Originally Posted by CoolChange
Can you post a link to this forum? I Googled Americans In Panama forum but did not find anything that looked relevant (lots of pages trying to sell me real estate though).
this is the spot
americans_in_panama : Americans Living in Panama
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I also stumbled on this
Boquete appears to be the main concentration of ex pats
Boquete, ChiriquÃ* - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
from what I gathered, main challenge is that you have to be the sort of person or couple that is comfortable with third world conditions (at least outside the gate, in large parts of the country) and very shaky institutional reliability.
if you live for the climate and nature and simple living, not keeping anything around that is more than basic, assuming many items will have to be replaced due to petty theft, rent your accommodation, you will be fine. take cash out of the bank machine as you need it.
eating out and alcohol are very cheap, especially South American wines.
learning spanish seems to be a big advantage.
this is what I remember from trolling the forum for a year
someone who has actually been there or lived there would be a much better source, obviously