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Bocas del Toro, Panama

Bocas del Toro, Panama

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jun 04, 2023

Summary: Bocas del Toro, Panama is a tropical paradise with stunning beaches, lush rainforests, and a laid-back atmosphere. Expats love the relaxed lifestyle, the friendly locals, and the abundance of outdoor activities. The weather in Bocas del Toro is typically warm and humid, with temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-80s Fahrenheit. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,500 to $2,000 per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is typically around $500 to $700 per month, while a two bedroom apartment can range from $700 to $1,000 per month. The population of Bocas del Toro is around 45,000 people.

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What do I need to know about living in Bocas del Toro?

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

"Expats should be aware that Bocas del Toro is a remote area with limited access to medical care and other services. It is important to research the availability of medical care and other services before retiring in Bocas del Toro. Additionally, expats should be aware that the cost of living in Bocas del Toro is relatively low, but the cost of imported goods can be high. It is also important to research the local laws and regulations before retiring in Bocas del Toro, as they may differ from those in other countries. Finally, expats should be aware that the local language is Spanish, so it is important to learn some basic Spanish before retiring in Bocas del Toro," remarked one expat who made the move to Bocas del Toro.

"I would echo what the person who did the review on Boquete. Embrace the local culture and ways of doing things. Don't come here wanting to change the way folks have done things for a long time or try to make it like the US. At the same time you can teach the locals what you know in a nice way as you make friends with them," explained one expat living in Bocas del Toro, 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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