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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.

Birding Panama’s Pipeline Road PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Friday, 11 July 2014 10:31

yellow_tailed_oriole_320x240.jpgThe alarm is beeping, over and over and over  again “Beep, beep, beep! “is ringing in my ears while in-between the world of dream and consciousness. Snooze; sleep more, “Beep, beep, beep”, minutes later. Reaching over to the alarm I turn it off. My eyes open slowly.  It’s still dark out, which is not usually conducive to dragging yourself out of bed in the morning, but today is a different morning. No data to collect, no gear to organize, nothing to double-check, today is simply pure joy. You would think these predawn hours would be quiet, serene and motionless. Yet there, the neighborhood ruddy ground dove is  already trying to impress his mate with his low toned “Whwoot, whwoot, whwoot, whwoot”, then there is our omnipresent clay-colored thrush singing for the rain, singing for, a complex garble of flute like iterations, reminds me of the American robin indigenous to where I grew up in Massachusetts. Not long after I hear the excited call, a short series of high pitched trill notes coming from across the parking lot from a tropical kingbird. I realize the world is already moving, turning, in play and I am still in bed!

Two Washington State Wines PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Sunday, 06 July 2014 11:19

wine red and white cropA little known fact: Washington State is the 2nd largest producer of wine in the United States. And all its wine is premium or super-premium. Although the image of Washington State is based on its rainy largest city, Seattle; roughly 2/3 of the state is east of the Cascade mountain range and receives very little rain. In fact, if it weren’t for irrigation, little would grow there except sage brush and rattlesnakes.

The largest producer of wine in Washington State is Chateau Ste. Michelle Estates. They have multiple brands and labels, but their largest is Columbia Crest. It ranges from the relatively inexpensive Two Vines line to their Reserves.

Chateau Ste. Michelle Estates has 15 wine brands in Washington State and Oregon, 4 in California and 17 international partnerships. I tasted one of the international partnership wines: Col Solare, a collaboration between Ste. Michelle and the renowned Antinori family of Italy.

Stylistically, Washington State wines offer a wonderful cross between the structure of European wine and the fruit character of “new world wines”.

Terraza's Del Mar Special Menu PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Monday, 30 June 2014 10:29

gourmetTerraza del Mar restaurant in Vista Mar is once again hosting Lunch and Dinner Special Menus. From Monday to Thursday, enjoy a perfect culinary combination of dishes and wine. Check the calendar at for the day’s menu:

Puerto Armuelles, Panama PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 08:16

puerto-1 600x600Panama’s Pacific coastline is ripe with secluded tropical beauty. While much of the coast remains hidden due to a lack of road access, destinations are reviled as new roads are built. Puerto Armuelles, located in the western province of Chiriquí has always had a road, but a new four-lane highway has recently created some hype for the region.

After years of economic depression, caused by the closure of the Chiquita Banana plantation over a decade ago, the community of Puerto Armuelles is noticing a revival. New businesses opening up, real estate developers are breaking ground, and expats are moving in.

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