Welcome to our new website!
Nov. 5, 2022

E109 Retire in David, Panama

E109 Retire in David, Panama

Do you wish to live in Panama, but find the housing prices of Panama City, Boquete or Coronado too costly? Try David, a fairly large city, with a small town feel due to its low population density and lack of skyline. Joyce Barr retired to Panama and has lived in several Panamanian cities, but recently moved to David for its low rental costs. Learn more about Joyce’s love of Panama’s people and places on Episode 109 of Retire There with Gil & Gene.  

Learn about Joyce Barr’s company, BLAST! Tours & Coaching, which assists retirees who wish to explore living as expats.

Joyce has written several articles about living in Panama for Travel Awaits.

Joyce Barr

Joyce Barr describes that she is currently living an expat lifestyle in Panama. She is a life-long entrepreneur who took early retirement in 2018 at the age of 62, following more than 40+ years in both corporate and non-profit service.
She’s a graduate of the University of Iowa. She received a Paralegal Certificate and later earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University Dominguez Hills.
Having started her career as a paralegal she also worked in sales, and as a management consultant among other positions. In 1996 she formed a community based nonprofit housing corporation, serving as its CEO/Founder for twenty years producing 200+ affordable housing units. She now operates a retirement lifestyle coaching and tour enterprise, specializing in assisting retirees for those wanting to explore retirement abroad living as an expat.
She’s lived in Panama for almost 4 years, including Panama City and Bocas del Toro.
Also a certified coach with her company Blast! Tours & Coaching which provides a unique personal experience through online coaching, resources, and support to those who desire to create an affordable, yet stylish life overseas.
Joyce enjoys traveling, the scenic outdoors, relaxing in a hammock with a delightful book, poker and serving others. Her motto "It's Never too Late to Live Your Best Life!"