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The Pearl Islands: Exploring Contadora PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Friday, 01 August 2014 11:04

IMG 3666 320x240The Pearl Islands archipelago is made up of over 200 islands and islets. Discovered in 1513 by Spaniard Vasco Nunez de Balboa the islands were named for the abundance of pearls that were found in their waters. The most notable island in the archipelago is Contadora, lying about 30 miles off the Pacific coast of Panama in the Gulf of Panama. Contadora is the 11th largest island in the Pearl Islands, and a hub for tourist activity.

Contadora, translating to “the one that counts, was given its name for the pearls that were counted on its shores. While those who visit the archipelago today will no longer find these lucrative oysters, there are treasures of a different kind that can be found in and around the islands. From humpback whales, to pods of dolphins, colorful marine and island life continues to thrive in the clear blue waters and sandy shores of Contadora.

Yoga for beginners PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Thursday, 31 July 2014 09:41

yoga_320x240.jpg"I'm not flexible enough" is an all-too-common response to the question, "Have you ever tried yoga?"

The truth is you don't have to be flexible to do yoga. Yoga will likely improve your flexibility as you practice, but you don't have to start out that way. You don't have to be young, either. You don't have to be tall, short, thin, fat, patient, impatient or any other thing. If you're breathing, you can do yoga.

There are almost as many styles of yoga as there are teachers. Some classes are slow and restful, while others are athletic and vigorous. You can even do a yoga class in a chair! Be willing to try different classes until you find one that is right for you.

The benefits of yoga are countless. It can improve your strength, balance, coordination, range of motion, and, yes, flexibility. It can also lower your stress level and improve your focus and concentration. Lucky for us, even in our small community we have a couple yoga classes to choose from!

6 Albarinos PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 14:17

albrino_320x240.jpgWhat’s one of the hottest grapes (and wines) right now? You say you haven’t heard of Albarino? A little background: albarino is a grape variety grown mostly in Spain in the Rias Baixas region; although it’s also grown in Portugal, Australia and increasingly in the United States. It usually produces a white wine of light to medium body with a distinct citrus and floral character and a medium alcohol content. Albarino also tends to be very dry and very crisp, sometimes bordering on tart. It goes very well with seafood, some curries and even lighter meat dishes.

Each of the 6 wines we tasted were very similar in character, with the more expensive having a bit more complexity. So if you like your wine dry, crisp and citrusy, try some of these. Serve well chilled.

Look up tonight! PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 12:54

shooting-starts.jpgThis week the Delta Aquarid meteor shower is in its prime. The Delta Aquarid shower favors the Southern Hemisphere and tropical latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere, this means you are likely to catch a glimpse by taking a moment to look up at the sky tonight. Unlike many meteor showers, the Delta Aquarid lacks a definite peak; instead meteors can be seen throughout late July into mid-August. However, since we are currently in a new moon phase, now is the best time to enjoy these cosmic fireworks.

For the optimal stargazing experience find a dark spot facing southeast after midnight and keep you eyes peeled for shooting starts as the speed across the open skies.

Source: National Geographic

Confessions of a 20-Something Living in Coronado PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Monday, 28 July 2014 13:22

alice_beth-1_1024x768.jpgI get some weird looks when I say I live in Coronado.

“But what do you….do here?”

It’s a valid question. Coronado, though jam-packed with restaurants and rejuvenation, is almost entirely void of nightlife, clubs, and shenanigans- the societal staples of most 20-somethings.

As a result, the typical Coronado resident is, well, not me. I’m one of the very few jovenes (whippersnappers) living here full-time…and with no intention to leave.

So what am I doing here? (And before you ask: No…my parents are nowhere in sight. Though, I’m working on them.)

Take your Golf Game to the Next Level with the Flightscope Trainer at Vista Mar PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Thursday, 24 July 2014 13:43

vistmar-golf-101_600x600.jpgAre you an intermediate to advanced golfer? Flightscope, a Golf Launch Monitor, can help improve your golf game. Flightscope is a golf swing analyzer and is the most advanced teaching aid and club-fitting tool on the market. For the past year, golfers at Vista Mar Golf Resort, located in San Carlos, have had the opportunity take their golf game to the next level using Flightscope. This month at Vista Mar Golf Club a Flightscope analysis is included free with any golf lesson.

To learn more about the Flightscope, Playacommunity set out to meet Juan Carlos Patiño, the golf director at Vista Mar. Juan Carlos is the only Flightscope-trained instructor in Panama, and one of three in all of Central and South America. He spoke with us about the benefits of using a tool like Flightscope for choosing the right clubs, and improving a player’s swing.

Expats Kids in Panama PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Thursday, 24 July 2014 13:12

kidsPanama has long been recognized as one of the best places in the world to spend the golden years of life, and the traditional expat in Panama is often a retired one. However, more and more younger people are realizing the benefits of living in the tropics.

Getting out of the rat race in the United States, Canada, or Europe is only one reason that people in their twenties, thirties, and forties relocate to this country. It is also an appealing place to raise children.

All relatively new, founded in response to this growing population of expat children are three international schools in the beach area (along with many more in the city and throughout the country) that are a testament to this. Panama Coast International School, Coronado International School and Five Stars Academy have been established in Gorgona, Santa Clara and Coronado.

