House Hunters International: Finding Paradise in Bocas del Toro
Nov08

House Hunters International: Finding Paradise in Bocas del Toro

After an eye-opening accident, Wendy and Simon are following their dream of opening a business in the Caribbean. Their research leads them to Bocas del Toro, Panama, which offers great opportunities for new businesses. However, Simon has dreams of a romantic, beachside bed and breakfast, while Wendy takes a hardline on the budget and wants a property that will turn a profit quickly. “We’re only here once. Dreams can come...

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The Bocas del Toro Farmland Hotspot: The Darklands
Oct09

The Bocas del Toro Farmland Hotspot: The Darklands

Tierra Oscura, or the Darklands as most expats call it, is located on the mainland facing the Bocas del Toro archipelago. Some properties have access by land but most is exclusively by sea. In general, most properties are about 30 minute boat ride from Bocas Town. As the name suggests it is famous for its dark, fertile land. Home to already some organic farms, cacao farms and other agriculture projects this area is being quickly...

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The Gringo Relocation Checklist
Aug30

The Gringo Relocation Checklist

By Lonnie Hanna, agent with United Country Bocas del Toro Once you have decided that the “Expat Life” is for you, it will be important to determine how you will support your lifestyle abroad. Besides the obvious, this will also help to decide which Visa will be the best for you. If you are planning on living in Panama for a period beyond six months you will be required to have one. There are several paths to acquiring a Panamanian...

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Getting To Eden: Best Ways To Bocas del Toro
Jul12

Getting To Eden: Best Ways To Bocas del Toro

By Kimberly Roberts Forget apples and snakes in the original Eden story. Let me tell you the BEST ways to get to Bocas del Toro, the closest I’ve found to paradise on earth! Recently, I’ve been helping my friend David navigate his way from the US to come visit me in Bocas del Toro. So let me share with you, dear adventurer, what I’ve shared with David as the BEST options getting here…. OPTION ONE – Via San Jose, Costa Rica Now,...

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The Sounds Of Your Life In Bocas del Toro
Jul04

The Sounds Of Your Life In Bocas del Toro

By Kimberly Roberts I was on the phone the other night, talking to one of my dear friends.  He was at his Indiana hometown grocery store getting stuff for his dinner.  I could hear in the background his banter with the cheerful clerk, and the rolling tune of ‘beep’ (pause), ‘beep’ (pause), ‘beep’…and so on. It struck me that it has been almost a year since I’d heard the sounds of a modern day ‘checkout’ experience! A year! This...

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Things NOT To Pack With You When Moving To Bocas del Toro
Jun26

Things NOT To Pack With You When Moving To Bocas del Toro

By Kimberly Roberts Searching the internet for any pre-packing tips on traveling and you will find countless articles with titles like “Top 10 Things To Take With You”, “Must Haves Every Traveler Should Take To X”, and “Best Things To Take With You To X.” I have found however, far greater in significance is what you shouldn’t take with you.  Each of us as humans are oft to take familiar things with us – a little piece of home.  A...

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