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Georgia, USA

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Mexico or Panama?

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 at 20:42

We're looking at Panama or the area around Guadalajara Mexico as a place to retire. Both have benefits & drawbacks so we'd like input from people who've lived in either place for a while.

We've done enough research to get past the glossy vacation adds and gringo priced priced real estate deals and want to know what people really think about living every day in a new place.

Thanks for any insight anyone can offer.

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Las Vegas, Nevada USA

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Yucatan Mexico -vs- Panama's Pacific beach areas

Friday, February 05, 2010 at 20:14

How is living in the Pacific coastal area of Panama compare with Mexico's Yucatan peninsula? We have a timeshare in Playa del Carmen which is 40 miles south of Cancun. We have been going there for 15 years and have never felt unsafe and the Mayan population is so friendly.

We are three years away from retirement and still considering Playa del Carmen -vs- areas like Coronado, Panama. We want to be close to the ocean. Panama's pensionado program is appealing. We are curious about the cost of living in the Yucatan peninsula -vs- Panama?

Paradise, Veraguas, Panama

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Living in Panama

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 08:25

To all,

Daniel, I am sure that everyone here feels for you and hopes for the best in your future. Please know that family and friends are important right now.

Aside from that, Panama is a safe place with one of the lowest violent crime rates in Central America. While true, Panama City is expensive or at least comparable to places in the US, if one does their research, many useful, helpful and inexpensive alternatives can be found. Panama City is a first world city in a sometimes 3rd world country. For anything not made locally, expenses will apply. If one buys locally, money can be saved.

Outside of Panama City, plenty of places are available to live, work and live a life of luxury (even on a pensioner's budget).

Expat communities are growing in David, Boquete, Volcan, Coronado and others.

Exciting new communities are being developed in other places, especially the western Azuero Peninsula.

Please do your research and feel free to ask plenty of questions of several people to get your information.

Best in your search

K K (61471,22623)
Houston, Texas

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Retirement Panama / Mexico / Costa Rica / Uruguay

Saturday, October 02, 2010 at 21:45

My husband and I have reluctantly eliminated Mexico due to the escalating violence due to the drug cartels. People are being butchered, literally. Masses of body parts are being founds, etc. It is all in our local paper. In the past week, we read about a water skiing couple. Husband shot in the head and wife was followed miles into American waters.

We're researching Costa Rica, Panama, Uruguay. It is really hard to do this as there are bad and good comments are over the internet. It is hard to know which way to good.

As to the person who wrote about the awful experience of a partner being murdered, no one word can make that better. About the $300, 000 condo unit. Yes, it's outrageous. Even $200, 000 is outrageous to us. We don't know how many people who move to these third word countries have this type of money. We are not one of them. It's hard to relate to that.

We have moderately priced housing in Houston. It is one of the less expensive places to live in the US.

That being said, we feel chased out by the fact we cannot afford the cost of health care and the insurance premiums to go along with that. I for one don't want to have to work through my old age just to maintain insurance. All the costs associated with living here have really gone up and it's too much. There has to be a lot of people like us...

We see a lot of posts about these great homes for ONLY $185, 000 or $250, 000. Well, gee. That may be inexpensive for some, but not for others. What happened to moving to those countries and living on social security and being within a reasonable distance close to good health care? Some say it's possible.

Happy to hear from anyone who has succeeding in this venture.


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Deals and Internet Deals

Monday, October 04, 2010 at 09:52

I think the internet "deals" will be upscale... to find a "cheap" place to live you have to go and spend lots of time in these places... to see if the living conditions will agree with you and see how the real estate markets actually operate.

I think in general you'll find prices go like this:

Highest prices - pushed online

High prices - English speaking real estate agents

Normal prices - general real estate agents that don't see English or Gringo/Yankees as "free money"

Better prices - properties advertised in local pagers

More better (excuse my English) prices - properties not advertised but have just a sign

Best prices - no sign, no advertising, someone happens to know its for sale

Of course there are exceptions to those rules... but its a good guideline to go on... and until you actually see a property and spend time in the neighborhood you have no idea where you will be living, not matter how flowery the description may be.

Calvin (45064,23253)

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Panama weather

Tuesday, October 05, 2010 at 20:33

I'm interested in moving to Panama, but concerned about weather. We're currently in SW Florida so know about humid conditions. Would like to live near the beach, but wonder if it's humid all year. The mountains, (read hills), have a better climate, but 70 degrees is cold to me, and am not interested in lots of rain. Any feedback would be helpful. Thanks, Cal


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diversity of information

Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 08:28

Something is WRONG when all you hear is "nothing but good". No place is 100% good. The diversity of opinion will help you get a most realistic idea of other people's experiences...

and then you'll be ready to see how your experiences are before you commit to moving sight on seen or simply because "all you hear is good".

Barton Square

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Panama or Mexico

Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 17:00

I have friends and family in both countries, and both think where they are is best.

There are many of the same problems, except for no rain in Mexico. The crime is just as bad in both countries, but in some areas its not bad at all, just like the US.

Why not visit both, and enjoy your visit, and then decide.

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