There has been so much media coverage on Panama, it`s hard to keep up. Film Companies, Movie Stars, and Tourists who are looking for something "beyond Costa Rica" continue to bring a great flux of visitors. Panama has the leading growing eco and healthy tourism sectors in Central America and Latin America. Panama is timeless, so we continue to make history and media. Check out a few below.
Media Coverage on PANAMA'S Attraction:
Travel and Leisure, January 2003
Panama- Ranked one of the Top Ten Winter Destinations
National Geographic Travellers
Panama- One of the top 5 Caribbean Destinations
CBS “Survivor” Series 2003-2004
For two Seasons the top rated and viewed prime-time reality series, “Survivor” vividly displayed Panama in all its natural wonder, undoubtedly, Panama’s best world exposure and free marketing to millions the world over. Noted visitor and Real Estate value increase
7 European “Survivor” Style Series 2003-2004
Filmed mostly in Bocas del Toro, Panama increased in world view while becoming ubiquitous on televisions across western and Eastern Europe.
"Panama has long been called the crossroads of the world. Now the country itself is at a crossroads. With its natural beauty less of a secret each day, Panama is gaining recognition as more than just that country with the canal and is poised to become one of the darlings of the travel world. It's being touted among travellers in Central America as the next Costa Rica-only cheaper and less crowded."
Travel and Leisure July 2003
In an article listing the top 25 Eco lodges in the world, Panama was the only country with two on the list: Canopy Tower and Al Natural (Bocas del Toro).
THE ECONOMY: A Report on the Economies of Central America, The Economist, 2001
"Panama has stood apart, sustained by its Canal, its banks and its free-trade zone."
Lonely Planet Panama Guide 2004
"Panama has somehow evaded the tourist's radar screen despite having much more to offer than other popular Central American destinations. You can find some of the finest diving, snorkelling, birding, and most accessible rainforest in the world and scores of picturesque islands with hardly a human on them."
Victor Emmanuel, Bird letter, 2002
"My first trip to Panama was in 1979. I quickly developed a tremendous affection for this tiny country. I had never been to a place as birdy as Panama. It was so lush, so tropical, and yet because of the extensive American presence, good roads, safe food and water, and proximity to the US, it felt like home".
Boston Globe 2002
"Known mostly for its Canal, Panama is, in fact, an undiscovered tourist paradise."
Travel and Leisure, July 2003
Canopy Tower, Panama- Ranked #10 on Travel and Leisure's list of the World's Top 25 Eco lodges
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THE SETTING: Up among the howler monkeys and sloths on a verdant hill 630 feet above the Panama Canal.
GREEN FACTOR: The geotangent dome emerges from the jungle canopy like a single-scoop ice cream cone on an endless summer lawn. The view is the cherry on top, as birds of every beak and bill (an astonishing 380 species, more than half of what's found in all of North America) perch in the nearby fig and palm trees. Of the 12 simple rooms down below, the best nest is the Blue Cotinga Suite, with its diaphanous canopy bed, plantation wood furniture, and outdoor veranda swing. Almost makes you forget that the showers are water-saving.
Gamboa, 25 miles north of Panama City; 800/854-2597 or 011-507/264-5720; www.canopytower.com; doubles from $250, including all meals and forest tours.
Los Angeles Times 2001 “Last Chance for Eden”
“So far, the islands of Bocas del Toro, on the Caribbean side of Panama, have been visited mostly by the young and hip. But as foreigners buy up property, the area seems ripe for development.”
International Tourist Forum, 2003 Safe Haven for Investment and Increased Wealth
Panama has recently gained popularity as a haven for retirees and relocating families, a phenomenon that offers great opportunities for growth, not only for foreigners (mainly U.S. expatriate citizens) seeking to increase their wealth living in tranquil, comfortable environment.”
