I’ve Lived In 4 Cities In Panama As A Retiree — Here’s What I Loved About Each One - TravelAwaits

I arrived in Panama in December 2018 and secured an Airbnb for a minimum month’s stay while looking to obtain permanent residency. As it turned out, an extended Airbnb stay was not to be — with the help of a highly recommended realtor, I was able to lease my first long-term apartment in Panama City soon after. 

It’s been 3.5 years, four cities, and six neighborhoods checking out different areas here in Panama. Here is what I’ve loved about each Panamanian city I’ve lived in.


1. Panama City

Avenida Balboa
My first apartment was a two-bedroom, two-bath, fully furnished condo with splendid views of the Panama City skyline as well as the Panama Gulf Bay. I was on the 15th floor of a high-rise, and I believe it to be my best overall location so far. The Cinco de Mayo metro station was conveniently accessible, which allowed me to get around with ease and minimal cost.

The apartment building was located at the far end of Avenida Balboa — one of the main thoroughfares in the city — near the entrance to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of San Felipe, otherwise known as Casco Viejo. I lived across from Mercado de Mariscos, the famous fish and seafood market, as well. Getting up and about was certainly a no-brainer. It was a quick, leisurely walk to enjoy great meals, excellent dining, rooftop cocktails, and Sunday afternoon sauntering, mingling with the local vendors and tourists. This was a delightful part of my experience as a fresh expat enjoying the sights and sounds of my newly adopted home.

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Rooftop pool, Panama City, Panama by Darren Miller is licensed under unsplash.com
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