area for the exclusive use of U.S. military personnel and their families. Languishing in neglect since the 1999 handover dictated by the Torrijos-Carter Treaty that returned the land to Panama, the Causeway is today the focus of an ambitious plan to transform it into a five-star residential community whose key feature, a cruise-ship terminal, will rival ports of call throughout the Americas.
In this Panama Special Report, we bring you our top pick for beach living in Panama: Las Tablas.
Located on the Azuero Peninsula, Las Tablas is the first town of note along what is becoming this country’s Gold Coast. The charming city is well-known even beyond Panama for it’s yearly Carnival festival.