The best apps for expats in Panama


We invite you to share information regarding some of the apps that have helped to facilitate your move abroad in Panama. This will help expats-to-be who are making the move as well.

Which apps did you use while preparing your move to Panama?

What apps do you use the most for your everyday life in Panama: whether it's for transport, managing finances, general information, learning the language of your host country, leisure activities, etc.?

How does this technology help you in your everyday life as an expat?

Which apps would you recommend to expatriates in Panama and why?

Thank you for sharing your experience.


WhatsApp. It seems everyone uses it as the main way to communicate.

there are a dozen forums you can join including a lot of good information right here ,, i had a very successful guide service my first 2 years here but moved to the country and became a fishing guide ,, that lased seven years now i just buy and sell properties .. most of what i learned was from the then 2 or 3 forums and just getting around .. come on down get your feet wet

Agree with the above. But I will add something that was really non-existent when we we looking all over the country before settling in Chiriquí. WAZE - I can’t believe how far the info via GPS has come.

Now I am going back a few years obviuosly, but we had a Garmin GPS and bought the sw that someone developed to import to our Garmin to guide us through Panama.

Nice guy and I don’t know what happened other than it didn’t end well. Prior to that, we were happy to provide him landmarks here in Chiriqui which did not exist.

By now , that is no longer an issue because all the big companies came in and made their satellite images. Now tha I finally know my way around David I really don’t need but still like to use WAZE on occasion - it works. I landmark places that even now can be confusing to find.

David is small but without a compass or WAZE, I probably could get lost!

Google translator is a must for first timers in Panama, it was of so much help enabling us to communicate with people.

Whatsapp for calls; Uber for transportation in Panama City; Waze for GPS directions when driving; Google Translate and Microsoft Translator for translations from Spanish to English (Note: the Microsoft app provides a voice response of the translated words); Ecuentra 24 which is like Craigslist and Degusta to find restaraunts in Panama City.  Also Duolingo to learn Spanish

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