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7 Best Places to Live in Panama in 2022

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: 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 7 great places to live in Panama.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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Learn what members have to say about living in Panama.

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Talk with other digital nomads and expats in Panama on our Panama forum - meet people, get advice and help others.

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An index of all of our site's Panama information.

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Help others in Panama by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Panama.

Expat Healthcare Advice in PanamaHealthcare & Health Insurance in Panama

Expats in Panama offer advice about healthcare, hospital visits, emergency rooms visits, finding a doctor and buying health insurance in Panama.

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Expats in Panama offer advice about healthcare in Panama.

Best Places to Live in Panama 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.

Real Estate in PanamaReal Estate in Panama

Real estate listings in popular cities and towns in Panama.

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Advice for people renting and buying real estate in Panama.

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Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what digital nomads & expats have to say about the biggest challenges and the greatest rewards of living in Panama.

Cost of Living in PanamaCost of Living in Panama

Expats in Panama enjoy a relatively low cost of living. However, it's important to do your research to make sure you'll actually enjoy those saving while creating a high quality of life as an expat in Panama.

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

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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.

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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?

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Comments

jmarie
Mar 3, 2014 10:14

I and my husband moved to Panama eight years ago. We live on a small island named Taboga which is only 30 minutes from Panama City by ferry. Our island does not receive a lot of write ups but it is a lovely getaway for the day or week if you are looking for somewhere close to go for nice beaches and out of the hustle and bustle of the city! www.tresterrazas.com

guest
Mar 3, 2014 15:35

I came from Ottawa climate in Canada to spend a few months in Volcan. Volcan can be really TOO cool at night in February and WINDY. No need for airconditioning but you need some warm pyjamas and wool coverings. Why ? this is due to Panama home constructions where windows leave many gaps and wooden doors leave many air vents. Volcan is great during the day but really cool and dead in the evenings after 8 p.m. unless you own a car to spend time in David for the weekend evenings.

guest
Jul 20, 2015 05:25

This is a very informative article Betsy. My family and I are considering a relocation to Panama. I see you have a child. How does he like living there? Are there jobs for medical professions? I am a Nurse Practitioner in the states and would love to work part-time. Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

ezach
Mar 21, 2016 22:56

i just found this site . i am austrian and living in usa , i love this site only used it once and already like the information . i think its great thanks a lot. looking to find a place to move to or vacation place . did a fare share of moving and know how to get roots in a new place . Thanks eric

Scubawise
Jun 28, 2016 12:55

hi all need help.. wife and i are looking to visit next year to review Panama..any computer programming or technology jobs in these areas?

jvansilver
Nov 21, 2016 05:51

Great information Betsy. Thanks! I will be visiting the towns you mention in Feb. from Michigan. Really looking forward to it.

Happytraveler55
Dec 28, 2016 10:06

Great article. Looking to rent a condo in Panama City. Any recommendations of a realtor??

jake0716
Apr 13, 2017 20:29

Looking for a place in Bocas del Toro to rent, something small around $500 or less, furnished, allows a pet (cat). If you know of a realtor or management company, info would be greatly appreciated.

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Panama GuidePanama Guide
Learn what members have to say about living in Panama.

Panama Forum Panama Forum
Talk with other digital nomads and expats in Panama on our Panama forum - meet people, get advice and help others.

Panama Index Panama Index
An index of all of our site's Panama information.

Contribute to Panama Network Contribute
Help others in Panama by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Panama.

Expat Healthcare Advice in PanamaHealthcare & Health Insurance in Panama

Expats in Panama offer advice about healthcare, hospital visits, emergency rooms visits, finding a doctor and buying health insurance in Panama.

Expat Talk about Healthcare Advice in PanamaMembers Talk about Healthcare & Health Insurance in Panama

Expats in Panama offer advice about healthcare in Panama.

Best Places to Live in Panama 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.

Real Estate in PanamaReal Estate in Panama

Real estate listings in popular cities and towns in Panama.

Guide to Real Estate in PanamaGuide to Real Estate in Panama

Advice for people renting and buying real estate in Panama.

Pros Cons of Living in PanamaPros & Cons of Living in Panama

Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what digital nomads & expats have to say about the biggest challenges and the greatest rewards of living in Panama.

Cost of Living in PanamaCost of Living in Panama

Expats in Panama enjoy a relatively low cost of living. However, it's important to do your research to make sure you'll actually enjoy those saving while creating a high quality of life as an expat in Panama.

Healthcare-in-PanamaHealthcare in Panama

Expats have differing opinions about healthcare in Panama. Many advice against public hospitals and healthcare, but some recount good experiences. This article covers public vs private healthcare, cost of healthcare, obtaining prescription medications and much more.

Cost-of-Living-in-PanamaCost of Living in Panama

Expats in Panama enjoy a relatively low cost of living. However, it's important to do your research to make sure you'll actually enjoy those saving while creating a high quality of life as an expat in Panama.

Tips-for-Expats-in-PanamaTips 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.

International-Schools-in-PanamaInternational 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.

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