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Pros and Cons of Living in Panama City

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 25, 2023

Summary: The pros of living in Panama City, Panama include its tropical climate, its vibrant culture, its low cost of living, and its proximity to the Caribbean Sea. On the other hand, the cons of living in Panama City include its high levels of air pollution, its high crime rate, and its lack of public transportation infrastructure.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Panama City?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Panama City responded:

"Nothing works right in Panama. It's very difficult to get quality workmanship. Also, it's too humid here for most people. The Covid lockdowns have been terrible and Panama is going through a near-depression right now. We plan on leaving this year for Portugal," explained one expat living in Panama City.

"Traffic is bumper to bumper during rush hours, stop signs are useless since they don't stop and just slow down.....if you're lucky! If you drive on the highway from Panama City to Costa del Este, you feel like you are going thru a gigantic dumpster with so many garbage on the beaches. (refrigerators, tires, furnitures, etc, etc). Rivers connected to the Pacific ocean in Panana City on Balboa Street and in Coste del Este smell terrible (pee) and you can see garbage floating from these rivers to the Pacific ocean in low tide then back on the beaches (if you can call beaches) on high tide. I asked many questions about this situation as if it was a complete lack of education or lack of interest from the Panamians. Panama is carbon negative for the air so air is pure but the garbage and smell when you cross these rivers are terrible. Walking on the boardwalk of Balboa street crossing a river, you need to pinch or cover your nose, same by crossing a river in Costa del Este and any rivers," said one expat in living in Panama City, Panama.

"Expats and digital nomads in Panama City enjoy the city's vibrant culture, diverse cuisine, and friendly locals. They also appreciate the low cost of living, the warm climate, and the easy access to the rest of Central America. On the downside, some expats and digital nomads find the city to be overcrowded and polluted, and the infrastructure can be unreliable. Additionally, the language barrier can be a challenge for those who don't speak Spanish," wrote one expat in Panama City.

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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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