Coronado is in Panama.
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.
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.
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.
Many people choose not to drive out of Panama city due to the brutal traffic and instead choose to use airport transfer companies. There are some with English drivers. Alternately, there you may choose to take a bus from the city to Coronado. Coronado has many condos available to rent as well as three hotels and numerous bed and breakfasts. Coronado is a gated community and visitors most frequent mode of travel is by car, scooter, motorcycle, ATV and golf cart. There are now three car rental agencies in Coronado as well as golf cart rentals to get around while you are staying here.
For local transport, 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 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 or transport company is recommended for this visit.
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.