From the buzz of Panama City to the sun drenched beaches of the Pacific Coast, with affordable living and a fantastic retiree program, Panama offers a very comfortable retirement solution and it continues to excite and invite.
In this section we tell you what you need to know about the history of Panama, from pre-Columbus and pre-Conquest to the building of the Panama Railway and the engineering “World Wonder” that is the Panama Canal.
In Panama, even the humblest attempts at speaking the local language are likely to be greatly rewarded. Most locals truly appreciate it when visitors attempt to communicate in the native tongue. Here is your guide to the language of Panama.
For tourists, Panama is a wonderland just waiting to be discovered. Whether you want culture, the great outdoors or a city break, all this…and much more…can be found here. Fishing, diving and hiking opportunities are everywhere.
Plan Your Move
When it comes to choosing a location and the type of real estate you want, Panama has an abundance of choices. Here we’ll take a look at your options…from the First-World amenities of Panama City to cool mountain getaways and rural destinations…and many more locations.
Foreigners have the same rights as Panamanian citizens to own property here. Purchasing property in Panama is very similar to the process in the U.S.—so some steps will feel familiar. But there are some important differences, too. Here’s our guide to buying property.
There are a number of ways to become a Panama resident, or to stay in the country for extended periods. Not sure which one is for you? This guide to the visas available to you will help. Plus we’ll look at the famed Pensionado Program visa.
No matter where you move to, transporting household goods and personal belongings can be challenging. Here’s our guide to moving your households goods and your beloved pets to Panama.
The low cost of living continues to be a major factor for expats relocating to Panama. Coupled with amenities and extras that allow people to actually pamper themselves—not just save and subsist—the cost of living becomes that much more appealing.
Panama offers excellent quality medical care and modern hospitals. Standards at Panama’s hospitals compare favorably with those in the U.S., Canada, and Europe and if you need private health insurance, you’ll find that it’s much less expensive than in the U.S.
Panama has long been deemed one of the world’s best offshore destinations—and with good reason. In Panama, you’re not likely to face huge tax burdens and with tax exemptions for foreigners, there’s no doubt you’ll be pleased when you read this section.
Like any other country, Panama has its quirks and Panamanians have their own way of doing things. Knowing about these quirks is half the battle. So, here are some hints and tips that will help to get you off to a good start and help you fit in with the locals when you arrive.
Panama is the perfect place to do business…and you don’t have to be a millionaire to take advantage of Panama’s business opportunities. If you’re considering doing business in Panama or investing in property, then you won’t want to miss this section.
Panamanians are considered relaxed, easy-going, and informal by Latin American standards. But it’s good to know what the social and business etiquette is. Here are some guidelines to help you interact more smoothly with Panamanians.
If you’re interested in moving to Panama, you’ll want to go and see the country first. A travel itinerary will help you make the most of your time here. Here are our recommended travel itineraries in Panama.
This invaluable Rolodex has the contact details of all the important people you’ll need to talk to if you move, live, and invest in Panama. There’s travel, embassy, business resources…and much, much more.