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More than just the Canal…The Panamanian ports are the most efficient

Panama has the most efficient ports in Central America, with a combination of the shortest turn-around time and the second-lowest cost of procedures, according to Doing Business of the World Bank.

Customs and other documentation cost $720, while the average time spent by ships in the ports of Balboa and Colón is 31 hours.

The cost of documentation in El Salvador’s Port Union is only $610; however, docking time is 51 hours.

The average docking time in the Costa Rican ports of Moin & Caldera is lower than in El Salvador, but formalities cost $1,027.

Puerto Cortés of Honduras is the least efficient in both categories, charging $1,839, with an average wait time of eight days (the ranking includes the total cost to the carrier, taking into account formalities and time value).

Ports In Ranking Order:

1             Panama

2             El Salvador

3             Costa Rica

4             Guatemala

5             Nicaragua

6             Honduras

Original Article Link:  http://centralamericalink.com/en/Rankings/Panamanian_ports_are_efficient/

When Is the Best Time To Visit Panama?

Most importantly what you need to know about Panama is that it only has two seasons instead of the traditional four seasons. The high season or dry season starts in December and ends around the middle of March. The low season or wet season is from March to December. It’s kind of implied, but the dry season is when there is limited rain and the weather is more like a “summer” The wet season is just what it implies, its more wet. Similar to the Hawaiian Islands the rain usually comes in the afternoon and might go for an hour or so and then stop. You will occasionally have a full rainy day during the wet season, but its mostly showers that move in and out with the clouds. The months of September to November can be the perfect combination of these two with limited rains which means cooler weather, but its not wet and dreary!

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SO Why Panama? Playa Coronado Tops The Charts!

There were many deciding factors behind our move to Panama! Many of them including weather, monetary system, Spanish language, location,  beaches and others!

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Part of what lead to our final decision to move here was the decision by so many others over the last few years. Panama and the beaches area where we are located has become a huge hotspot for retirees and expats from American and Canada.

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In a 2013 article Yahoo Finance named Coronado Beach Panama as one of their top 5 World’s Best Beach cities for retirement.

Coronado, a fast-growing beachfront community about an hour outside Panama City, Panama, offers a high-quality beach lifestyle with all the amenities and services a retiree could want. Historically, this coastal town has been a top weekend getaway choice among residents of nearby Panama City. Over the past half-dozen years, Coronado has developed into a busy commercial center that makes for a turn-key retirement choice. It is evolving into a full-fledged retirement destination with an established population of full-time foreign residents supported by a developed infrastructure, including good medical facilities. Source :Yahoo Finance

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When deciding where to move or live make sure you do your research! Aside from actually traveling to Panama we did a TON of homework on our future home. Blogs, books, travel blogs, YouTube videos, Facebook, etc! We checked it all out, but I would recommend that you physically go to the place that you are considering moving to before you make the move! It might save you time, money and heartache!

-Tiffany

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