Wanting to retire in Panama



Dan and Janet

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  1. Shelbi and Jim said:

    Hi Janet and Dan,
    We are following your blog. Are you moving to Panama in April or going to visit? We will be moving in 2 more long cold years. We have been there 3 times and to Costa Rica 3 times.new will be back in Panama in August and then again in Dec to buy a house. You must be so excited to start this new part of your life.

    Shelbi and Jim

    • Hi Shelbi and Jim,
      Yes this will be a permanent move for us! We have been super crazy busy! Just moving our stuff to our sons house today. He bought a new place so he is inheriting a lot of our belongings. Then off to say goodbyes to parents before we fly out on the 15. It’s going to be a very busy next 11 days but will be do worth it. Keep in touch. I will hopefully have more time for blogging once we are settled. And don’t hesitate to email me with any questions you have and once you are settled maybe we can get together in Panama!

  2. Hi Janet an Dan,
    I see you haven’t written for awhile. Are you getting settled in? Hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather.

  3. Hey there fellow Canadians,
    Your in depth info on all aspects of relocating to Panama has been invaluable. My husband and I are planning a 2 month trip in Feb. and March 2015. After researching various countries for the last two years we keep getting drawn back to Panama ( David area to start with). I doubt that there has been any important info you have not shared but, if you have even the smallest of suggestions we would greatly appreciate it.
    Thank you for sharing,
    Gerri & Bob

    • Hi Gerri and Bob,

      So sorry about not getting back to you sooner. Somehow this comment fell through the cracks and I did not see it until today. We love the city of David. It has everything you need without having to go to the big city of Panama…. Where traffic is crazy lol. Take note that it is very hot there because of where it is situated, but the cooler climate and mountain air of Boquete and ocean beaches are but a short distance away… Do you get the best of both worlds right
      At your fingertips. Good luck with everything and I am so happy you are making the change… We have no regrets!

    • By the way, what part of Canada are you from?

  4. Hi, Dan & Janet!

    I can’t begin to tell you how much my wife (Linda) and I (Tim) have enjoyed reading your blog. We went back to your very first post and have diligently read every entry and every comment — and we have found so much value and pleasure in the time we’ve invested.

    We will be visiting Panama (Boquete specifically) for a month beginning mid-September with a plan to move there in the Spring of 2016. We’ve also connected with Holly and Scott and look forward to meeting them on our visit.

    We have just started our blog — time4us2retire.wordpress.com — so please check it out when you have a chance. There’s not much there yet, but you know from your own experience that all blogs start with nothing.

    My wife and I are definitely mountain people, so I don’t think we’ll be doing much exploration of the beach communities — but if we do, we would love to take you out for a meal as our way of saying “Thanks!” for the time you’ve taken to share your personal story with us.

    Tim & Linda

    • Hi Tim and Linda,

      You will not be disappointed with your decision to move to Panama. We have been absolutely loving it so far! I am so happy that my blog has been of so much help to you. I can totally relate how reading other people’s experiences helps in making your own decision on where to live and retire. Without other people blogging, I don’t think D and I could have done it. I started my blog as a way to pay it forward in the hopes that it would help other people (and I am glad to hear that it is serving its purpose). We would love to get together with you in the future for a few drinks. Maybe we will drive up to Boquete in September and have a visit with you, Holly and Scott. Keep in touch!

  5. We would so enjoy meeting you! Our exact dates for Boquete are September 22 through October 20. We’re staying in the Alto Lino area and a lovely casita owned by David and Cora Craig. I am still perplexed about how life is possible without street addresses, but somehow I need to tell the taxi driver where the casita is. LOL — it’s all part of the adventure!!


  6. Hi Janet,
    Glad to hear you received your papers and soon your DL. It seemed to go fairly fast. Hopefully it goes as well for us when it is our time. I can’t wait to leave Alberta, not looking towards another 8 months of winter. We come to Panama 2 to 3 times a year and as soon as I get back here I start the count down to my next trip to Panama. We will be back in February to look at houses around David and to meet with a lawyer, we need questions about imigration answered. We are hoping to move under the specific countries program if it is still available. Do you have any suggestions on lawyers or what to do or not do? I also heard not to bring leather furniture or jackets as they mold, is that true?
    Anyway keep up the great blog, love it.


    • Hi Shelbi,

      The lawyer we used, like I said, was invaluable to us. I had tried connecting with a couple of others before getting in touch with him and it always took forever for them to get back to me, if at all but with this one, he was always quick with his responses and always answered my questions, regardless of what it was lol. In the end, after talking to a few other people and the lawyers they used, his fees were a little higher but as far as I am concerned, well worth it. I would not hesitate recommending him to anyone if they are interested.

      As for leather furniture and jackets, they sell both here lol. I have heard of the mold issue but I think it is all about air flow. As long as you are going to be living here year round and you gave good air flow, in my opinion, these things would be fine. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to ask and good luck with everything!

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