Bocas del Toro is a magical place. This fabled archipelago is made up of some 200 plus islands nestled off the Caribbean coast in North-Western Panama.
Just an hour by plane from the capital of Panama City, Bocas del Toro is a haven of cosmopolitan, Caribbean-style living. Visitors are invited to relax and enjoy the laid-back, easy-going lifestyle of the local community and accept that life here simply isn't lived at the crazy pace of New York or London!
The people of Bocas del Toro are friendly, helpful and immensely welcoming. They have a unique quality in that they are genuine in welcoming you into their community, their lives and their country. With a mix of a wide variety of cultures - Panamanian, Indigenous Indian, European, North American and Caribbean - people are, by nature, very accepting and friendly. There's no sloppy emotion here; they just like getting to know new people!
You can choose to spend your time in the incredibly peaceful areas where the Coral Coast Cristoabl development and your new land is based - where all you hear each nights is the sound of thebirds singing. Or, when you are ready to let your hair down, you can get in your boat and make the 10 minute journey into Bocas Town and join in the party fun at the plethora of bars, shops, street vendors, restaurants and clubs you'll find there.
While property prices in the USA and Europe are crashing out of sight, Panama land and housing investment is booming, attracting not only older couples looking for a retirement haven, but also many Baby Boomer expats searching for a healthier environment in which to bring up their young families.
It doesn't take a genius to work out that Panama is one of the greatest countries in which to live today.
Ecologically, it is a nature-lover's dream. There are no hurricanes here - ever. The weather rarely falls below 65 degrees nor rises above 80 degrees. The May to November rainy season keeps the scenery lush and green. It has beautiful beaches with coastlines that are exceptionally rich in marine life, flora and fauna. The fertile land is a covered in an abundance of unique rainforests, rivers, waterfalls and animals that are found in both North and South America.
As you travel in towards Bocas del Toro you'll see many tropical forests, cool mountain highways, and valleys that offer springtime temperatures all year round. Much of the land is government protected national parks and nature reserves and thus preserved for future generations.
Yet at the same time as being one big nature reserve, Panama has a modern, highly developed infrastructure, with roads, telephones, high-speed broadband internet access and public transport links found in the vast majority of the country with such modern luxuries as internet access generally at lower prices than you'd pay in a US city.
All the better to take advantage of the amazing business and entrepreneurial opportunities you'll find here, many of which are afforded by the famous Panama Canal in the heart of the capital, Panama City. Not forgetting that, as Panamanian law guarantees you corporate and banking privacy, the country is one of the world's last remaining true offshore tax havens.
The US dollar is the official currency and experts the world over agree that your dollar will stretch much, much further here in Panama than even the least expensive regions of the United States.
Best of all, with one of the most generous tax incentive programmes in the world offered by the government to new residents and retirees, you can avoid spending all of your hard-earned dollars and Euros on just day-to-day living.