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An Expat Talks about Living in Bocas del Toro, Panama

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What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Bocas del Toro

How long have you lived there?

2 years

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

Besides the bars and restaurants, there are fitness classes, Spanish classes, dive lessons, Catamaran tours, Live music venues, the beaches, volunteer opportunities and just meeting people walking down the street.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

Besides the multicultural Panamanians there are people from all over the world here and seven different Indian tribes. For the most part everyone gets along great. There are occasional clashes in any community and this is a tight knit one where people help their neighbors. Panama welcomes people from many countries with great expat laws and easy residency

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

The main industry is tourism and there are more hotels, B&B's, hostels, bars and restaurants popping up all the time. There is a growing service industry as Expat move here and create demand for services. If you get a work visa you can be hired legally but many people work with out them. it is also relatively easy to start your own business. It helps to live here for a while to learn the ropes.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Definitely life revolves around family and work here. The Panamanians are very friendly and family oriented. They have many festivals and celebrate life in many ways many times a year.

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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

I would echo what the person who did the review on Boquete. Embrace the local culture and ways of doing things. Don't come here wanting to change the way folks have done things for a long time or try to make it like the US. At the same time you can teach the locals what you know in a nice way as you make friends with them.

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guest
Nov 23, 2013 11:27

We are having our furniture shipped to Panama City, but are having a hard time finding a way to get it from Panama City to Bocas del Toro. Do you have any recommendations?

CaranRasa1
Jan 28, 2015 22:19

Hi, We are relocating to Bocas Del Toro from Sydney Australia. We are finding it very difficult to find a long term rental house, we are happy to live anywhere in Bocas Del Toro for a rental amount of $600-$1200 per month. We require a house as we have 2 dogs. If you could advise what the secret is to finding these rental properties, it would be greatly appreciated :) Thank you !!

guest
Jan 28, 2015 22:20

Hi, We are relocating to Bocas Del Toro from Sydney Australia. We are finding it very difficult to find a long term rental house, we are happy to live anywhere in Bocas Del Toro for a rental amount of $600-$1200 per month. We require a house with a yard as we have 2 dogs. If you could advise what the secret is to finding these rental properties, it would be greatly appreciated :) Thank you !! Ms Rasa Costaras rasa@live.com.au +61401152609

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