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Celia Cárdenas of Beach Suites by Villa Camilla – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Pedasi arial shot showing hotel, fields nad ocean – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingMost of the expats who live in Pedasi are about 50 years old and up and are retirees from North America. Most of them are married. Younger people come to Pedasi on holiday; they don’t live here.
 
The expats in Pedasi are absolutely a happy group of people. They usually go out, they have their own mobile phones, and some of them have little businesses, too. They put out little shops or others go into real estate. They build schools that teach English. Others teach scuba diving. Expats mix well with the locals, and they are very welcome. Some of them help in community activities like cleaning the beaches and other kinds of volunteer work. These efforts are appreciated by the locals.
 
Expats are treated very nicely by the locals in Pedasi. Everyone here is very helpful. Only about 30% of the expats in Pedasi speak about 40% Spanish; they don’t really try that hard. But the locals here try to speak some English.
 
If I were pressed to find something to say about any resentment the locals may have towards the expats in general, the only type of resentment that I would say exists is because of having expats in Pedasi causes the real estate prices to rise beyond what a local is used to paying for it or an afford.
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The expat community in Pedasi is made Los Rockeros de Smileys Pedasi Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Livingup of very nice people.  You can find the expats on Tuesdays and Fridays at Smileys, the American restaurant in town, all of them hanging out and sitting together.  I usually go to Smileys at 9:30 or 10:00 PM, when John, the owner, is playing music from the 70s and 80s.  People are sitting down, having beers, and talking.
 
Whenever the NFL starts, you can find all the expats at Smiley’s on Sundays watching football.  Everybody’s enjoying it, everybody is being nice.
 
As a community or as a group, the expats here in Pedasi are really nice, towards each other and towards the Panamanian community.  It is difficult to find this in other places.  In other places in Panama, you hear so much about expats scamming other expats.  In Pedasi, you don’t find that.
 
In addition, everybody in Pedasi is trying to maintain the town as some sort of sanctuary, to maintain the culture of the town and its rustic, traditional feeling.  This is in contrast to what happens in other places in the world, you find a really nice, unique town, then it gets overdeveloped, and then it loses its charm.  Nobody in Pedasi wants that to happen; not even the expats.  Everyone wants Pedasi keep the good aspects it has.
Jade Wills of Maya Moon Marketing – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The expats in Pedasi are wonderful and Pedasi Expats at a Pilates class with Jade Wills in the foreground – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Livingthe community is really great.  Everyone helps each other, everyone likes to socialize, and there’s a local expat bar called Smiley’s that everyone loves to go to.  Smiley’s does a great job at rounding everyone up and keeping everyone active and excited about being in Panama.
 
There's plenty of places to meet.  For example, the picture to the right is of a bunch of Pedasi expats and me at a Pilates class.
 
The expats in Pedasi are from North American mostly, although there are a few Australians, I’ve seen a couple Brits around, and we have a lady from Ireland, so you have a good mixture.  There are a good amount of Israelis in Pedasi who have formed their own sub-community. 
April Lewis of Casa Lajagua – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Here in Pedasi, Panama we have around 200 Pedasi Beach Cleanup Volunteers – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Livingexpats from all different corners of the world. Most of them are Canadian and American.
 
The expats in Pedasi are all fairly young and very much about the community. There are many activities to get involved in around Pedasi, from helping the animals to beach clean ups that get organized by different people all the time.
 
We just recently had a great turn out for a beach clean up we organized with everyone coming back at our hotel for a nice BBQ. I personally find the people here very easygoing and a great group or friends.
Isabelle Shahverdians of La Rosa de Los Vientos B&B – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
I would say that in Pedasi there are two mainPetting a horse in Pedasi, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living groups of expats.
 
There are the retirees, mostly Americans and Canadians who live full time or part of the year in and around Pedasi.  Then, there is a growing group of younger entrepreneurs, usually from Europe and Israel; people in their thirties and forties who left their economically struggling countries to pursue a different kind of life here in Panama. They feel that they have more opportunities in starting a small business and will have a more independent and carefree lifestyle here in Pedasi as opposed to where they came from.

This mix of people creates a very international community in Pedasi. Needless to say that the World Cup Games are followed passionately by the locals and expats!
Eliecer Vera, Jr. of EQUUS VILLAGE – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Frailes Island, off Pedasi Panama in Azuero Peninsula at sunset – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living

Expats generally like Pedasi for lots of reasons:

  • It is a quiet place.
  • The people are very friendly.
  • It is a very beautiful and picturesque town.
  • Pedasi has great tourist infrastructure, so it is like a world within a small town.
  • You'll find a diversity of races.
  • Pedasi has lovely beaches.

For me, Pedasi is the best place in Panama.
 
Besides all this, for the entire country of Panama:

  • The economy of Panama is very stable and growing, which gives expats and others security.
  • We have a variety of banks (we are sometimes referred to as a “small Switzerland”).
  • Our taxes are very low compared to other countries.
  • Our cost of living is low compared to other countries, which means that you can live extremely well on the same amount of money that would not allow you to live as well in other countries.

I recommend you visit Panama, which has many beautiful places.
 
The picture here is of Frailes Island, off Pedasi Panama in Azuero Peninsula.
 
(Did I mention that we have world class fishing?)

Rebecca Wentzel of Knightsbridge Investment Group – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Home on a street in Pedasi, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe expats in Pedasi, Azuero Peninsula, Panama, are a fun-loving, adventuresome and highly sociable group that has integrated quite well with the local community.  They hail from many countries, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, France and Israel.  Attracted to this picturesque town by its singular charm and proximity to miles of isolated, pristine Pacific beaches, Pedasi expats also enjoy access to all of the urban conveniences available in the thriving provincial capitals of Las Tablas and Chitre, only a short drive away.
 

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