paul-tara-102_reduced_blur_320x240.jpgPaul, 35 and Tara, 34 moved to Panama from Alberta, Canada last year with their son Linden, 2 and daughter Taya, 5. Looking to get out of the cold and break free from the rat race, they decided to move to Panama. With their children in mind, Paul and Tara chose the Coronado area. 

“Coming to Panama with kids definitely restricts where you can live,” explains Paul. “We needed to be near quality schools and health care, the Pacific beach area was our best option, apart from the city.” 


unnamedOn October 16, my wife Jackie and I attended Felipe Motta’s 14th annual Gran Feria de Vinos in Panama City.  With 7 countries and over 60 wineries represented, it was a good cross section of wines to taste.  This 2 day affair was heavily attended, with an ample contingent from the beach area.  My personal strategy is to arrive as the doors open, thus avoiding much of the crowd.

We tasted nearly 75 wines that evening.  When tasting that many wines and trying to remain objective, your humble reporter always behaves professionally and spits each taste. I can report we were the only ones doing so!

Not all the wines are currently available in Coronado, but I have been assured they can be ordered in any quantity.

On to the highlights:


alt‘Scratch & Help’ the kids in our community!    Futbol Club PCF is introducing an exciting new program which is ‘win-win-win’ for everybody! 
The program is for the benefit of all the local kids and young people who need leadership, mentoring, positive role models, educational opportunities and well organised sports activities to learn important values to create more success in life! 
The program benefits:

photo_800x600.jpgAt its regular meeting on the 27th of October, the Rotary Club of Playa Coronado honored a local student, Francis del Carmen Moreno Torres as a charter member for their recently announced, Student of the Month Program. Francis is enrolled in sixth grade at the Roberto Eisenmann School in Coronado. She is an honors student with hopes of a future in Civil Engineering. Some of Francis' favorite activities are soccer, drawing and painting along with spending time with her family.

Francis was introduced at the meeting along with her father, Mr. Cesar Moreno. She circulated with each Rotary member and shared some her passions including her fondness for her little sister, Jennifer, her favorite foods, colors and classic stories like Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. Members were impressed that Francis, upon entering the meeting immediately approached each member casually and introduced herself with a huge smile and warm handshake, catching some members by surprise.

Rotary of Coronado is seeking nominations for additional students from area schools. Selections are based on academic achievement, respect for fellow students, and a desire to improve the world in which they live.

For nominations or further information, contact Rotary member, Dr. Dennis Ferry, Rotary Coronado at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

grupodehistoria_800x600.jpgPanama becomes independent from Spain and voluntarily joins “Great Colombia” with the idea of forming one country together with Venezuela, Ecuador and Colombia. This country lasts only for a short time, soon becoming the “Republic of Colombia”. The Isthmus becomes subject to abandonment and neglect. These factors, among others, lead to the formation of several separatist movements, which result in separation from Colombia in November 1903.  

During the month of November, the following dates are historically significant and represent a month of patriotism in Panama.

November 3: Panama's separation from Colombia.
November 4: Flag's day.
November 5: Consolidation of the separation from Colombia.
November 10: Declaration of Independence in  “La Villa de Los Santos”.
November 28: Independence of Panama from Spain.


feHer name is Fe. She was rescued from an abusive situation and is now cherished by her new owners. She hates and fears the rain. At home she has the perfect sized pool where she baths daily to stay healthy. Due to her poor health, her diet is fragile. Fe went missing in El Valle.

Large reward with no questions asked for her safe return. Call 6529-3844 Spanish or English

dry table wine 200x200Before I give my reviews of 5 chardonnays I recently tasted, I need to alert you to a real steal of a red wine I stumbled across. Purchased at PricsSmart, I don’t know if it’s their exclusive or is available elsewhere.

Senorio D Barriobero, Joven, Rioja, Spain.  
12.5% alc.  $4.65! I can’t find a vintage anywhere on the label.  This wine blew us away!  Sometimes we take a flyer on something with a great price and occasionally (rarely) find a real gem.  This is one of those gems!  Rich, balanced and complex.  A heavyweight at a lightweight price.  If anyone is going to PriceSmart soon, please get me a case! BEST BUY & HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Now, on to the chardonnays.


Photo_1_600x600.jpgQUOTE:  “Wanderlust.  The very sound of it brings a pang of unfulfilled desire.  Many of us harbor this secret desire to explore, to discover a new place, a place all one’s own.” Benjamin A. Loomis, President and Founder of Amble Resorts and Isla Palenque.

Sometimes one needs an escape from the everyday to appreciate what normalcy should be.  Thus, my partner and I ventured off to Isla Palenque, an island just off the south coast of Boca Chica.  Once our reservation was booked, we were e-mailed a questionnaire to fill out, asking what we expected from the trip, what tours we wished to pursue, and if we had any dietary restrictions or requests.  Having completed this task, off we went.  Once we reached Horconcitos, we were instructed to call the resort to let them know we had arrived. We then proceeded the 11 or so miles on to Boca Chica, parked the car, and were met by a concierge and boat captain at the main dock.  After a 15 minute boat ride, we arrived on the spectacular eco-resort, Isla Palenque.  Several articles have been written about this resort, but in my opinion, there aren’t enough words to describe the experience!


poco_loco_800x600_600x600.jpegA message from CASA

November 1 from 8:00 p.m. onwards Poco Loco will be playing at Picasso Coronado. This event is a CASA fundraiser to raise money for Christmas Baskets provided each year to 80 families with disabled children.

