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Best Caribbean or Central America location to retire? (Now with South America!)

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That vloggers pet peeve videos were very enlightening.

Yes I thought so too, I will dig for more of these later.

Lots of gringos and expats speaking English it seems Much more than I thought. But I still think that it is relatively "undiscovered", which is appealing.

I wish I could get some email addresses of people in that video, so I could ask them how it is going, how long they've been there, what they like/dislike, how the internet reliability is, etc.

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I wish I could get some email addresses of people in that video, so I could ask them how it is going, how long they've been there, what they like/dislike, how the internet reliability is, etc.

Mike

Just googled and found some, will look at this later:

Expat: Boquete,, Panama forum. Panama expat info

Living In Boquete, Panama: A Day In Boquete ~ by Kent McNaughton

Boquete and Chiriquí Province

Expat Meetings Boquete | Boquete Panama Guide

Panama Forum ~ Boquete, Panama

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Living in Panama: Everything you need to know in one place

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Purchased this book, will comment later after I have a chance to read it.

Escape To Paradise: Living & Retiring In Panama: Richard Detrich: 9781453851449: Amazon.com: Books

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Some basic info on Internet speeds and availability in Boquete Panama

Boquete Internet Service Providers | Panama Broadband Internet Connection Access

http://www.cwpanama.net/default.asp?id=Internet&prod=pinternet

5 mb connection ~ 30/mo

http://www.cableonda.com/residencial/internet/cable-modem-xtreme

50 mb connection ~ 150/mo

Chiriqui is listed, which includes Boquete

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I did a Google search for "boquete speedtest" and came across these results:

Net Index by Ookla for Boquete, Panama indicates average(?) Speedtest.net result over the past 30 days was 2.4Mbps from 1,572 unique IPs have been taken in this city and of 11,227 total tests, 343 are being used for the current Index.


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I presently have Planet Telecom after trying and quitting all the others available in Boquete. I pay $85/month for 1 meg... right now I'm getting .94 upload, .46 download, 152 ping (to San Jose, CA). Service speeds vary HUGELY with all the ISP's available here... and you can expect hours (if not days) of NO SERVICE. No one but Planet Telecom will reply to emails. If you have slower service and call, the others will tell you that you have a virus and, for a fee, they will come check out your computer. Or that something else needs to be checked. I believe that the problems are 99.9% with the ISP. The only one which will send out notices (in English and Spanish) that something WAS wrong and now is fixed is Planet Telecom. They even occasionally send out advance notice that slowed or down service can be expected at a specific time due to repairs or parts replacements.
The contracts that I signed (before Planet Telecom) all stipulated that they were obligated to supply only 75% of the agreed-upon speed. That might have changed by now. But, in my experience with those companies, slowed or down service was never acknowledged or credited to my account.
ISP service is much better here than it was in 2006, and seems to be improving, probably due to competition. But it is far from completely reliable. And you better have a really good battery backup for your computers.... the electricity fluctuations and outages are frequent!



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I'd wonder about the reliability of the internet provider. Cable internet speeds are an advertised "possible max speed" of for example 5mb, but the service can be 1mb since it's not dedicated like DSL. I like to search for Facebook pages for comments about people who use the service. I had problems with my cable before switching to DSL, found a lot of people complaining about the same problem in facebook. Now I distrust cable companies, , although maybe it's just the one where I live that is the worst...

The Panama Cable Onda website looks like a big company. Some people on the facebook page complaining that they have been waiting for 2 months for the installation, others complaining about speed saying it's well below the advertised speed. Hopefully these are isolated incidences:

https://www.facebook.com/CableOnda

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Boquete-Panama/6996898054

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Guy says don't need to speak any spanish in Boquete, interesting. Also pretty cool on the discounts for retirees. I need to check to see if I would be considered a retiree, since I won't be collecting social security for another 30 years and don't have a pension, if there is another means which I can prove income through.

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• 50% off entertainment including movies, concerts, theater etc. (a regular movie ticket costs $4 - the retiree price is $2.)
• 25% off restaurants
• 50% off hotel accommodations from Monday-Thursday
• 30% off bus, boat and train fares
• 25% off domestic and international airline tickets
• 10% off prescription medicines (much cheaper than US prices to begin with)
• 15% off dental and eye exams
• 50% off closing costs for home loans

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I know I'm hung up on Boquete but I like it

This guy has some good information in his videos, so I keep finding more





This guy has a lot of anger issues lol..

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Some good information on staying safe in rural Latin America

If you are confronted, don't fight back -- give up your valuables. If mugged, cooperate with the assailant and voice your willingess to comply by saying, "You can have anything you want. Do you want me to get it or do you want to get it?" Avoid eye contact. Keep $25 - $100 in your pocket as insurance. If hostile, offer additional money or possessions that the robber may have overlooked.

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