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Moving to Panama

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Apr 26, 2024

Summary: Expats and digital nomads move to Panama for its low cost of living, warm climate, and friendly people. Additionally, Panama offers a variety of activities and attractions, making it an attractive destination for those looking to explore a new culture. People can find a place to live in Panama by searching online for rental properties, or by contacting a real estate agent. The most popular cities for expats and digital nomads in Panama are Panama City, Boquete, and Bocas del Toro. These cities offer a variety of amenities, activities, and attractions, making them ideal for those looking to experience the culture and lifestyle of Panama.

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What do I need to know before moving to Panama?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Panama, they said:

"We visited here many times before moving and stayed in different areas each time. There are 13 micro-climates here and they vary greatly. Some roads are not good so that may play into housing decisions too. Temperatures vary, even 5 minutes away can make a big difference. There are also areas that get extremely windy in Jan-Feb. Rent before buying," explained one expat living in Boquete, Panama.

"Before moving to Panama, it's crucial to understand the visa and residency requirements. Familiarize yourself with the process and prepare for legal procedures such as opening a bank account and obtaining a driver's license. Explore the available housing options to suit various needs and budgets. Learning Spanish is essential, as it's the primary language in Panama. Additionally, research educational opportunities for your children and consider factors like public transportation, safety, and basic infrastructure. Get acquainted with Panama's cultural and recreational offerings to fully enjoy your experience in the country. It's also valuable to explore the recreational and sports options available in Panama. From pristine beaches to outdoor activities like hiking, surfing, and diving, the country offers a wide range of opportunities to enjoy nature and maintain an active lifestyle. Additionally, there is a vibrant sports scene with local and international events that may interest sports enthusiasts," wrote Moises Alvarado N. from Panama Legal Business (PANLEB).

Moisés Alvarado Navarro is an experienced legal advisor in Panama and has assisted numerous foreigners in establishing themselves in Panama.

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Click connect to have our partner, Moises, contact you via e-mail and/or phone.

"Rent first before you buy. Your paradise today may not be what you will think in 6 months. Brings essentials and sell everything else, you can get it cheaper here," said one expat who made the move to Bocas del Toro.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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