Wanting to retire in Panama

Archive for July, 2014

Month Number Two in our New Home – Panama!

Wow, I can’t believe it has been six weeks since my last post! Time really does fly by when you are having fun!! So what have we been up to? Well, first and foremost, we are now the proud owners of a 2007 Honda CRV …. lol.

Buying a vehicle in Panama can be very stressful….. what with the language barrier, transferring title, getting insurance and registration, etc, etc ….. so we decided to hire a gentleman from Boquete (who came with great references and is a fellow Canadian) who literally took care of all this for us including the actual vehicle hunting, test driving, transfer of monies (although I must admit it was a bit unnerving entrusting him with our money for a vehicle we hadn’t even seen ….. not to mention never having actually met him either – lol – but that is a story for another day) and literally delivered the vehicle to our door. Of course this service does come with a price; however, for D and I we felt it was clearly worth it as it was not something we wanted to tackle on our own without being able to speak Spanish.

Now, as you know, we are currently renting a place at the Costa Blanca Villas in the Royal Decameron Resort.  This place is definitely a step up from our last rental.  It has so much more to offer and we feel we are truly living the retirement dream.  The rental comes with access to the private beach club, pool and restaurant, along with full use of the beach palapas, beach loungers and tennis courts.  The security is top notch and the grounds are kept immaculately clean!!  In addition, there are two more community pools that are not on the beach that are for villa owners/renters.  Not to mention the 18-hole golf course that we have as our view every  day as we sit out on the patio.   With all these amenities, D and I have picked ourselves up a couple of tennis rackets and two sets of used golf clubs ….. and yes… we both truly suck at golf (not too shabby at tennis though – lol)!

Our daughter and her best friend have truly fallen in love with Panama as well, and I know there are going to be a lot of tears shed when she has to leave back to Canada in August to continue her studies.  They have made a lot of friends with the staff of the beach club and are truly going to be missed by all.  Our son was here for a two week visit and left us last Monday ….. It was so great to have both children here for D’s 50th birthday and our daughter’s 19th birthday in June (yes D is now 50 lol).  We have our daughter’s friend’s family arriving today for two weeks and then our friends who travelled with us to Panama in December coming in August so have a busy month ahead!  We have yet to sell our house in Canada, so have been waiting to purchase a property here in Panama.  One advantage to this is that it is giving us a good amount of time to make a decision of where we really want to be.  Right now D and I are torn between Las Lajas in the Chiriqui province or where we are currently residing here in Cocle, Panama.  Do we go with oceanfront property where we will still have to build our dream home, or do we buy a home here in the Costa Blanca Villas where everything is almost move-in ready and all the amenities that we are looking for are at our fingertips, or at least very close by…..   I guess time will tell!    Adios … until next time.

P1010691IMG_1452P1010707P1010747 P1010764