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Why Panama?

Panama regularly snags the #1 spot in International Living‘s Retirement Index thanks to its top-notch infrastructure, low cost of living, tropical climate, wide variety of options for where to live, and proximity to the U.S. Expats and digital nomads can choose to live along one of two coastlines, on myriad islands, in mountain villages, or in the heart of one of the world’s most sophisticated and cosmopolitan cities. In addition to the lower costs of almost everything, from food to housing to medicine, you also won’t lose a dime on the exchange rate — Panama’s currency is the U.S. dollar. Healthcare here is fantastic and affordable, a big draw for retirees. Those who prefer peace and quiet or efficiency may need to adjust their expectations.

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Latest Posts About Panama

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2023 Guide to Moving to Panama

March 21st, 2023|Comments Off on 2023 Guide to Moving to Panama

If you're thinking about moving to Panama, you probably have a lot of questions about how to move to a foreign country. You’ll want to know the basics: what type of visa you need, [...]

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10 Best Beaches in Panama (including two called Playa Blanca!)

March 14th, 2023|Comments Off on 10 Best Beaches in Panama (including two called Playa Blanca!)

Panama, located in Central America, is blessed with beautiful beaches. Its unusual isthmus shape mean that you can watch the sun rise over the Pacific and set over the Caribbean! Panama City is located [...]

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Intro to Renting, Buying, or Building a Home in Panama

March 10th, 2023|0 Comments

Panama has long been popular with Americans seeking to retire somewhere warm on the water. Because the U.S. owned and operated the Panama Canal for decades, many Americans have ties to the region. High-quality [...]

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2023 Guide to Panama Residency Visas

February 27th, 2023|Comments Off on 2023 Guide to Panama Residency Visas

For those looking to make Panama their new permanent home, the government offers a huge variety of residency visas. I would venture to say it's almost TOO many, but I guess it's always good [...]

Should you move to Panama?

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Panama at a Glance

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International Living magazine has been helping their readers retire, move and invest overseas for over 40 years. See their reports on Panama.

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Their Living in Panama Guide is an introduction to everything about the basics for moving to Panama: best places to live, cost of living, pros and cons, healthcare and insurance, and more.

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