Living in David Panama on $1200

Meet Kris who lives in David Panama with her husband Joel. Including rent, they live on about $1200 a month in David. David is much warmer than other areas in Panama so you’ll probably need air conditioning for part of the day.

David has 24-hour grocery stores, two malls, several hospitals, doctors, great restaurants, movie theaters, and all the things you need to live a comfortable life in Panama. There is an airport with flights to Panama City several times a day. There are Pacific Ocean beaches about 30 – 60 minutes away from David.

In this video, Kris has a lot of good advice for anyone considering a move to Panama!

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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. brian swanson says

    Hi Jackie watching the video of Kirs I cant help but notice people walking around out side wearing the dreaded mask is that required.

    • Jackie Lange says

      Masks are required in public in Panama.

  2. Chris says

    The mask really helps prevent the spread of disease and Panama is doing a great job making people safe.

  3. Shameen Khan says

    hi just wanted to kn more obout staying in Panama pls let me kn thanks. sam.

    • Jackie Lange says

      You cannot “stay” in Panama unless you get a residency Visa. To get a visa, you will either need a pension of at least $1000 per month in lifetime income OR if you do not have a pension, you’ll need to buy real estate worth at least $200,000 OR deposit $200,000 into a 3-year CD in a Panama bank, OR try to get a job in Panama. It is very difficult to get a job in Panama now because unemployment is high

  4. Jamie Andrew McAllister says

    Hi Jackie
    Just wondering if there is opportunity to rent Beach front for winter months only.
    My wife and I are wanting to become Canadian Snowbirds sooner than later, and were looking at Panama as an option

    • Jackie Lange says


      There are plenty of opportunities to rent beachfront in Panama. You will need to secure a place before you come because a lot of other Canadians do the same thing so inventory can be slim if you wait until you arrive.

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