Learn How to Retire in Panama

Before I first came to Panama I did many months of research in addition to reading every blog or article I could find about Panama.  I watched hundreds of youtube videos.  I read books about Panama and books about expats who had moved to Panama.  But even with all that planning there were many things I did wrong during my visit.  I rented a car from a car rental company who would not accept my insurance so I paid $1800 to rent a car for 2 weeks.  I got international calling for my iPhone but I didn’t know I needed to also get international data roaming (or turn off data roaming) so I had a $1200 phone bill from AT&T when I got home.  The list goes on and on.  It cost me $3000 extra because I didn’t know what I didn’t know.

After telling friends that I really liked Panama and planned to move here, I started getting calls from friends who wanted to go with me the next time I visited Panama.  Within a few weeks 8 people wanted to come to Panama too so I found a driver, rented a bus and planned a 7 day trip.  We had a blast!

Amazingly, a few weeks after that first “tour”, I started getting calls from other people who wanted to come see Panama.  I discovered that many others were interested in learning how to retire or relocate in Panama.  So, that’s how Panama Relocation Tours was born!  I didn’t come to Panama with the plan to start a tour business.  But I enjoy doing the tours, love talking about life in Panama, really enjoy meeting with people from all over the world, and I like helping them make the transition to retire in Panama a smooth one.

Now, 12 years after that first visit and many tours later, I enjoy life in Panama more every day!  A whopping 67% of the people who come on the tours move to Panama and they all say that the information that got during the tour made it much easier to make the transition.  Here’s an example:

 I had a great time.  You have a really great itinerary that lets us all learn as we go and your on-bus discussions with the tour book reference makes it easy to absorb. I can not imagine how anyone could learn as much as we did and really understand Panama as we do now, doing it on their own. And the luxury and comfort of your new bus made this rolling seminar a really great value.
Thanks again.
Tom Simonson
February 2015 Tour

If you are thinking of moving to Panama and not sure where to start….this is it! Very well thought out tour, including visiting houses for sale or rent in various areas, local grocery stores to see what may or may not be available, an appliance and furniture store and a mall. You get to meet local ex-pats and hear of their experiences. We met with a lawyer who talked about Visa options and what is required for you to live in Panama. We were given a lot of good information on moving household goods, bringing pets with you, getting driver’s license and much more. After going on one of their tours or buying the online guide you can join a Facebook group that is helpful and supportive if questions or problems should arise. You could do it on your own I’m sure for less money, but why? They’ve helped hundreds of people move and have all the information you will need to save you from costly mistakes. All the guides were very knowledgeable! Thank you so much for all the information!!
September 2021

Photos from Panama Relocation Tours

PanamaRelocationTours April 2015
April Panama Relocation Tour Group

PanamaRelocationTours.com Chitre Beach
Checking Out the Beach in Chitre

Iguana at Las Lajas Beach Panama
Iguana at Las Lajas Beach Panama

Contemplating How to Turn a 2 Year Plan in to a 2 Month Plan

Richard Detrich
Richard Detrich with Panama Relocation Tours

Visit expats in their home

Relaxing dinner with PanamaRelocationTours.com

Coronado Condo
Visiting Expats at Condo in Coronado. BTW- This one is for sale for $249,000

Coronado Condo
View from $249,000 Condo in Coronado

Come join us for an all-inclusive 6-day, 7-night Panama Relocation Tour to learn how to live BETTER for less in Panama or,

A Private Panama Relocation Tour of the area(s) you are most interested in.  Private Tours start at just $250 a day for up to two people.

If you’re more of a DIY person, the Complete Panama Relocation Guide will be perfect for you.  It contains all the same information you’d get on a tour but in an online format so you can learn at your own pace. 

Exploring beach options during a Panama Relocation Tour

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. Charles Miller says

    What a pleasant surprise, in todays rip off world. Jackie and Melissa are first class people.
    Melissa was really helpful in setting us up for this tour. She booked Hotels for us before and after the tour. She helped us with everything. Thank you Melissa.
    Jackie what a wonderful human being everything she said before and after the tour was 100% right. Jackie was with us all of the time. Before the days activities and after the day was done. She was there for us to ask questions and to help in everything that we needed.
    JACKIE SHOWED US PANAMA. The Panama Relocation Tour run by Jackie & Melissa Lange is really worth taking. My wife and I are looking forward to a life long friendship with Jackie and Melissa.
    Everyone that was on this May 2015 tour was really good people and we are looking forward to their friendship too.
    Thanks for everything
    Charlie Miller

  2. SHERRY says

    My Husband and I had the great pleasure of attending the May 2015 tour.
    We are planning our great escape from Calgary Canada and will be one of the 38 percent of people who take the tour and then make Panama their new home.
    Panama was our plan B (Belize was plan A) I am so thrilled we invested and spent the week with Jackie learning all we could about this very special country.
    Melissa and Jackie were fantastic from the get go to the very last day of the tour. The tour met my interest and went far beyond my expectation.
    The places we saw, the people we met all made this escape plan a no brainer… looking forward to having a fresh fruit smoothie with Jackie.

    • Panama Relocation Tours says

      Hey Sherry!

      Thanks again for joining me for the tour. I really look forward to seeing you in Panama again. Hope you can make it for the Panama Relocation Tour Reunion Party this fall!

      To Life in Paradise

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