There’s absolutely no dress code here in Coronado. People here typically dress in shorts, t-shirts, and flip-flops every day. If you are a working professional, you would dress up appropriately for what you do. For example, I am a realtor and I wear dresses, skirts that professional outfits. I wear shirts, I wear high heels. If you work at the bank, as a Panamanian, you wear a suit or the suit they give you. Your dress code depends on what your job is. There are American teachers here that work at the schools and they come to work in long skirts. If you are only going around day to day, you could wear shorts and t-shirts.
All the restaurants in the area, even the more exclusive restaurants, will let you in if you wear shorts and a collared shirt or for ladies, shorts and a blouse. The only dress code that is enforced is in Panama City. When you go to government offices, women can’t show their knees or shoulders and men wouldn’t be able to wear shorts.
If you are in Panama City, they wear suits when they go to work, but at the beach, most people are retirees. Some are working professionals, but it is a laid back life. If you want to dress up in Coronado, you can also do so. In fact, I am pretty much dressed up all the time. At night, when people go out to happy hours, women wear nice sun dresses and men wear khakis or linen pants. It just depends on your style but it is an open dress code. Girls wear skirts without heels and they look really nice, but it is not a requirement.
It is such a nice mix of cultures out at the beaches that pretty anything that you wear is accepted, whereas in Panama City, you wouldn’t go out in shorts. There is so much American influence now in Panama that shorts and flip flops are accepted everywhere. There are so many backpackers here and there are so many foreigners and we dress for comfort, whereas the Latin culture dresses more for style, so they have gotten used to our comfortable dress code and have accepted it. Pretty much everything is welcome.
Americans have influenced Panamanians so much that you will now see Panamanians wearing jeans and shorts. For example you would sometimes see my partner Jose in the office wearing shorts, which was unheard of for a Panamanian man. You will now see Panamanians wearing more casual clothing.
(Realtors wearing work casual clothes to visit properties inland from the Coronado beaches, pictured.)