Top 3 Expat Destinations in Central America

Top 3 Expat Destinations in Central America

Many 9-to-5ers dream of living in an exotic land far away from home, spending long days on the beach, and enjoying a low-stress life. A lucky few have turned this fantasy into a reality. Though expats can be found in every corner of the globe, Central America is a hot spot. Let’s take a look at three popular Central America destinations for creating a new life.

Destination #1: Costa Rica

Costa Rica sunset
gorgeous Costa Rican sunset courtesy of my good friend Shawna

Many people head to this Central American paradise after finding great Costa Rica vacation deals – some never end up leaving. The benefits? Costa Rica was recognized as being the happiest country in the world. The smiling locals, combined with stunning natural scenery, a green-leaning tourism structure, and the widespread use of English, make it an easy choice for a new home overseas.

Destination #2: Panama

Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
view of the city from Casco Viejo

Panama caters to retirees who are looking to save money and enjoy an easy way of life in their later years. This Central American nation is also a well-known tax haven, and many find their way here just to take advantage of the financial privacy Panama offers. This tropical paradise has a lot to offer the discerning expat: beaches, low costs, and an international airline hub.

Destination #3: Guatemala

San Marcos la Laguna, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Lake Atitlan from San Marcos la Laguna

Guatemala attracts specific types of expats. The capital attracts people who want to be robbed or join a gang. Quetzaltenango, or Xela, and Antigua are popular with long-term backpackers learning Spanish and volunteering. Around Lake Atitlan, you’ll find hippies and new age practitioners in San Marcos La Laguna and hardcore partiers in San Pedro La Laguna. Guatemala is rich in culture, extremely economical, and a great spot for volcano aficionados, mountain climbers, and other adventure seekers.

Are you an expat in Central America? Where do you live and why do you love it?

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