Panama Special Reports
Albrook and Clayton, Panama City, Panama
In this Panama Special Report, we bring you the areas of Albrook and Clayton, Panama City.
Both Albrook and Clayton originated as part of the Panama Canal Zone. The infrastructure and neighborhoods were built by U.S. engineers to be used by the U.S. armed forces. When the U.S. government turned the Panama Canal over to the Panamanians 10 years ago, Clayton and Albrook came as part of the package. In the decade since, these two communities have developed into quiet, peaceful residential areas with parks, single-family homes, some of the best schools in Panama, and small retail areas. Perfect if you’re relocating with a family but very appealing, too, if you’re just looking for a more suburban experience.SKU: PSR-ALBROOK-CLAYTON
Overseas Haven Reports, Portugal
Algarve, Portugal | Overseas Haven Report
Located at Europe’s westernmost tip and boasting 100 miles of Atlantic coastline, Algarve could be Europe’s most famous secret. This region boasts Europe’s best beaches, Europe’s best golf courses, some of Europe’s friendliest folk, and Western Europe’s lowest cost of living. It’s also Europe’s newest tax haven.
Algarve has been Live and Invest Overseas’ the World’s #1 Retirement Haven for several years running now… That’s a distinction we don’t bestow lightly or easily, but our editorial team has a lot of experience at this… We’ve been rating and ranking the world’s best places to spend time in retirement for 30 years now—we can tell you from firsthand experience, the Algarve really nails it.
A safe region, with very little crime and a laid-back lifestyle for expats, this destination caters equally to families and retirees with its culture, cuisine, Blue Flag beaches, historical cities, and so much more. And the Algarve is also a world-recognized golf destination… at last count there were 42 courses in less than 100 square miles.
Thanks to its 3,300 hours of sunshine per year, more sunny days than almost anywhere else in Europe, the Algarve has a longstanding reputation as a top summer destination among European sun-seekers and a top winter retreat for those looking to escape Northern Europe’s coldest months. Plus, Portugal has the lowest cost of living in Western Europe, on average 30% lower than other countries.Bottom line, the Algarve offers an opportunity to savor the best of an old-school, Old World lifestyle at a very affordable cost. Here you can enjoy the best the Continent has to offer, from medieval towns and fishing villages to open-air markets, local wine. This is a land of cobblestoned streets and whitewashed houses with lace-patterned chimneys surrounded by fig, olive, almond, and carob trees.
Here on Portugal’s Algarve, the seafood is fresh, the people are pleasant, the service is friendly, and the wine is affordable on every menu.
Beyond Europe, the Algarve is largely ignored as a retirement haven. If you’re looking for a Continental lifestyle and don’t have the budget for France, Italy, or Spain, Algarve could be your answer.SKU: OHR-ALGARVE-PORTUGAL
Panama Special Reports
Amador Causeway, Panama City, Panama
In this Panama Special Report, we tour Panama’s Causeway in Amador, a former U.S. military outpost and Canal Zone recreation area that is today enjoying a multi-million dollar makeover.
The Amador Causeway has a long and winding history tied to the construction of the Panama Canal and the nearly 100-year occupation of the Canal Zone by U.S. military forces. Used first as a military base, Amador was later repurposed as a sprawling recreation area for the exclusive use of U.S. military personnel and their families. Languishing in neglect since the 1999 handover dictated by the Torrijos-Carter Treaty that returned the land to Panama, the Causeway is today the focus of an ambitious plan to transform it into a five-star residential community whose key feature, a cruise-ship terminal, will rival ports of call throughout the Americas.SKU: PSR-AMADOR-CAUSEWAY
Belize, Overseas Haven Reports
Ambergris Caye, Belize | Overseas Haven Report
Belize has much to offer beyond its rain forest interior, including one of the world’s best choices for a new life by the sea, la isla bonita Ambergris Caye.
This small haven in the Caribbean, is surrounded by vibrantly turquoise waters and skirted on its eastern side by the longest barrier and reef in the Western Hemisphere.
Living on Ambergris, you’d wake up to the gentle lapping of waves onto pristine white-sand beaches just outside your window and the faint crash of the ocean in the distance, breaking against the second longest coral reef in the world…
Ambergris Caye’s San Pedro Town is now also a bustling tourist destination with world-class restaurants, great night life, a broad variety of activities and pastimes.
Belize is English-speaking, uses the common law system, has a stable government, and is part of the British Commonwealth and of Caricom (Caribbean Community).
Ambergris is not only one of the best places to think about spending time, but also, right now, a top investment option. This is a closing window to take a position in advance of all this big-deal infrastructure… which will lead to more tourists, more residents, and higher property values.
Ambergris… a true meeting place of cultures. She stands somewhat apart from the mainland in her self-expression and lifestyle, and embodies one of those cultures that truly has it all.
On this small island, the passion and vitality of Latin American culture and music can be experienced alongside most of the comforts and business facilities of the Western world, melded all the while with the laid-back and welcoming vibe of the Caribbean.SKU: OHR-AMBERGRIS-CAYE-BELIZE
Guatemala, Overseas Haven Reports
Antigua, Guatemala | Overseas Haven Report
This Overseas Haven Report features Antigua, Guatemala, the overlooked colonial city in the heart of Central America with plenty to offer the would-be foreign retiree. A few of the city’s main draws include various cost lifestyle options, tax advantages, little to no humidity, entertainment, and even affordable real estate.
