I was in Panama for 3 or 4 days to attend Bob’s Xmas party & check out the canal, staying in a Spanish school hostel before taking the bus back down to David where I caught a local chicken bus to Boquette to check it out as a retirement option.
Actually Panama was the top of my list when I left on my trip, still was after meeting the interesting & helpful people at Bob’s.
However after my subsequent 2 months in Antigua Guatemala then my experiences on my RTW it became apparent that I wasn’t suited to the ‘gated community’ lifestyle so pretty much decided on Antigua. Then when the time came to make a decision I found property prices Antigua to be higher than my budget, then on a second visit to a hostel in El Salvador I made a chance remark that I could live here. The rest is history.
That said for those who want to escape the high cost & horrid weather of Canadian living but still live similar lives to what they have in Canada, Panama would be a good choice and the country does offer lots of incentives to retirees.
Another great thing about Central American retirement is that you can drive here from Canada/US! P-)