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Pedasí, Panama

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Enjoy A Simple Life of Beaches and BBQ in Pedasí

In a golden corner of Panama’s Azuero Peninsula sits the district of Pedasí. Its town has a village-like atmosphere—large enough to feel like you can live there, yet small enough to make you feel like an active stakeholder in a thriving community.

The Azuero Peninsula constitutes Panama’s southernmost landmass. Jutting into the Pacific, Azuero is an excellent staging post for forays into the ocean and is home to some of Panama’s finest coastlines with idyllic islands lying offshore surrounded by a deep blue ocean abundant with rare marine life. Dense maritime jungles provide a home to a wealth of flora and fauna. Fresh, life-giving water cascades from the mountains in spectacular waterfalls. Gold bearing rivers meander from the foothills down to the golden shore.

Pedasí is mainly a fishing village. Locals make their living through fishing, as this coast is known as the “Tuna Coast”. Pedasí is an authentic traditional town. One of its lures is the ocean waves that crash on the shore, which have been part of worldwide surfing championships. This is a town that has grown massively since 2008 due to tourism, and this is thanks to the community that lives here. People in Pedasí are cheerful, open, and friendly. They love to welcome expats and visitors into their community. Expats and locals here look after one another. In this relaxed small town, you can really feel the unity in the different people that make up this place.

People who come live here are from all age groups. You’ll find recent retirees to young entrepreneurs. The town gets a good amount of tourism, especially during festivals, and tourists don’t include just foreigners but Panamanians as well. Most people who decide to live here are drawn in by the lifestyle. They come seeking the slow pace of life and the proximity to the ocean.

This is one of the few places in Panama where you could live without a car. There are cabs in town, but you can also get around on foot or using a bicycle. If you enjoy exploring around the mountains and inland, then a car would be necessary.

Pedasí is great for windsurf during the summer, and surfing year-round is mostly focused in Playa Venao, one of Pedasí’s many beaches. You could take a trip to Isla Iguana or book a boat trip to go spear fishing, as it is one of the best activities to do here. There’s also a Friday farmers market where locals sell their fresh produce. There’s lots of land to explore, the mountains, rivers, different beaches, etc. You won’t get bored in this small town.

Cost Of Living In Pedasí

This is a wholesome, genuine, and authentic place. It’s the kind of place you might doubt still exists anywhere in the world and an ideal place to embrace a quiet, simple beach lifestyle in retirement, even on a modest budget. Pedasí is an affordable destination in Panama, and on a budget under US$1,241 per month, you can live well.

Apartment Or House Ownership Budget (For A Couple)

Expense Monthly Cost Notes
Mortgage Not included here as too variable.
HOA Fees US$150 Average.
Transportation US$100 You’ll most likely want a car in Pedasí. About US$25 a week for gas
Gas (cooking/heating) US$8 Per tank.
Electricity US$150 On average with air conditioning.
Water US$20
Cell phone US$35 Movistar prepaid minutes.
Internet US$40 Approximately. Usually comes as a bundle with cable TV and landline.
Cable TV US$36
Household help US$45 Cleaning once every two weeks.
Entertainment US$152 Eating out twice a week at a mid-range local restaurant; (local) drinks twice a week at a nearby watering hole; movie theater trip twice a month.
Groceries US$400 Basic items for a couple. This includes wine, beer, and some imported organic foods.
Gym membership
Medical appointment US$15 Basic checkup in a public hospital.
Total US$1,151

 

Apartment Or House Rental Budget (For A Couple)

Expense Monthly Cost Notes
Rent US$500 In a desirable part of town. Unfurnished, two-bedroom, comfortable apartment.
Transportation US$100 You’ll probably want a car in Pedasí. About US$25 weekly for gas.
Gas (cooking/heating) US$8 Per tank.
Electricity US$100 On average with air conditioning.
Water US$2
Cell phone US$35 Tigo prepaid minutes.
Internet US$40 Approximately. Usually comes as a bundle with cable TV and landline.
Cable TV
Household help US$45 Cleaning once every two weeks.
Entertainment US$152 Eating out twice a week at a mid-range local restaurant; (local) drinks twice a week at a nearby watering hole; movie theater trip twice a month.
Groceries US$400 Basic items for a couple. This includes wine, beer, and some imported organic foods.
Gym membership
Medical appointment US$15 Basic checkup in a public hospital.
Total US$1,397

 

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

Expense Monthly Cost Notes
Rent US$400 Cheapest part of town (still desirable), most basic one-bedroom rental.
Transportation US$10 Occasional taxi.
Gas (cooking/heating) US$8 Per tank.
Electricity US$40 Without air conditioning.
Water US$2
Cell phone US$20 No plan. Just buying pre-paid cards when needed.
Internet US$22 Basic internet.
Cable TV US$14 Most basic cable.
Entertainment US$40 Eating out once a week at a local restaurant.
Groceries US$200 All local-brand items only, shopping markets and local vendors along with grocery stores.
Total US$756

 

Eating Out:

A beer: Can range from US$2 to US$5.

Rum & Coke (or other local drink): Can range from US$5 to US$7.

A coffee: US$1.50.

A sandwich (or equivalent): Approximately US$4.

Average cost of a meal out per person in your city: US$15.

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Infrastructure In Pedasí

Good roads connect the Pan-American Highway to the principal towns of the gulf coast (Chitre, Las Tablas, and Pedasí), and the infrastructure around Pedasí has improved remarkably in recent years.

Recent improvements to the Pan-American Highway mean the drive to Pedasí can be done in four to five hours from Panama City. An alternative to driving is to take a bus from the terminal in Panama City to Chitré or Las Tablas and then on to Pedasí. If you have a group of about six people, it can be cost effective to charter a plane privately or through Air Panama, the principal domestic carrier at Albrook airport.

The area around Pedasí has been opening up as communication links improve. There are now regular flights from Panama City’s domestic Albrook airport. The flight is about 40 minutes.

Climate In Pedasí

The gulf coast of Azuero offers some of Panama’s best weather conditions and is known as the Dry Arc, or Arco Seco. A breeze lowers the humidity of this region and allows a welcome respite from the normal heat and humidity.

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