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Tara Crellin of Dlaaya – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Passover in Panama by Jet Metier – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere are a few different groups of people who live in Coronado. There is the senior retired group that lives off of Happy Hours and go “Happy Hour hopping.” They go to Picasso’s on Wednesday night for example. They have their beers then because beers are affordable during Happy Hours. When the Happy Hour ends, they go home because they are not going to pay more money for drinks. 
 
There are also groups of retirees who do not go to Happy Hours but they go golfing together, they eat out at restaurants together, and they have barbecues together. There are lots of barbecues and lots of pool parties.
 
Then there are the younger people with kids that are doing things usual kids do.
 
There is another group that is more active. They do the triathlons, and they’re running and biking most of the time. 
 
There is a gringo community in Coronado. You’ve got the rich Jewish community that keeps to themselves completely. There is a large Panamanian Jewish population here in Panama and they are very wealthy. They are the ones that typically own the big mansions on the water and they just kind of keep to themselves.
 
There are also rich Panamanians, who are educated in the States, who might just be gringos as well. There are a few people from Spain or Europe but most of the expats here are Americans. There used to be a lot of Canadians in Coronado but they are trickling out and they are going to keep on doing that because of the Canadian dollar exchange rate is so low against the US dollar Panama has become a bit unaffordable for Canadians because Panama uses the US dollar.  
 
(Graphic of Passover Panama by Jet Metier, pictured.)
David Bayliss of KW PACIFICA – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
View from Rio Mar condo near Coronado, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe culture of Coronado is still a Panamanian-based culture. We’re in “the interior.   (When you pass the Panama Canal, you have now come to the interior of Panama.)  So the culture is different in Coronado from Panama City, which is a bustling, vibrant, international city. We don’t have a stoplight in Coronado. To get to a stoplight we have to drive all the way to Panama City. So it’s a world that is quieter.
 
Coronado still has restaurants, beautiful beaches, nice people, and things to do, but it is still all Panamanian-based. If you want to go have lunch at the local little restaurant, you’d be getting chicken and rice or something like that, which is a typical Panamanian meal. Or, alternatively, you can go to a French restaurant and have escargot. 
 
The expats in Coronado have had a significant impact.  If you go back just eight years ago, there was only one grocery store. If you look around now there are five grocery stores and working on six. If you look around now, you’ll see banks are here. You’ll see the cellphone companies are here. You’ll see the doctors are here. That’s not just because of the expat population, but it’s also now, because the Internet is here, the Panamanian that used to only come on the weekend can now stay for 5 or 6 days because he can work off the Internet out of his house. The progress of technology has made Coronado a place where many expats can work as consultants in the US because they can do their job with the high-speed Internet we have here just like in the US. So the biggest, biggest thing is now we have enough services to really live a life here, whereas, before, you had to go to Panama City or maybe to other places.  (Even so, on a good day, you can drive to Panama City in one hour and five minutes.)
 
(View from a Rio Mar condo near Coronado, Panama, pictured.)
Lourdes Townshend of Multimodal  & Logistic Transports Magazine – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Culture in Coronado, Republic of Panamá

 When we even start talking about culture, it´s mandatory to go back to previous centuries, where culture, tradition and history was, by far, what everyone talked about.  Not having the modern technology that we have today, people really had to go not  INTO history, but MAKE history.
 
In today´s modern world, different countries offer a variation of what each one thinks is best for marketing everything they have to offer.  Panamá is not the exception, and let´s begin by saying that the culture in Panamá, even though it´s not as distinguished, well-known or ancient as some countries in Asia or Europe, like China, Egypt or Italy, among others with great empires, but the culture and history of Panamá is one of the greatest in the continent.
 
We can refer to those native tribes that so proudly keep their tradition and offer the best of their culture to the world.... like the Molas.  (You can find more about the Molas by doing a search in Google).
  
So many craftsman in the country, not only natives, but Panamanians working with wood to achieve artistry above and beyond beauty, pottery, the Pollera makers (the Pollera is the handmade national dress), the carnival artists, singers like Rubén Blades, worldwide sports champions in boxing, swimming, horseback riding, the prima ballerina like Margot Fontayn, who was from the UK and married to Panamanian Roberto Arias, and who dedicated many years to the culture in this country and lived in Panamá until her death. And the list goes on and on.
 
In Coronado, like the rest of the Isthmus of Panamá, culture is somewhat distributed among residents and visitors.  As of today, there are many expats who have settled in Coronado or towns nearby, emphasizing a combination of local and international diversification on the culture of the area.  This is because culture is not only dances, events and concerts; culture means having good manners, languages, academic preparation, and above all, having the ability to interact with others and have the tolerance to live among others.
 
Because Panamá has always been a mix of races and an open window to benefit the world, this tolerance of religious practice and race, within a democratic government, along with mutual communication to make everyone feel at home, Panamá can be called an excellent place to live in peace, with little stress and a wonderful quality of life.
 
The culture in Coronado, Republic of Panamá today:  all are welcome to have a nice time.
 

 
Daryl Ries of Keller Williams Panama, associate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Teatro_Nacional,_Casco_Viejo – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingCultural activities in Coronado, Panama range from art and craft showings, live jazz and rock bands and tango lessons to stage presentations of folkloric groups, student bands and choral groups,and full orchestras and opera from Panama City.
 
Opera Panama presents full scale opera productions each year at Teatro Nacional (Nacional Theater) in CascoViejo ( the beautiful old town of Panama City) and tickets are available in Coronado with private bus transport to and from Coronado mall. Prices are usually from $35 for the elegant theater box seats and $15 for the round trip bus. Group trips are arranged via CASA (Coronado Association) to museums, special events and sightseeing at the Panama Canal, Gamboa Rain Forest and many other locations in or near Panama City and Coronado.
 
El Valle is a popular mountain destination about 45 minutes by car or bus from Coronado, known for its crafts' market and Music Festival, presenting international artists at the church, a very prestigious event.
 
Music and other entertainment  events are growing along the coast, and places like Finca La Maya, Los Mandarinos, Picasso's, LaRuina, Coronado Golf and Beach Club and the Coronado Equestrian Club offer music entertainment, dancing, horse shows, children's fairs and mystery theater etc.
 
Panama City offers an abundance  of cultural events, including the International Film Festival of Panama ( IFF), the International Jazz Festival, the World Music Festival and PRISMA, the International Contemporary Dance Festival, among many others.
 
Remember that transportation by bus or car is very simple from Coronado, and seniors and residents get 30-50% hotel discounts and 25% off restaurant bills. Visitante (the Visitor) weekly paper (distributed free at most locations in the city and coast) and Playa Community (Beach community newspaper or online) list all info on events. Finally, membership with the American Association (AMSOC), The Canadian Plus Club, the Alliance Francais (and so on for all nationalities that have consulates in Panama) opens up world's of opportunities to cultural events.
 
(Pictured: Teatro Nacional, Casco Viejo, Panama.)
 

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