Nobody Here But the Birds- New York Times , April 2002
On Canopy Tower and birding in the Panama Canal Rainforest: "This unlikely setting (Achiote Road) is the prime birding site in Panama, where more than 340 species are counted during the annual 24-hour Atlantic Christmas Bird Count. Ken got out of the bus saying he wanted to see the spot-crowned barbet, which would be a first for him, and within minutes one obediently flew into a tree across the road. There were mealy parrots, orange-chinned parakeets, a flock of more than 100 swallowtail kites,
two white hawks fighting overhead, a whole family of howler monkeys? A constantly changing show."
Harper`s Bazaar 2000
There is a raw beauty in Bocas, a spirit that’s unrehearsed, which personifies Panama. Panama City is a town of extremes –fast and loud, yet eerily serene.”
A Budding Affection for Boquete, Los Angeles Times, November, 2002
On the mountain town of Boquete: "Far from the monotony of the historic canal, this endearing and little-known town in the cool, lush Panamanian highlands boasts a wild bounty of colourful flora, fauna and scenery. A contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, my hometown newspaper, wrote about a Panamanian Shangri-La in the cool highlands of Chiriqui where there were rushing trout-filled streams, a lush mountain rain forest, abundant orange groves and coffee plantations, and a picture-postcard town full with flower gardens. This idyllic place, the writer went on to say, was known only to the well-to-do of Panama ... we too had become smitten with the place.
Harper's Bazaar 2001
"Panama is the most beautiful retreat in the world and almost undiscovered."
Panama's Devil Island Aims to be New Galapagos, Reuters, May 2002
On Coiba Island National Marine Park: "The largest island in Central America, 85% of Coiba is virgin tropical forest, making it the biggest virgin forest in the Americas. About 80% of the 1,053 square mile park is oceanic, filled with whales and rare tropical fish. Coiba is perhaps best known among conservationists for Panama's last cluster of scarlet macaws, its bottle-nosed dolphins and the brown and white Coiba spine tail bird, the only bird of its kind in the world...The Spanish government has invested about $5 million to help uncover Coiba's biodiversity since 1997 and has a team of scientists working on the island...thus far just 20% of Coiba's plant life has been identified.
Martha Stewart on CNN's Larry King Live, February 2002,
Responding to King's question about where she liked to travel, Ms. Stewart said "Over Christmas, I went to Panama.. It was extraordinary. Did a lot of snorkelling, a lot of tuna fishing, and that was fun. I like to go where there's culture, where there's interesting, indigenous cultures, crafts, artisans. I like to see all that stuff."
In the Treetops-The Denver Post, March 2002
"Panama offers some of the richest and most accessible rain forest and wildlife in all of the Americas. Jaguars, sloths, marmosets and four types of monkeys roam the Canal Zone, along with blizzards of exotic birds and butterflies. As the land bridge between North and South America, Panama is home to wildlife species from both continents and has more bird species than all of North America. Repeatedly, the Pipeline Road alongside the canal sets the world record for the Christmas Audubon bird count, recording more species in a 24-hour period than anywhere - last count 954 species. Best of all, these natural riches are only a 45-minute drive from the international airport."
International Living Newsletter, September 2002
The safest and most stable place in Central or South America with some of the world's most beautiful mountain, beachfront and island property. The country also has the number-one retiree incentive program in the world."
Modern Maturity-Magazine of the American Association of Retired Persons, June 2001
Boquete, Panama ranked as the fourth best place in the world to establish a second home - a rating based on safety, beauty, infrastructure, weather, health care and low cost of living.
Exploring Panama's Beaches and Forests, New York Times, February 2002
"Panama's latest attraction is the Gamboa Rainforest Resort, a stunning $30 million hotel on the banks of the Chagres River that offers eco-tourism with 24-hour room service, a very 21st-century mix of self-indulgence with nature-friendly touch. In the heart of what was once the Panama Canal Zone, where the River Chagres flows into Lake Gatun, this 110-room hotel provided both total luxury and total quiet. The main building has gigantic three-story windows that look over an exotic landscape that could be out of Africa, with a savannah like park set against a river bounded by tropical forests. Besides a marina with its waterfront restaurant and its own spa, the resort offers a number of excursions that justify its eco-status. They include a sunrise birding tour, an evening wildlife boat tour, a ride on an aerial tram that provides a treetop view of the rain forest, a hike up a trail used by the conquistadors, sports fishing on Lake Gatun and kayaking on the Chagres."
