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Sarah Booth of Panama Holiday Homes &  Buyer's Consultant with My Panama Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
As a mid-40 year old, single, blonde woman living in Coronado, Panama for almost 10 years, I have never had a safety problem. It is even safer here in Coronado than in Canada, where I come from.
 
It is certainly nice that I have a gate to my house because it is a deterrent but it does not keep everybody out. Most houses here have bars on the windows because we want to be sure of our security. If your place looks like it doesn't have easy access then no one is going to bother breaking in. If I were going to buy or build a new house, I would still put bars on the windows, since it is a deterrent.
 
I am sure there is crime here just as there is crime everywhere but I have never personally experienced it and I feel extremely safe here. There has never been anyone on my property that shouldn’t be. I think it is also up to you. Of course, you need to treat people with kindness, too.
 
Here in Coronado, I can walk at night without being concerned and I do it all the time, and even when I was still living in Panama City. I take taxis from restaurants. I walk home on my own through the city and I have never had an issue in 9- plus years.
 
The types of crime that I have heard about here are generally just petty crimes. Criminals here don’t have cars so they look for laptops or cell phones and other things that may be easily accessible.
Abdu Aguilar – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
House in San Carlos, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingIn general, I don’t hear a lot of crazy things that happen in Coronado. The last time that I heard about a crime in Coronado was a crime that happened at a gas station, and was committed by a non-Panamanian. Generally, you won’t see serious, violent crimes where a suspect is a local. The most that you will see here are petty crimes such as if you leave things outside your house, then someone would probably steal it.
 
In general, Coronado is very safe. People here are not scared to walk around, go to restaurants, etc. I don’t live in Coronado but I come here every day to work. Lately, I’ve been taking the metro to Coronado from where I live, in Panama City.  I go to the Nationwide Transport Terminal, where I take a bus and tell them that I’m getting off at El Nance, San Carlos. Then I go to sleep. The bus driver just comes and tells me, “Hey, we’re at your bus stop.” For me, that’s the best way to travel here because I can take a nap while I’m on the way to work. I don’t feel unsafe at all to sleep in the bus.
 
People from the countryside (places other than Panama City) are trustworthy. They are really very nice. They might not speak English but they are really friendly. I see a lot of foreigners living in the area who are taking the bus, too. It is so safe that you can even use public transportation without any fear. San Carlos is on the beach area and it is a 7-minute drive to Coronado. Coronado is in the Chame District and San Carlos is the next district over.
 
(House in San Carlos, Panama, pictured.)
Lorna Culnane – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account

Beach villa in Vista Mar Golf and Beach Resort community – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingI did have to laugh at some of the answers!

Coronado is about as safe as anywhere, I enjoy helping people to relocate here, but you have to remember that as an expat, you are going to be one of the people who 'has' as opposed to many people here who 'have not'.

I have heard of robberies, home invasions and muggings, but what I have not heard of is rapes and murders unlike pretty much every where else in the world!

I do have to say I feel very safe here, as an expat and as a female.  I feel my child is safe here, and Panama has less crime than our nearest town back home in England!

Having said that, I recently had my handbag stolen from my car, but I have to take full responsibility for that as I left the car unlocked!

As for Coronado being a gated community which apparently makes it safer, I'm sorry, I do not agree! The main gate in Coronado is barely a check point, it allows access to public beaches, bars and restaurants so keeps no-one out.  The gates to places like Coronado Golf Resort, Coronado Country Club or Coronado Bay and the Equestrian Club are a different story and do ensure that not just any one can go wandering in.

So many people come to Coronado and are then convinced into staying within those gated walls, what I tell my clients is that I did not come here to hide behind barbed wire and a high fence, I would not be put off living in other areas of Panama because I had been told 'it was not safe to be anywhere other than Coronado' In fact, I chose not to live in Coronado, I do not have a gate, or a fence or bars on my windows!  I guess only time will tell if I regret those decisions, but right now I'm sticking by my decision and I will continue to promote supposedly unsafe (ungated) communities, other than Coronado, because gate or no gate, if someone wants to rob you that badly, they will find a way!

 

(Beach villa in Vista Mar Golf and Beach Resort community, near Coronado, Panama, pictured.)

 
Denise Patrick of Panama Roadrunner Secure Transport – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Coronado, Panama, black sand beach – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingI have never felt "un" safe in Coronado but we are also pretty diligent about locking our house.
 
We have 2 outside dogs and our yard is fully fenced with locking gates.  The community does have a guard gate at the entrance where they check taxis and buses, but we find they let people in quite easily as there are a couple of restaurants behind the gates that are open to the public.  There have been some break ins lately - crimes of opportunity mostly.
 
We practice big city safety and precautions and don't leave any doors or gates unlocked even in the daytime. 
 
(Pictured: Coronado, Panama, black sand beach.)
T Rob Brown of Panama Helpline – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Like everywhere in the world, the Beaches and Coronado have crime.  Panama is pretty safe, but nowhere on this green globe is totally crime free.  We do have petty theft, home invasions, and armed robberies, which is why The Panama Helpline was created two years ago.
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In looking over all the replies to this question, I found it odd that half were from real estate people, and found it even odder that they were getting 5 thumbs up on some replies.  I really liked the one about having to be a Navy Seal to get past the gate,  wait, I'm still laughing… OK, sorry, no wait.  OK, I'm done.  Navy Seal?  That gate is a joke.  It stops NO ONE, from passing it. NO ONE.  No one seems to want to talk about the rash of crime we had last year.   Just this past month, we had some home invasions, including three of which were to friends of mine.
 