The favorite local rock group, Poco Loco, is coming out of retirement for CASA and has offered to host this Charity Benefit Dance to help raise funds for the Christmas baskets! This Poco Loco reunion special may possibly be their last performance ever. So come, dance, have fun, and help families in need while doing so.



This Saturday October 25 from 12:00 noon, visit the Mercadito Del Mar in the Rincon del Chef Plaza. The PlayaCommunity office will be open from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., so stop by and say hello! Don't forget to pick up your copy of the 'La Playa' newspaper, stocked with relevant information on the Pacific Beach area. 

This is the first Mercadito del Mar that will take place in the Playa Communities. The event will bring artist, designers, gardeners and bakers to the charming plaza near the entrance of Coronado.

The market is a great opportunity for small vendors in Panama to showcase their products, and for shoppers to pick up unique gifts in time for Christmas. Vendors will be selling locally produced products all afternoon. Some of the vendors that will be there are:

Maudy Bom, who will be showcasing her photography as well as selling Pucha's Morgina trees. Secretos de Sirenas is an artisan vendor that will feature handcrafted Christmas decorations made from driftwood, shells and stones. Discovering Surfing Talents Panama will be there to chat with parents about surf lessons and upcoming surf competitions. Bongzaii will feature hand painted hats, and Caribbean & Pacific will showcase a variety of bathing suits. Chef will be cooking up some gastronomical delights so be sure to pay him a visit.

blue_boobie-3_800x600.jpgTo the uninitiated, the title, “I love boobies” may come off as offensive, although to the “ornithologically” inclined this means something completely different. No we are not talking about the tatas, we are talking about the Sulidae family of birds known as “boobies”.

The Booby family is split into a tropical group and a temperate group (known as Gannets) and are large, sea-going birds that occupy a variety of ocean habitat. Boobies are large, typically larger than what most people think of the average Gull species (remember, we don't call them “seagulls” anymore, we learned that last time). Boobies have long pointed wings (up to 4 feet), long pointed bills, and webbed feet, and they come in a variety of colors but mostly brown, white, and black coloration is typical. They have a strange binocular-like vision with both eyes facing forward, which makes them awfully silly looking. It is thought that the spanish conquerors called them “Bobos”, which in spanish means something akin to stupid. They are often unafraid of humans on their breeding grounds, and easy to walk up to and kill. Furthermore, the courtship display of the booby is typically an awkward dance facing each other which is just plain dumb looking. This mixed with a silly look earned them the name, as the tale goes.


vista-mar 800x600Last month a friend and I played a round of 18 holes on the Vista Mar Golf Course. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the day, although that may have something to do with the fact I birdied the 1st hole and nearly had a hole-in-one on another.  As a player with a 20 handicap, it was a bumper day!

The Vista Mar Golf Course is located just off the Pan American Highway, near San Carlos.  It is part of a larger residential development and is managed by KemperSports, which manages some of the finest golf courses in the world. Consisting of 18 holes, each with 4 tee stations, this J. Michael Poellot designed golf course is in very good condition.  Although not on the ocean, the Pacific is visible from several holes.



hockeyWatch full NHL hockey games in High Definition with the Freedom TV Media Player by Panama A/V.

The Freedom TV is a Mini-computer/Media Player device which gives you the capability to watch what you want and when you want. Freedom TV just added access to all the NHL hockey games in North America.

Freedom TV is growing in popularity because of its access to thousands of movies and TV episodes, both current and old, hundreds of Live TV stations available from countries all over the world and its huge selection of Sports events, including, NFL Football, College Football, NBA Basketball, Soccer and, now, NHL hockey.




help_300x300.jpgA message from CASA

Last week CASA received quite a few messages from concerned citizens that heard that an orphanage in Penonome did not have enough money to buy food to meet the end of the month.  There are two reasons for this problem, they have more children that they should and that since the government has changed, the arrangements with suppliers are not finalized, so no food deliveries in the interim.

We are hoping that this is a temporary issue and that eventually all these issues will go away and they can go on with business as usual. A plea to the community was sent out and some funds were gathered to help with this immediate problem. CASA member Cilla Walsh was able to contribute $100 towards the problem and took care of business temporarily.

There are 43 children presently on site and what she was able to purchase will not last very long.



stop crimeThe Panama Helpline will host a public meeting this Wednesday Oct 15th at 2 PM in El Valle. The meeting room is in the new El Rey Mall on the main road - the building closest to the main road, next to the Aroma Coffee shop. TV News cameras will be in attendance interviewing victims on crime situations in the interior, and inquiring if there have been resolutions.  

Panama Helpline is asking victims of crime to attend in an effort to send the message that crimes are not being resolved in the interior. In a recent email Rob Brown, founder of the helpline states "we need more police patrols, more vehicles (working vehicles with fuel), and we want to know where are the motorcycles from Coronado?" Rob continues, "members of the Helpline are asking for more community patrols, ATV's for police officers to do beach patrols, and better forensics teams." Rob concludes that these things are among those essential for a safe community, and that now is the time to speak up since it is budgeting time.


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