Panama for Beginners is a one-stop guide for information relevant to ExPats in Panama. Whether you are considering a move to Panama, currently live here, or are just looking to vacation, Panama for Beginners is your go to place for the things you need to know about Panama. The blog is broken up into three main sections: Before You Move, While You're Here, and When You Vacation. The blog is updated with new posts several times a week, so check back often to get the latest need to know information for ExPats in Panama.

Before You Move

All of the information you need to know before you move to Panama.

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While You’re Here

Articles to help you navigate Panama once you've moved here.

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When You Vacation

Vacation Guides on the best places for tourists to see when visiting Panama.

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Recent Blog Posts

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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 […]