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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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Yahoo News Panama named best place to retire in 2016

In Panama, a retired American couple can live on the beach and eat farmer’s market fruits and vegetables all year-round, without sacrificing the conveniences and amenities of home for $1,500 a month — all in.

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From Yahoo News Report Dated 01/04/2016

 

The cost of living is low compared to the quality of life in Panama, which is why the Central American country was named the best place to retire in International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index for 2016.

Already home to 50,000 US expats, Panama topped the index after raking in top scores across 10 categories including: buying and renting property, visas and residence, cost of living, environment and amenities, health care, infrastructure, and climate.

The list was compiled after consulting a team of correspondents, editors and retirees around the world.

New this year, voters were also asked to weigh in on two added categories which have emerged as important issues for expat retirees: healthy lifestyle and visas and residence.

Couples interviewed for the index raved about their new life in Panama, where the sweet life is described as not only cheaper, but simpler and stress-free.

“We’re healthier and living a better lifestyle here than we ever did in the U.S.,” says expat Mitzi Martain, who has lived on her farm near Santa Fe, Panama for nearly the last nine years.

Added Connie and Mikkel Moller who have been in Panama since 2012: “Our stress level is 10 percent of what it used to be.”

Utilities are a fraction of what retirees are used to paying back in the US, clocking in at around $100 a month for electricity, water, internet, cellphone cards, and trash pickup and allowing renters to live happily on $1,500 a month.

That can be slashed by up to half for couples who own their own property.

“In Panama’s capital I have the best of both worlds,” said IL Panama Editor Jessica Ramesch.

“There’s a growing cultural and arts scene…opera showcases, art exhibit openings and handicraft festivals…[and] there are so many new restaurants every week, I stopped trying to keep track.”

Here are the top 10 places to retire according to International Living’s Global Retirement Index 2016:
1. Panama
2. Ecuador
3. Mexico
4. Costa Rica
5. Malaysia
6. Colombia
7. Thailand
8. Nicaragua
9. Spain
10. Portugal

Youth Surfing Competition Super Deportes Cup

Isla Colón – Bocas Del Toro another year of the circuit and infant dst surf
Young Surfers, prepare for another exciting year dst since this 16 and 17 January els and cos presented the boot of the circuit dst drink super sports in thy point – Colón Island Province of Bocas Del Toro.
The categories to compete are: Sub 8, Sub10, Sub12, Girls Sub12, Sub 14, sub16 ladies, and sub16 sub18. each category has a cost of (b /. 20.00 that must be cancelled before entering the water.
The Inscriptions can make them from already writing to info@dst.com.pa your name, age, date of birth and category to compete.
We are grateful for in this first valid that all competitors carry a copy of your birth certificate.
In order to stay informed of dates yet dst, news, surf school and the surfcamp just need to visit the facebook surfing “discovering talents”, Twitter: @Dsurferstalents or Instagram: Dsurferstalents.
Event supported by the panamanian surf association and sponsored by: Els educational services, cos, Super Sports, thy point, hotel limbo, Mr. Mentawai, mouths, Bamboo, municipality of Bocas Del Toro, sushi express, Reef, surf boards, surf banzaii Panama, sequence, xtrema riande airport, origin balance, radio mix, blast, PRC Radio, Hot Panama, paseotablado. Com, Ocean potion, pure water, super toldas, pandeportes and events top-Panama.