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10 Random Things to Know About Panama

Every once and a while, I think of things that I feel would be relevant for expats and potential expats to know about Panama, but they’re not topics that I could expand into full blog posts. So I’ve decided to start a new feature, that I’ll post occasionally, which is 10 random things to know […]

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10 Great Restaurants in Panama City

Earlier this week, I wrote my guide to “Dining Out on a Budget.” There are plenty of places you can eat in Panama where the cost of your meal will be only a few dollars. However, even those of us who are watching our budgets like to dine out at nice restaurants every now and […]

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Dining Out On A Budget

If you’ve read my post “Cost of Living in Panama,” you’ll know that I think dining out is one area that can get expensive for ExPats quickly in Panama. This is because many ExPats take the easy route by avoiding cooking most meals, and eating at either trendy ExPat restaurants or fine dining establishments. While […]

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Safety in Panama

There are few topics more hotly debated in ExPat forums that the issue of how safe Panama is for ExPats. It is an issue a wide range of opinions on, particularly when it comes to a discussion of crime in Panama. When these discussions happen, I tend to side with those who believe that Panama […]

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6 Ways to Learn Spanish for Free

Author’s Note: This blog specifically addresses living in Panama, but the same advice contained here can apply to any ExPat moving to any Spanish speaking country in the world.  UPDATE 12/27: I have created a Spanish Study Group for expats on Facebook so we can all support each other as we are learning. Feel free […]

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Vacation Guide: Soberania National Park

Right outside of Panama City is a gem that few ExPats know about: Soberania National Park. About a 20-25 minute drive from the center of Panama City (where we live), Soberania National Park has all of the nature you miss living in the city. My wife and I took a day trip there on Sunday […]

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Vacation Guide: Things to Do in Panama City

This is the first entry in a new part of the blog dealing with vacationing in Panama. Whether you live here, or are coming for a visit, Panama offers a lot of amazing diversity in things to do and places to see. My wife, who grew up in Panama, has not even been to most […]

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Getting Around in Panama City

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, one of the main ways that my wife and I were able to save money when moving to Panama was to go from owning two cars to owning none. Many ExPats that live in Panama City end up doing the same, either for cost, or because driving in Panama can […]

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Cost of Living in Panama

UPDATED: 5/30/15 with some changes to current cost of living. One of the most common questions that people considering a move to Panama usually have is about the cost of living. Panama has frequently been billed as an affordable retirement/living destination by just about every publication out there. If you read my article “Is Panama […]

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Earning a Living in Panama

It has been my experience that while Panama is a popular retirement destination for ExPats, most of us still need to earn a living while we live here. Before you read any further, and this may disappoint you, but this article doesn’t include any amazing secret tips or get rich quick schemes to help you […]