What's It Like Living in Altos del Maria
Monday, November 15 2004 @ 04:34 PM UTC
Contributed by: Don Winner
Barb, We live in Altos del Maria. It is an hour and a half, more but not much less depending on traffic and the weather. In the start up stages of whatever you do here, you will have to go to the City once or twice a week. We usually go to Coronado about once a week as well for groceries and hardware and the restaurants. About 85% of the owners here are Panamanians, and they are here on the weekends and holidays. Most of the ex-pats are from the states but so far I personally know owners from South Africa, UK, and Argentina as well.
The full-timers in Altos for the near future will be mostly ex-pats. Most of our Panamanian friends here are not quite ready for retirement. But this is where they plan to live when they do retire. There are only about 10 full-time households here at the moment. But many new houses are being built and even more are on the drawing board. .
There is quite a difference between life and the City and life in Altos. The biggest advantages for us are the cooler weather, the scenery, the lack of noise, the lack of traffic, and the space. The advantages of the City are the usual: entertainment, restaurants, shopping, and a closer ocean view if you live on the water. You might try renting in both places for awhile..