To paraphrase Charles Dickens (badly),
Panama is the best of places and it is the worst of places to live and retire.
Take Panama City for example. The traffic is a nightmare, the sidewalks are barely passable, it’s getting increasingly expensive to live there and the noise is overwhelming. There are a host of reasons why for some people Panama City would be the worst place to retire in Panama. On the other hand, if you crave a vibrant, metropolitan city, want great shopping, hundreds of quality restaurants and an international airport that can take you to virtually anywhere in the world, Panama City may be the place for you.
What about Coronado and the beach areas of Panama? It’s always incredibly hot and humid, the areas are packed over the weekends with partiers and the infrastructure hasn’t quite kept pace with the booming development in the area. However, if your idea of an ideal retirement includes lounging on the beach, listening to the waves breaking on the shore and having all the amenities you need to be happy, then Coronado may be the perfect choice for your golden years.
Boquete? Rain and lots of it. With an annual average rainfall of nearly 200 inches, you had better get used to the sound of raindrops on your roof. And getting there is no easy task either. If you’re coming from overseas you’ll need to take at least two airplane rides and another drive of 30 to 40-minutes to get there. Once you get there, there’s not much “there” there. A sleepy little mountain village, Boquete has a minimum of amenities and you need to work a little bit to get the things you want. But, if being surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery in the world with lush, tropical forests climbing up majestic mountainsides and relaxing in a serene, clean environment in a cool and temperate climate with a community of fellow expats is your idea of the retirement life you’ve dreamt of, then Boquete may be the perfect choice.
Panama has a wide variety of landscapes, city life, beaches, hot and cool climates and different lifestyles to choose from. Whether any area is the worst place or best place for you is really up to what you need to live a happy and enjoyable life.