A fantasy involves a combination of sensations that add up to an entire experience. When you fantasize about getting away from it all, it’s not just about taking a day off work or even parking yourself in a beach chair. It’s about the anticipation, the journey, the arrival… and whether or not you’ll satisfy your heart’s desire depends on where you go. At the core of your craving for escape is a need to indulge. So if the sensations don’t seduce you into feeling a little self-indulgent, then your fantasy will go unfulfilled.
You know that a cookie-cutter resort smashed into a row of hotels won’t satisfy your craving. But the experience of docking on a secluded island, advancing up the beach towards a tangle of bright green, the exotic fragrance of jungle flowers and the mysterious sounds of hidden creatures piquing your curiosity, letting you instantly know you are alive, you made it, you escaped to another world… Such an experience recharges you with fresh, vivid memories to sate your escapist hunger for a long time after your return to everyday life. Because we don’t fantasize about the everyday. We fantasize about the exceptional.
In Panama, opportunities abound for exceptional experiences. A visit to this country, or even simply reading about it, is sufficient to spark your wildest travel fantasy, and Panama promises to deliver. Amble Resorts was lucky enough to discover Isla Palenque in all its pristine, uninhabited, wild glory, nestled into Panama’s Gulf of Chiriqui. Palenque represents a true private island paradise. Situated on the doorstep of one of the world’s greatest marine treasures (the Gulf of Chiriqui National Marine Park), surrounded by an ocean where humpback whales, whale sharks, big game fish and sea turtles play, its expansive ocean vistas dotted with dozens of islands big and small, Isla Palenque provides both deep connection to nature and a chance to explore, discover, and broaden your perspective.
And the mainland near Isla Palenque is no less enchanting. Temperate highlands carpeted with coffee farms and horse and cattle ranches clinging to the slopes of Panama’s only volcano – all less than two hours from Isla Palenque. A destination like this raises the bar for fantasizing. When your everyday is so extraordinary, you develop a more sophisticated perception of what is truly good. Your tastes evolve to become more discerning, more refined. Remember when you were a kid and Kit Kats were a delicacy, and just jumping on the beds of a roadside motel was a luxury? Everything you’ve seen, experienced, and learned since then has put you in touch with true value.
Aside from these dreamy interpretations of the significance of traveling to Isla Palenque, Panama is simply a smart choice for a destination. Because of its privileged location, Panama is immune to the ailments so common among tropical nations. Hurricanes? Nope. Earthquakes? No again. Likewise, Panama enjoys a stable democratic government that is friendly to investment. Leading the charge is the country’s vibrant, skyscraper-studded capital. Long a banking center, Panama City is currently enjoying a construction boom: the Panama Canal and Tocumen International Airport are getting serious upgrades befitting a city that seems to be coming of age, taking its rightful place as the regional hub for finance, transportation, and services. When you need a dose of civilization, Panama City’s sophisticated dining, excellent shopping and varied entertainment fit the bill perfectly.
Tax, business and retirement incentives provide additional reasons to come to Panama – and stay. These incentives carry over for land purchases anywhere in the country. So if you’re not keen on buying property in a busy city and the beach is more your style, you can bring your high standard of living to Panama’s more remote locales. Isla Palenque only feels like it’s in the middle of nowhere, as you’ll soon find out.
Ever wish you could have bought property on Miami’s South Beach or Waikiki decades ago, long before they became mega-hits? Now is your chance! Panama is only going to grow in popularity, and the price of land is only going to increase. I have a good friend who bought beachfront land in Costa Rica’s Guanacaste province about 15 years ago. Today, he’s laughing all the way to the bank. Even if it’s just for investment purposes, get here and get here quickly. You’ll be surprised by the ways Panama will change you, and it’s guaranteed to be a change for the better.