I love the “THIS is the new THAT” routine. BusinessWeek says Panama is the new Florida, for reasons we already know very well: low cost of living, beautiful natural resources, and great culture, it’s a place where you can, as the article states, make a “successful geographic arbitrage.” Retiring in Panama is growing in popularity, and expatriates of all ages are finding reasons to move to Panama.
I think the last paragraph is the most telling:
But Johnson and Murdock have no major complaints, and Panama is certainly better than the Mojave. Murdock surfs — every single day — and says Johnson looks 20 years younger since retiring. They both love the way their dog can run on the beach without a leash and the fact that their doctors, many of them schooled in the U.S., happily give out their cell-phone numbers and actually answer when called. And their social life is far more active than it was in Aromas. They go out with new friends, a blend of expats and natives, almost daily, often for evenings of fish tacos and endless margaritas — for $20. “We have more time,” says Johnson. “And apparently we have more money.”