Nueva Gorgona, Panama
Last updated on Sep 17, 2022
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Nueva Gorgona, Panama: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know before moving to Nueva Gorgona?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Nueva Gorgona, they said:
"RENT FIRST before you buy. Rent for several months in several areas before you buy," explained one expat living in Nueva Gorgona , Panama.
How do I find a place to live in Nueva Gorgona?
We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:
"The first condo we found in Nueva Gorgona was through VRBO. We didn't know a lot about the area here, but we rented so if we decided it wasn't for us, we could always move to another area. After that, it's been by word of mouth that we have found places to live," said another expat in Nueva Gorgona .
What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Nueva Gorgona?
"We currently live in a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo on the 17th floor at the beach," added another expat in Nueva Gorgona .
What is the average cost of housing in Nueva Gorgona?
If you are thinking about moving to Nueva Gorgona, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:
"Housing costs are still lower than the U.S. Smaller homes in town run 300 to 800 per month to rent. Condos rent from 900 to 1800 per month to rent. Condos for sale between 200k to 450k, depending on amenities and the floor," remarked another expat living in Nueva Gorgona , Panama.
What should I bring when moving to Nueva Gorgona?
People living in Nueva Gorgona were asked what three things they wish they had brought and three they wish they had left behind. They wrote:
"Wish we would have brought an Amazon Firestick for TV, Small kitchen items and any electronics we might have wanted. Things we didn't need to bring, lots of shoes, a dress suit, the one I DID bring won't fit now, and dishes," remarked another expat who made the move to Nueva Gorgona .
What do expats in Nueva Gorgona appreciate most about the local culture?
"Sense of adventure, beauty of the county, the kindness and helpfulness of the local people, lower cost of living, slower pace of life," said another expat in Nueva Gorgona, Coronado.
"The food. The appreciation for and enjoyment of everyday life and family. They are not as driven by the dollar as people in the USA. Their many celebrations and traditions and their enjoyment of them," added another expat who made the move to Nueva Gorgona.
What do expats find most challenging?
"Not knowing the language. Government processes, inefficiencies, inconsistent building requirements, ie; stairs of all heights! No protection from large drop offs (lack of building code) must be very careful and watch where one is stepping," explained one expat living in Nueva Gorgona, Coronado, Panama.
"I am the first to admit that learning a new language at an advanced age is a challenge. It's not easy but I'm plugging along and it's coming. Sometimes I'm challenged finding ingredients for a recipe but, I must admit, it's more reverse culture shock visiting the US and seeing the multitude of choices for any item and trying to decide which one to buy. Here either they have it or they don't, it's as easy as that," said another expat in Nueva Gorgona.
Is there a lot of crime in Nueva Gorgona?
We asked people if there is a lot of crime. They answered:
"We occasionally hear of petty crime in the area, mostly theft but there is little violent crime. We feel very safe here," mentioned another expat in Nueva Gorgona.
What are the pros and cons of living in Nueva Gorgona?
Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Nueva Gorgona responded:
"I love he town I live in. It's small but in close proximity to neighboring towns with many dining and shopping options. We are very happy with where we live. There is a good doctor in our neighboring town that speaks English and has specialists come into his office for easy access to people in our area. For more specialized medical procedures, Panama City has many private hospitals with excellent reputations and specialists in every field. We are about an hour from Panama City so access is not very difficult. I do have minor concerns about what would happen if I had a major medical emergency (heart attack, stroke) but I don't worry about it. Our philosophy is to deal with things as they arise. Maybe not the best approach, but our approach," mentioned another expat living in Nueva Gorgona.
What type of social life can someone expect in Nueva Gorgona?
When we asked expats and global nomads about their social experiences in Nueva Gorgona, they replied:
"My only thought on this is that many of the social activities revolve around drinking and happy hours.I am a non-drinker. That said, this might be true everywhere," added one expat living in Nueva Gorgona.
"Just that, for me, too many activities are centered around happy hours and drinking and I don't drink," commented one expat living in Nueva Gorgona, Panama.
What advice to expats in Nueva Gorgona have about housing?
"Many expats buy upon moving here. Big mistake. Easy to buy, difficult to sell if they find an area they would rather live in. We have no intentions of buying," mentioned another expat living in Nueva 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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