Two Days to Liftoff!


I’m ready! Everything is sorted. Everything is packed or ready to toss into the suitcase. There are a few odds and ends, errands, etc that will get done tomorrow because it’s a holiday today. I leave the day after tomorrow. Is this really happening?How did we get to this point? Why are we moving to Panama? We get asked this all the time. Some think it’s exciting. Some can’t imagine doing such a thing. But, as our generation reaches retirement, especially with the economic difficulties facing so many of us, more people are thinking of options.For us, it’s lots of reasons. What do we require? What do we want?Requirements

  1. Affordable
  2. Warm
  3. Stable country with adequate infrastructure, crime under control
  4. Reasonable distance from the US
  1. Natural beauty, and beaches
  2. Interesting and welcoming native people
  3. Interesting things to do

The cost of living is a fraction of what it is in the US.
The area we picked (city of David) has highs of upper 80’s, lows of lower 70’s year around.
The country has money, mainly from the canal, and the government is pumping the money back into the country. Roads are excellent. Internet is widely available and usually free in public areas. Growth and construction is evident everywhere, and the general tone of the country is upbeat and productive.
Crime doesn’t seem to be more of a problem than any US city. I think with sensible precautions we will feel secure.

The country is gorgeous beyond words! There is everything from spectacular beaches to rainforest covered mountains. There is an amazing abundance and variety of wildlife. And, there is so much of the country we have yet to explore.
The people are warm, friendly and welcoming. They are very family oriented, and love to have fun. We love the people we have met so far and look forward to making more Panamanian friends.
There is shopping, restaurants, movies, all the things one would expect to find in a small city. There are tons of outdoor activities like swimming, fishing, hiking, tennis, scuba, snorkeling. Halba Ya languange school has field trips, salsa lessons, volunteer activities, and other opportunities. Boquette (45 min away in the “highlands”) has a theater, weekly market, and other “gringo” gatherings for anyone who wants to do things with other expats. Again, there is so much yet to explore I’m sure we have barely scratched the surface. I am interested in photography and it will be a photography paradise!

This is my favorite beach in the area. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a place more beautiful.


About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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2 Responses to Two Days to Liftoff!

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi, So glad to have found your blog. My husband and have been discussing our retirement in Central America for several years. We are in need of an adventure! We are interested in how you decided on David area of Panama. We love the ocean, outdoors, hiking, bike riding, gardening and meeting new people, experiencing new cultures…..I am a teacher and he builds homes. …but hope retire sooner than later…Love to hear more about your selection process!


    • kristc99 says:

      I think this part of Panama has all of that! Panama City was a bit too much city for us at our age, so we looked at the next biggest city which is David, and it felt just right to us. We’ve only been here a couple months but have already found a tennis group, a bike group, and made friends in the neighborhood. There are beaches to the south and mountains to the north, and both are gorgeous. I’m so happy here I could go on and on….
      I will have to write a blog post on this subject because many people have the same question. I’m happy to talk with you further too 🙂


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