From my perspective, for the things that I personally find important, and living in Panama for quite some time, Coronado is an over-priced area to say the least. Any place you find more than a handful of gringos you’re going to pay top dollar for low shelf everything, compared to how it was before the gringos come in.
 
The other side of that coin is if you move to the middle of nowhere where there aren’t any gringos and instead choose to live beside the locals (which many say that is what they want to move to Panama for, as opposed to living behind a fake gate but to live that local lifestyle), well guess what?  They don't like you, they don't want to live next to you, and trust me you don't want to live next to them.   You think a party should wrap up at around 10 PM, but to them that's the starting time and 4 AM is the stopping time, complete with barking dogs, chickens, and the beating of the drums, not to mention drunk party goers who yell and fire off fireworks, while the home sound system is wide open and 4 car radios are as well, all playing a song, and no not the same one. 
 
Now there are some condos in and along that area that do have a gate that you’re not going to get waved passed, but those are very high end places where condos can run into big bucks.  Also, remember to check on monthly fees.  Many have them and sometimes that fee alone can run hundreds of dollars.
Ana Camboa of Desarrollo Turistico Buenaventura – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Safety is Coronado, Panama, is usually much better than in the Panama City because Coronado lacks the conditions of a metropolitan city.
 
The population density of Coronado is low and only increases as the weekend or days off arrive.  Residents are often foreigners and Panamanians in the middle to upper classes.
 
The surrounding neighborhoods are quiet areas. From my perspective as a young woman, Coronado in Panama is a very safe area.
Marla Diaz of United Country Panama Coastal Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The number one reason I live in Panama is because I feel much safer in Panama than I do in the US.  I moved down here to Panama specifically to raise my children and have my family here in Panama as opposed to the United States of America because I feel that Panama is safer than the US in general and Coronado, Panama is safer in particular.
 
Why do I feel it’s safer in Coronado Panama than the US?  The reason is that you have two types of crimes here in Panama: 1) domestic violence, which is everywhere in the entire world and doesn’t affect me; and you also have 2) crimes against property (theft).
 
The reason for this second type of crime is because of the difference in wealth. Those who do not have much see what is, from their perspective, the massive amount of wealth of those who do have material goods, so you may find that someone may want to steal your “stuff”.  I’m OK with that, because I don’t care about “stuff”.
 
What scares me and what you don’t have here in Panama and specifically in Coronado are random acts of violence like you do in the US.  I never have to worry about taking my children to the mall or movie theaters and be concerned or worried that someone will come in and just start shooting.  That just doesn’t happen here in Panama.  There aren’t school shootings.  People don’t get patted down or have to go through a metal detector to go to school.
 
Here in Coronado, we live in a gated community complex in which our 11 year old son knows he can go anywhere inside those gates all by himself.  I know we wouldn’t let him have that much freedom to run around inside the United States, for fear of all the different types of possibilities that could happen to him.
 
A final point about the break-ins that happen here in Coronado for theft is that these generally happen under two circumstances: 1) when a house sits empty for months at a time (which happens a lot here in Coronado because many of the houses are second homes); and 2) when people tend to flash their wealth, for example, having lots of flashy jewelry or having flashy cars.  If you’re just living a basic, ordinary type of life, you should have no fear of crime here. 
Francisco Aldeano of Intercontinental Playa Bonita Resort & Spa – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Coronado, Panama is truly safe.  The hotel is close by and I have been there many times.  You can walk around without any problems.  Also, you will find the police talking to people in a very friendly way and on patrol to give an even greater sense of safety.
RICH Novak of RE/MAX Beaches & City! INC. – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Is Panama safe?  Personally I think that Panama and especially the Coronado Panama area is safer - no, make that much safer than many cities located in North America.  There is very little violent crime here in Panama unless of course a person is somehow involved with a gang and/or the drug trade.
 
We do recommend that our clients only consider living in a gated secure community such as Coronado.  There are places for sale within a gated community not too far away from Coronado - the builder/developer - with 42 years of experience and originally from jolly old England - is planting many flowers to attract butterflies and birds... maybe even humming birds!
Lourdes Townshend of Multimodal  & Logistic Transports Magazine – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Growth and progress bring different things to cities and towns.  Coronado was traditionally reserved to Panamanians' weekend homes, with a very nice hotel and equestrian club with international competitions of the finest horses.  But starting years ago, it has now become more and more of a tourist area, with many visitors and foreign residents, who appreciate a gated community, the beach, sharing with locals, and the charming surrounding towns.  Lately, Coronado has become a little bit busier, as a chain of grocery stores have opened, offering all kinds of local and imported goods, as well as three modern malls, and different shops.
 
The real estate offerings in Coronado are quite varied, from single homes, to the nicest condos and beach houses.
  
There is a police station in Gorgona, 4 km (about 2.5 miles) from Coronado, that takes care of the area, as well as other government offices in Chame, also in the neighborhood.  Locals and visitors are usually outdoors, enjoying the beach or pools, going to church, or any social event.   Ladies always dress nicely, and wear their jewelry without any hesitation.  People feel safe, but as in any place, a person must take safety precautions.
Cecilio F. Saenz Fisher of SIUMA REALTY – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Coronado is a very quiet area which doesn't often have noisy people or strangers walking by.
 
As anywhere else in the world, you must keep your property locked every time you can if your are not at home and every security device you can add is always helpful.

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