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Moving to Isla Taboga, Panama

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 02, 2023

Summary: Moving to Isla Taboga, Panama: Expats, retirees and digital nomads talk about everything you need to know before moving to Isla Taboga.

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What do I need to know before moving to Isla Taboga?

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

"Isla Taboga, also known as the "Island of Flowers", is a volcanic island in the Gulf of Panama. It's a popular destination for expats due to its tropical climate, beautiful beaches, and rich history. Before moving to Isla Taboga, it's important to know that the primary language spoken is Spanish. While some locals may speak English, learning Spanish will make daily life and integration into the community much easier. The cost of living on Isla Taboga is relatively low compared to many Western countries. However, it's important to budget for expenses such as rent, groceries, utilities, and healthcare. Healthcare in Panama is generally of a high standard. However, on Isla Taboga, medical facilities are limited. For serious medical conditions, you would need to travel to Panama City. Therefore, it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation. The island has a slower pace of life, which can be a big adjustment if you're used to living in a bustling city. The local culture values relaxation and spending time with family and friends. Public transportation on Isla Taboga is limited. Most people get around on foot, by bicycle, or by boat. If you plan to travel to the mainland frequently, it's worth considering the cost and logistics of these trips. Isla Taboga has a tropical climate, with high temperatures and humidity year-round. It's important to be prepared for this, particularly if you're not used to such conditions. The island is generally safe, but like anywhere, it's important to take precautions. Be aware of your surroundings, secure your belongings, and avoid isolated areas at night. Finally, it's important to understand the visa and residency requirements for living in Panama. These can be complex, so it's worth seeking advice from a legal professional or expat community," remarked one expat in Isla Taboga, Panama.

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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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