Is Panama City the BEST Place to Retire in Panama?

Barbara and Greg sure do think that Panama City is the best place to retire in Panama. They LOVE living in Panama City, where everything they need is within walking distance.

Watch this video to see their furnished 3-bedroom, 3-bath apartment overlooking Omar Park. They pay $950 a month and have ocean views too.

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Panama City is a large bustling metropolitan city with a population of about 2,500,000. Fifty percent of the people in Panama live in Panama City because that’s where more job opportunities are.

Panama City is the only capital city with a rainforest within its jurisdiction, the second-largest rainforest in the world.

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Amador rental in Panama City

Panama City has many different neighborhoods that each have its own look and feel. Casco Viejo has cobblestone streets and many colonial buildings. There’s also El Cangrejo, Bella Vista, and Paitilla in the financial district, Clayton, Amador, San Francisco, Marabella, Punta Pacifica just to name a few, Plus just 10 minutes outside of town Panama Pacifica.

If you like big cities, you’ll love living in Panama City. Rents range from $700 to $3800 per month in Panama City. You won’t need a car because the Metro bus system and subway system are affordable (35 cents), and taxis and Uber are readily available.

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Panama City subway

Panama City has super high-end shopping at places like Multiplaza Mall or affordable shopping at Albrook Mall, the largest mall in Latin America.

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Albrook Mall Panama City

There is a wide range of restaurants at a variety of different prices. Grocery stores are readily available.

Some of the best hospitals in Panama are in Panama City, including Punta Pacifica, the Johns Hopkins affiliate, and Hospital Paitilla, the Cleveland Clinic affiliate. Hospital Brisas is the hospital that is used mostly by Veterans because they do direct billing with the VA and Tricare.

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

Join us for an all-inclusive 6-day, 7-night Panama Relocation Tour to see the most popular places to live in Panama.

Or consider a Private Tour of Panama City or other areas in Panama.

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. Nancy Distin says

    I am a 71 year old working surgical RN, who lives in southern CA. Would I still be able to receive my SSI and are there age restrictions for nursing employment in Panama?

    • Jackie Lange says

      Hello Nancy. You can still receive your SSI when you move to Panama. You can even have the payments direct deposited into a Panama bank if you want. But, you would not be able to work as a nurse in Panama because it’s a protected profession for Panamanians only.

  2. Cherise Brown says

    How can a US citizen be able to get employment? I’m a preschool teacher and I also work in retail.

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