Isla Taboga, Panama
Last updated on Jul 10, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Isla Taboga, Panama: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know about living in Isla Taboga?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Isla Taboga, they said:
"Expats considering retirement in Isla Taboga should be aware of several key factors. Firstly, the cost of living is generally lower than in many Western countries, but it can vary depending on lifestyle choices. The official language is Spanish, so learning the language or at least basic phrases can be beneficial. Healthcare in Panama is of a high standard, particularly in Panama City, but it's important to secure comprehensive health insurance. The climate is tropical, with a wet and a dry season, and it can be quite humid. Isla Taboga is a small island with a limited number of amenities and services, so for more complex needs, one would need to travel to Panama City. The island is known for its beautiful beaches and nature, offering a peaceful and relaxed lifestyle. Panama uses the US dollar as its currency, which can make financial transitions easier for American retirees. The country has a program called the "Pensionado" which offers numerous discounts and benefits to retirees, but specific requirements must be met to qualify. Panama's residency process is relatively straightforward, but it's recommended to hire a local attorney to navigate the legalities. Lastly, it's important to visit and spend time in Isla Taboga before making the decision to retire there, to ensure it suits your lifestyle and preferences," explained one expat living in Isla Taboga, Panama.
What do I need to know before moving to Isla Taboga?
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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