Playa Blanca, Panama
Last updated on Jul 02, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Playa Blanca, Panama: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know about living in Playa Blanca?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Playa Blanca, they said:
"Playa Blanca, is a popular retirement destination for expats due to its tropical climate, beautiful beaches, and affordable cost of living. Before retiring there, it's important to understand a few key things. Firstly, you should know that the official language is Spanish, so learning the language or at least basic phrases can be beneficial. However, English is also widely spoken in tourist areas and by many locals. Secondly, the cost of living in Playa Blanca is generally lower than in many Western countries, but it's still important to budget carefully and consider all potential expenses, including healthcare. Panama has a good healthcare system, but private health insurance is recommended for expats. Thirdly, Panama uses the US dollar as its currency, which can make financial transitions easier for American retirees. Fourthly, Panama has a friendly attitude towards expats and offers a Pensionado visa program, which provides several benefits for retirees, including discounts on entertainment, dining, and medical services. Fifthly, the climate in Playa Blanca is tropical, with hot and humid weather year-round and a rainy season from May to November. Lastly, it's important to understand the local culture and customs to integrate well into the community. Panamanians are generally friendly and welcoming, but it's always appreciated when expats make an effort to respect and adapt to the local way of life. In terms of safety, Panama is relatively safe compared to other Latin American countries, but like anywhere, it's important to take precautions, especially in larger cities. Finally, it's recommended to visit Playa Blanca and spend some time there before deciding to retire, to ensure it suits your lifestyle and expectations," remarked one expat who made the move to Playa Blanca.
What do I need to know before moving to Playa Blanca?
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 Playa Blanca?
- What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Playa Blanca?
- What is the average cost of housing in Playa Blanca?
- How do I meet people in Playa Blanca?
- What do I need to know before retiring in Playa Blanca?
- What should I pack when moving to Playa Blanca?
- Where should I setup a bank account in Playa Blanca?
- Will I be able to find a job in Playa Blanca?
- What is life like as an expat in your area?
- What do people like (and dislike) about Playa Blanca?
- What type of social life can someone expect in Playa Blanca?
- What is the social scene like in Playa Blanca?
- What advice to expats in Playa Blanca have about housing?
- What are medical services in Playa Blanca like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Playa Blanca?
- Is the cost of living in Playa Blanca high?
- What are the visa & residency requirements in Playa Blanca?
- Why do people move to Playa Blanca?