Last updated on Jul 07, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in gorgona, Panama: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know about living in gorgona?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to gorgona, they said:
"Expats considering retirement in Gorgona, Panama should be aware of several key factors. Firstly, the cost of living in Gorgona is relatively low compared to many Western countries, making it an attractive option for retirees. However, it's important to budget carefully and consider all potential expenses, including healthcare. Speaking of healthcare, while Panama has a good healthcare system, it's important to secure comprehensive health insurance. Some expats may qualify for Panama's government-run healthcare program, but many choose to purchase private insurance for more extensive coverage. Understanding the local language, Spanish, can greatly enhance your experience in Gorgona. While many locals and expats speak English, learning Spanish can help you integrate into the community and navigate daily life more easily. The climate in Gorgona is tropical, with high temperatures and humidity year-round. It's important to consider how well you can adapt to this type of climate before making the move. Gorgona is a small beach town, so if you're looking for a quiet, laid-back lifestyle, it could be a great fit. However, if you prefer a bustling city environment, you may want to consider other locations in Panama. Panama uses the U.S. dollar as its currency, which can make financial transitions easier for American retirees. However, it's still important to understand the local economy and cost of living. Finally, it's crucial to understand the legal requirements for retiring in Panama. This includes obtaining the correct visa, which for many retirees is the Pensionado visa. This visa offers several benefits, including discounts on entertainment, dining, and medical services. However, to qualify, you must have a lifetime pension or Social Security income of at least $1,000 per month. In terms of housing, there are plenty of options available, from renting to buying property. However, it's recommended to rent first before deciding to buy, to ensure that Gorgona is the right fit for you. Lastly, it's important to connect with other expats who have already made the move. They can provide invaluable advice and insights, and help you navigate any challenges that may arise," remarked one expat who made the move to gorgona.
What do I need to know before moving to gorgona?
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.
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