In this Panama Special Report, Panama: Province by Province, we go all-in, covering the entire country of Panama, including each of it’s 10 provinces.
To help you traverse through this great country—be it for work, play, or relocation—we’ve put together this A-to-Z country issue to help you get to know each province in depth—its culture and history… its economy and current state of infrastructure… its personality… and everything in between.
The first thing everyone learns about Panama is that it’s a small country on a small strip of land between two much larger continents. With an area of only about 75,000 square kilometers, Panama is smaller than South Carolina and 39 other states. Nine Panamas could fit into Texas alone.
Don’t be fooled by its small size.
Panama is a diverse country—geographically and culturally. The country’s vast wealth of nature includes rain forests, mountains, lakes, islands, coral reefs, and beaches. This is one of the most biologically varied and dense areas in the world.
In this Panama Special Report, we bring you the peaceful mountain town of El Valle.
El Valle town and environs are home to a community of about 6,000 full-time residents that expands a bit on weekends and holidays. The community has grown over thousands of years from a collection of tiny villages centered around a local market, which is still a center of activity for the region. Many of Panama's oldest families own second homes in this cool and healthy mountain spot, making the hour-and-a-half trip out from the capital as often as possible.
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…
In this Panama Special Report, we bring you one of the most fun and eccentric neighborhoods in Panama City; El Cangrejo.
El Cangrejo’s mix of people from all over the world offers an interesting mix of cultures. Many regard El Cangrejo as Panama City's most lively and expat-friendly area. The neighborhood is walkable and offers an abundance of tree-lined streets under which to grab some shade and perhaps a bite to eat. If you are interested in living in Panama City, this is one of the first places we recommend you look.