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  • Nearly all of the expats, or gringos, whom I know in the Tierras Altas of Chiriquí Province in Panamá are delightful people. Unfortunately, as anywhere, there are a limited number who unfortunately have rather despicable traits. I, for one, didn´t move here only to live in a "little America". I am delighted and honored to find that my Panamanian neighbors accept me pretty much as one of them. And the gringos I get along with best, and hang with most often, feel the same way I do.
     
  • Louis Seldon – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
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    Posted April 13, 2013

    ExPat Gathering in 

    Boquete Every Tuesday Morning

    ExPats in Panama come from all over the world, probably most from the U.S. & Canada.  I'm thinking the Canucks about out-number those from the U.S. now.
    ExPat gathering in Boquete every Tuesday morning. – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living
     
    ExPats groups in Boquete, 
    Coronado and Panama City include American Society of Panama, Canadian Society of Panama, mixed and others.  All these groups welcome members from other countries.  I have attended several Canadian events including the Canadian Thanksgiving event at the prestigious Union Club in Punta Paitilla and the Lady Ambassador --great fun.
     
    Saludos amigos ~~ PanamaLou
  • Louis Seldon – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
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    Posted April 18, 2013

    Balboa Elks Lodge building on La Boca Road – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingExPats in Panama:  There are three established groups of ExPats that meet regularly in Panama City, Coronado and Boquete. Most are fun people.  A number of ExPats can be found at the Balboa Elks Lodge building on La Boca Road in the bar area behind the Don Profit restaurant area in front.  The restaurant is operated by a contractor who has a restaurant on Via Argentina also.  In the Canal Zone "hay day" the restaurant was operated by the Elks.  The members meet once a month on the second floor.
    Balboa Yacht Club (located in Amador) – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living
     
    Left, Balboa Yacht Club (located in Amador) is a good place to find ExPats, especially at sunset for Happy Hour & a last salute to a beautiful sunset over the canal with the Bridge of the Americas in the background.
     
    ExPats at the Balboa Yacht Club (BYC) – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living
     
     
     
     
    Right, ExPats at the Balboa Yacht Club (BYC)
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Sunset at the BYC – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living
     
     
     
    Left, Sunset at the BYC with the Pacific side entrance to the Canal in the foreground.
  • Terry Bradford of Origen Real Estate Consultants, Inc. – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
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    Posted September 26, 2014

    Balboa Yacht Club Panama BBQ Bash Sign – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingMost of the expats in Panama are baby boomers. Some are younger and are in their mid-forties but decided to move here permanently.
     
    There is a huge veteran organization here, which is composed of people who worked on the Panama Canal and have stayed here for good so they now have dual citizenship. They served proudly. They are wonderful, loving, and fun people.
     
    Expats in Panama are outgoing, they love to get together, and they love to share crazy stories about Panama. Their usual stories are of taxi rides or what happened in the grocery store or anything that they can share to each other about their experiences in Panama.
  • Esteban Guerra of EPA Español en Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
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    Posted November 07, 2014

    Cinta Costera Panama City Panama with expats jogging – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingLife for expats in Panama is quite good, especially for Spanish expats like me, because the crisis that is happening in Spain right now is quite awful. There are almost no jobs in Spain right now, so Spanish people try to find jobs here in Panama. Spanish expats have comfortable lives here because they have found jobs. Another reason why the life for Spanish expats in Panama is good is because Spanish is the language used here in Panama, so Spanish expats do not have a hard time coming here.
     
    There are is a big community of North American expats in Panama. They are mostly Americans and Canadians. North Americans live a good life here in Panama because it is cheaper than their own countries.
     
    Foreign retirees also live well in Panama because Panama offers a great retirement program that allows expats who retired here to have a comfortable lifestyle. This retirement program encourages a lot of people to come to Panama to retire.
  • Abdiel U. Bustamante of SEMUSA REALTY – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
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    Posted June 25, 2014

    The expats in Panama are usually friendly and outgoing people and willing to help newcomers.  Most come from the United States and Canada and are between 35 to 65.
     
    The vast majority of expats come to Panama for the tax benefits, strong economy, booming real estate, and lower prices and discounts many things, including medical care.
     
    The most interesting thing I have noticed about expats is that they really try to fit in with the Panamanian community and do not think they are better than anyone else.
     
     
     
  • David Whittington of Tucan Golf Club and Resort – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
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    Posted August 02, 2014

    Expats living in Panama will more friendly towards other expats in Panama than they would have been if both of them had been in their home country.  The reason is that expats living in Panama feel that they’re part of a small group with common experience, so they will tend to stick together.
     
    Of course, when an expat marries a Panamanian, the expat will blend in more with Panamanian society.
     
    The only other attribute I can think of is some of the expats that come to Panama try to make Panama more like the US.
  • Gonzalo de la Guardia of Panasurance – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
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    Posted November 18, 2014

    Panama City, Panama, viewed from Parque Metropolitano – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingExpats live comfortably in Panama. Panama has been a place of transit for 500 years, ever since the Spaniards used it to transfer gold from South America, so we have seen our share of expats for a long time. In addition, the fact that the US was at the Panama Canal Zone for 100 years made us pretty comfortable with people from all over the world.
     
    It takes a lot of courage to be 65 years old, living in the US or Canada, and then decide to move and change your surroundings and the culture around you. If you go to Panama City, you will find a very modern city, which is very familiar. You will find the things you are used to in Seattle, Washington, for example. In Panama City, a lot of people speak English, especially the professionals. So if you are an expat, you will find the immersion easier here in Panama compared to other places that do not have the facilities that we have here.
     
