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Neil Stein of Panama Paraiso – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account

El Valle de Anton, Panama is a very laid back place. You will see people in shorts all the time. People are not dressed up to the nines here in El Valle. It is a very casual, laid back place, which I like, coming from Hawaii. I am not that dapper anymore. After living in Hawaii all those years, I am still wearing sandals, jeans, and tee shirts.

The dress code changes a bit when you go to Panama City, where you are supposed to wear closed shoes with socks, pants with belt and a nice shirt. Here, in El Valle, you can wear pretty much anything you like.

Bill Brunner of abc realty panama – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
El Valle de Anton Panama street, with expats – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe dress code in El Valle is shorts and flip-flops.
 
Usually it’s the expats that you see in shorts.  Personally, when I go for my walk, I’m in athletic shorts and a t-shirt.  It’s the same when I go to the bank, the supermarket, and many other places.  Casual wear is OK.  However, if I’m going to go visiting or to conduct business I usually wear long pants and a pair of shoes, and then I wear a shirt with pockets, but mainly because I want to carry things with me.  Frequently, many of the people who do business with me are wearing flip-flops.
 
People here (for example a woman in my walking group) will even go on walks in flip-flops, and she walks faster than we do!
 
People aren’t running around in bikinis but the dress code is very casual.  Having said that, there are government offices where they insist that you do not wear shorts and t-shirts, out of respect.   When you go to a government office, they expect you to be in shoes, long pants, and a shirt with a collar like a polo shirt.
 
Traditionally, you would seldom see Panamanians in shorts and flip-flops as much.  Now, on the weekends you will see some of the women wearing shorts.  The men don’t normally wear shorts but sometimes they do.  If you see shorts on a Panamanian, he will probably be a “weekender”; someone who has their second home in El Valle.  The Panamanians will tend to dress a little nicer than the expats. 
 
If you go to a party, you should probably wear long pants and a polo shirt.  A few people will wear shorts, but generally they don’t. 
Lourdes Townshend of Multimodal  & Logistic Transports Magazine – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Dress Code in El Valle de Antón, Panamá
 
Latin American countries have always been very specific in their dress code, for both men and women.  And Panamá is not the exception.
 
If you are in the main city (what the locals here refer to just as "Panamá"), where social activity is very important, the code is implemented very differently than if you are in the "interior" (the "countryside," which would include places like El Valle de Antón).
 
If you are socially active and participate in international events, lunches at top hotels or clubs, like to go out for dinner at restaurants, it is very common to see everyone dress very nicely.
 
For formal events like weddings or cocktail parties, various stores compete to offer the best of the best, as expensive and beautiful dresses are like a fashion show.
 
As you pass by the Panamá Canal (by any of the bridges), go out of the city and you enter into the countryside, the dress code changes. You can see very well dressed people, if you go to any of the resorts or hotels.  But if you are only at the beach, like Coronado or Pedasí, the dress code is more relaxed, and people wear shorts and casual attire, especially the foreign visitors.
 
In El Valle de Antón, there is a mixture.  Locals and visitors dress nicely to go for dinner or church.  Now, if you are only enjoying the day, walking, or horseback riding, it is very common to see  everyone in jeans, sneakers or sandals.  El Valle de Antón is a small and beautiful town, full of flowers and surrounded by mountains.  Many times it is foggy,  rainy and cool.
 
One thing to point out is that the residents in El Valle, many of whom are farmers or people from the mountains, are very conscious of the dress code, and you will never see them in shorts or sandals.  They always wear shoes (sometimes work shoes or boots, as they work the yard and fields), long pants (or dresses) and long sleeves (men), and of course, they can´t be without their hat.  They usually are at the public market selling their products, very proudly.
 
Mark Hurt – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Oh my, the dress code in El Valle de Anton is that men wear a shirt.  That’s it [other than pants]. I have gone to the store with my bunny slippers on and my sweat pants.  No one really cares what you are wearing...  
 

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