Panama, leader of the region, is one of the best countries in the world to invest

Panama’s unique location provides the experience of a lifetime. It is gifted with having a wide range of rainforests, a desert, and breathtaking beaches on both coastlines, the Caribbean and the Pacific, all within driving distance of a cosmopolitan city.

Panama Canal connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans through the narrow Isthmus of Panama. The length of the Panama Canal from shoreline to shoreline is about 65 km. The canal, which was completed in August 1914, is one of the two most strategic artificial waterways in the world. Ships sailing between the East and West coasts of the United States, which otherwise would be obliged to round Cape Horn in South America, shorten their voyage by about 8,000 nautical miles (15,000 km) by using the canal. Savings of up to 3,500 nautical miles (6,500 km) are also made on voyages between one coast of North America and ports on the other side of South America. Ships sailing between Europe and East Asia or Australia can save as much as 2,000 nautical by using the canal.

Where Northern and Southern worlds connect, old and new worlds coexist, and cosmopolitan landscapes live in harmony with wild, untamed rainforests.

Panama is warm and tropical. The currency is the U.S. dollar. The tax burden is low. There’s a large English-speaking population—including excellent doctors. It lies completely outside the hurricane belt. High-speed internet and cell coverage are remarkable, as is the power, air and water quality. And the country’s famed Pensionado—which provides easy residency to expats—is one of the best retiree programs in the world today and it’s open to everyone.

“You’ll never run out of things to do here,” says Jessica Ramesch, International Living’s Panama editor. “What few people know is that this is also a cultural capital. Panama City is home to active, vibrant communities from all over the world, and every art form is celebrated here.”
Panama is close to the U.S., Miami is about three hours away by plane.


Panama is about the size of South Carolina and has mountains, beaches and cities within an easy striking distance—no matter where you go. Most people are attracted to the cosmopolitan capital, Panama City. An hour from Panama City is Coronado, where many Panamanians have beach homes. El Valle is a quiet enclave about a two-hour drive from Panama City known for its ocean beaches and small-town appeal. And then there’s Pedasí, on the tip of the Azuero Peninsula in the province of Los Santos on the Pacific Ocean.


In Panama City, a couple can live on a monthly budget of as little as $1,700. A single person could save about 20-30% off those numbers. Another advantage to Panama: zero income tax if you earn revenue in other countries.



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