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Santa Catalina, Panama

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Mar 30, 2024

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Santa Catalina, Panama: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Santa Catalina?

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

"Santa Catalina, is a small fishing village known for its laid-back lifestyle, making it an ideal retirement destination for expats seeking tranquility. Before retiring there, expats should know that the cost of living is relatively low compared to other countries, but it's essential to have a clear understanding of your budget and financial situation. The official language is Spanish, so learning the language or at least basic phrases can be beneficial. The healthcare system in Panama is generally good, but in Santa Catalina, access to medical facilities may be limited due to its remote location. Therefore, it's advisable to have a comprehensive health insurance plan. The climate is tropical, with a wet and dry season, and it can be quite hot and humid. Expats should be prepared for this type of weather and the potential for tropical storms. Santa Catalina is a popular destination for surfing and scuba diving, so it's perfect for retirees who enjoy these activities. However, it's a small town with limited amenities, so if you're used to city life with a wide variety of entertainment options, it may not be the right fit for you. Panama uses the US dollar as its currency, which can make financial transitions easier for American retirees. However, banking and taxation laws can be complex, so it's recommended to seek advice from a financial advisor familiar with Panamanian laws. Lastly, it's important to understand the visa and residency requirements in Panama. The country offers several visa options for retirees, including the Pensionado visa, which provides several benefits. However, the process can be lengthy and requires specific documentation, so it's advisable to start this process well in advance of your planned move," wrote one member in Santa Catalina.

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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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