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7 Tips for Living in El Valle de Anton

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Advice for people moving to El Valle de Anton or thinking about moving there.

This is a must read if you're moving to El Valle de Anton or thinking about moving there.

El Valle de Anton, is a paradise for expats and digital nomads. Nestled in the crater of a dormant volcano, this charming town offers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and a relaxed lifestyle. If you're considering making El Valle de Anton your new home, here are seven key tips to help you settle in and make the most of your time in this Panamanian gem.

1. Embrace the Local Culture

El Valle de Anton is a melting pot of cultures, with a rich indigenous heritage and a vibrant expat community. Take the time to learn about the local customs and traditions. Attend local festivals, such as the Festival del Cristo Negro, and visit the Mercado de ArtesanĂ­as, a local market where you can buy traditional crafts. Learning Spanish will also help you connect with the locals and navigate daily life more easily.

2. Explore the Natural Beauty

El Valle de Anton is surrounded by lush forests, waterfalls, and hiking trails. Make the most of this natural playground by exploring the area. Visit the Chorro El Macho waterfall, hike up the India Dormida mountain, or take a dip in the thermal pools at Pozos Termales. Birdwatchers will also love the Serpentario, a local snake and bird zoo.

3. Enjoy the Local Cuisine

El Valle de Anton offers a variety of dining options, from traditional Panamanian cuisine to international fare. For a taste of local dishes, visit Fonda El Valle, known for its hearty Panamanian breakfasts. For a more upscale dining experience, try Casa Florencia, which offers Italian cuisine with a Panamanian twist. Don't forget to try the local coffee, considered some of the best in the world.

4. Get Involved in the Community

Getting involved in the local community is a great way to feel more at home and make new friends. There are many opportunities to volunteer, depending on your interests and skills. Research local groups and organizations to find a cause that resonates with you. This will not only enrich your experience but also contribute to the local community.

5. Understand the Cost of Living

While El Valle de Anton is more affordable than many North American or European cities, it's important to understand the cost of living. Rent, groceries, utilities, and healthcare are generally cheaper, but imported goods can be expensive. Plan your budget accordingly and consider shopping at local markets to save money and support local businesses.

6. Stay Healthy and Safe

El Valle de Anton is generally safe, but it's important to take common-sense precautions. Be aware of your surroundings, especially at night, and keep your belongings secure. In terms of health, the town has a clinic and several pharmacies, but for serious medical issues, you may need to travel to Panama City. Also, remember to stay hydrated and protect yourself from the sun, as the climate can be hot and humid.

7. Make the Most of Your Location

El Valle de Anton's location in the heart of Panama makes it a great base for exploring the rest of the country. The Pacific beaches are just a short drive away, and the bustling metropolis of Panama City is within easy reach. Use your weekends and free time to discover the diverse landscapes and cultures that Panama has to offer.

Living in El Valle de Anton, Panama, as an expat or digital nomad can be a rewarding and enriching experience. By embracing the local culture, exploring the natural beauty, enjoying the local cuisine, getting involved in the community, understanding the cost of living, staying healthy and safe, and making the most of your location, you can truly make the most of your time in this Panamanian paradise.

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Kovalenko & Vera is a Panamanian law firm that specializes in immigration law, corporate law, real estate law, banking, contract negotiation, taxes and flag registry. With more than 20 years of professional practice, Kovalenko & Vera builds lasting relationships with our clients to ensure your interests are safeguarded.
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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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