Posted by: D. M. | June 2, 2010

Investing in Latin America: The When, where and how

As more and more well-developed overseas property markets reach saturation point, Canadian property investors are starting to look further and further afield in the search for likely investment opportunities.  The Caribbean and Central  America, despite some political and social issues still to deal with, offers those opportunities. The Caribbean and Central  America, like many other emerging markets sees the benefits of foreign investment and the governments are taking steps towards creating a more hospitable investment environment.

Five Top Latin American Investment Opportunities
Caribbean-Central America region:



Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic offers a wide variety of investment opportunities; from cities such as the modern, Santo Domingo and the beach resort city of La Romana to vast areas of farmland and timberland in central cibao (Jarabacoa, Costanza, la Vega) there are opportunities for large and small investors alike. Although Dominican Republic is still struggling with social problems such as income inequality and poverty, the country’s outlook remains positive, as indicated by the country’s impressive economic strides during the past few years. The growing success of its economy is reflected in the government’s efforts to attract foreign investment, particularly in the development of the Northeast coastal areas (Punta Cana & Samana).


Nicaragua tourism in Nicaragua is booming, and along with it, many buy-to-let opportunities. Tourism is currently the second largest industry in the nation and over the last 7 years tourism has grown about 70%. Nicaragua has seen positive growth in the tourism sector over the last decade and is expected to become the first largest industry in 2007. The increase and growth led to the income from tourism to rise more than 300% over a period of 10 years. The growth in tourism has also positively affected the agricultural, commercial, and finance industries, as well as the construction industry

Every year about 60,000 North American  citizens visit Nicaragua, primarily business people, tourists, and those visiting relatives. The majority of tourists that visit Nicaragua are from Toronto, Quebec,  the U.S. and Europe. According to the Ministry of Tourism of Nicaragua (INTUR), the colonial city of Granada is the preferred spot for tourists and this is where many overseas property investing opportunities are to be found.


“Panama’s real estate provides one of today’s best second home, retirement, and investment diversification opportunities”. Panama has beautiful beaches, a nice climate, and lots of recreational opportunities.

In addition to great weather, Panama has a favorable social climate with a highly educated population, the least economic disparity, low crime rate, and third lowest level of corruption in Latin America. The people of Panama are generally friendly and tolerant with a strongly Caribbean-European culture.

Panama also has good medical care, safe drinking water, good public transportation, free education for its citizens, broad cell phone coverage, and widespread availability of high speed internet. And while Panama has first world public services and infrastructure, it is also an affordable place to live. In a cost-of-living analysis of 144 major cities from most expensive to least expensive, Panama City (Panama’s capital) is ranked 128th.

Panama offers a broad selection of areas, communities, property types, and price ranges, from the most rural setting to the continent’s most fashionable resort. What sets Panama apart from many other offshore locations is that foreigners can buy and sell real estate in Panama with the same rights and protections as residents.
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