Welcome to Panama

So Why Panama?
Panama is such an amazing country and surprises everyone who visits. I joke with our friends that if they are planning on coming to Panama be prepared to be overwhelmed.

So Why Panama? Is there a reason - No, There are several reasons -- the opportunities are plentiful, albeit the prices are going up.

We have really taken to the Caribbean coast as it offers so much nicer water and beaches.

Costa del Este
Panama City, Panama
The 2012 Spay Panama calendar is now available and it's their best ever! Both Panamanian AND U.S. holidays are labeled. The pictures featured are all of formerly homeless dogs and cats that were neutered and lucky enough to have been adopted. All proceeds go to support the wonderful efforts of Spay Panama to control the overpopulation of unwanted pets. Since its inception in 2002, Spay Panama has sterilized over 24,000 animals! The yearly calendar is their main fundraising tool and they really need your support. Like most other non-profit organizations, Spay Panama has seen a severe drop in donations due to the economy.

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Since we moved to Panama in 2006 every time we tell one of our friends that we moved to the Republic of Panama, the first question is always "Why Panama". So we decided to build a web site to help them understand how simple the decision to choose Panama really was to us. We have included some links to other sites and to articles we think might help understand Panama. This  is  by no means exhaustive, so be sure to move through the suggested sites and explore the links and resources they suggest to ensure  you get as much information as possible.

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So Why Panama?

It's the reason for this site. Almost everyone we've ever told that we moved from Canada to Panama in 2006 ask - Why Panama?

For us it meant several things, the primary one being the weather (being from the prairies where it gets into the minus 30+ degrees in winter)

Recently I ran across an article that promoted the 12 best countries for Expats if they were looking for a friendly welcome.

Interesting reason to move - not ours, but interesting.

Then I spotted another one that suggested the 12 best countries for Expats looking for sunshine.

So I started to look and found there were lots of lists of the "best countries for Expats looking for ...."

That is the point - Why Panama to Donna and me is personal. I love sharing why we chose Panama, but every person is going to have their own reason for wanting to move to another country. My reason my be interesting for them but it is not in any way going to be the reason they would choose Panama.

To really decide you need to figure out what matters to you.

Is it safety, or lower cost of living, or the ability to live on the beach, or maybe it is something else. Figure it out. Then start looking for places that "tick off" all the boxes. Maybe it will turn out to be Panama - maybe not.

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If you are new to Panama or are considering Panama. Get to know it. Get to know the people. Both the Panamanians and the expats.

If you are looking to work in Panama know that it is not easy to find a "job" in the traditional sense as you need a work permit.

Get to know the people by participating. Some join church groups, some social groups like Kiwanis, dive groups, sports or volunteer activities. The point is to join something you enjoy and meet like minded people - expats and locals.

If you are looking for employment or starting a business, join some of the groups like InterNations.

We've been so fortunate to meet and enjoy so many other expats and Panamanians over the 12 years.

We get notes often asking about something to do with Panama - because we encourage people to ask. We've been so fortunate with our move and the people that have helped us we are more than willing to help where we can.

Feel free to ask if you are you just thinking of a vacation in Panama or if you are thinking of making Panama home we'd be happy to point you at some resources or give you some suggestions - we have nothing to sell and nothing to gain except maybe meeting a new friend. We have been really privileged to get to know some great friends during our past 10 years.

If you want, write us if you have questions - we love to help.

We add to the areas of the site like people, sites, and services as our experience with each of them change so you should feel comfortable dealing with any of them.

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Donna started iCanGarden.com and is now over  20 years later it has become Canada's largest Internet gardening resource site. Several thousand people visit her site every day. Spend some time looking over the thousands of pictures of gardens from all over the world.

We are so proud of the TV special just aired by Recreating Eden - entitled "the Gardening Tourist".

Donna recently changed the look of the site - - if you enjoy it - let her know - I am really proud of her.


In 2006 Donna started a site dedicated exclusively to her garden tours but she has been hosting tours since 1998

For more than 18 years she has been hosting groups of gardeners to gardens all over the world.

Donna has some incredible garden tours lined up for 2017 and 2018 - her 2016 tours were all either fully booked or over booked. 

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