An important attraction of Panama is one of the products of the country’s popularity – a growing population of newcomers, blending in but also forming a social pool of potential friends and contacts.
This is most important to the North Americans and Europeans for whom the language and culture barrier can be a problem.
The expat social scene is lively both in Panama City and in other areas popular with the new settlers, such as Boquete, Bocas del Toro and the mountain and beach areas to the west of Panama City.
Regular meetings and events are a great way to make friends, share experiences and learn more about living in Panama.
Retirement-related reading includes: “Panama Now”, a comprehensive and beautifully illustrated yearbook, “Getting to Know panama”, “The Visitor” and “Focus on Panama”, all published by Focus Publications (Int), S.A. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Panama Now” and Getting to Know Panama” are available from Amazon.com Also useful is: “Living in Panama” from the American Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Panama (panamcham.com).
Americans may want to contact the American Society of Panama (amsoc.org).
Scots can contact the St Andrew’s Society (email@example.com).