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    Panama vs. Nicaragua for expats

    Panama or Nicaragua? Good question! With the unrelenting boom of expat communities and foreign real estate ownership in Panama and the swelling of interest in Nicaragua real estate over the last few years, there is an elevation in the significance of comparing them. Take a look at this concise breakdown of the pros and cons for these increasingly popular retirement, offshore living and expat relocation destinations.
    The weather = big deal for old people!
    So how do Panama and Nicaragua stack up head to head? In both places you have a beautiful tropical paradise by the beach to call home. Both countries also offer a central highland, which provides relief from the tropical heat. In Panama, the dry season is humid and the wet season often brings periods of overcast weather. In Nicaragua, it's common to have sunshine in the morning during the wet season and the dry season is consistently warm and sunny.

    What time jeopardy is on = also a big deal for old people!
    Both Panama and Nicaragua have first rate technology. You can get satellite TV and high-speed internet in either country.

    In general health care in Panama beats out Nicaragua. However, many expatriate communities have their own private medical facilities which are often very good.
    Nicaragua provides retirees a lower cost of living than Panama and the cost of beach properties “a major attraction in both countries” is significantly less in Nicaragua. Beachfront homes, land and condos in Nicaragua sometimes go for six times less than the same property would in Panama. In Panama, beachfront property is often included in a development that provides world class infrastructure and amenities while in Nicaragua great real estate can be remote and difficult to access.
    Expats have been moving offshore and retiring to Panama for many years. The expatriate communities are more developed and English is widely spoken. In Nicaragua, most people do not speak English and there is not as much of a presence of American expats.
    By Latin American standards, Nicaragua is relatively poor and Panama is a wealthy country. Driving through Panama City is similar to driving through a US city. On the other had, while in Managua, Nicaragua, your car will be surrounded by street vendos and others looking to earn a living.
    Politics in the two countries are significantly different, but both promote expat relocation and retirement from the US. Both encourage retirees and pensioners with long term enticements via laws and financial arrangements.
    If the draw is offshore living with access to world class health care, a large expat community where English is widely spoken and top notch country-wide infrastructure, then you are interesting in retiring to Panama. Here you will have an easy transition from US living.
    If low cost living and affordable real estate are your hot buttons and you would embrace being a part of a new and foreign culture that's a different from your own and you can speak some Spanish, consider Nicaragua. If you enjoy the pristine nature and sparcely populated beaches and you don't mind being part of the Third World, Nicaragua may be the place for you.
    Learn more from expatriates from the US and Canada who have already made to move to Nicaragua or Panama and http://www.sollifestyles.com.

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    I'll stay with Nicaland
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    Quote Originally Posted by SolLifeStyles.com View Post
    With the unrelenting boom of expat communities and foreign real estate ownership in Panama and the swelling of interest in Nicaragua real estate over the last few years,
    unrelenting? i think receding now...

    but good comparison that i thought i read before...
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    NIce comparsion, I love Nicaragua and Panama would be too Gringo for me, besides the over all cost of livng there and so on.
    How about a Nicarauga vs Ecuador ? I will go to Ecuador this winter prior to going back to Nicaragua and will visit Ecuador and see how it comapres. In the mean time anyone want to tackle this subject?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vampirebat View Post
    NIce comparsion, I love Nicaragua and Panama would be too Gringo for me, besides the over all cost of livng there and so on.
    How about a Nicarauga vs Ecuador ? I will go to Ecuador this winter prior to going back to Nicaragua and will visit Ecuador and see how it comapres. In the mean time anyone want to tackle this subject?
    good question,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vampirebat View Post
    NIce comparsion, I love Nicaragua and Panama would be too Gringo for me, besides the over all cost of livng there and so on.
    How about a Nicarauga vs Ecuador ? I will go to Ecuador this winter prior to going back to Nicaragua and will visit Ecuador and see how it comapres. In the mean time anyone want to tackle this subject?
    I went to Ecuador on my way here. I wasn't quite sure which would be better. A lot of the expats are in the big cities to the south, but I headed to the Andes. I found some nice places. Very safe and the prices were definitely better than Granada, but I have to admit it was too cold and too boring.

