Why Peg And Pat Are Retiring To Panama’s Beautiful Pacific Coast

Peg Fairbairn and Pat Kloosterman are among the retirees who’ve chosen Los Islotes, on the Pacific coast of Panama´s Azuero Peninsula, as their ideal retirement spot.

Pat Kloosterman is retired, though her husband is still working as an engineer in Ohio. Full-time retirement is a few years away for this couple still, but they’re putting their plan in place now.

“We started thinking about the big ‘where to retire’ question a couple of years ago,” Pat explains. “We took a survey online. Based on the criteria we entered, the recommended destination for us was Panama. It had everything we were looking for, including easy access back to the States and a tropical climate. Plus Panama uses the U.S. dollar. We liked that, too. So we decided to take a trip to see the place for ourselves.”

“When we got to Panama, we fell in love with the land itself. The ocean, the mountains, the valleys…it’s just beautiful. We wanted to be on the coast. Los Islotes, where we’ve bought a lot and are just beginning construction of our house, is on the Pacific, but, where we’ve bought, we’re on a ridge that has views both of the ocean and of the mountains. We look one way and see the ocean. We look the other way and see the mountains. Really, we couldn’t imagine anything better. The whole situation…it’s just awesome…”

Pat Kloosterman, Los Islotes Lot Owner


Peg Fairbairn is a  retired school teacher from Austin, Texas.  

“I’ve got limited savings, and I’m on a fixed income,” Peg explains. “Those are my realities. However, I also had a dream. I wanted to retire to the Pacific coast. I wanted the good life at the beach.” 

“With my savings and my income, I knew I could never afford what I wanted in the States. But here in Panama? I’ve been able to buy it in full. I’ve found my dream in a turn-key package that fits my budget.

 “Why am I in Panama? Because here I can afford my dream and back in the States I couldn’t. It’s that simple.”

Peg Fairbairn, Los Islotes Lot Owner

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