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Coronado, Panama: Everything You Need To Know

View of church and main square in colonial city El Jardin, Medellin, Colombia

Living in Colombia you will soon discover that this country is something special. A country, once plagued with a reputation for its narco-activity, is now attracting attention the world over. Colombia has quickly become one of the best lifestyle options in Latin America, if not the world.

For several years now, Colombia has been ranked as one the world’s top overseas retirement havens. It’s not just retirees either, large numbers of entrepreneurs, investors, and young families are picking up and moving to Colombia.

Home to nearly 2000 miles of coastline, spanning the Caribbean sea and Pacific ocean, sun seekers will have no problem finding exactly what they are looking for. You can also live in Colombia without any interest in the beach at all.

Many people enjoy the classic, colonial cities, and their rich history or the tranquil towns of the Southern Sierra mountains. The diverse landscapes and climates in Colombia offer something for every lifestyle.

Where to Live in Colombia

Colombia has 32 departments, the equivalent of states in the U.S., each with its own characteristics and appeal. Among the departments, there are a few that seem to attract the majority of expats.

Cundinamarca, home to Bogota, and Antioquia, home to Medellin, both have established expat communities, improved infrastructure, and abundant real estate options.

Bogota, Colombia

Bright colorful historic buildins in Los Martires neighborhood in Bogota, Colombia. iStock/DC_Colombia

Bogota, Colombia’s capital, is the largest and most populous city in the country. With an estimated population of around 11 million in the metro area, Bogota is a major hub of South America.

There are major infrastructural crossroads flowing into Bogota, including; the Pan-American Highway, which stretches from Canada down to Argentina (there is a gap between Panama and Colombia), the Eldorado airport, one of Latin America’s largest airports, and an ever expanding network of buses, called the Transmilenio.

Living in Bogota, you will have access to everything from cheap clothing and home goods to fine dining and luxury amenities.

While Bogotá is one of the most expensive cities in Colombia, its culture and food scenes can’t be beat. This is a destination for people looking to experience a booming gastronomic scene, live theater, art, fashion, and film festivals.

In short, the largest city in Colombia is definitely one of its best-kept secrets.

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Medellin, Colombia

Medellin, the city of flowers, is one of the most captivating cities in the world. If you are seriously considering living in Colombia, we recommend you start by looking at Medellin. Beyond its striking beauty, lies a city full of culture, ambiance, and elegance.

Cartagena, Colombia

Blanca beach near Cartagena, Colombia iStock/pxhidalgo

Cartagena offers a quintessential colonial life in Colombia. The walled city is marveled by both tourists and locals alike, for its beauty and cultural significance.

The main attraction is its Old City, particularly the inner walled district, which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

Located on the Caribbean sea, Cartegena also provides residents with a nice breeze and plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy.

Santa Marta, Colombia

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Santa Marta is progressing rapidly, with developers and home-buyers gravitating toward the new coastal areas. It is quickly becoming one of the premier locations for real estate in Colombia.

Most importantly, when you live in Colombia you notice a country quickly on the move, stepping out of its old shadow and becoming one of the top destinations for living, investing, and retiring.

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