David and I never thought about retiring to a foreign country until visiting Costa Rica. Even then, we had reservations about the rising costs, high crime and lack of infrastructure. Then we went to Panama, specifically Boquete. When we were at PTY airport on our first return trip back to the US back in 2011, I said that it felt like we were leaving home, not returning home. From that point on, we were hooked. It took 2 years and many return trips, but we are now expats living in Boquete.