David is the capital of Chiriqui province which is in far western Panama, next to Costa Rica. It usually ties for the second largest city in Panama with a population of about 170,000.
David has a developed infrastructure yet a much lower cost of living than other places in Panama. Tour clients are renting furnished houses or condos in the $350 to $650 range in David. You can buy a new small house for as low as $50,000 in David
David has an international airport and a major bus terminal with connections throughout Central America. You can even catch a bus from David to the Caribbean side of Panama. With your Pensionado discount, it is only $10.60 to take a bus from David all the way to Panama City (a 7 hour drive) or go to San Jose Costa Rica.
There are two large private hospitals in David plus a large modern public hospital. Every specialist is available in David, including cardiologists. You are never more than 15 minutes away from a 24-hour hospital in David.
The city has several shopping centers and malls. In early 2020, the Federal Mall with 400 stores will open. There are two movie theaters with movies in both English and in Spanish (about $2 for a movie).
There are also countless restaurants (with air conditioning), bars and casinos around the city. American fast food restaurants are readily available in David too.
You’ll never be far from a 24-hour grocery store. There’s a daily farmers market with fresh fruits and vegetables. And there is an amazing fish market with fish that was just caught that morning. David has car dealerships, furniture stores, clothes stores, electronic stores, wine stores, gyms, office supplies, fabric stores and much more.
For you sports enthusiasts, there is even a huge new baseball and soccer stadium in David.
Everything you need is available in David and it’s all so close. Because public transportation is so good, you could get by without owning a car.
David is an ideal location only 30 minutes to the beach or 30 minutes to the mountain town of Boquete. You can fly to Panama City in about 35 minutes. David is 45 minutes to the Costa Rica border.
Sport fishing is nearby in the Gulf of Chiriqui with fishing trips from the marina in nearby Pedregal or Boca Chica.
David’s climate is in the 90s during the day, so you will need air conditioning (or a swimming pool). Evening temperatures get down to the mid to high 70s.
Several churches offer services in English.
There are weekly expat get togethers in David too. US military Veterans get together for lunch every Wednesday. Of course, there is the live music and dancing available at multiple venues too. And don’t forget the Panamanian fairs and holidays. There is always something to do in David. Estimates are that 1500-2000 expats living in David plus you’re a short 30 minute drive to Boquete where there are many more expats and daily social activities.
In the last couple of years, there has been an explosion in both commercial and residential construction in David including retirement communities.