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10 Reasons to Retire in Panama

So, you are finally reaching retirement age but you don’t feel old! You still have a spring in your step and the thought of sitting on the porch in a rocking chair of an ‘old folks home’ just doesn’t appeal to you. So here is a suggestion. Live a little, and become one of the growing number of retirees that are moving to Panama!

This article will highlight some of the many perks you will enjoy when you live in Panama. Some people live in Panama full time, while others may choose to divide their time by living part time in their home country and part of their time in Panama. But however you choose to do it, retiring in Panama will save you a lot of money and you will have the retirement that you have always dreamed of, full of adventure and fun! No rocking chair for you, this is the prime of your life!

Boca Chica Panama
Boca Chica Panama

Listed below are the top 10 reasons making Panama your retirement haven is the right choice. We can sum up many of the reasons in 2 words: Pensionado Visa. Below, we will be discussing all the perks you will enjoy by choosing this Visa in your retirement decision. It is one of the world’s easiest Visas to obtain, and one that offers the most perks.

As a tourists, you can visit Panama for 180 days. If you want to live in Panama full time, you’ll need to get a Visa. The Pensionado Visa is the easiest and most affordable visa to get. To qualify for the Pensionado Visa, you’ll need to prove that you have a lifetime income of $1,000.00USD a month for one, and an additional $250.00 per dependent. You also must submit a criminal background check (in the United States it is a FBI check), and for a couple, you submit a certified copy of your marriage certificate.

You will need to use a a Panamanian attorney to get a Pensionado Visa. They will make the entire visa process easy!

10 Best Reasons to Retire in Panama:

  1. Discounts on Restaurants. 20% discounts on main entrees at restaurants and 15% off fast food restaurants.
  2. 20% off Doctor’s visits and Specialist. 15% off hospital and private clinics visits. 15% off dental and optometry services. 20% off prosthetics other personal devices.
  3. 10% off for medications bought in a pharmacy. There is an added perk that many medications that require a prescription in other countries can be bought over the counter in Panama. No need for a prescription for such medication such as blood pressure, cholesterol and asthma medicines. You will also find the price of medication are remarkably less than they are where you live.
  4. 25% off airfare to anywhere in the world (It is best to contact the airline directly or go through a local travel agent,)
  5. 50% off renewal of passports.
  6. Tax free importation of household goods up to $10,000.
  7. 25% off utilities such as electric, water and telephone service.
  8. 30% off public transportation (buses, boats, trains, subways)
  9. 50% off Hotels (Monday thru Thursday and 30% off for Weekends.
  10. 50% off recreation. Examples include things like movies, tourist attractions and sports events, etc.

More Reasons Panama Is the Perfect Place to Retire!

Panama weather is a huge reason that many retirees decide to retire in Panama. It never snows.

If you live in the mountains, you will never need an air conditioner or heater again!

Because Panama is only 9 degrees from the equator, the temperature in Panama are about the same every day! Panama does not have a winter or summer season. Panama has a rainy season and a dry season. The rainy season is from May thru November but it does not rain every day nor all day long. The dry season is from December thru April.

There are no hurricanes, tornado, or tsunamis in Panama due to the orientation of the country.

Panama City Panama
Panama City, Panama

Panama uses the US Dollar as their currency so there is no exchange rate for US citizens.

Many people in Panama speak English which makes communication much easier than retiring to another country.

The Panamanian government is a highly stable government and their economy is one of the strongest in Latin America.

Panama is very close by air to North America. The flight from Miami to Panama City is only 2 ½ hours away.

Panama is in the Eastern time zone. Panama does not have daylight saving time, so you will never worry about setting your clocks an hour ahead, or behind!

The Latin American way of life is admired for it’s slower pace of life. Panamanians are very friendly towards foreigners, and you will find their kind and gentle nature a welcome change.

snowbird beach

You will be able to relax and enjoy life to the fullest in Panama. You can choose to be as busy or as leisure as you wish here. The number of activities you can join are endless in Panama. The best part is that it is all up to you.

If you retire in North America, inflation is skyrocketing prices on gas, groceries, property taxes, utility costs, and more. When you’re on a fixed retirement income inflation can make life difficult.

Luckily, prices are not skyrocketing in Panama. You will find that most everything will be much less expensive in Panama so your retirement income will go further in Panama. Lower prices also takes the stress away!

How about fresh tuna caught this morning for $4.50 a pound?!

panama tuna

In Panama, you can rent for a furnished 2-bedroom house for average $500.00 to $1,500.00 a month (depending on what area you choose). In most cases, your rent includes all furniture, appliances, pots, dishes, sheets, towels, electricity, internet, water, cable TV, garbage, and gardener.

Panama has 1500 miles of coastline and a huge mountain range down the middle of the country. Regardless of what kind of lifestyle you prefer, there’s something for everyone – in every budget – in Panama.

Panama Rentals
Coronado Panama

Electric bills in the mountains rarely goes over $30 a month because there is no need for either air conditioning or heat. If you live in the mountains, your electricity is usually included with your rent.

highlands of panama zen
Boquete Panama

If you live near the coast, you’re usually required to pay your electric bill. Each room has their own air conditioner, so you don’t have to cool down the whole house. This saves money on your electric bill. It is rare to find central air in Panama.

Remember, you get a 25% discount on your electric bill if you have a Pensionado Visa.

More Ways to Save When You Retire in Panama.

In Panama, you can buy a large pineapple for a dollar and sometimes the vendor will sell you 2 for a dollar! Panama pineapples are the sweetest you will ever taste!

The fruit and vegetables you buy in Panama are grown around the area that you are buying them from. They are not shipped in, so you do not have to pay for that extra cost. Any fruit or vegetable that is grown in Panama will be cheaper and fresher than buying it in North America.

Farmer's Market in Panama
Farmers Market El Valle de Anton

Your coffee is grown in the highlands of Panama. Panama is the #1 coffee capital of all of the Americas.

Seafood is much more affordable in Panama. Most towns have fresh seafood brought in daily by fish mongers like the beautiful shrimp pictured below. Because Panama has the Pacific to the South and the Caribbean/Atlantic to the North, fish is super affordable all year in Panama. Sea bass, also known as corvina, is less than $2 a pound.

fresh shrimp panama

Examples of the costs of everyday items:

A liter of regular gas is currently $0.88.

A propane tank is $5.35.

Cell Phone Plans: Unlimited calls and unlimited data is $25.00 a month.

House keeper $20-$30 a day

Gardener is $25-$30 for a full day

Men’s haircut less than $5

As you can see, retiring in Panama offers so much. Panama is an retirees dream! You’ll enjoy a lower cost of living, beautiful weather, a fresh cup of coffee, tons of activities and a slower pace of living in Panama! Isn’t that what you always dreamed retirement could be?

Come see how you can LIVE BETTER for LESS in Panama!

Join us for an all-inclusive 6-day Panama Relocation Tour or check out the Online Panama Relocation Guide to learn everything you need to know to retire in Panama the easy way!

Jackie Lange

Jackie Lange is the founder of Panama Relocation Tours and lives in the highlands of Boquete Panama. She has helped thousands of people relocate to Panama.

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