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Chitre: Crossroads In Panama

Lonely Planet says that Chitre, on the Azuero Peninsula, “is hardly geared toward travelers, but it’s an agreeable stop on the way to the peninsula.” Herein lies its very charm. Chitre is an honest, unpretentious regional capital town. Its preoccupations are based on agriculture and local provincial commerce.

Amenities And Accessibility

Located only 20 minutes south of the Pan-American Highway, Chitre is accessible to everything. A short trip down or across the Azuero Peninsula finds you at some of the best surf and fishing spots in Panama (and, therefore, the west coast of the Americas). After a comprehensive upgrade, Panama City can now be reached in around three-and-a-half hours by car and four hours by bus. David and the cool Boquete Highlands are equally accessible to Chitre, just over three hours to the west.

There is a small airport at Chitre, and the town is only 90 minutes from the new international airport at Rio Hato, which opened to commercial flights in 2014.

Apartment Or House Ownership Budget (For A Couple)

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Expenses Monthly Costs Notes
HOA Fees US$250 This can range from US$0 to US$100 depending on the unit size and value as well as property amenities.
Transportation US$60 To own a vehicle; occasional bus trips instead of driving to Panama City ($13 to $18 roundtrip). (If you opt to not own a car, this cost would be around US$200 for two taxi rides per day, intercity bus trips, and one bus trip to the city.)
Gas US$10 For cooking.
Electricity $125
Water $5
Cell Phone US$35 Including 500 minutes, unlimited data, and flexible contract with Cable & Wireless.
Internet US$85 Includes telephone and cable.
Cable TV Included in internet fee.
Household Help US$80 One day-long visit per week; US$20 per visit.
Entertainment US$482 Eating out twice a week at a mid-range, local restaurant: US$25 to US$65.

Local drinks twice a week at a nearby watering hole: US$104 (US$18 for a bottle of wine; US$2 for a beer).

Movie theater trip twice a month: US$18 (US$4.50 per ticket.

Groceries US$425 Basic items for a couple.
Gym Membership US$22 US$275 for a year-long membership.
Medical Appointment US$35 For a specialist or a clinic visit; a basic checkup in a public hospital is just a few dollars.
TOTAL US$1,614

Apartment Or House Rental Budget (For A Couple)

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Expenses Monthly Costs Notes
Rent US$800 A furnished, two-bedroom, comfortable apartment in a desirable area.
Transportation US$60 To own a vehicle; occasional bus trips instead of driving to Panama City ($13 to $18 roundtrip). (If you opt to not own a car, this cost would be around US$200 for two taxi rides per day, intercity bus trips, and one bus trip to the city.)
Gas US$10 For cooking.
Electricity US$125
Water US$5
Cell Phone US$35 Including 500 minutes, unlimited data, and flexible contract with Cable & Wireless.
Internet US$85 Includes telephone and cable.
Cable TV Included in internet fee.
Household Help US$80 One day-long visit per week; US$20 per visit.
Entertainment US$482 Eating out twice a week at a mid-range, local restaurant: US$25 to US$65.

Local drinks twice a week at a nearby watering hole: US$104 (US$18 for a bottle of wine; US$2 for a beer).

Movie theater trip twice a month: US$18 (US$4.50 per ticket.

Groceries US$425 Basic items for a couple.
Gym Membership US$22 US$275 for a year-long membership.
Medical Appointment US$35 For a specialist or a clinic visit; a basic checkup in a public hospital is just a few dollars.
TOTAL US$2,164

Penny-Pincher’s Budget (Bare Minimum Costs, For A Couple)

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Expenses Cost Notes
Rent US$100 Cheapest part of town; basic one-bedroom rental.
Transportation US$75 Minimal use of taxis and buses.
Gas US$5 For cooking.
Electricity US$12 No use of air conditioning, fans only.
Water US$5
Cell Phone US$35 Including 500 minutes, unlimited data, and flexible contract with Cable & Wireless.
Internet Cell phone data use only.
Cable TV US$30 Basic plan with 194 channels.
Entertainment US$250 Eating out at fondas and drinking local beer.
Groceries US$50 Fresh fruits and veggies, local brands only; supplemented by eating out cheaply.
TOTAL US$562

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