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Tehany De La Guardia of Tehany Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Americans and other expats are treated very well by the locals in Volcan and Cerro Punta.
 
To give you just one example, I was recently at a local supermarket when i saw an American woman coming out of the supermarket with a lot of grocery bags who unfortunately fell.  When she did, everybody ran to help her to see if she was OK, and to carry her bags.  She told me "If this happened to me in US nobody would help me.  But here, it is amazing how everybody ran to help me, even though I am a foreigner and nobody even knew me."
 
All the local Panamanians help the expats when the expats don't speak Spanish; the locals try their best to understand the expats.  Here in Volcan and Cerro Punta, Panamanians and expats go to the same places all the time and mingle easily without any trouble whatsoever.
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How are Canadians, U.S. citizens, and Europeans treated in the Volcán and Cerro Punta region of Panamá?

For the most part, extremely well. If you treat Panamanians with respect and common courtesy, you should be fine. Even if you do not speak much Spanish, make an effort at least to try - at least wave and say "¡Buenos días!" to folks. Strike up conversations. Never act like gringos are so much smarter and hipper and better than Panamanians.

Only the gringos who feel they have to prove that their pretense at being "rich" (they are not; it is just that money goes farther here), who act like know-it-alls, who speak in bigoted terms, who flout local law and custom, who wind up disliked.
 

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