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Read the June Newsletter!
June was a busy month for us here at Inside Panama Real Estate. We saw a significant increase in buyers, which is somewhat surprising seeing as the high season has been over for several months now. We have also done a good deal of traveling over the country!
In this issue of our newsletter, you will find great articles by founder Mike Vuytowecz, real estate consultant David Bayliss, and head of marketing Oliver Wolfe. We really like how this newsletter has shaped up, and hope that it’s as enjoyable to read as it is informative.
You can find some of our favorite real estate listings along the side of the newsletter. Just click, and they will take you to our website for more details!
We are always looking for new material to write, so please let us know if there is anything that you would like to see here in the future.
As always, do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. Our goal is to inform you on every aspect of Panama, and our entire team is here to help you understand the ins and outs of the country.
Mike Vuytowecz learns about the Boquete Plantation Development.
I wrote last month that Panama is an easy place to travel, and that you can tour this beautiful country in small, three-day trips and see amazing places at every step along the way.
Last week, David Bayliss and I put my claim to the test. On Monday afternoon, we set out on a road trip that took us from the Pacific coast to the highlands of Boquete before going all the way back down to the beach community of Las Olas. We were back home in Coronado by Thursday morning.
Located in the stunning Chiriqui province in the northwest corner of Panama, both Boquete and Las Olas offer stunning views, vibrant communities and easy access to the Costa Rican border.
The drive from Coronado to David, the capital of Chiriqui, is four hours on the Pan-American Highway. David is a rapidly growing city with new retail and service-oriented companies arriving each month: the local “fonda” restaurants are just down the street from TGI Friday’s. From David it is a 45 minute drive “up the hill” to Boquete.
Boquete is a small town approximately 1,200 meters above sea level. With amazing vistas, a cooler climate, fresh water, clean air, many restaurants, and a nice slow pace of life, Boquete is one of the most popular retirement destinations in the world. Almost 15% of the population here is of foreign origin, and many expats speak English.
We were there to visit the Boquete Plantation Development. Jack Metzger greeted us and was a wonderful host throughout our stay. As the developer of Boquete Plantation, Jack brings a great deal of experience from his time with similar projects in Pebble Beach, California.
Our accommodations were beautiful. We stayed for two nights in a gorgeous, Boquete Plantation duplex set in the middle of a coffee farm, ten minutes up the road from downtown Boquete. The home, like the others in this development, offers endless views of the mountains above and valley below…
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We’re Headed to the U.S!
Meet us in California and Texas
By Karyn Saunders
Real Estate Advisor Karyn Saunders
On June 14th I held the first of Inside Panama’s meet and greets in my hometown of Toronto, Canada.
The presentation attracted a variety of attendess, including two young families and other young-at-heart retirees. After a brief presentation, I opened the floor to questions and answers. Two hours later we had to call it quits.
I had a great time meeting with people and helping them understand more about moving to and living in Panama. The feedback we’ve received so far has been very good, and I can’t wait to get back up to Canada again.
Two of my colleagues, Mike Vuytowecz and David Bayliss, are each hosting their own meet and greets in their home towns of San Diego and Dallas, respectively. If you are interested at all in moving to Panama, or know someone who might be, I highly recommend that you attend one of these events.
Michael Flora talks about the Vista Mar social area.
One of the more difficult aspects of working in real estate is dealing with pre-conceived notions, both in buyers and in real estate consultants. Just as a great meal at a nearby restaurant can inflate your opinion of a neighborhood, a rainy day during a tour can lead you to blow off what otherwise would be your ideal home. And while it can seem like a grind, we always recommend that potential buyers look into areas and property types that they otherwise would have written off.
Last week, a group of us traveled just up the beach from Coronado to tour the booming development community at Vista Mar. As part of our continuing effort to keep up with the Pacific Coast developments here in Panama, we are constantly stopping by and checking in with different projects to see their progress and document any new items they may have to offer.
Michael Flora talks with us about the social area of Vista Mar.
Sales and Marketing Executive Michael Flora showed us around the development. Centered on a sprawling, pristine golf course, Vista Mar has a plethora of options for any price range or style desired.
We started our tour by driving through the soon-to-be-opened back nine holes. With ocean views in the distance, the green hills of the course take you over lakes and a gully, and look to provide a satisfying challenge to any golfer. While the front nine are playable now, the back nine will not open to the public until just after the New Year.
After driving through the golf course, Michael took us through several developer houses and condos. We saw single-family homes, small mansions on the ocean, condos perfect for rental investments and junior penthouses great for an executive. There are pre-built and pre-sale properties for sale at all sorts of price ranges. Groupo Shahani…Read the rest of Oliver’s article here.
A few weeks ago, I had myself a mancation. My friends Tom, Chris and two of Chris’ friends from Seattle all decided to get out of town for a weekend. We ended up spending two nights out in the beautiful San Blas archipelago on Chris’ boat the “Lady Lu.” Little planning went into the trip, and I showed up with my toothbrush, swimsuit, and a few bucks to buy lobsters from the local Guna in their dugout canoes. Which, it turned out, was all I needed.
Stopping to enjoy the view of the Caribbean.
We woke up early in the morning Friday and made the drive from Coronado through Panama City to the Caribbean port town of Carti. The drive to Carti winds through the mountains, and halfway through we stopped and hopped out of the car to better see the sprawling Carribbean laid out before us. I think at that point we realized we were in for a pretty fun weekend.
Debarking form Carti is a unique experience. We pulled up in the car after paying the small entrance fee and found ourselves in the middle of a rush of people. Guna and gringo both were scrambling to get onto their pangas and larger boats to get out to the islands. We found our driver with little delay, and 15 minutes later we were on board with Captain Phil and I had a cold beer in my hand.
We started our weekend by cruising through the more populated islands where the Guna live before heading out to the more isolated islands. And those islands are gorgeous. In my entire diving career, I have never seen so many starfish as I saw when snorkeling between two uninhabited islands. We took out the paddleboards, we kayaked and we snorkeled. We enjoyed ice-cold beers on the white sand beaches and enjoyed the perfect, crystal-clear sea. We had ourselves a pretty good time.
Each night captain Phil cooked the most awesome fresh lobster and seafood dinners. The boat has bedrooms, but I opted to sleep up on the deck under the stars, enjoying the cool ocean breezes at night. The next morning we woke up, had a quick breakfast and then went off to see more islands. The second day didn’t have the starfish, but I enjoyed myself just as thoroughly when I snorkeled around an entire island’s beautiful coral reef.
I have seen pictures of the San Blas before, but the islands are even more spectacular in person. This is a must see and must do for a couple, family or any group of friends. I can’t wait to go back with my wife Lynda and son Trent.
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