For some reason I never liked the beaches in the specific Coronado area. The beaches in front of Coronado have dark, almost black sand. For me, the best beaches that you could find in the Coronado area are in between Buenaventura, Playa Blanca, El Palmar, Rio Mar, Malibu in Gorgona and Punta Chame.
In general, people do not like the beaches in El Palmar a lot because there are a lot of rocks on one corner. They don’t like it during low tide but people like that during high tide because then you can go surfing at that corner. El Palmar has been popular for many years because it is one of the best surfing spots in this area. Talk to anybody in Panama and mention El Palmar, and immediately they will think about surfing. The best places to go surfing around Coronado is in El Palmar, Rio Mar, and Malibu in Gorgona. People who go surfing in these areas always make sure of other people’s safety. If you have a family or if you are going swimming with your kids in El Palmar, Rio Mar, or in Malibu, they make sure that you are not disturbed. High tide is usually very early in the morning at around 4 AM to 6 AM and sometimes after lunch, but surfers do not like surfing in the afternoon because it’s too hot. I used to go surfing and I do it very early in the morning. When it’s high tide in El Palmar the waves are strong but during low tide, they’re not strong at all.
The more popular family beaches are Santa Clara and Playa Blanca. You would see lots of people walking or working out on the beach in Coronado and in Punta Barco, which is next door to Coronado. Vista Mar used to be a nice beach but now there’s a company that decided to build a marina there so the people can no longer enjoy the beach because of the construction. The construction of the marina in Vista Mar now blocked the beaches where you can walk and that’s another complaint being raised by the people there.