Protecting Humpback Whales in Panama
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Panama News - Community News
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 09:36

humpback_whale_600x600.jpgTwo migrations of humpbacks whales occur in Panama annually, and the presence of these remarkable mammals draws spectators from all over the world.  The larger of the two migrations comes from the Southern hemisphere. This migration occurs between June and November. A smaller migration, coming from the Northern hemisphere, arrives in February. This year, the Southern hemisphere humpback migration has arrived almost 3 weeks early to mate and calf in the warm shallow waters in Gulf of Panama.

Rotary Club of Playa Coronado to donate over 100 wheelchairs PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Monday, 21 July 2014 12:50

rotary_header2.jpgThe Rotary Club of Playa Coronado has partnered with the Wheelchair Foundation, a worldwide organization within Rotary International, which provides wheelchairs, hope, mobility andfreedom to those in need. We here at the beaches have found a dire need in the area for wheelchairs.

Qualifying children, as well as adults, will soon be measured so that the proper chair can be provided. These chairs cost $200 - $700 each. Our rough estimate is that we will need to raise approximately $16,000 - $17,000 (within 60 days) and we are asking our community for support. If you would like to donate 1 or more chairs for $200 each, we will place your name on a plaque and permanently attach it to each wheelchair. Businesses who donate $500 will receive a beautiful framed certificate with a picture of the chair being delivered to the person to whom it was given. Anyone who contributes $1000 will receive both the plaque with your name attached to the chair as well as a certificate with the picture. If you feel you can and would like to donate a different amount, please feel free to contribute to this worthwhile effort. Your donation can be large or small. Everything you do will be appreciated.

Off the Beaten Path - El Valle Restaurants PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Thursday, 17 July 2014 09:19

off-the-path-lg_600x600.jpg“I am not a glutton, I am an explorer of food.”  --Erma Bombeck

It’s always refreshing to escape the heat of the beaches and venture to El Valle, be it to shop in the market, experience the zip line, take a hike, or just to have lunch where it’s cooler.  We all like to frequent our favorite dining spots, but it’s fun to get out of the box once in awhile and experience some place different.

As you enter El Valle, there is a lovely Italian restaurant called L’Italiano, directly across from the Gourmet Coffee Shop.  The restaurant has several tables on the terrace, and there is a large dining area inside.  L’Italiano offers many spaghetti dishes with different sauces ranging from $10-$13, along with fettuccine, gnocchi, bruschetta, and crostini. 

New Direction for Spay the Strays PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 16:35

IMG 0740 320x240Spay the Strays (STS) is a Panamanian non-profit organization. They are dedicated to reducing the stray dog and cat populations in the beach and mountain neighborhoods along the Pacific coast of Panama. The volunteer run group has been working in conjunction with Spay Panama Since 2007, and has sterilized more than 3,000 animals. 

Through fundraising and donations STS is able to offer low-income families the opportunity to spay/neuter their pets. While the preset cost of the procedure is $15 for cats and $25 for dogs, no animal is turned away from a clinic. Pet owners are asked to donate only what they can afford. For some that donation is $100.00, for others its $1.00. 

Recently Spay the Stays introduced two new members to their team, Patrice Kumaran and her husband, Dr. Jay Kumaran.

Panama Life - Spanish Lessons
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 14:22

altSome Handy Uses of the Spanish Verb Quedar, its Reflexive form Quedarse, and Using Quedar like a 'Gustar' Verb.


Becoming familiar with the verb quedar, its reflexive form quedarse, and how to use quedar like a gustar verb, will improve your Spanish. Also, you will be able to understand when someone you are speaking with in Spanish uses quedar.


If you look up quedar(se) in a Spanish dictionary, you will see the common translation is to "stay", stay behind, or "remain". And it is used that way often. But as you will soon see the use of 'to stay' or 'remain' is used more in- depth in Spanish. I think you will find it interesting to see how the logic can be a little different.

Freedom TV Media Player PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Useful Information
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 10:26

freedom-tvTens of Thousands of Movies, TV Episodes, Live TV, News and All the Sports you can handle are now available with the new media player-Freedom TV.

There is a new media player called Freedom TV available in Panama. The Freedom TV media player is an excellent solution for English (and other languages) content for your TV… with movies, TV shows, sports, news, Live TV…US & Canadian network programming,  and Live TV stations from around the world in multiple languages. There is always something to watch and, best of all, there are no monthly fees.

Off Roading Playa Style
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Panama News - Community News
Monday, 14 July 2014 15:20

car_sand_320x240.jpg1. Know your vehicle well. A true 4x4 with selectable high and low gear ranges is the best option for any off-roading and highly recommended.  You should not attempt to drive in sand or on the beach with a 2-wheel drive vehicle and should be very careful if using an AWD (all wheel drive) vehicle.  AWD is not the same as 4x4.  

2. Be prepared and do not go at it alone.  Pack tow straps and go driving on the sand with friends in another well equip vehicle. A small shovel or trowel can be very useful for digging out a path for your tires should you get stuck. Also have a proper jack/lift and a large enough piece of wood on which to stabilize it if you should need to use it.

Alcoholics Anonymous Comes to Coronado! PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Monday, 14 July 2014 11:15


AAThe fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous has recently formed a new English speaking meeting group in Coronado.  Meetings are open to anyone who needs help to quit drinking alcohol.

Many people have been able to stop drinking successfully by attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, even more so than by attending alcohol treatment facilities.  Millions have sobered up worldwide since the program was founded in 1935.  

The members are men and women of all ages who get together regularly to share their experience, strength, and hope in recovering from an addiction to alcohol.  The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.

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