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Las Lajas, Panama

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Launching A New Life In Las Lajas, Panama

The Cost Of Living In Las Lajas

Apartment Or House Ownership Budget (For A Couple)

 
Expense Monthly Costs Notes
Mortgage US$0 Most homes in the area are affordable and can be paid for at closing.
HOA Fees US$0 Planned communities aren’t the norm in the area, although there are some start-ups.
Property Taxes Property tax rate is 0.5% for property values between US$120,001 and US$250,000, while properties with values of US$250,001 and above pay a rate of 0.7%.
Transportation US$30 Monthly gas for private car.
Gas US$6 A tank of cooking gas will generally last more than one month.
Electricity US$100 Using A/C at night.
Water US$4 If you’re over 65 your bill is reduced.
Cell Phone US$5 and up You can purchase calling cards, there’s no need for a set plan.
Internet US$74 1,000 Mbps, 2 Cable boxes.
Cable TV Bundled with internet, English channels included.
Household Help US$120 US$15 a day, twice a week.
Entertainment US$300 Monthly cost for eating out twice a week: US$240 (US$30 per meal).
Monthly cost for drinks twice a week: US$60 (US$1 per local beer). Mixed drinks are US$5 and up.
Groceries US$600 Depends on how many imported goods you buy.
Gym Membership No gyms in the area.
Medical Appointment US$5 For a private consult at a clinic.
TOTAL US$1,244

Apartment Or House Rental Budget (For A Couple)

 
Expense Monthly Costs Notes
Rent $1,000 Many rentals are vacation rentals but there are affordable options.
Transportation US$30 Monthly gas for private car.
Gas US$6 A tank of cooking gas will generally last more than one month.
Electricity US$100 Using A/C at night.
Water US$4 If you’re over 65 your bill is reduced.
Cell Phone US$5 You can purchase calling cards, there’s no need for a set plan.
Internet US$74 1,000 Mbps, 2 Cable boxes.
Cable TV Bundled with internet, English channels included.
Household Help US$120 US$15 a day, twice a week.
Entertainment US$300 Monthly cost for eating out twice a week: US$240 (US$30 per meal).
Monthly cost for drinks twice a week: US$60 (US$1 per local beer). Mixed drinks are US$5 and up.
Groceries US$600 Depends on how many imported goods you buy.
Gym Membership No gyms in the area.
Medical Appointment US$5 For a private consult at a clinic.
TOTAL US$2,244

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

 
Expense Monthly Costs Notes
Rent US$500 Cheaper options are available but will generally require on-the-ground research and negotiations.
Transportation US$20 Living at the beach requires a car. If you live in town you can avoid the cost, but you still may need to visit San Felix for items and services not found in Las Lajas.
Gas US$6 A tank of cooking gas will generally last more than one month.
Electricity US$20 Using fans, no A/C.
Water US$4 If you’re over 65 your bill is reduced.
Cell Phone US$5 You can purchase calling cards, there’s no need for a set plan.
Internet US$22 Basic plan.
Cable TV US$20 Basic plan.
Entertainment US$60 Monthly cost for eating out twice a week (US$7.50 per meal) at a local fonda.
Groceries US$300 All local-brand items only, shopping at markets and grocery stores.
TOTAL US$957

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