Antigua combines a moderate cost of living, moderate climate, good food, old-world charm, friendly people, lots of culture, and engaging activities to create a vibrant and welcoming community for expats seeking solace and tranquility from the lunacy of the modern world.SKU: OHR-ANTIGUA-GUATEMALA
Panama Special Reports
Balboa, La Boca, and Amador Causeway, Panama City, Panama
In this Panama Special Report, we bring you the areas of Balboa, La Boca, and Amador Causeway, all located within Panama City.
Only a few miles away from the hustle and bustle, the bright lights, and the hectic honking of cab horns, brings you to what used to be considered the Canal Zone. You know you’ve entered this area when on one side you see multicolored storage containers stacked one on top of the other, like a Lego village, while on the opposite side of the street you see boxy, tan-colored old military barracks and government buildings.SKU: PSR-BALBOA-LA-BOCA-AMADOR
Indonesia, Overseas Haven Reports
Bali, Indonesia | Overseas Haven Report
In this Overseas Haven Report, we feature Bali, Indonesia.
A few of the draws to the island of Bali include; beautiful beaches, low cost of living, tropical climate, and opportunity for Indiana Jones-style escapades.SKU: OHR-BALI-INDONESIA
Overseas Haven Reports, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand | Overseas Haven Report
In this Overseas Haven Report we feature Bangkok, Thailand, a favorite among everyone from young to old, singles and families, and those living on a budget or looking to live like royalty.
This is a city where you can find it all. It is a pleasant mix of culture and entertainment, and a perfect spot to hang your hat.SKU: OHR-BANGKOK-THAILAND
Panama, Panama Special Reports
Banking In Panama – Where And How To Open Your Account
Panama is Central America’s preeminent banking destination. Its thriving banking sector has fueled the growth of the country’s economy and attracted dozens of international banks from around the globe. Of the 75 banks currently operating in the country, 2 are state-owned, 47 have general licenses, and 26 have international licenses.
Why Panama, you ask?
For starters, the country boasts strong regulatory oversight that maintains the stability of the banking system, and banks tend to stay afloat during periods of economic turmoil. Favorable tax incentives and high certificate of deposit (CD) rates draw in a constant flow of cash from foreign individuals and entities. On top of that, there are several laws in place that help ensure the privacy of clients. Together these factors contribute to Panama’s appeal as an offshore banking haven.SKU: PSR-BANKING-PANAMA
Barbados, Overseas Haven Reports
Barbados | Overseas Haven Report
Our Overseas Haven Report for Barbados covers everything this Caribbean island has to offer.
Barbados is quickly coming to the fore as a superb retirement and overseas living destination. It is a stable democracy replete with high-quality, low-cost health care, top-notch food, reasonably priced real estate, and a friendly, welcoming population.SKU: OHR-BARBADOS
Overseas Haven Reports, Spain
Barcelona, Spain | Overseas Haven Report
In this Overseas Haven Report we feature Barcelona, Spain, one of Europe’s most appealing lifestyle options right now.
Barcelona is the economic, cultural, and administrative capital of Catalonia, located in northeast SpainSKU: OHR-BARCELONA-SPAIN
Belize Starter Kit
If Belize is on your radar (as we suggest it should be), here’s everything you need to take the first step toward realizing your dreams of a new life in this beautiful, English-speaking Caribbean nation.
We call it the “Belize Starter Kit.” Think of it as Belize 101, everything the would-be expat or retiree considering a new life in Belize needs to get started.SKU: KIT-BELIZE-STARTER
Panama Special Reports
Best of Panama’s Caribbean
Our Best of Panama’s Caribbean Coast Special Report is your beginners guide to finding the best opportunities on this side of the isthmus.
The Caribbean Coast of Panama is notoriously underdeveloped—a pro or a con depending on what kind of lifestyle you’re looking for. This side of the country’s infrastructure is basic at best, and, as a result, fewer foreigners have settled on Panama’s northern side. English is less generally spoken than on the Pacific side, though the touristy Bocas del Toro is an exception—here the high volume of visitors means most working in the service industry speak English, and many businesses are American or Canadian owned.
From the rugged but expat-popular Bocas del Toro islands in the far west to the colonial cities of Colón and Portobelo, the Caribbean options are few but varied. This report details Panama’s best options on the Caribbean…SKU: PSR-BEST-CARIBBEAN
Panama, Panama Special Reports
Boca Chica, Panama
In this Panama Special Report, we bring you the tranquil town of Boca Chica, Panama.
