What he said. On top of that, you think there will be hard times here? It'll be 10fold there. Plus there are heavy tariffs if you wanna bring say a shipping container of "supply's" ,vehicles, then trying to keep them from being stolen from you, by ANY means,probably by the police themselves.They are South American Banana Republics therefore subject to sudden wild regime changes.
If you are thinking Ex-Pat unless you are Latino or are married to one specifically from those countries I would advise against it.
Speaking Spanish would also be a big plus.
I do know Americans are sort of not well liked in Panama from people I know who work and live there.
The whole Noriega thing still pisses some off and if there were regional instability I would not wanna be the only White guy on the block.
CR I have no idea.
Any country where you cannot own the means of self defense is out of the question for me.