7 Things I Love Most About Living In Panama

There are so many things that I love about living in Panama. Here’s my shortlist of the 7 things that I like best:

I appreciate that my cost of living is much less than it was in Texas. In Texas, my electric bill was $250 to $450 a month. In Panama, my electric bill is rarely over $25 a month. In Texas, my water bill was $80 a month. In Panama, I pay $100 for water for the whole year. My cell phone bill is only $15 a month. It’s only $12 to see an excellent doctor. And my international health insurance is 80% less than I’d have to pay in the US. I especially love that I do not have any property taxes, and my house and car insurance are less than $200 a year each. These all add up to big savings!

I love that Panama is a small country. I can drive from my house in the mountains to the Pacific Ocean in about 1 hour. I can drive to the Caribbean Sea in 3 hours. If I ever get in the mood to go to Panama City, it is a short 35-minute flight. In Panama, when you drive just 30-60 minutes, the scenery will change, and the weather will be different too.

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I love how friendly and welcoming the Panamanian people are to foreigners and to each other. Because foreigners have been coming to Panama for hundreds of years, the Panamanian people feel comfortable being around foreigners. The Panamanian government puts out the red carpet for foreigners by making it super easy to get a residency Visa to live in Panama indefinitely.

I love that living in Panama reminds me of what it was like when I lived in the United States in the 60s and 70s (but with high-speed internet and cable TV added). It’s a simpler stress-free lifestyle. People are friendly. Neighbors talk to each other. Panamanians are extremely patriotic. Sure, there are inconveniences, but they seem so minor compared to all the pluses.

I love that I can grow just about anything in the mountains of Panama. Flowers, vegetables, bananas, fruit trees all flourish in Panama. Anything that I cannot grow at my altitude (4500 feet), like pineapple or rice, grow easily at lower altitudes. Plus, there are fish from two oceans. There is a 365-day growing season which supplies food without importing anything.

I love the natural beauty in Panama. If you’re a beach person, you’ll love the long sandy beaches. There are 1500 miles of coastline in Panama, and every beach is a little different. If you’re a mountain person, you’ll love the lush green mountains and miles of rolling vistas. You can walk through a rain forest. You’ll see thousands of unique flowers and trees. There are 1200 species of birds in Panama, including many rare birds. I have hundreds of hummingbirds at my property every day.

The thing I love the most about living in Panama is the weather and the fresh air. One of the reasons I left Texas was because I was fed up with living in 100-degree summers and cold, icy winters. In Texas, I either had my air conditioner on or my heater on almost all year. But in Panama, living in the mountains, I don’t even need an air conditioner or heater. I have my windows open every day, so I can get fresh clean air. Daytime temperatures are in the low to mid-70s. Evening temperatures are in the mid-60s. To me, this is perfect weather and the perfect place to live.

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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.

Reader Interactions


  1. Carla says

    I’m praying that when the time comes for me to house hunt to rent in March. I can find a place very similar to yours at a reasonable price. Based on the bit of research I’ve done, the prices have gone up quite a bit and there aren’t many new listings. I did find a few. But either no pets or in a neighborhood where the homes were close together in the community. I’m looking for something different than what I have here in Texas. A little paradise similar to yours🙏🏽🙂

  2. Miriam O. says

    I love how much you love my little country. My family and I left Panama 20 years ago for a better life. We used to live in Panama City and my mom thought we could get better opportunities in the US. We moved to northern CA and have lived there since. But my husband and I moved to the greater Houston area and I’m dreading the weather. Even though Panama City may have the same weather as here, I don’t remember it being so humid that I couldn’t breath sometimes. And the AC in stores in TX is just ridiculous! But since I left Panama 20 years ago, I’m sure climate change has done some things because now people say that it’s hotter now compared to before I left. Oh, and the mosquitoes here are horrible! I get bruises from their bites. I don’t remember getting those back in Panama, and I used to get bit quite a lot. But I digress… My husband and I would like to retire in Chiriquí (he actually is the one who found your website). We’d like to do a tour eventually. We are in our 40s so we got ways to go.

    • Jackie Lange says

      Hi Miriam. There are so many things to love about Panama! You and your husband need to come to visit Chiriqui to see the MAGIC!

  3. Jorge Guiloff says

    Hi Jackie, is there a good development in the mountains with a good golf course close by?
    We have started looking at Costa Rica and Panama, interested in your comments. Thanks!

    • Jackie Lange says

      There are two golf course developments in the mountains in Boquete — Valle Escondido and Lucero

  4. Billy Shannon says

    I’m 82, in good health, have a perfect driving record, and have a Florida driver’s license.
    When I come to Panama for my first visit, will I have any trouble renting a car?
    If I move there, will I have any trouble getting a Panamanian

    • Jackie Lange says

      HI Billy. You will be able to rent a car when you come to Panama. If you move to Panama, you can get a Panama driver’s license after you get a visa. Anyone over 70 is required to go to a doctor to verify that they are fit enough to drive. They will ask you a few questions, then issue a letter that authorizes you to drive. For everyone over 70, you’ll need to renew your license every 2 years.

  5. Stephen Wessel says

    Hi Jackie, I am Stephen and just spent the better part of an hour reading just about every word on your relocation to Panama site. Very nice indeed. I am more of a country then city person and it looks like there are great options in Panama. One area I’d be very interested in finding more information is on cycling in Panama. For me the best retirement would include fresh food, vegetables and fish and a daily supply of fresh air while I cycle. Thanks ahead of time.


    • Jackie Lange says

      Hi Stephen, Some areas of Panama are safer than others for cycling. Some areas have warmer weather than others. Come see how you can live better for less in Panama and see for yourself what I mead by some areas being safer than others for cycling.

  6. Michelle Whitney says

    My husband and I have been looking into relocating to Panama. I am a nurse and hope to continue nursing there. My husband has left his management position of 26 years. He is only 52 years old so we are hoping to live on income from renting our home here in Texas. And my income from whatever healthcare job I can find there. My concern is the criminal background check. WAIT! I realize that sounds terrible. But it is something that happened when my husband was only an 18 year old. His parents were going through a divorce and he was hanging out with the “bad kids”. He got in trouble for taking a credit card & leaving threatening voice messages on another boy’s answering machine. All three boys were charged and received a felony. This charge did show up when I pulled a background check to check. HOWEVER, my husband is 52 now. He doesn’t have so much as a speeding ticket on his record. Would a single charge from 34 years ago keep him from getting a VISA?

    • Jackie Lange says

      Hello Michelle. Nursing is a protected profession for Panamanians only so you would not be able to work as a nurse in Panama. And Panama will not allow anyone with a felony to get a visa — regardless of how long ago it was.

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