Colon was full of potential during its early 20th century glory days. But the fall from grace during the past 70 years or so has been drastic: unemployment is high, public health is poor, and crime is frequent.
But don’t write off Colon entirely. The government of Panama is making a push to revitalize Colon. Hundreds of millions have been announced in funding for projects to build homes, develop infrastructure, and beautify the city’s streets and parks.
The big news in Panama every February is carnaval. This is the biggest party in Panama each year—more eagerly anticipated than Christmas. During the days of carnaval, thousands of people from every corner of the country dance to earsplitting music, while beautiful parade floats and elaborately dressed carnaval queens saunter down every major avenue of the country.
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.
In this Panama Special Report, we bring you the expat-friendly city of David, Panama.
David, population 145,000, is the capital city of the Province of Chiriqui. The province boasts Panama’s tallest mountain, its longest rivers feeding its most fertile valleys. David’s tropical Pacific climate is hotter and drier than Panama City, with average annual temperatures sitting at highs of 90°F, lows around 70°F.
Our Best of Panama’s Caribbean Coast Special Report is your beginners guide to finding the best opportunities on this side of the isthmus.
The Caribbean Coast of Panama is notoriously underdeveloped—a pro or a con depending on what kind of lifestyle you’re looking for. This side of the country’s infrastructure is basic at best, and, as a result, fewer foreigners have settled on Panama’s northern side. English is less generally spoken than on the Pacific side, though the touristy Bocas del Toro is an exception—here the high volume of visitors means most working in the service industry speak English, and many businesses are American or Canadian owned.
From the rugged but expat-popular Bocas del Toro islands in the far west to the colonial cities of Colón and Portobelo, the Caribbean options are few but varied. This report details Panama’s best options on the Caribbean…