Where to Stay in Panama for Digital Nomads?

Where Should I Live in Panama as a Digital Nomad

Digital nomads are everywhere these days, and it’s hard to choose where you want to settle down. Panama is a great country for digital nomads, with a stable internet connection and a low cost of living. If you are wondering where to stay in Panama for digital nomads, have no worries. In this article, we will list some of the best cities, neighborhoods, and accommodation options in Panama for remote working.

Casco Viejo, Boquete, Bocas del Toro, El Cangrejo, and Punta Paitilla are some of the best areas to stay in Panama for digital nomads. If you are looking for the best digital nomad accommodations in Panama, don’t forget to check out Studio Coliving, Los Diamantes, La Isabela Suites located in the heart of Panama City as well as Jungle Paunch, El Clandestino, and Skully’s House in Bocas del Toro.

Does Panama Have a Digital Nomad Visa?

First things first, does Panama have a digital nomad visa? Panama does have a digital nomad visa. The Panamanian government created it on May 7th, 2021. This is a short-term visa issued for nine months. If you are not satisfied with a few months’ stay, you can renew it for another nine months.

Why Live in Panama as a Digital Nomad?

  • Panama has a good internet connection. It is connected to the rest of the world by undersea fiber optic cables. The average internet speeds across the country are137.38 Mbps for fixed internet and 20.44 Mbps for mobile internet.
  • The country has a relatively low cost of living. The estimated monthly cost for a single person is $663.89 (without considering the rent).
  • When compared to other countries, digital nomad visa fees in Panama are affordable. It only costs $250 for the National Immigration Agency and $50 for the Visa Card.
  • Digital nomads who earn an income outside of Panama do not get taxed.

Where Should I Live in Panama as a Digital Nomad?

Casco Viejo

Casco Viejo is one of the best digital nomad destinations in Panama, as it provides many accommodation options and is home to many bars, restaurants, cafes, churches, shops, and yoga studios. A city granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1997, Casco Viejo is a harmonic juxtaposition of the old and new. It’s also known as Casco Antiguo or San Felipe. When you are not working, you can stroll along the beautiful narrow streets of Casco Viejo, delight in the stunning viewpoints of the Pacific, and enjoy the nightlife.

Casco is just a few minutes’ walk away from Cinta Costera, the picturesque oceanfront walkway and park that brings you gives you scenic views of the city’s famed skyline. Casco has a robust police presence (the president’s offices are located here), so this city is quite safe.

Punta Paitilla

Paitilla is an idyllic residential area for digital nomads that prefer to live within walking distance of Avenida Balboa and Cinta Costera. It’s a beautiful area that offers gorgeous views of Panama Bay.

Avenida Balboa

It’s true that Balboa Avenue is a tourist attraction, but it’s not the calmest place to live in. It’s home to many apartment complexes that offer decadent views of Panama bay. But you have to pay a premium to stay in one of these apartments. Another great benefit of living in Balboa Avenue is its proximity to the Cinta Costera. Avenida Balboa is also just a walk away from Casco Viejo.

El Cangrejo

It’s true that El Cangrejo is a cosmopolitan area, but it’s quite a calm and quiet place to live in. It’s one of the most multicultural Panama City neighborhoods and houses a variety of restaurants offering international cuisine.

Punta Pacifica

Punta Pacifica is an exclusive waterfront location for remote workers who prefer luxury. The city houses many shops, private schools, and a private hospital with English-speaking doctors (John Hopkins).

San Francisco

Do you love eating out? In San Francisco, you don’t have to worry about cooking while working. There are a great number of food trucks around the neighborhood. The area is quite residential, and there are many wonderful places to enjoy food. Remote workers also have the chance to meet locals in cafes, restaurants, and brew pubs.

Boquete

Boquete is a town where many ex-pats and digital nomads live. It’s one of the best neighborhoods in Panama for a slower-paced lifestyle. Although it’s away from the busy city, digital nomads can find many accommodations and places to work remotely.

Bocas del Toro

Bocas del Toro, on the north Caribbean coast of Panama, is a magical paradise for digital nomads. It’s a great place for nomads who enjoy the beachside. In Bocas del Toro, you can enjoy a friendly, laid-back vibe. The landscape is relatively undeveloped, and you can enjoy your day exploring nature and evenings enjoying the nightlife.

Where to Stay in Panama for Digital Nomads?

Where to Stay in Panama City?

Studio Coliving

XFJC+7X7, Av. Ricardo Arango y, Av. Federico Boyd, Panama City, Panama

Studio Coliving is the best place to stay in Panama for digital nomads. All suites in this co-living hotel come with a desk and an office chair. If you don’t like to work from your room, there is also a dedicated co-working space on the premises. In addition, the hotel houses a gym, rooftop, laundry area, restaurant, reading areas, and a pool. Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. A single studio in the hotel (the cheapest option) costs $630 for a month.

La Isabela Suites

Calle 9, San Felipe (Casco Viejo), Panama City, Panama 

La Isabela Suites offer visitors a unique experience, merging the spaciousness of a large apartment and the services of a luxury hotel. All suites in la Isabela Suites have a private bathroom, kitchen, and seating area. More importantly, free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.

Los Diamantes

Calle 9na, Plaza Herrera Casco Antiguo, Panama City, Panama 

The ancestral home of one of Panama’s most famous families, Los Diamantes is situated in the center of Casco Viejo. Wireless internet is available (for free) throughout this glorious historical hotel. All rooms come with private balconies, seating areas, and climate control. Some rooms also offer stunning sea views.

Where to Stay in Bocas del Toro?

El Clandestino

El Clandestino is a small lodge in Bocas del Toro which offers free breakfast and wireless internet. This place is perfect for those who want to enjoy the sun and the sea without having to spend too much money. It has everything one needs for a great stay – from beautiful gardens to comfortable rooms. It also houses a restaurant and bar, offering great food.  

Jungle Paunch

Jungle Paunch, situated on the way to Bluff Beach in Paunch, offers beautifully crafted cabins in the jungle. The cabins are comfortable, cozy, and clean! You will feel as if you are part of nature, but with all the necessary amenities to live comfortably. The hosts are warm and welcoming. Jungle Paunch is relatively affordable compared to other accommodation options in the area. It also offers complimentary Wi-Fi, so it’s ideal for remote working. I highly recommend Jungle Paunch for a longer stay.

Skully’s House

Skully’s House is an oceanfront location just a few minutes outside of town. It is the best combination of private rooms, shared dorms, and common kitchens and dining areas, all perfect for digital nomads. This property has Wi-Fi, and best of all, it has a generator backup, which is a huge plus with power outrages. At Skully’s House, you don’t have to stay more than a few minutes without power and internet. When you are not working, you can laze away with your toes in the sand, relax in a hammock, or float in the oceanfront swimming pool.

Where to Stay in Panama for Digital Nomads?

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