Popular Destinations for Americans & Canadians Moving to Panama

Panama has a number of popular destinations for expats relocating there. Whether you are looking for a permanent home, a second home, or an investment, there are a wide variety of locations to check out. We recommend taking a trip to explore towns that may be of interest to you.

Top Destinations for Expats Moving to Panama

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Panama City & Surrounds

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Panama City

The capital city, on Panama Bay on the Pacific Coast, with the best of everything you could want, from healthcare facilities to restaurants to shopping. Popular suburbs for expats include El Cangrejo, Punta Paitilla, and Punta Pacific.

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Coronado

A beach town roughly sixty minutes south of Panama City on the Pacific Coast, with volcanic sand, great surfing, and plenty of amenities. With a large expat community, English is widely spoken.

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Taboga Island

A tranquil island of 2,000 inhabitants located about thirty minutes from Panama City by ferry, Taboga Island features great whale watching, a decent number of restaurants and bars, and a relaxed island life. It's close to Panama City, but more affordable than city life.

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Chiriquí Province

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Boquete

Boquete is a lush mountain town of roughly 20,000 with a mild climate ranging from 70-80°F during the day. It's located only 60 kilometers from the Costa Rican border and has a large and lively expat community.

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David

David is a large city in Panama that's known for its affordability, family-friendliness, and offers Panama's second international airport. It's located in the highlands and therefore has a milder climate than Panama City and beach towns.

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Volcan

Volcan is similar to Boquete, but is much smaller and is located on the other side of the same mountain. Given that Volcan is less 'discovered,' it is also cheaper than Boquete while still offering a good selection of restaurants, bars, and supermarkets.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Caribbean Coast

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Bocas del Toro

Part mainland and part archipelago, Bocas del Toro features hundreds of islands, including the largest - Isla Colon. Bocas del Toro is on the Caribbean side of Northwest Panama, a one-hour flight from Panama City and fairly remote. Here you can find beautiful beaches, turquoise waters, and lush rainforests.

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Central Panama and the Azuero Peninsula

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Las Tablas

Las Tablas is a beach town located on the Azuero Peninsula that's known as a cultural hotspot. It's particularly famous for its annual Carnival celebrations. With a small population of 9,000, Las Tablas is also quite safe.

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Chitré

Three and a half hours from Panama City on the Azuero Peninsula, Chitré is the capital of Herrera Province. There are fewer expats here, but plenty of amenities like supermarkets, banks, and restaurants. Cost of living is low and the culture is a bit more relaxed than other cities.

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Valle de Antón (El Valle)

El Valle is located a two-hour drive from Panama City in the central highlands. It's a small town with fewer amenities than other expat hotspots, has a large indigenous community, and provides a great mix of culture. El Valle is affordable, has a cool climate due to its high elevation, and offers access to eco-tourism activities.

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Santa Fe

An authentic Panamanian town in the highlands of Veraguas, Santa Fe is known for its coffee, its great climate, and outdoor activities. There's a low cost of living here compared to other expat hotspots in Panama.