    If you are looking for a quiet place with not too much heat, check out Cotacachi in the north of Ecuador.
    "Un Estado que no se rigiera según la justicia se reduciría a una gran banda de ladrones." --San Agustín

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    You must not have checked on TheRealEcuador.com first...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonh View Post
    You must not have checked on TheRealEcuador.com first...

    Never found any message boards of any use down there. Same can be said of most of South America other than Argentina.
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    Sounds like an opportunity!

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Doc View Post
    I went to Ecuador on my way here. I wasn't quite sure which would be better. A lot of the expats are in the big cities to the south, but I headed to the Andes. I found some nice places. Very safe and the prices were definitely better than Granada, but I have to admit it was too cold and too boring.

    If you are looking for a quiet place with not too much heat, check out Cotacachi in the north of Ecuador.
    sounds nice...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonh View Post
    Sounds like an opportunity!
    You can give it a shot, but you might not get much traction. The socialist government down there is overwhelmingly popular. That seems to be the draw for the few expats I ran into as well.

    Even the real estate developers had hippie tendencies.
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    Since when to socialist sympathizers not enjoy internet forums?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonh View Post
    Since when to socialist sympathizers not enjoy internet forums?
    What is a "Socialist sympathizer"?? A broke capitalist maybe??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonh View Post
    Since when to socialist sympathizers not enjoy internet forums?
    You know the hippie-types. They rarely have their own computer and they sure as hell can't remember/afford to pay the internet bill on time every month cuz they're high all the time. :LMAO:
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    No way, they have L boxes in their concrete igloos.

    Noam Chomsky ain't poor either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonh View Post
    No way, they have L boxes in their concrete igloos.

    Noam Chomsky ain't poor either.
    Chomsky isn't a hippie, hippies just like what he has to say.

    It's like Bush. He wasn't a Christian or a conservative, but conservative Christians loved what he had to say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bill_bly_ca View Post
    What is a "Socialist sympathizer"?? A broke capitalist maybe??
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Doc View Post
    Chomsky isn't a hippie, hippies just like what he has to say.

    It's like Bush. He wasn't a Christian or a conservative, but conservative Christians loved what he had to say.
    objection, i hope christ thinks i am christian and i hope reagan thinks i am a conservative. but i didn't ever think bush was a conservative. he tried to emulate reagan with a ranch, but....

    in 2000, the repub primary was between liberal and more liberal. and liberal won. we'd have been better off with gore, if somebody would have watched the banks...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Demento View Post
    we'd have been better off with gore, if somebody would have watched the banks...
    You mean, someone other than Barney Frank?

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    What is a "Socialist sympathizer"?? A broke capitalist maybe??
    A conservative is a liberal that has just been mugged. I"m hoping it happens to Obama.

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    You mean, someone other than Barney Frank?
    How about Chris Dodd?

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    Quote Originally Posted by howard cox View Post
    A conservative is a liberal that has just been mugged. I"m hoping it happens to Obama.
    he is the mugger, and usa is the muggee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Demento View Post
    objection, i hope christ thinks i am christian and i hope reagan thinks i am a conservative. but i didn't ever think bush was a conservative. he tried to emulate reagan with a ranch, but....
    He bought that ranch just before he declared his candidacy and you notice he didn't go back to it after he was done? Notice how the liberal media never picked up on that?

    All that clearing brush crap was for the cameras. He was no cowboy. He spent most of his childhood in Maine for God's sake!

    A nation of suckers. Next time, we should just send the American Idol to the White House. It couldn't have been worse than the last administration (or this one for that matter, though it's too early to call scoreboard). I'm convinced he was coking it up out on that ranch and at Camp David too. That's why he never went to work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonh View Post
    You mean, someone other than Barney Frank?
    I'm pretty sure that's the job of the Executive Branch. Congress only passes the regulations, they don't have any mechanism (or staff for that matter) to enforce them.

    I think I saw that on Schoolhouse Rock or something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by howard cox View Post
    A conservative is a liberal that has just been mugged. I"m hoping it happens to Obama.
    A liberal is a conservative who just found out the treasury has been pilfered by bankers.
    "Un Estado que no se rigiera según la justicia se reduciría a una gran banda de ladrones." --San Agustín

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