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

Diaper Drive for Hospital del Niño to Take Place on Saturday, April 25th at Panama City Supermarkets

Volunteers from several Panama City Kiwanis Clubs will be collecting donations of children’s diapers outside several of Panama’s Panama City Riba Smiths, El Reys, and Super 99s in Panama City on Saturday, April 25th from 9am-4pm to donate to the Hospital del Niño. Volunteers will have carts outside of the supermarkets to collect new, unopened […]


How Mail Works in Panama

How to receive mail in Panama is one of the most frequent questions I see asked on expat forums, and one of the hardest concepts for many US expats (and our stateside relatives) to grasp. Panama does not have traditional street addresses (very few places have a street number, and there are no postal codes), […]


Immunity Revoked for Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli

In a move that was widely expected by most political observers, the Electoral Tribunal formally revoked immunity for former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli on Tuesday. His immunity, which was granted to him from his membership of the Central American parliament, was revoked in response to a request from Panama’s Supreme Court. This allows for Martinelli […]