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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.

Panama City, Panama

Global nomads, retirees and expats are attracted to Panama City for many reasons. Our Guide to Living in Panama City, Panama covers the Best Places to Live, Schools, Healthcare, Cost of Living, Transportation and more.

International Schools in Panama City

If you're moving to Panama City with school-aged children, living near your children's school will make life easier. There are schools in central Panama, Clayton and elsewhere. Below you'll find information about the most popular schools for expats in Panama City.

Hospitals in Panama City, Panama

A list of private and public hospitals in Panama City, Panama provided by the US Embassy. Plus, expat advice about the cost of healthcare and health insurance coverage.

Best Places to Live in Panama City, Panama

Learn which neighborhoods rank as the best places to live in Panama City according to expats. Plus, learn which two neighborhoods may not fit the bill despite one of them being one of the most popular tourist destinations in Panama City.

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:
Submit an International School Review

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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Cost of Living in Panama City, Panama

Should you move to Panama City for a lower cost of living? The answer may surprise you.

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