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Unplugged paradise: the San Blas archipelago

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Comment by Ed Wetschler on February 1, 2011 at 8:38pm
Comment by Buzzy Gordon on December 6, 2010 at 2:37pm
Looking for a reasonable winter rental

We are looking for place to spend Jan.-Feb. Expat community or typically local environment. Ideally, a property we can take care of in exchange for reduced rent, but all offers welcome.
Comment by Allie McCoy on September 1, 2010 at 10:31am
I just conducted a search on Tripatini for "retirement" (my youngest grandchild taught me how ! ) and I found this discussion. I have not read the International Living review, but Forrest's comments are perfectly in keeping with an observation I have made. Often, journalists who are too young to retire publish advice based upon criteria that is a little bit off the mark. Maybe this is because they are thirty years old and unable to put themselves in our shoes.
Comment by Forrest Walker on August 31, 2010 at 5:24pm
I just reviewed the article on They have Thailand ranked #25.
So, I reviewed how they rated stuff. In my opinion. they weigh things wrong.. They give a lot of weight to "special benefits" for retirees. One of the reasons Panama scored so high, was what they call a "really great" pensionado program. That my friends is over rated. In four years there asa pensionado, the only thing I ever used my discount for was airfares within the country (it does not apply to intl flites) and hotels. The hotel discounts were somehow not so attractive, I got better rates just booking through!
The catagory of purchasing a Thailand a foreigner CANNOT own property. You can own a condo, but not land. In Panama, yes you can buy and build, but be careful Real estate scams are numerous, especially on Island properties!
In short, I do not think internationalliving does much international living!
Comment by Forrest Walker on August 31, 2010 at 4:51pm
No, I would not retire in Panama. I lived there for four years, and if you want reasons why I would never retire there I can list them for you. But I will start with this important one.
Unless you are lucky, retirement comes with age. The need for good healthcare also comes with age. Outside of Panama city, healthcare is a non-starter. And Panama City is noisy, expensive, and there is a lot of crime.
I am going to cjeck out this site and see what their criteria is
. I am searching for the best retirement spot myself. I just spent two months in Thailand, and in all the criteria I can name, it is much better than Panama. I notice Chilke is on the list. It would be on mine as well. I lived there for five years.
Comment by Ed Wetschler on August 31, 2010 at 2:39pm
Like sports statistics geeks, runs the numbers on eight different factors to come up with an annual ranking of the best countries for retirees. This year, Panama came in second, with Ecuador just barely squeaking in for #1. (The U.S.? #15.)

Here are the top ten, with numerical scores on a scale of 100:

Ecuador - 81
Panama - 80
Mexico - 79
France - 78
Italy - 78
Uruguay - 77
Malta - 76
Chile - 76
Spain - 75
Costa Rica - 75

Would you retire to Panama?
Comment by Tripatini on August 10, 2010 at 5:40pm
Ever heard of the San Blas Archipelago and the Kuna Indians? Check out José Balido's new post in the Tripatini blog.
Comment by Casa Del Soul on July 30, 2010 at 9:11am
Casa Del Soul in San Juan Del Sur,Nicaragua welcomes "Panama" and wants everybody to know they have a great place to stay when coming to San Juan Del Sur,Nicaragua RATED #1 in "Specialty Lodging" by
Comment by barefootpanama on July 2, 2010 at 7:59pm
Always running the best tours..
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