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Dennis Dean Smith of DennisDeanSmith – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Let's start with the good things about living and retiring in Bastimentos...
  • The people are tranquil and friendly - most speak English.
  • Bastimentos is quiet - except for some music from a party at times.
  • Bastimentos is a beautiful island with a Caribbean tropical climate year round.
  • The cost of living is probably less than what you would pay in your home country.
  • You get Panama's retiree benefits.
  • Bastimentos has some excellent with-sand beaches and is good for hiking.
  • You are close to the Bastimentos National Marine Park.
Now some of the possibly not so good things about living and retiring in Bastimentos...
  • If the weather is bad, it can be difficult to leave the island.
  • You can only get to or leave the island by boat.
  • You may experience periodic power and water outages.
  • Sometimes theft and other small crimes can be a problem.
  • To buy your food and other supplies, you have to go to Bocas Island - or sometimes David or Panama City.
All in all, most Expats who I know are happy with their decision to live and or retire on Bastimentos. I guess you will just have to visit and see if it's the right place for you.

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