“In 2013 my wife Carolyn and I decided we needed a change. Our lives in Hawaii were stalled.” Dusty Tubbs explains.
“We began researching options online and, the more we looked, the more excited we got about options overseas.
“We considered Costa Rica… then ruled it out when we learned that they’d abolished their retiree program.
“Looking at the map, Panama jumped out next as our ideal replacement destination.
“Its location was a big draw. It’s so accessible from the United States, but, unlike other warm and welcoming countries we could have chosen, it doesn’t get hurricanes.
“We arrived in Panama for the first time for what amounted to practical reasons. Once here, though, it was love at first sight. We were won over immediately by the country and by the people.
“We knew after our first visit that we wanted to make Panama our home. It was everything we were looking for retirement living—beautiful beaches, a warm climate, lush mountainous terrain (that remind us of the Hobbit movies), and a large and vibrant expat community.
“We shopped around… considered many coastal options in Panama… but nothing fit us the way this spot on the Pacific fit us. Affordability was a key factor.