In Pictures: Coronado, Panama

Coronado is a relaxed community. Only an hour from Panama City, this coastal town—now popular with expats—was once a vacation getaway for Panamanians, who came from miles around to sun themselves on the black-and-white-sanded beach and swim in the Pacific Ocean.

The Coronado area and its beaches are collectively known as the Arco Seco or “dry arch.” The name came about because the region, which arcs over the Pacific, gets less rain than other areas of the country. Locals have a saying: “If you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes.” That’s because when it does rain, it’s usually only an hour or so until the sun comes back out.

The growing Coronado community, made up of both expats and Panamanians, provides plenty of opportunity to socialize. Residents here will find themselves mingling with a wide blend of nationalities, including Canadian, British, American and various South Americans.

There are opportunities for community service and social outings, and activities ranging from tennis to Mahjong to golf (the golf club here features a championship course designed by Tom Fazio). There’s even an Olympic pool and an equestrian club.

See below for a slideshow of images from Coronado.

One of the most popular beaches in Panama, Coronado beach is the site of an active, fun-loving expat community and it’s just an hour by car from the capital, Panama City. Over the years, Coronado slowly grew from a village to a town and, in the 1980s and 1990s, this was the place to see and be seen on weekends or summer break. Over the past decade, many expats have moved here in search of beach property and realized that Coronado was the best option. After all, Coronado has the area’s best infrastructure and it’s an hour by car from Panama City. The beach—a mix of bright white and glittering black volcanic sand—goes on for miles. Most of the time, you can have big stretches of it all to yourself. Expat and local residents here will tell you: it’s striking just how much the community has developed over the past five years. It’s getting more international and every new transplant brings ideas for fun activities or new businesses to serve residents’ needs. The Coronado area and its beaches are collectively known as the Arco Seco or “dry arch.” The name came about because the region, which arcs over the Pacific, gets less rain than other areas of the country.
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Expat and local residents here will tell you: it’s striking just how much the community has developed over the past five years. It’s getting more international and every new transplant brings ideas for fun activities or new businesses to serve residents’ needs.

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