The all-inclusive five-star Hotel Riu (00 5; riu.com) has just opened at Playa Blanca with double rooms from US3 (£75).
Panama is a smart choice for retirees who want it all—in a country that really wants them. Little wonder there has been a steady influx of expats in the past few years.
In Boquete en surrounding areas you will find some of the best bird watching spots in Panama.
We offer a complete program of birdwatching excursions /tours for the novice and experienced bird watcher.
Meanwhile US expats account for over 30 per cent of the 190,000 overseas population.
The country boasts good weather (it’s outside the hurricane zone), a low cost of living and one of the fastest-growing economies in Latin America.
But this is still a developing nation – the CIA World Factbook says that while it has a fast growing economy, “poverty and inequality remain prevalent” particularly among the indigenous population and the rural poor.
And while it can be easy to retire to Panama, working opportunities may be more difficult to find. Britons visiting Panama don’t need visas and can stay for up to 180 days.
I did the first time I went to Chiang Mai after Vang Vieng.
I did it the second time I went to Chiang Mai after India.
This year, which marks the centenary of the first transit through the Panama Canal, also brought a new metro line to improve transport in the traffic-clogged capital while on the city's Amador Causeway, Frank Gehry's ravishing Biodiversity Museum, which celebrates the country's unique wildlife, has just announced its "pre-opening" timetable (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; /£15; 00 5; biomuseopanama.org).