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Expat Guide to Living in Panama City

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

Bursting at the Seams

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

Culture Shock in Panama City, Panama

An expat in Panama City, Panama shares her experience with settling into a new culture and how the experience has been a surprise for her given her present stage of life.

Living in Panama City, Panama

A resident of Panama city for 60 years provides a brief glimpse of life in Panama for expats. Job opportunities and the modern amenities are a few of the features described.

Retirement in Panama City, Panama

An expat retiree in Panama advises others not to move there to save money, because the cost of living is probably less in rural, small cities in the US. But, he says that you can save a lot on healthcare in Panama.

More Culture Shock Reports for Panama City

Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Panama City handle it can be very comforting. Below are some of the responses from expats in Panama City:
Submit a Culture Shock Report

More Living in Panama City Reports

What are people's priorities in Panama City - work? family? socializing? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Below are some of the responses from expats in Panama City:
Submit a Living Overseas Report

More Moving to Panama City Reports

What should you take with you when you move to Panama City? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Panama City? Below are some of the responses from expats in Panama City:
Submit a Moving Overseas Report

Reviews of Schools in Panama City

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

Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Panama City. If you are already living in Panama City, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not by filling out our Dream vs. Reality Report.

Submit a Dream vs. Reality Report

Retiring in Panama City 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 City, by filling out our Overseas Retirement report. Below are some of the reports from expats in Panama City:
Submit a Retire Abroad Report

Having a Baby in Panama City Reports

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

Working Abroad Report

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

Submit a Working Abroad Report
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Culture-Shock-in-Panama-CityAn Expat Talks about Culture Shock & Living in Panama City, Panama

An expat in Panama City, Panama shares her experience with settling into a new culture and how the experience has been a surprise for her given her present stage of life.

An expat in Panama City, Panama shares her experience with settling into a new culture and how the experience has been a surprise for her given her present stage of life....

Living-in-CoronadoAn Expat Discusses Living in Coronado, Panama

A retiree to Coronado, Panama enjoys the relaxed lifestyle and friendly locals. The biggest challenge to retiring there has been the difficulty having his service dog accepted in the same way it would be accepted everywhere in the United States. Most locals view dogs as guard dogs and there are no special accommodations for service dogs.

A retiree to Coronado, Panama enjoys the relaxed lifestyle and friendly locals. The biggest challenge to retiring there has been the difficulty having his service dog accepted in the same way it woul...

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.

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...

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.

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...

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

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.
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...

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