Cost of living in chiriqui, Panama


Your energy and utilities bills form usually a significant part of your regular monthly bills. Luckily Panama, and especially the area were Coco Beach is located, is very suitable for solar energy. This will decrease your monthly bills significantly. Below you can find the average cost in the Chiriqui region of utility bills without using solar energy. This is of course also very depended on the size of your home and the usage.

Monthly average cost estimation utilities without solar energy:

Electricity (mostly depending on air conditioning use)$30 to $200
Water$5 to $20
Gas for cooking, hot water heaters, dryer, etc.$2 to $10

More information about utilities can be found at the respectable governmental institutions and business responsible for the supply of these utilities:

Electricity (Ensa)
Water (Idaan)
Union Fenosa

Internet and Cell phone

Prices are very depended on your average mobile internet and call usage. A general indication about the cost for both internet and calling is between $10 and $60 per month. More information about specific mobile subscriptions can be found on the website of the companies below. Cable & Wireless / Mas Movil has the best internet speed and reception on Coco Beach.

Cable OndaCable TV
Cable & WirelessCable TV and Mas Movil cell service
Sky TVSatellite
ClaroTV, Internet, and mobile phone
MovistarCell phone
DigicelCell phone


Around Coco Beach there are plenty of supermarkets offering all Western products you would also see in American supermarkets. Have a look at the around Coco Beach Map (scroll down to view map). Also there is a wide variety of restaurants to choose from. Both local charismatic restaurants as well as fully Western standard restaurants. The food range: From fries and burgers to pizza, and from fresh seafood to Italian pasta. It is all available. Although traditional Panamanian food is of course also available in one of the local venues. Panamanian food is a mixture of African, Spanish, and Native American, with corn being the main ingredient in most dishes. Chicken, Pork, Beef, and Seafood are also integral components of Panamanian cuisine. The national dish is Sancocho, a stew like dish with chicken, yuca, mazorca and otoe.

Average cost estimation in regional supermarkets:

Milk (regular), (1 liter)1.12$
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g)2.10$
Rice (white), (1kg)1.30$
Eggs (regular) (12)1.95$
Local Cheese (1kg)8.00$
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg)5.41$
Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat)5.93$
Apples (1kg)3.11$
Banana (1kg)0.80$
Oranges (1kg)0.85$
Tomato (1kg)2.25$
Potato (1kg)1.77$
Onion (1kg)1.19$
Lettuce (1 head)0.60$

Average cost estimation in regional restaurants:

Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant5.00$
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course20.00$
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)5.00$
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)1.00$
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)2.50$
Cappuccino (regular)1.33$
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle)0.83$
Water (0.33 liter bottle)0.87$


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