Expats in Panama
Be sure not to miss out on any of these fantastic podcast episodes where all the focus is on Panama.
"We moved our lives to Panama on Sept. 3rd, 2011 for an early retirement. Please come along with us on our crazy adventures." -Clyde and Terry-
"Millions of Americans move abroad every year. We don’t have any hard and fast numbers – the US government doesn’t track expats – but all indications are the number is rapidly increasing. While some expats have employers who send them on overseas assignments, many more are moving by choice." -Future Expat-
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"We moved to the city of David in Chiriqui Province, not far from the Costa Rica border. It has worked out very well for us and we are very happy. This blog is an accounting of our lives and adventures here, and other various experiences, photos, stories, travels, and whatever else is on my mind at the moment. It started as a way to keep family and friends updated but it has grown and developed a larger audience, and is hopefully a useful source of information as well." -The Panama Adventure-
Welcome to Panama, famous for the Panama Canal
La bienvenida a Panamá , famoso por el canal de Panamá
"My name is Lena and I did not quit my job and sold everything to travel the world! But I do have a thirst for travel and a need for constant change. Traveling is the best recipe for inspiration that I know of. Traveling never leaves me the same person when I return. The experiences that one encounters by seeing how other nations live cannot pass without a mark on our consciousness. And that is why I truly love it. I dream to live to tell these stories to my grandkids one day, so that they would be proud of me" -Lena-
"Welcome to my Blog! Hello! It’s Me, Holly and my Hubs, Scott , We’ve been planning, dreaming, researching and dreaming some more about starting a new life in a new country! After six years of very in-depth research as well as in-depth dreaming and traveling, we have finally settled on Boquete , Panama!" -Holly-
Power Source and outlets: Voltage: 120 V, Frequency: 60 Hz, Power sockets: type A / B
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There are three cell networks in Panama, the three main providers in Panama are the following: +Movil, Moviar and Digicel. For Panama, it is pretty basic, just be sure your current cell phone is unlocked so that you can slip in a Panamanian Sim Card. From that point, all you need to choose is whether you will get a prepaid plan or a contract plan, make comparisons and depending on how long you will stay in Panama, choose whats best for your needs.
Water: Mainly safe to drink. Sensitive stomach people however will prefer bottled water.
Mainly efficient within Panama City. It is recommended you buy a metro bus card (orange card) from a local market store or any retailer that has the sign. Keep note that it is a rechargeable card and the same card can be used for two people, it would simply be scanned twice by the driver. Be sure you have enough credit on it for the day and night, as my research suggests that at nights it is not easy to locate a retailer that is open to recharge the card and buses do not take cash. Here is a link to the Spanish ONLY website that shows you the routes within Panama City. MiBus Website
The Panama Metro (Spanish: Metro de Panamá) is a metropolitan rapid transit system in Panama City, Panama, which currently links Los Andes County with the city center. To go to the main Spanish ONLY website. Metro de Panama Website
Panama Canal Railway Company: The Panama Canal Railway is one of the great train rides of the world. Along with its colorful history, the railroad follows a picturesque path across the Isthmus of Panama. The line flanks the Panama Canal passing through lush rainforests, cruising alongside the Canal’s locks, through the historic Gaillard Cut and gliding over slender causeways in Gatun Lake. The Panama Canal Railway Company offers daily service (Mon–Fri) between Panama and Colon. Business commuters may purchase a monthly pass, which is transferable, that provides them with an assigned, reserved seat in one of our executive-service cars.
Cross Border Travel:
Tica Bus: Which travels from Panma city, Panama to San Jose, Costa Rica.
Zona Viva - Panama City - Disco Club - Google Maps
(Within a 20 KM Radius)
2: Enrique Malek International Airport - David Panama - DAV
(Within a 20 KM radius)
"Hola, I'm Joey Bonura and I set up this blog after moving to Panama and falling in love with the laid-back, tropical city lifestyle. Subscribe below for my FREE insider travel tips & recommendations on essential things to do and the best places to eat & drink, party, and sleep in Panama City." -Joey-
Official language of PANAMA: Spanish // Country Capital: Panama city // Approx population: 3.98 Million. // Government type: presidential representative democratic republic // Emergency - 911 , 104, tourist Tel: 511 9260 // Standard tourist visa stay is 30 days with possibility of 90 days if you ask the immigration official.
"I hail from the frozen tundras of Canada, where like many other Canadians I was forced to hibernate for months on end, filling my belly with stews, heavy soups and other comfort foods to gain necessary fats to keep warm. One day, my wife drugged me and I woke up in Panama. So here I am, making the best of things…" -Al-