Actually, El Valle de Antón is a very interesting place to visit, and in which to retire. Peaceful, good weather, quiet, with a feel of being in the country, yet you have the necessary modern elements to pamper you with a comfortable life. The locals are kind and helpful. Many Panamanians have their weekend homes in El Valle de Antón for generations. Now, more and more foreigners are seeking El Valle as a good choice to live permanently. The weather, plants and beauty are magnificent. As is true of the rest of the country, there are rivers, waterfalls or lakes spread throughout the country, and rivers are too many to count.
One thing that makes El Valle very "peculiar" is its thermal waters. Visitors and locals go there to take a nice mud treatment, followed by a thermal water bath; a natural spa.
Also, I should mention the public market, especially Sunday morning, after church, as well as the bio diversified exotic zoo and orchid sanctuary, which is definitely, a place to visit.
With modern hotels, restaurants and houses, picturesque roads, hills, mountains, beautiful horses, situated at 2.5 hours from the city (Panama City), El Valle is one the towns in Panamá most worth a visit.