Expats in Panama: Pros and Cons of Living in Panama
By Joshua Wood, LPC
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!
Living in Panama Guide
Our Guide to Living in Panama is a perfect primer for readers interested in Panama. Covers healthcare, cost of living, best places to live, residency, visas, real estate, moving tips and the pros and cons of living in Panama.
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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.
Healthcare 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 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.
Moving to Panama Guide
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
Pros & Cons of Living in Panama
Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what expats have to say about the biggest challenges and the greatest rewards of living in Panama.
Panama Visa & Residency Guide
This article covers the ins and outs of the most common tourist and residency visas that expats and global nomads obtain when moving to and living in Panama.
10 Tips for Living in Panama
Expats, global nomads and retirees are drawn to Panama's ease of residency, low taxes (Panama does not tax on worldwide income), friendly Panamanians who always put family first, inexpensive healthcare and laid back lifestyle.
Expats Talk About The Biggest Challenges They Face Living in Latin America
Expats talk about some of the biggest challenges they've faced living in Latin America. Whether you're moving to Panama City or Punta del Este, this article is a must read to help you prepare (hint: you'll be much happier if you learn the language) and adjust your expectations (realities: the roads are rough, the pace of life is slower and bureaucracy is unavoidable). Despite all of the challenges, the list of what expats like about life in Latin America far exceeds the challenges.
Costa Rica vs. Panama
People considering a move to Central America often narrow down their list to Panama and Costa Rica. Expats talk about the cost of living in Panama and Costa Rica - housing costs, gas, car, electric, internet, groceries, budgets for various lifestyles and more.
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 City, Clayton and elsewhere. Below you'll find information about the most popular schools for expats in Panama City.
I'd like to hear details of purchasing organic foods that are really organic, that is, certified organic by known certifiers. I have specific health needs for such foods and would need to gain an understanding of this before considering a move.
Re: Certified Organic Food
"Organics" stores in Panama City and Coronado have a limited selection of certified organic packaged foods available, but to the best of my knowledge there is no certifying process in Panama. Most fruits and vegetables are imported, with some coming from Cerro Punta in Chiriqui, but are heavily sprayed and fertilized. Best to grow your own produce at the higher elevations such as Boquete, Volcan, El Valle, Santa Fe, or Sora.