Maybe I was ready to be “taken” when I arrived in Panama to study Spanish ….but I sure didn’t think I’d be living there within the year. After being “liberated” from a position I thought I’d be in forever or at least until retirement, I suddenly had the “gift of time.” So why not have an adventure, learn a language, see the world? Panama is where I started. I found an inexpensive Spanish school that offered a home-stay with a Panamanian family and booked the flight. Three short weeks later I was hooked on this small country. I went back home put my house on the market in June, it sold in July and I moved to Boquete in September.
We’ve been tracking our living expenses since moving to Boquete so I thought I’d share them to give you a realistic picture of what it costs to live in Boquete.
There are many areas in Panama where you can live for much less. If you live near Coronado or Panama City, you’ll pay much more. [Read more…]
Now that I live in Panama I had to find a new person to do haircuts and color. My first thought was to ask everyone I know who they recommend. But when I did that I got mostly recommendations for people who would come to my house or I could go to theirs. Not very professional but it was cheap… only $30 for a haircut and highlights.
So, PLAN B was to spot people with good haircuts and highlights and ask where they got their hair done. The same name came up over and over again so I made an appointment at a Salon in downtown Boquete. They have several stylists and all the fancy equipment you’d expect to see in a salon. But still, it’s a little scary going to a new person.
Since I don’t speak Spanish YET, I wrote out exactly what I wanted done then put in in Google Translate so I could give it to them in Spanish. They read my printout then said, in perfect English,” so you want highlights, lowlights, and a haircut. How much would you like trimmed off?”
The costs for a shampoo, haircut, highlights, low lights was $50. I also got a manicure and pedicure for an additional $13. And.. they did a GREAT JOB!
The same thing would have cost $150 – $200 in Texas
Yes, you really can live for less in Panama and still find quality professionals IF you do your due diligence.