Las Tablas, Panama
Last updated on Jul 02, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Las Tablas, Panama: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know about living in Las Tablas?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Las Tablas, they said:
"Expats considering retirement in Las Tablas, should be aware of several key factors. Firstly, the cost of living is relatively low compared to many Western countries, making it an attractive option for retirees. However, it's important to understand that the local economy is primarily agricultural, which may limit job opportunities if you plan to work during retirement. The official language is Spanish, so learning the language will be beneficial, although English is also widely spoken. The healthcare system in Panama is generally good, with both public and private options available. However, it's advisable to have a comprehensive health insurance plan. Las Tablas is known for its warm, tropical climate, with a rainy season from May to November. It's also renowned for its vibrant culture and festivals, particularly the Carnival in February. The town is relatively small and rural, offering a slower pace of life, which can be a significant change if you're used to living in a bustling city. The local cuisine is a blend of Spanish, African, and Indigenous influences, with seafood being a staple. It's also worth noting that while Panama uses the U.S. dollar, credit cards are not widely accepted in smaller towns like Las Tablas, so it's essential to have cash on hand. Regarding residency, Panama offers several visa options for retirees, including the Pensionado visa, which provides several discounts for retirees. However, the process can be complex and may require the assistance of a lawyer. Finally, while Panama is generally safe, like any place, it has crime. Therefore, it's important to take standard precautions to protect yourself and your property," commented one expat who made the move to Las Tablas.
What do I need to know before moving to Las Tablas?
About the Author
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.
- What do I need to know before moving to Las Tablas?
- What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Las Tablas?
- What is the average cost of housing in Las Tablas?
- How do I meet people in Las Tablas?
- What do I need to know before retiring in Las Tablas?
- What should I pack when moving to Las Tablas?
- Where should I setup a bank account in Las Tablas?
- Will I be able to find a job in Las Tablas?
- What is life like as an expat in your area?
- What do people like (and dislike) about Las Tablas?
- What type of social life can someone expect in Las Tablas?
- What is the social scene like in Las Tablas?
- What advice to expats in Las Tablas have about housing?
- What are medical services in Las Tablas like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Las Tablas?
- Is the cost of living in Las Tablas high?
- What are the visa & residency requirements in Las Tablas?
- Why do people move to Las Tablas?