Panama City, Panama
Panama City, Panama
Panama City, Panama

Moving to Panama City, Panama

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Panama City attracts expats, digital nomads and retirees (and tourists) from all over the world. With a population of approximately 881,000 people, Panama City has a moderate cost of living and average high temperatures in the mid-to-high 80s and lows in the mid-to-high 70s. The rainy season runs from May through December, while January through April is dry. Unlike other cities in Central America, the cost of living in Panama City is comparable to many places in the US and Europe. Moving tip: rent before you buy and take traffic into consideration when deciding where to live in Panama City.

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What do I need to know before moving to Panama City?

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

"Travel as light as you can. Open yourself to the experience of daily life where you land. Don't choose a permanent base-of-operations until you have considered EVERYTHING that is important to you, and that you've been to other areas of Panama. It's a small country with amazing diversity. Give yourself the opportunity to experience the banquet!!!," mentioned another expat when asked about moving to Panama City.

"Get a feel for the area by driving around, gauging traffic (it's terrible in Panama), checking out amenities and entertainment nearby. Stay away from the casino and nighlife streets as the noise and activity (bad and good) is constant all week. Paitilla and Pacifica are close enough so you can sleep in peace and get to your favorite club or casino in 15 minutes," commented one expat who made the move to Panama City.

"The best thing I can say about my apt. is that I know where my leaks are. 7 or 8 months of rainy season - sunny mornings, you get out, do your errands early, then afternoon showers. It took me two years to know that Windex kills ants. Silicone seal around EVERYthing. Neighborhood - we got lucky. We chose the apt., and were clueless about the neighborhood, except the info the broker was pushing," remarked another expat in Panama City, Panama.

How do I find a place to live in Panama City?

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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