Visitors can also enjoy the beaches and the coral reefs. Isla Iguana Island offers beautiful white sand beaches excellent for snorkeling, scuba diving, beachcombing, swimming, and relaxing. El Arenal beach is the starting point for a 20-minute boat ride to the wildlife refuge and it’s just 5 minutes away from the town.
Retirement in Pedasí
Pedasí is located in the so-called “Dry Arch”, meaning it is the driest section of Panama with less rainfall than the rest of the country. Ocean breezes keep the day time temperatures ranging from 73F to 90 F, while nights are almost exclusively cool and pleasant.
The town offers all the basic amenities for everyday living. Minsa-Capsi hospital offers a wide range of services with specialists in most fields. You can find some grocery stores, gas station as well as a public library. For mayor shopping events, the town of Chitré, about an hour away you will find most things, and the City of Santiago, is 1.5 hours away, with full city amenities.
Currently, there are around 200 expats living in Pedasí area. These expats come from various countries around the world. The expat population continues to grow as more families and retirees, such as North Americans, are looking for a simpler life. The town’s rural ambiance may not be for everyone, but resident expats really love the unique feel.
Lifestyle in Pedasí
Pedasí is really a paradise for ocean lovers. Scuba, snorkel, windsurfing, and deep-sea fishing are among the activities you can do here.
There are a lot of great local restaurants in and around Pedasí. The expat-owned Smiley’s restaurant is a great place where expats gather to hang out and socialize and sometimes enjoy a good game of Bingo.
Volunteer programs are also plenty in Pedasí, with many volunteer opportunities where you can apply your skills to help the locals.
If you want to experience a city life and go shopping, Las Tablas and Chitré are less than an hour away.
For a typical day, it starts with a cup of great Panama coffee and a pastry from a local bakery, then followed by a bike ride to the beach and a long walk, relaxing at the cool breezes in the afternoon, and a lively chat with friends in one of the famous restaurants during the evening.
Real Estate in Pedasí
Of course when you move here, finding a rental is your best option, try it our for 6 months to a year before committing to buying something. Rentals can cost from a little as $400 for a Panama style home, to $1000 a month for more luxury, North American style homes.
If you later decide to buy, you will find many affordable areas in and around Pedasí. With a growing number of expats moving to Pedasí, new construction of homes ranging from beachfront ranch style are available.
So, if you are looking for a more laid-back type of small town lifestyle, and the beach is in your plan, maybe retiring in Pedasí is a great option for you.
To check out Panama’s great expat retirement locations, book a Retire In Panama Tour today.
We have made some great friends in Pedasí, and we always have them join us for dinner with our groups.
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