If your idea of the perfect Panama includes lush tropical scenery without the heat of the lowlands, head to the highlands to see the other side of Panama. You’ll meet plenty of expats who, like you, left the postcard-perfect beaches behind in search of cooler climes. Though Panama is best known for its city and beaches, the mountain areas will not disappoint you and they offer a wide variety of activities, property, and lifestyles.
International Living has long been scouring Panama for locations that offer special value for the potential expat. Whether you’re looking to live here part-time, relocate and start anew, or retire in an idyllic mountain town, Panama has a highland retreat that’s right for you.
We have put together a comprehensive report called Live the High Life in the Highlands—Panama: Dream it, Find it, Live it detailing our favorite cool-weather locales. Each location has been chosen for a different reason, so you’re sure to find a place that’s perfect for you…whether you yearn for the quiet and solitude of the great outdoors or the comfort and familiarity of an active expat community.
A highland town nestled in a picturesque valley in the Chiriquí province where you’ll find a thriving expat community
And to help you even more check out the Travel info section for each destination: I'll give you tips on when to go, what to pack, and where to stay once you get there.
Now sit back, relax, and meet the best that the Panama Highlands has to offer.
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