The town of Boca Chica had for long been just a sleepy fishing port at the end of the road. Sitting at the end of the peninsula, the town overlooks the nearby island of Boca Brava, which protects the port and makes it a perfect place for a fishing expedition. If you’ve heard of this little town already, odds are you’re a sport fisherman—the waters off this coastal town are world-renowned as a sport fisherman’s paradise.SKU: PSR-BOCA-CHICA
Panama Special Reports
Bocas del Toro, Panama
Bocas del Toro is a province in Panama consisting of a small portion of the mainland as well as an archipelago of nine islands. It borders the Caribbean Sea to the north, Chiriquí to the south, Costa Rica to the west, and the indigenous Ngäbe-Buglé comarca to the east.
Until recently, it has been regarded as little more than a slum. To be fair, some corners of the town could leave you with that impression, but things are changing here.
The government is beginning to take note of the tourism potential and is investing in infrastructure accordingly. As recently as a decade ago, paved roads, sewage treatment, and even slightly reliable electricity had yet to arrive to town. Today, Bocas is more attractive than ever before and continues to improve thanks to the locals, tourists, and foreign residents alike. Improvements in infrastructure are ongoing and at a steady pace. Even recycling has now been recognized as a necessity if they are to save their pristine sand and surf.SKU: PSR-BOCAS-DEL-TORO
Panama, Overseas Haven Reports
Bocas del Toro, Panama | Overseas Haven Report
Bocas del Toro is a tourist town. In fact, it is often regarded as Panama’s top tourist destination—and for good reason, too. Bocas del Toro Province is one of the most pristine areas on Panama’s Caribbean coast, and tourists have started to take note of its dense rain forests, clear and clean turquoise water, and white-sand beaches.
Bocas del Toro is a province in Panama consisting of a small portion of the mainland as well as an archipelago of nine islands. It borders the Caribbean Sea to the north, Chiriquí to the south, Costa Rica to the west, and the indigenous Ngöbe-Bugle comarca to the east.
Minutes after stepping off the water taxi that takes you to Bocas Town, on the Bocas del Toro archipelago’s Isla Colón, tour guides are waiting to pounce with their offers of island hopping, scuba diving, surf lessons, ziplining, and more. Hostels, hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, restaurants, cafés, and bars surround the main seafront strip where the water taxis unload the wide-eyed visitors.
But Bocas is so much more than just tourists… The 19,000 or so residents in town consist of surfers, fishers, and entrepreneurs, including local indigenous people, Panamanians, and foreigners. Like much of Panama, Bocas is a multicultural mix.
Bocas town has a distinctly Caribbean flair (not surprisingly, given that it’s located on the Caribbean coast). Rastafarian culture is present in the music, shops, and restaurants, and Bob Marley blasts from bar speakers and adorns tourist T-shirts. Don’t be confused though. This isn’t Jamaica; Bocas Town just feels like Jamaica.SKU: OHR-BOCAS-DEL-TORO
Overseas Haven Reports
Bogotá is one of those cities that isn’t going to click with everyone.
This is a place for people who want the hustle and bustle of a major city with amazing dining options, culture, and something always going on.
You can enjoy the comfortable climate of San Francisco combined with the city lifestyle of New York, but at a fraction of the cost.
Some streets are gritty with vibrant graffiti while others are tree-lined
and polished. Dramatic green mountains line the northern part of the city.
Neighborhoods, like Chapinero, have a Brooklyn vibe where creativity booms
and buildings hide secret hipster cafés, art galleries, and cocktail bars that
you wouldn’t know about unless a local filled you in.
While Bogotá is one of the most expensive cities in Colombia, its culture
and food scenes can’t be beat. This is a destination for people looking to
experience a booming gastronomic scene, live theater, art, fashion, and film
The largest city in Colombia is definitely one of its best-kept secrets.SKU: OHR-BOGOTA-COLOMBIA
Overseas Haven Reports
Bologna, Italy | Overseas Haven Report
Italy is world-famous for its fantastic cuisine, and Bologna is its culinary capital. Food preparation and the simple act of eating are revered practices, taken very seriously here, which speaks to the overall quality of life. It’s one of the highest in Italy.
Bologna’s other claims to fame are its terracotta-hued skyline (giving it the nickname of “La Rossa” or “The Red”) and its historic center—one of the biggest and best-preserved in the country.
This city has all the charm and vibrancy of Rome and Florence and yet, somehow, none of the tourists… All this combines to create an exceptional lifestyle opportunity for the Italy-minded overseas retiree. Learn more about Bologna in this Overseas Haven Report.SKU: OHR-BOLOGNA-ITALY
Panama Special Reports
Boquete is unlike any other town in Panama. The combination of its stunning natural setting, perfect temperate climate, and large expat contingent makes it a natural choice for those contemplating a move to Panama. It is located in western Panama, about 37 miles from the Costa Rican border. It’s part of Chiriquí Province, the capital of which, David, lies 30 miles to its south.
The tropical heat that Panama is famous for is much less intense in Boquete, and thanks to all the rain, it’s less dry than lower-altitude areas.
Boquete has the highest density of expats in Panama, and it’s fascinating and heartwarming to watch them intermingle seamlessly with third-generation boqueteños, indigenous people, and everyone in between.
Boquete is one-of-a-kind and a beautiful place to call home, but it also has its foibles and isn’t necessarily for everyone… Keep reading and find out if it could be your new home overseas.SKU: PSR-BOQUETE