'Panama is the No. 1 retirement destination in the world for Americans.'
--- Mitch Creekmore, co-author, Cashing In on a Second Home in Central America, 2007
'... Offering special property tax breaks, generous senior citizen discounts and affordable living costs, Panama has in just a few short years established itself as a welcoming haven for Americans looking to stretch limited incomes during their golden years....'
' …the latest hot spot, where Americans can enjoy a sun-filled life at an affordable price....'
--ABC News, 2007
',… one of the best places in the world to retire… safe and highly civilized, with good infrastructure, a growing economy and favorable tax laws. … English is widely spoken and private healthcare is inexpensive. … The cost of living is low and the government is seeking to attract foreign retirees … '
-UK Spectator, 2008
' The city tucked on Panama Bay offers a hip urban vibe and a distinctive skyline. It has sunshine, seafood and shopping opportunities galore. And although Panama is part of Central America, its rhythm and stylish Latin inhabitants have a Caribbean flavor…
… ultimately, the beauty of Panama City is that it hasn't become Miami yet. It's much more welcoming and manageable. And now is the time to go -- before the Panama Canal gets its third set of locks, before Donald Trump finishes his 65-story tower and before the prices shoot just as high.'
-The Washington Post, 2007
My name is Jackie Flynn--Publisher of International Living.
For almost a decade, International Living has been the only company I've had the pleasure to work for. And during these years, I've scouted out a wide range of countries that International Living felt were potentially suitable as a place to retire.
Nothing I've seen compares to Panama and its Pensionado Program
Even after all these years, International Living still finds enticing real estate in Panama for much, much less than prices for comparable properties in other tropical havens like Costa Rica, the Bahamas, or the Cayman Islands. Just look at what we uncovered…
Discover Panama's Own Hidden Valley. Closer than you'd imagine to Panama City, an idyllic valley awaits. Here you'll enjoy lush green mountain vistas… tinkling waterfalls… bright flowers that offer explosions of color… markets filled with fragrant tropical fruit… and surprisingly inexpensive homes and land. Nestled in one of the world's largest volcanic craters, this town is less than an hour from glittering white-sand beaches. The area has near-perfect, spring-like weather year-round, and boasts some natural wonders that cannot be found anywhere else on Earth.
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Explore Panama's Wild And Untamed Jungles... seek out toucans and howler monkeys and jaguars just 40 minutes from the nation's capital... see the rainforest in an aerial tram... visit "The Island of Flowers," where cars are a rare sight... swim, surf, jet-ski and boat along the beautiful shores of Panama's Pacific Coast... explore historic ruins of the colonial era... dive for Sir Francis Drake's lead coffin (supposedly buried at sea near Portobelo Bay)… discover the remote and mysterious Darien jungle, right on the border of Columbia... come nose to nose with a red-napped tamarind monkey, seek out the mystical resplendent quetzal, gaze upon extremely rare red frogs the size of a thumbnail, or catch a heart-stopping glimpse of a majestic harpy eagle, the national bird of Panama...
Explore Glorious Coastlines And Hundreds of Unspoiled Tropical Islands. Find out the best and most affordable places to buy beachfront property right now in Panama. On some coastal areas of Panama where big tourist developments have begun, property prices have already sky-rocketed. Lots that once could be bought for $50,000 are now multimillion-dollar properties with palatial mansions on them. But don't worry; there are still areas that are poised to boom...and a select number of beaches that are waiting to be discovered.
Content partially adapted from “onelovepanama.com” and “International Living” publications.