Ah, California! Land of Hollywood, tech giants, and... traffic tickets for jaywalking or playing Frisbee on the beach with more than 10 people? If you've ever felt the urge to spontaneously cross the street in LA, you've probably been met with a chorus of honks or, worse, a hefty fine. But what if I told you there's a place where the spirit of freedom still thrives, where U-turns are a way of life, and where jaywalking is just called... walking? And heck, want to play Frisbee with 20 other Expats on the beach? Go right ahead, and while you're at it, put a beer in your hand.
Enter Panama, Central America's hidden gem, where the beaches rival Malibu, and the spirit of the Wild West is alive and well. Let's dive into this epic showdown.
Beach Vibes: Malibu vs. Coronado Sure, Malibu has its charm, but have you ever tried buying a beachfront property there without selling a kidney? Coronado, on the other hand, offers pristine beaches without the Hollywood price tag. Plus, no paparazzi!
The Ultra-Rich Hangouts: Beverly Hills vs. Buenaventura Resort Beverly Hills has Rodeo Drive, but Buenaventura Resort in Panama is where the real action is. It's like Beverly Hills without the attitude. Here, the ultra-rich are too busy enjoying life to bother with being self-important.
Entrepreneurial Spirit: Silicon Valley vs. Panama's Backyards Remember when the U.S. was the land of opportunity? Panama is reminiscent of that golden era. The entrepreneurial spirit here is palpable. With fewer regulations and hurdles, it's a haven for startups and dreamers. Got mangos and coconuts in your backyard? Set up a roadside stand and start selling. Try doing that in California without a dozen permits and a visit from the health department!
Work-Life Balance: The LA Hustle vs. Panama's Chill In LA, it's all about the hustle. But in Panama, it's about living life to the fullest. Here, work is something you do to enjoy life, not the other way around. The Panamanian ethos is simple: Why stress when you can relax on a beach, sip on a fresh coconut, and let the world go by?
Traffic Violations: California's Tickets vs. Panama's Freedom In Panama, a U-turn isn't a traffic violation; it's an art form. And jaywalking? That's just how people cross the street. No tickets, no drama. Just freedom. Are you driving on the highway and come upon a police car driving too slow? Don't worry, pass as you wish, in a respectful manner of course. Speeding tickets are only handed out when the officer is on the side of the road with a recordable radar gun, and that too can be avoided by using the driving app Waze.
The Spirit of Adventure Panama is a land where adventure is around every corner. Whether it's exploring the lush rainforests, surfing on world-class waves, or discovering hidden islands, there's always something new to experience.
The People Panamanians are some of the most laid-back and friendly people you'll ever meet. Their motto? "Tranquilo" (relax). It's a stark contrast to the fast-paced life of California. Here, every day feels like a vacation. Plus, most of the Expats from all over the planet that call Panama home are a really cool bunch. There are about 200,000 Expats in total here in the country of Panama.
Business Opportunities Panama's booming economy, strategic location, and business-friendly environment make it an ideal place for entrepreneurs and investors. From real estate to tourism, the opportunities are endless. Want to dive in deeper? Email the Do Panama team at [email protected] to set up a complimentary Zoom call to see if Panama is right for you.
Cost of Living Your dollar goes much further in Panama than in California. Whether it's housing, food, or entertainment, you'll get more bang for your buck in this tropical paradise. Plus, in Panama, the US dollar is the currency used, so it is very easy to keep your finances in order.
The Great Outdoors While California has its national parks, Panama boasts diverse landscapes, from mountains to beaches, rainforests to islands. It's a nature lover's dream, full of some of the most beautiful destinations in the world.
Panama offers a unique blend of freedom, opportunity, and adventure. So, if you're looking for a change of pace, why not give Panama a shot? After all, life's too short for traffic tickets and overpriced beachfront properties.