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Coronado, Panama

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Coronado is in Panama.

Understand[edit]

Coronado in the Republic of Panama is both a town and an area of fishing villages, little towns and behemothic resorts along a 50 mile stretch of Pacific Ocean from the little peninsula of Punta Chame to the white sands of Farallon. It is part of the arco seco, the “dry arch”, a relatively rare weather and ecological feature, in which less rain falls in this region than the rest of the country. Situated in a savannah that once served well for agricultural purposes, the gated community of Coronado is now the platform for an expanse of suburban-like homes and the businesses that love them. First came the well-heeled Panamanians looking for a casita near the shore, then came the expats, encouraged by the creature comforts of a golf course, equestrian centre, and safe jogging paths.

Retirement destination[edit]

Coronado, Panama has been widely hailed as an expat retirement destination, especially for those who are English speakers. While Spanish is the official language of Panama, there are many people in Coronado (in addition to the sizeable English-speaking expatriate community) who speak at least passable English, and there many businesses that cater to the English-speaking expat community.

Get in[edit]

To reach Coronado from outside the country, the closest international airport is Tocumen International Airport (IATA: PTY) (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional de Tocume) 15 miles from Panama City. Marcos A. Gelabert Airport, still popularly known as Albrook Airport, west of downtown Panama City, is the closest domestic airline hub, until the airport at Rio Hata is complete in the next few years. From Panama City, it is then an easy one hour drive along the Inter-American Highway. Taking the long distance bus from Panama City is also about a one hour trip. Bus service is regular and will drop you off at the main junction of town. If you take the "Coasters", buses of 20 passengers, your journey is less direct and will include many local stops.

Get around[edit]

There are taxis available by the malls and the markets, but they become sparse at night. The best strategy is to take the cell number of a driver and ask him to pick you up, especially if you need his services after 21:00. If you are residing at the resort or in the residential area, you will need to call for a taxi to pick you up, because taxis (and buses) do not ply their trade inside this gated community. If you expect to travel to the mountain community of El Valle or want to see other Pacific coast beaches, cab fare can get expensive, so a car is recommended for this visit. There are no car rental agencies in Coronado, but there are at the Albrook Airport an hour by bus, or better yet, rent a car while still in Panama City. Except for the commercial area along the main road, most of Coronado is restricted to members and guests, and their most frequent mode of travel is by car, scooter, motorcycle, ATV and golf cart.

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  • Golf. Located in The Coronado Beach and Golf Resort, this 18 holes, par 72 golf course was designed by George and Tom Fazio, Tom Fazio, being considered by Golf Digest to be the world’s top golf course designer. Daily conditions of 85 degrees, interrupted with a short burst of rain, make playing these links an everyday activity for the sport enthusiast.
  • X-Sports Imagine a parks and rec for the would-be action hero, and that would be Nitro City Sports Resort in Punta Chame. Located on the open ocean side of the peninsula (read--windy),this hotel and waterside beach pavilion is stocked with fun equipment, facilities and instructors for jet skiing, wake boarding, and hauling off on ATVs, motocross bikes and 4-wheelers. It is party central on the weekend, but any time you want to get away from the testosterone-laden atmosphere, you can enjoy miles of beachcombing with a view of Panama City in the distance.

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If you find driving in Panama City is too much for your faint heart (those incremental lane changes must be made with steel grit), and you have to replenish, say, your Argentinian malbec, or test drive a few hammocks, maybe make a quick bet, perhaps change out your Freon, rev-up your pedicure, compare cell phone plans, check out rental properties, possibly handle a ñamé, try on surfer jams, or feasibly pick up something for that itch, the microcosmic retail world in Coronado might be a good option for you. Everything is within five minutes of each other in an area free of congestion and pollution. There are all sorts of restaurants and bars to reward the tired and weary, and when refreshed, you can take advantage of the drier weather and put up a sail or cast a spinning reel. If you are vacationing in the area, you'll be glad you packed lightly, because pretty much anything you forgot or purposely didn't bring will be available in Coronado's much appreciated mini-malls and 24 hour supermarkets.

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  • Manglar Lodge, named after the mangrove forest that lines the road to the little town of Palmar San Carlos, just up the coast., [1]. This intimate hotel and eatery is where other [[B & B]] owners in this region go for a relaxing evening of delicious, modern and healthy food. Talk to the young and hip owner Ivan Marquez about surfing along the black sand beach, just footsteps away.  edit

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  • Cholos Green tropical scenery: check. Warm balmy air: check. On vacation with nothing to do, but wonder if you can afford a retreat up in Altos Del Maria: check. Lilting Spanish spoken: check. Then where are the margaritas in this country? Where are the chips and salsa? They are few and far between. But two blocks away from the citadel of expat presence, also known as McDonald's, you'll find the Mexican-American restaurant Cholos. You'll need fish tacos made from local corvina to pad the way down for your next round of margaritas, or taper off with their cold beer, as you talk to the owner about why he's only open Thursday through Sunday.

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