During a Panama Relocation Tours I go to a variety of beach and mountain communities that have a variety of different price points. I do this so you can see the huge variety of what’s available in Panama. Some areas are more expensive than others. Some areas are more “high end” than others. Some areas are much more affordable. Some areas are definitely rough around the edges.
Too often, people read about a certain town in Panama then decide that is exactly where they want to live… without even visiting first or looking at other areas in Panama. That’s a huge mistake! Sadly, when someone actually sees the area they have read about, they are sorely disappointed because the article they read was so sugar-coated.
I know from nine years of experience doing Panama Relocation Tours that 50% of the people who think they want to live in a beach community change their mind after spending a day or two in the heat and humidity. And 50% of those who think they want to live in the mountains change their mind thinking the weather is too cool for them. That’s why it is so important to visit a variety of different areas before you decide where you want to live.
Luckily, there are plenty of towns that are half way between the beach and the mountains. So there is always a good compromise between the beach and the mountains. The temperature at sea level is 90 degrees +/- 5. Without an ocean breeze it can feel like 100! For every 1000 feet above sea level, the temperature drops 4 degrees. You can do the math to determine your ideal temperature. If you think 80-82 is your ideal temperature you will enjoy living at 2000 feet above sea level. If you like it a bit cooler, at 75-78, then you will want to search our communities in the 3000 – 3500 foot elevation. Pick the wrong elevation and it will be too hot or too cold for you.