Panama City - Post Report Question and Answers

Is this a good city for single people? For couples? For families? Why or why not?

Good for all. I would suggest a house if living with kids so they have space to move around. Did I mention the rain? The singles scene is alive and well. - Dec 2021

Definitely better for families. The city is very small. - Oct 2018

For any type family, I think you could be happy here, depending on expectations. - Sep 2018

It's great for nearly everyone! Families enjoy the family nature of the post and singles are easily able to find any sort of activity they're interested in and can branch out with local friends. - Mar 2017

Good for all. - Oct 2015

Absolutely! - Jun 2015

I guess it would be fine for all of the above. The cost of living has increased dramatically, however, so many young families where the spouse doesn't work complain about the high cost of living here. - May 2015

Yes yes yes. - Sep 2014

Everybody seems happy here and enjoy their time! - Jul 2014

If you live in Albrook/Clayton, it's great for families. There are tons of kids around and all the neighbors know each other and can ride bikes out on the street and play on the playgrounds, it's like suburban America in some ways. Don't live in El Dorado/Dos Mares if you have kids - very few Embassy families live there, and there really isn't anywhere for them to play anyway (unless you like sending your kids down to dark warehouses to play, because that's what's available). Our neighbors' kids tend to run up and down the stairwell for fun, which is loud and annoying for us, and it's not the way I'd want to play as a kid. Paitilla is a good spot for singles and couples without kids because that's where all the bars and restaurants are. Although honestly, the Embassy is mostly families with small children so I don't know if it would be that enjoyable for singles unless you're willing to branch out and extend your social network to include locals and other expats (of which there are many). Costa del Este looks like a nice suburban area too, but with high-rise apartments. I don't know anything about it, though. - Mar 2014

It's a great place for families as there is so much to do here with kids. It's also a great place for anyone who is into the outdoors and/or athletics. I can't speak to dating. There is definitely a night scene in Panama but I don't know how easy/hard it is to date. - Jan 2013

Panama offers something for everyone. The clubs are quite fun if you are single or a young couple. There are also multiple weekend getaway options. For families, it is good as well but you may need to be creative about entertainment options. There aren't a lot of museums but there are multitudes of sports or cultural activiites to participate in. - Sep 2011

Good for families, particularly if you stay close to the embassy community. Of course it is OK for the single guys, but the gals might be challenged. - Apr 2010

good for families, couples and single males, most single women complain about the lack of dating opportunities - Dec 2009

As a family we find ourselves limited to walking the malls on the weekends since it is very hot to do things outside in the middle of the day. I am sure for adults without children there are a lot more options. - May 2008

Not for families. Panama is trying to represent themselves as a great place to retire but the non-stop traffic and relatively high cost of living do not support this. They are building an additional highway but this will do nothing to alleviate the inside city traffic. - Apr 2008

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