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Expat Guide to Living in Panama

Whether you're already living in Panama or preparing to move to Panama, our Expat Guide to Living in Panama offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in Panama. For answers to specific questions, visit our Panama Forum to talk with expats in Panama.

Expat Banking: Tips for Expats in Panama

Expats in Panama face unique challenges in managing their finances while living there, and that always starts with settling on the right expat financial services. Here are some basic tips from expats living in Panama - their insights are based on their actual experiences managing their finances while living there.

Best Places to Live Overseas: Costa Rica vs. Panama

When expats consider a move to Central America, there are more and more options available to them. Often, the conversation will turn to Costa Rica vs. Panama. Read what expats who have lived in both of these countries have to say.

16 Expats Talk About Moving to Panama

Expats living in Panama talk about making the big move to Panama, what they wish they had brought (and left behind), visas, culture shock, cost of living and more. It's a must read for anyone thinking about moving to Panama.

Top 5 Reasons Expats Move to Central America

From lower cost of living to affordable healthcare and beachfront living, expats discuss the top reasons they moved to Central America.

11 Expats Talk about Living in Boquete, Panama

11 expats talk about what it's like to live in the beautiful mountain town of Boquete, Panama. From the Tuesday Market at the BCP to group hikes and drinks at Mike's Global Grill, expats love living in Boquete.

International Schools in Panama

Expats with children who explore the possibility of moving to Panama first and foremost want to know what educational options are available there. Here is a great start on exploring the options in Panama City... and beyond.

12 Tips for Living in Pedasi, Panama

12 Tips for Living in Pedasi, Panama

An expat in Panama talks about what it's like to retire in Pedasi. He discusses applying for the Pensionado visa, nearby hospitals in Las Tablas and Chitre, the cost of living in Panama. If you're planning to visit Pedasi stop by Smiley's on Sundays to watch football and meet expats.

Dream vs Reality of Living in El Valle, Panama

An expat in El Valle, Panama suggested that anyone moving to Central America read up on what to expect so that you are prepared for the good and bad. He's been most bothered by the fact that many Panamanians litter. To help with the issue, he and other expats are doing litter pickup in order to keep Panama beautiful.

Retirement in Nueva Gorgona, Panama

An expat retired in Nueva Gorgona, Panama wrote an extensive report about her experiences there. Everything from cost of living, housing, safety, how it feels to retire abroad, transportation and more are covered. A definite must read for anyone considering retiring in Panama!

Reviews of Schools in Panama

Reviews and school profiles from expat parents and even a few school administrators in Panama. Great place to find insight into school facilities, teachers and curriculum. Below are some of the reviews from expats in Panama:
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Dream vs. Reality of Living in Panama Reports

Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Panama. If you are already living in Panama, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not. Below are some of the reports from expats in Panama:
Submit a Dream vs. Reality Report

Retiring in Panama Reports

Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in Panama, by filling out our Overseas Retirement report. Below are some of the reports from expats in Panama:
Submit a Retire Abroad Report

Having a Baby in Panama Reports

How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in Panama? Below are some of the reports from expats in Panama:
Submit a Having a Baby Abroad Report

Working Abroad Report

What's it like to find a job in Panama? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Panama? Help others following in your footsteps by filling out our Working Abroad Report.

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Expats in Panama: Pros and Cons of Living in Panama

Expats in Panama talks about the pros and cons of living in Panama. Topics include the lower cost of living, bureaucracy, friendly people. Expats in Panama seem to agree that you'll have to come down and explore the country to find out if it's the right place for you!

13 Important Tips for Retirees in Panama

If you're thinking about retiring in Panama, here are 13 things you must know before you make the move.

8 Important Tips about Healthcare and Health Insurance in Panama

Expats in Panama offer 8 important tips about healthcare and health insurance in Panama. While the quality of healthcare varies, there are world class doctors and facilities throughout Panama. Health insurance is much less expensive in Panama. Doctors visits (with and without insurance) are very affordable. The one negative seems to be that medications can be more expensive that in the U.S. Despite these pros and cons, many expats mentioned that people have healthier lifestyles in Panama - cleaner air, cleaner water, fresh produce and less stress.

Moving to Panama: 7 Things to Know Before You Move to Panama

Do you have to buy a round trip ticket when moving to Panama? How difficult is it to bring my dog? Should I buy a home in Panama? Can I find health insurance that covers me in Panama and my home country when I travel back to visit relatives?

5 Tips for Living in Bocas del Toro, Panama

Bocas del Toro, Panama is a popular tourist destination and filled with laid-back expats and locals enjoying the island life. With its low cost of living, thriving nightlife and welcoming expat community, Bocas del Toro is a great place to live.

Thanksgiving in Panama

American expats in Panama can enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal at these restaurants.

Panama Retirement, The Other Option

Miguel Sirus retired in Panama 10 years ago. Instead of choosing a popular expat destination such as Boquette, Volcan or El Valle, he bought an overgrown piece of property near a village in Panama. In this article, he offers a glimpse at how his new life unfolded.

7 Best Places to Live in Panama

Panama is a great place to live or retire with easy residency laws, warm people and lots of expats. Whether you want to live by the beach in Bocas del Toro or need to live in Panama City for work and schools, there are many places to explore. We highlight 5 great places to live in Panama.

5 Great Places to Retire in Central America

Central America is an increasingly popular retirement destination. Retirees love it's proximity to the United States, lower cost of living, beautiful cities, amazing beaches, healthy lifestyle and friendly people.

10 Tips for Living in Panama

Did you know it's hot in Panama City all year round? Did you know that it's hard to get a work visa in Panama? Did you know that Panama has great incentives for foreign retirees?

The Most Sought After Document in South America

Charles Barrett offers some helpful tips to ensure that you minimize risk associated with a lost or stolen passport.

World's Top Retirement Havens 1 Through 9

Where are the best places to retire overseas? Which retirement haven is right for you? France? Ecuador? Panama? Nicaragua? Thailand? Kathleen Peddicord shares the pros and cons of the world's top 9 retirement havens.

Investing in Panama

Trying to decide where to move abroad, don't overlook Panama! If you're a retiree, Panama has the best incentive program in the world for foreign retirees.

Ten Things You Should Know Before You Move To Central or South America

Lee offers ten tips for people contemplating a move to Central or South America.

Escape the Economic Crisis - Consider Panama

It is going to be interesting to see how this all plays out in Panama. Are the international investors with wounded portfolios going to try and fire-sale their investments in Panama for a cash injection?

Traveling with Your Kids or Grandkids in Panama; What an Adventure!

Panama offers a new world and a wealth of natural, fun, experiences -- and what an education for both the kids and the adults (but don't tell them that part).

Bursting at the Seams

Panama City is bursting at the seams...a city operating beyond full capacity.

Panama More Expensive than Paris?

Kathleen Peddicord, publisher of Live and Invest Overseas.com recently moved from Paris to Panama and discusses the cost-of-living there.

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