What those who decided to live in Los Islotes have to say…

Pat Kloosterman

Pat Kloosterman and her husband, who was an engineer in Ohio, are now fully retired. Their next step in the plan is building their house at Los Islostes.

“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, 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…”

Peg Fairbairn

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, First Full Time Los Islotes Resident

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.