Military Retirees Moved to Chapala Panama 15 Years Ago

In this video, Fred and Linda talk about what life is like in Chapala, Panama, about 40 minutes outside of Panama City. They are both retired military, so they can take advantage of the veteran benefits in Panama, including affordable medical care through Tri-Care.

When they moved to Chapala 15 years ago, Chapala had very few amenities, but now everything you could possibly need is readily available.

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They picked Panama because it’s more affordable, uses the US dollar, the government is stable, the Pensionado discounts, and the veteran medical benefits.

Learn more about retiring in Panama with our free 12-part series, Living and Retiring in Panama.

Since 2010, we’ve been offering all-inclusive 6-day 7-night Panama Relocation Tours and have helped more than 1600 people relocate to Panama the easy, hassle-free way. We can help you too!

If you’re more of a DIY kind of person, we also offer the Online Panama Relocation Guide which has all the same information you’d get on a 6-day Panama Relocation Tour. And we offer Private Tours which are ideal when you know you want to live in a certain area.

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. Tom Bobbitt says

    Hi Jackie!!!!! So excited to see this site!!!!! My name is Tom, I’m a retired U.S. Marine living in Myrtle Beach SC. But is it my magnificent dream to relocate to Panama!!! Heard so many wonderful things about this beautiful country!!!! Could you please send me information on your 6 day relocation tour!! So very interested Jackie and thank you for what you do!!!!!!!!

  2. Chuck Burwick says

    Hi Jackie,

    I am Chuck, retired Navy living in Houston. Would love to hear more about living in Panama and a relocation tour. Specifically, would like to know more about beach front living. Thanks, Chuck

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