Carol Found Her “Happy Place” in Panama

You may remember Carol from previous videos. Like many people who move to Panama, Carol has moved three times. Sometimes it takes time to find the right place with the amenities and enough activities to keep you happy in Panama. (This is another reason NOT to rush into buying real estate!)

In Carol’s latest video, she talks about why she picked Gorgona for her new home. Gorgona is about 5 miles east of Coronado or about 1 1/2 hours west of Panama City. She’s living on the second floor of a high-rise condo complex overlooking the Pacific Ocean. She also discusses:

  • The difference between living in the Azuero and Gorgona
  • Amenities in Gorgona/Coronado
  • Restaurants and shopping
  • Her recent medical emergency
  • Seasons in Panama
  • How she learned about living in Panama
  • What she thinks about Panama Relocation Tours
  • The Manana attitude and why it’s a GOOD thing!

Watch the video to learn more:

YouTube video

When Carol first moved to Panama, she lived in Guarare in a furnished $550 a month oceanfront two-bedroom home. Guarare is near Las Tablas in the eastern Azuero Peninsula.

You can see her first video HERE.

Her second home was in El Rompio, also on the eastern Azuero, closer to Chitre. She has ocean views from the second floor and paid $600 a month for her furnished rental.

You can see her second video HERE.

The moral of the story, all the planning and research are good, but you may need to move several times before you find your “happy place” in Panama.

The most important factors to consider when picking a place to relocate to in Panama are:

Your Budget
Preferred Weather
Activities Available
Hospital Location

If you’re a social butterfly like Carol, you may want to pick an area with plenty of other expats and various activities.

Join us for an all-inclusive 6-day, 7-night Panama Relocation Tour to get a good overview of all the most popular places to live in Panama. You’ll see rentals in each area. You’ll also meet an immigration attorney and honest real estate agents. While on the bus, it’s like a rolling seminar to learn everything you need to know for a smooth, hassle-free move to Panama.

Since 2010, Panama Relocation Tours has offered relocation tours and helped thousands of people move to Panama. We can help you too!

We have the experience you can trust!

This is what Jim had to say about his Panama Relocation Tour on TripAdvisor:

An Overview with a View!
Apr 2023 • Friends
All aspects of this all-inclusive tour were carefully and thoughtfully curated by Jackie, her family and tour guides. It was truly the PRT Online Guide come to life! Although social media, YouTube and online research are extremely important, those things are simply the mortar to the building (concrete) blocks of the tour. The “feel” of Panama can only be experienced in person, and the Tour is packed and packaged to give anyone an immersive overview experience. From east to west, we were able to “borrow” this country and fill our senses with flora and fauna, practical, relevant information and the give-and-take any group can provide as we got to know each other. Our guides, John and Jay, were knowledgeable about history, culture, and the practical everyday life of being an expat in Panama’s numerous possible locations and microclimates. A five-star, five coconut and high-five experience!

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. Brent says

    Good and helpful video.
    She mentioned taking the bus and the Metro from Gorgona to PTY. I’m interested in how long the whole trip took. Also, how close is the nearest bus stop to where she lives? Panama’s bus system looks terrific, you just have to rent a place within easy distance of a bus stop.

  2. surcie thompson says

    I need Health insurance that cover Dylasis treatment 3x week.

    • Jackie Lange says

      HI Surcie
      Unfortunately, NO health insurance in Panama covers pre-existing conditions.

  3. Shelly Hynes says

    Great information. Watched all 3 of her videos. In her condo she didn’t mention if anything was included in her rent such as electricity or internet. Do you have any idea? Thanks for all you do!

    • Jackie Lange says

      Hi Shelly. Electricity is rarely included in rent in the beach areas. I don’t know if internet is included in her rent.

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