There 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.)