You will find expats in several places in Panama.
The biggest expat community in Panama would certainly be Boquete. I have been there numerous times and it is a wonderful place. It is even cooler over there than it is here in El Valle de Anton. They are at 3,500 feet while El Valle is 2,000 feet.
There is far more to do over there in Boquete than there is to do here in El Valle. There are a lot of clubs and restaurants in Boquete. It is only about half an hour from David, which is the third largest city in Panama, so there is a lot of shopping there in David which people who live in Boquete like. Boquete is on the other side of the country and is closer to Costa Rica so they do not have access to the city (Panama City) without flying there or driving / taking a bus for many hours. A lot of people are happy there in Boquete. I have lived in a house in Boquete that is just minutes away from the ocean. There are a lot of expats there from different parts of the world such as Europeans, Americans, and Canadians.
El Valle de Anton for me is like the Garden of Eden. It is just a beautiful place. It is the most bizarre place I have ever lived in. Just the fact that it is the crater of a volcano is very strange. It is filled with trees. Whether you are a cyclist or you are someone who just walks, you are in the shade more than you are in the sun. You will hear and see birds everywhere. Anywhere you look, you will see mountains. If you want to hike, it is very beautiful. El Valle is a very peaceful place. It is wonderful if you are trying to eliminate stress. Also, it is nice because it is close to the ocean and close to Panama City, so you can easily go to the ocean or to Panama City whenever you want to.
There are a number of expats in the Casco Viejo part of Panama City, which is the old part of the city. It is a fascinating part of Panama City. Whenever I have visitors, I take them to Casco Viejo to see the old Spanish dungeon that was built 500 years ago. The presidential palace and the old historical buildings are there, too. It is a beautiful part of Panama city. Panama City is very interesting, it is very diverse. They have all the types of restaurants that you would want. There are theaters over there and they hold different kinds of concerts, too. Panamanians are big fans of cycling, soccer, and baseball, which is great for me. I actually joined a race last Sunday and I also did one a month ago. Panama City is very vibrant and very interesting. I am not a city person but I love to go there from time to time.
Bocas Del Toro is a bunch of islands. It is composed of about five main islands on the Caribbean right on the Costa Rican border. There are a lot of people there who are from the Caribbean Islands and the Dominican Republic. It is a beautiful place. It is great for surfing, which I like. There is a bit more crime over there, I hate to say, so when people tell me that they are going to Bocas Del Toro, I direct them to certain hotels in certain areas that I know are quite safe. But overall it is a fascinating place. I love Bocas Del Toro.
I have only been in Pedasi once and I loved it. People expected Pedasi to boom, so they put in a new highway in Pedasi and it was expected to develop and it did not seem to happen. Pedasi is a little too warm for me to live there year round but it has a great surf even though it is still not very well developed. It has about five wonderful restaurants. People who are into fishing will like Pedasi. They have great fishing over there. I guess it has the best deep sea fishing in the country of Panama.
Most of the expats in Coronado are Canadians. For some reason, Canadians prefer the hot weather and they want to be near the beach. Occasionally, a Canadian moves up here to El Valle but that does not happen a lot. I had read about Coronado before I even went to Panama and I thought it was going to be terrific but I found that Coronado was really about shopping. The Coronado community itself is a gated community which I find really boring and there is a bunch of bad roads in the gated community. In the highway, it is a matter of shopping, which was great for me when I went shopping. You can go shopping without having to go all the way to Panama City.
There are incredible expat communities in every part of the country of Panama depending on where you live. You will find expat communities everywhere, whether it be in the city, the beaches, the mountains, or the countryside.
Expats get together because they are like-minded in the sense that they live in the beaches because they like the beaches or that they live in the mountains because they like it there. They frequently have get-togethers, functions, and other events such as that where they all get to share ideas and experiences.
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