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Retire in Panama

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Mar 09, 2024

Summary: Retirees are attracted to Panama for its low cost of living, excellent healthcare system, and vibrant culture. Panama also offers retirees a tropical climate with temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-90s Fahrenheit throughout the year.

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What is it like to retire in Panama?

"Life for retirees in Panama is often very active and enjoyable. The country is full of exciting sights, sounds and activities to explore, making it a great destination for retirees. Expats flock to the country and are welcomed with open arms, with a large community of like-minded people coming together to share their culture and experiences. There are plenty of cultural attractions from local markets and old towns to explore, along with a number of stunning beaches and national parks. Other recreational activities such as fishing, swimming, hiking and diving are also commonplace, giving retirees plenty of opportunities to stay active. And if nightlife is your thing, Panama offers plenty of diverse activities to keep you entertained, with plenty of lively bars, restaurants and clubs to explore," remarked one retiree in Panama.

"For 9 years we have lived in the beauty and undiscovered area near Portobelo Colon. If you love nature it is the most beautiful peaceful area. Snorkeling on the reefs right outside our home, watching the Tucans fly over our house. Spending our days with others that love the peaceful, natural environment. It is cheaper to live in this area and still only 1 hour to the city if you need a visit to Pricemart," said a retiree who moved to Panama.

"None of us expats admit to being expats. It's an unspoken agreement. Oh yeah, even with masks and covid lockdowns and general covid paranoia there are cultural attractions, recreations, and the nightlife never stops. The fireworks have been going nonstop celebrating Christmas, 24 hours a day. Fortunately I'm partly deaf..," said one retiree in Las Tablas.

"There are a lot of expats in our area in Panama and a lot of opportunities to join groups for fun or community serice. A retiree can be involved in as much as they want here or nothing at all. There is a wide variety of restaurants nearby and some nightlife. Panama City is about an hour away and has everything anyone could want. We occasionally spend a night or two in the city. We have water aerobics, game nights and various group activities. The expats are a good community here. We all help each other and especially help the new people. Paying it forward is part of the process," commented one retiree living in Nueva Gorgona, Panama.

"Very active expat community, with several groups, birders, hikers, quilters, photography, charitable aid groups, you name it," explained one retiree living in Boquete.

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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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