    Whatever you are, you take it with you. I think it is an attitude towards life and life's changes that one needs to have. If you have that, you will be successful in the US, in Panama or anywhere you go.
  • Sieg Pedde of Roca Milagro Residential Development – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
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    Posted September 01, 2014
    On average, expats in Panama are more adventurous and more open to taking a chance on something new. There are some expats who have adapted very well to their new environment and they tend to look at everything as an exciting new page in their life. There are other expats, however, who go to Panama and do nothing but whine about why things aren’t the way they were in Canada, the United States or wherever else they might have come from.  I can’t say that I enjoy the company of people like that very much because they are downers. But you’re likely going to encounter those people everywhere, including right across the street from wherever you live right now. That in itself (to come across whining expats) is not enough reason not to go somewhere, as you’re going to find these types of people in your own backyard, so to speak. Personally, I’ve encountered these kinds people in Panama but I have also encountered these kinds of people in my hometown in Canada. Honestly, you can’t get away from people like that. 
  • Rafael Alvarado of Rafael Alvarado / Attorney / Real Estate Broker – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account

    In my personal opinion, the expats in Panama are happier here because if you choose to move to another place, that means you are moving away from something. Moreover, since the expats who move to Panama are here and they liked it, I think they are happier than the people who actually live here but do not know any other realities. The expats had a choice and they have a comparison. Based on their comparison, they know what is worst, they know what is better, and they know what is best. If they chose to come to Panama and stay in Panama, it means they are happy here. I actually read an article recently which cites Panama as the happiest place to live on earth.
  • Lucia Haines of Panama Realtor Inc. – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
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    Posted October 28, 2014

    The question “what are the expats in Panama like?” is really interesting. The expats all have different reasons for coming to Panama.
     
    There have been a number of studies done, including the one done maybe six or seven years ago, which spoke about why people were leaving the US and going to Mexico and Panama specifically.  The top reasons had to do with the cost of living, as a result of baby boomers who were looking to make their retirement dollars stretch. Also, there were a lot of people who were just kind of fed up with the rat race.  They worked their whole lives, and who does not want to retire to some tropical place?  And then also I think politics plays a big role, and I lump a whole bunch of things in there.
  • Jose Broce of Broce-Pinilla & Associados – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
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    Posted November 01, 2014
    Expats in Panama are like they are in their own countries. They follow the same rules and the same way of living. Even though Panama is a Latin country, it is very like America in many ways.
     
    It’s convenient for foreigners to live in Panama because the processes were made easier. Though the standards are not exactly the same, the expats can behave like they’re in their home countries because of the similarity. There’s no reason to for expats to have to radically change their way of living.
     
    However, adapting to new things would be of help. People who try to force their way of living here, disregarding that they’re in Panama and thinking that they’re in countries such as the United States, Canada and England, experience difficulty. Being in Panama means embracing its culture and everything. So if you come to Panama from your country with an open mind, everything is going to be fine. Some immigrants who don’t have open minds are like what we call here “a grumpy gringo.” If they force their ways, they’ll end up being frustrated, but once they’ve realized that they’re in a different country and are able to adapt, they end up loving it here.
  • Antonio Cheng of Romero Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
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    Posted November 04, 2014
    The expats in Panama are retired and happy people. I see them every day by my office window and they are living life. I see a lot of Canadians and Americans here in Panama, although I do not have the exact numbers. The expats here in Panama are very friendly and they do try to learn the culture and blend in. They try to learn to speak Spanish, too.
  • Robert Adams of Retirement Wave – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
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    Posted November 23, 2014
    The great majority of expats in Panama are from the United States. There are English-speaking expats from Australia, Ecuador and Argentina as well. The predominant group is the Americans.  The Canadians are also very well represented here. We have quite a few British expats, too.
     
    The European community is growing rapidly – Germans, French, Italians and of course, Spanish. There are different communities like the Greek community. Theirs is a shipping culture and they are well represented here and are growing.
     
    There are Asians. There are people from Taiwan, South Korea and Japan. We’ve had a Chinese Community for a long time.  150 years ago, the Chinese helped built the railroad and were one of the groups that later built the canal.
     
    We have lots of expats. We have two French schools here, one Canadian school, one UK-oriented school, half a dozen that follow the American curriculum and two Japanese schools.  The schools alone indicate the variety of different people from different countries we have here in Panama.  The last time I counted there were nearly 900 American primary and secondary school students in two schools in Panama City – and that is not all the schools.
     
    Most of the expats in Panama are not retirees. In general, expats work predominantly in the business community. They have a huge business community here.
     
    You have an awful lot of people in Panama from a lot of different places. Most of the retirees spend their time socializing with each other.
     
    Most of the expats are middle class people; few are well-to-do.
     
    Americans and Canadians are like a big family here in Panama. They get along extremely well. They’re very friendly people. 
     
    The fundamental difference between those who do and those who don’t move to Panama is the willingness among those who do move to have a little adventure, to do something new, to try something else. There are two groups, one who are looking for something more and the other who just sit at home all day. The first group consists of those who want to try something new. They don’t think they’re old.
     
    We do have some expats who are unhappy.  These are the ones who want to leave something behind. We have two groups. Those who are “coming to” something and those who are “leaving from” something. The “coming to” crowd is much larger.  After people have been here for a couple of years, you lose track of who’s who. Everybody pretty much becomes the same.
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