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Panama - Top Five Expat Blogs

Friday July 03, 2015 (16:58:48)
Image © Javier Losa on Flickr
At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Panama and some of the bloggers who write about living there.

Chiriqui Chatter
http://www.chiriquichatter.net/blog/

Chiriqui Chatter is a fun blog written by Don Ray Williams, who makes a point of keeping his readers updated about everything that could possibly be of use to them as expats in Panama.   more ...

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How Safe Are Expat Women In Panama?

Monday June 22, 2015 (14:10:29)
Panama at Night © Eylon Israely on Flickr
One of the most common questions when moving to a new country is how safe it is – especially for women. Panama is well known as a great expat location – the tropical climate without the extreme heat; the mix of Central American jungles and beaches with urban, modern cities; the low cost of living combined with the most modern infrastructure and facilities as well as a healthy economy.

All these things and more make it popular not just with retirees but also with young, working professionals and entrepreneurs, often along with their families. Many of the expats moving to Panama are women, and whether they're moving there to retire, to pursue a dream career, or simply for a change of scenery, one question is of great importance. How safe are expat women in Panama?   more ...

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Etiquette Faux Pas In Panama: How Not To Act

Friday April 10, 2015 (03:39:29)

Panamanians take great pride in their culture and customs and have high expectations in matters of etiquette and manners. Visitors and overseas residents are also expected to respect and adhere to these courtesies.

Dressing
It is not only a faux pas to go shirtless in any city and town in Panama, but it is also illegal. Panamanians are stylish dressers and even when they go casual, they pay much attention to their personal appearance. Men and women wear suits and dresses even when the weather is hot. This doesn’t mean that you should not dress comfortably. For casual outings, a pair of jeans and a clean collared shirt works well. Longer shorts in linen are considered fashionable for sporty events.   more ...

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Moving To Panama - What to Expect as a New Expat

Friday March 13, 2015 (03:05:07)

Panama is gaining recognition and popularity as an expat destination since it has something for everyone – from students and globetrotters to drifters and retirees. Panama is developed and modern, and expats have described their stay here as a “first-world lifestyle at third-world prices”! The country does indeed offer a rather luxurious lifestyle with the best amenities at rather affordable prices due to its low cost of living.

There are several pros and cons to moving to Panama. It is important to find out as much as possible, as this will ease your transition and help you to settle in faster. Here is a short list of what you can expect as a new expat in Panama:   more ...

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5 Good Reasons You Should Move To Panama (And 1 Reason You Shouldn't!)

Sunday January 25, 2015 (02:35:33)

If you are thinking of moving to Panama, your reasons had better be more than the Van Halen song by the same name, which incidentally has nothing to do with the country, but in the vein of many metal acts of the 80s, had more to do with a stripper and a fast car!

The country Panama redefines the term ‘tropical paradise’ and it is a lot more than a popular tourist destination. Panama is an excellent country for expats and retirees to live in, making it a top choice among immigrants and working professionals from across the world, especially Americans.   more ...

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Dealing With Culture Shock In Panama - Some Advice For New Expats

Tuesday November 18, 2014 (05:23:21)

Panama is often described as a place where tropical beauty meets consumer paradise! The landscapes of this country are as diverse as its traditions and cuisines but the people are very tolerant and accepting. However, when moving to a new country, culture shock is inevitable so it is important that you prepare for some of the changes you can expect. Here are 10 things you need to prepare for:

1. Driving and Traffic

Everyone in Panama seems to embody the famous "juega vivo" attitude – where in the game of life, the only way to stay ahead is to push yourself to the front.   more ...

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Using The Healthcare System In Panama - A Short Guide For Expats

Tuesday October 28, 2014 (01:43:32)

Panama’s healthcare system can vary greatly depending on which part of the country you live in. The system is not perfect, but most expats have had positive experiences. The better quality facilities and medical staff are mainly located in the capital of Panama City. However other areas are also seeing improvements.

Private healthcare

Expats will be happy to know that Panama City houses many technologically advanced private hospitals, many of which are associated with reputed facilities in the United States.   more ...

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10 Websites Expats Need To Visit Before Moving To Panama

Monday October 06, 2014 (02:56:48)

Panama has become a popular expat destination in recent years. The reasons for moving here are varied. Some relocate to Panama for business, while some simply want a change of lifestyle. The country also attracts many retirees looking to make the most of their retirement years. For those thinking of moving to Panama, here are 10 websites that may be helpful.

panama.usembassy.gov/living-working-in-panama   more ...

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5 Foods You Must Try When Living In Panama

Saturday August 23, 2014 (17:47:14)

Food is a very important aspect of the culture in Panama. This country’s cuisine is a melting pot of Spanish, Native American, African and Caribbean food, and North Americans and Europeans tend to enjoy the mild flavor of many typical Panamanian delicacies. Some of the most common ingredients used for cooking in Panama include corn, maize, wheat flour, rice, yucca, plantains, beef, pork, seafood and chicken. Given below are 5 popular foods that you must try during your stay in Panama:

1. Empanada

An empanada is a baked (or sometimes fried) pastry that has been filled with meat, vegetables and cheese.   more ...

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What Are The Health Risks For Expats In Panama?

Wednesday August 20, 2014 (04:06:19)

Panama offers healthcare facilities of good quality, with modern hospitals in all metropolitan areas. Some of the medicals centers are the most advanced in Latin America. Moreover, the Panamanian health authorities often take immediate steps to control any health problems that seem to be on the rise. However, healthcare in Panama is quite different as compared to the US and the UK.

There are several health considerations to be taken into account for expats who are planning to move to Panama. In fact, it is a good idea to speak with your healthcare provider months before you are due to travel, to know about the recommended vaccinations for yourself and your family members.   more ...