Panama Pacifico, Panama, VIDEO Report

Thanks for watching the Panama For Real video report on Panama Pacifico, Panama. When you’re finished watching, check out the written report too by clicking HERE. Oh and here’s a quick UPDATE to the video. I mention the bus service being free. Only the mall shuttle is free and only for residents of Panama Pacifico. Please enjoy the video: 

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  1. Michael says:

    Hi chris,
    Thank you so much for what you do. My GF and I have been overwhelmed with all kinds of information pertaining to Panama and its people. Both good and bad.I am coming down in early September to explore the possibilities of staying 6 months a year. My GF is very apprehensive and skeptical. I am a retired NYPD officer and am more adventurous (we are 50).I believe first impressions will determine whether she comes for the long trip or not.We are beach people and she liked your Coronado video.She needs to feel that she will be able to socialize with english speaking expats.when I come down what other “Beach type” areas would you tell us to explore besides Coronado? We are having a canadian fellow tour us around during our stay.So we would like to narrow down specific places.Any advicem you reccomend would be greatly appreciatd since you have been around the horn there.LOL

    • Chris says:

      Hey Michael,

      If your girlfriend liked the Coronado video, she’d might also like the Pedasi area, and possibly Bocas del Toro. I’ve never been to Bocas, but from what I’ve heard it has more of a Bahamas or Key West kinda vibe (anyone living there can add to that or explain better in the comments if you want). I like Pedasi a lot, but it’s a little farther from Panama City (about 4 hours drive) and isn’t quite as developed, but it does have a great expat community, more (and I would even say better) beaches than the Coronado area. You definitely need to check it out on your trip. If she wouldn’t mind a cooler, mountain/hillside kinda town, she might also like Boquete. I’ll eventually make my way out to Pedasi and Boquete. Not sure if I’ll get to them by September though. El Valle de Anton is another place you might want to check out on your trip (but it too is in the mountains). You could live in El Valle de Anton or even the neighborhood of Altos del Maria (in the mountains) and still be within a 45-minute drive to the beach. So don’t count out those options.

      Thanks for checking out the site and I hope you have an amazing trip.


  2. Tom Beard says:

    Hi Bill,
    From what I have been able to learn,neither Medicare nor Tricare for Life works outside the US or US Territories; however, Tricare Standard does because we can pay up front and then send in the claim forms for reimbursement. Of course, we will have to continue to pay for Medicare Part B. They get coming and going!

  3. nelva leavitt says:

    Thank you for an informative report and the great video. I can’t wait to go back home.
    Hear from you soon

  4. Bill says:

    Nicely done Chris. I was surprised by the price of rent. It’s equal to or more than stateside rent in some places. Do most of the rentals come furnished? I love Panama and lived there from 1977-1981 and we are both in or mid-60s now receiving MEDICARE and my military insurance TRI-CARE for LIFE. MEDICARE doesn’t pay overseas but I believe TRI-CARE covers overseas. Do you know any military retirees in Panama? Would like to contact them and find out more about my military health care entitlements in Panama. Thanks.

    • Chris says:

      Hey Bill,

      Yeah, the rent is quite high in that area. I’m not sure if most will be furnished, but I did talk to a guy over the phone (and I’ll be putting all this in the Panama Pacifico written report) who is renting out two apartments. His are fully furnished, 5-star hotel quality he says, with water, electric, gas, cable, Internet…even a once a week cleaning service. His 1-bedroom is going for $2,000 per month and his 2-bedroom for $2,500. But that’s fully furnished (TVs and everything). It’s still quite high compared to most places in Panama, but I guess if you can afford it, it would be nice to be able to move to Panama and have a fully furnished place with all bills paid.

      As far as medicare, right, it doesn’t work here. Your Tri-Care will if you see the right group of doctors (or go to certain hospitals and clinics). And if you have any kind of VA disability, you can apply for FMP (foreign medical policy) and use that here as well. Check out this website. This group works with people with FMP and Tricare here.

      Hope this helps.


  5. Kris says:

    Your videos looks so professional, along with being so full of useful information. Thanks! I didn’t know anything about this area so this was very interesting. Panama is doing a lot of good and exciting things.

    • Chris says:

      Thanks, Kris. I still can’t figure out why it’s making me moderate your comments. You’ve commented often enough that they should go through automatically. Hmm. Oh well, thanks again for commenting and for watching the video. I hope to get new camera equipment soon and make them even better 🙂

  6. Al says:

    *of rent

    • Chris says:

      Yeah, Al, me too. I’ll be putting this in the written report as I didn’t want to try and explain it all in the video, but I spoke with a guy over the phone who is offering his 1-bedroom, fully furnished (TVs and all), with everything paid (maintenance fees, electric, water, gas, cable, Internet and even a once per week cleaning service) for $2,000. He said it’s like a 5-star hotel, all really nice stuff. His 2-bedroom, same deal, goes for $2,500. That’s expensive, but I guess if you could afford it, it would be nice to just be completely hands off and have everything taken care of. You could literally move here with just a suitcase. Way too much for me, but I’m sure plenty of people would be willing to pay that much for an easy retirement.

  7. Al says:

    surprised by the prices or rent, but looks like it’s going to be a pretty nice place to live.

  8. Renee says:

    Nicely done! making me want to go home now!

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