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Daryl Ries of Keller Williams Panama, associate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The interesting point about Coronado, Panama, is that it is a real mix of Panamenos and Canadians, Americans and Europeans, in that order. The “foreigners” are also a mix of full time retirees, “snowbirds”, “second homers” and families.
 
It is important to note that more young couples and families are moving here for the opportunities and enhanced lifestyle. It is a growing community getting more diversified each year, as this gorgeous 60 miles of ocean views and fruit trees, beaches and lawns attract more residents, full-time and part-time.
Sarah Booth of Panama Holiday Homes &  Buyer's Consultant with My Panama Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The expats in Coronado, Panama are generally very outgoing and friendly.  There are quite a few "characters" among us bringing an interesting variety of backgrounds and personalities. Our expats are North American, European, Australian, South American, etc., etc., a diverse and fun group. Every year we see more and more social activities, groups, restaurants, pubs - it truly is a welcoming environment and we are all eager to help the newcomer.
 
Expats provide a lot of employment in Coronado so they definitely help the community in that way. I think there is zero unemployment here. Most importantly, expats do a lot of things for the community. Most expats have groups like the Rotary Club and Coronado Social Association and these groups organize different kinds of activities that help the community.
 
One example of the activities expats have here in Coronado is to spay and neuter pets. There are veterinarians who work with the expats and they spay and neuter hundreds of animals over a weekend. Everything is voluntary. We are all involved in the community activities one way or another. We do our part and we give back.
Melissa Darnay of Choose Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Happy hour Coronado, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe expats in Coronado, Panama are very friendly, very open. Everyone has moved here. So when you come and you’re new, people understand that. They’ve been there. If you walk into a place at cocktail hour at five o’clock, you’re going to have 10 people come up and say hello, ask you your name, and swap stories with you.
 
When we get people who come down as renters and want to see what it’s like to be in Coronado, I typically first tell them where all the happy hours are. That’s the easiest place to plug themselves in. It’s so easy to make friends and find someone who connects with you, find someone who comes from a hometown that’s close to yours, who has an occupation that’s similar to yours, who knows some of the same people who you might know. All of sudden, instead of being in an environment and feeling like you’re amongst strangers, you feel like you’re amongst new friends.
 
(Balboa beer, Panama lager are local brews found at Coronado, Panama happy hour hot spot, Picasso, pictured.)
Kevin Painter of Azura – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Wakeboarding camps available at nitro city in Chitre, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe expats in Coronado, Panama are a tight group. There’s a lot of help between each other. If you are the type of person who moves from your country, there is something different about you, I think.
 
The biggest thing about the expats here in Coronado is, they try and help the locals. For example, we’ve got six kids from one family being supported as an orphanage; the expats here are really bonding together and helping that aid.  They’re also helping the mentally handicapped people. So we are very strongly trying to help in these ways.
 
The only bad thing about moving to one area is that, we, as expats do increase the price of the land and the housing. I think we pay more for our food in Coronado, than you in Chame (with fewer expats), which is about 7 miles away, because the vendors know we can pay it.
 
(Wakeboarding camps available at  the action sport resort, Nitro City in Chitre, Panama, pictured.)
Alexandra Vallarino of Inside Panama Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Coronado Beach Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere are a lot of expats in Coronado, Panama. There are more foreigners in Coronado than there are Panamanians. Expats are everywhere here.
 
90% of the expats who I know here in Coronado are very nice people.
 
About 40% of the expats in Coronado are Canadians, 30% Americans, and the rest would be Colombians, Venezuelans, and Europeans.
 
I do not socialize with expats a lot because the expats here in Coronado are mostly retirees who are age 50 and above. There are not a lot of young foreigners here.  In general, the expats in Coronado are really nice people. 
 
Picasso and Gourmet Pizza, which are a nice restaurants here in Coronado, are usually full of expats during dinner. Most expats that I see here usually stay home and just go out on weekends; not all of them, but most. They seem to be very happy and very relaxed people. 
 
(The beach and the condos that draw the expats to Coronado, Panama, pictured.)
Denise Patrick of Panama Roadrunner Secure Transport – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Coronado Beach aerial view, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingWe have some amazing friends in Coronado, Panama and with Roadrunner, we have met so many wonderful people coming into Coronado for either a week, a month, or to live. We’ve been very blessed because we have the opportunity to meet so many people and a lot of our customers have become our friends. You get talking an hour and a half or two hours on the way out from the airport to Coronado, and something clicks. So we have a very diverse group of friends from all over North America and from Britain who are wonderful people.
 
Expats in Coronado are open, communicative, and friendly. If you come here to Coronado, go out in the community to meet the expats and be with new people. You are going to do better because you make more contacts.
 
The expats here in Coronado mostly have flexible attitudes and they roll with the punches. If your air-conditioning breaks down, you can get an air-conditioning guy and he doesn’t show up on that Wednesday. If you are going to freak out about it, you are going to have trouble, but if you are laid back and say, “Okay, when he comes, he comes”, the work will get done. If you are flexible and adaptive, you will do well in Coronado.
 
The people who we know also believe in giving back and there are lots of places to volunteer here. We have friends who volunteer to teach Spanish, we have a friend who volunteers to teach French, and we have friends who volunteer for a group called Spay the Strays. Once a month they have a clinic where they have vets come from the city to neuter and spay the dogs and cats; as many as they can in one day.
 
There are groups of people who go out and clean the beaches. There are also orphanages that we support.  So expats are looking for things to do but they are also aware that giving back to the community is very important.
 
(The community of Coronado Beach as seen from above, pictured.)
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Gof Decameron, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living
Coronado has a wide range of expats. There are young single people, couples, retirees, etc., and they are from all over the world, not just from the US or Canada. There are also Europeans and South Americans. We have people coming from everywhere and they are all here for one common reason, which  is to live in Panama. Most people really enjoy the beaches. You see a lot of people in the morning walking. They could be couples, singles, people with their dogs, and little groups of people who come from the same building. They walk for an hour down the beach in the morning.
 
There are expats who do training for sports together. There is a triathlon team, a running team, a cycling teams, swimming teams, people playing tennis, and people who play golf together. Golf is really big here in Coronado.
 
Expats here get involved in the community and they get involved in events and charitable institutions. There is a Rotary Club now so expats are joining in projects that are giving back to the communities. There are all sorts of things going on for expats here in Coronado.
 
For the families who have children, the kids get involved in surfing, soccer, and in different sports that perhaps they haven’t experienced in the US.  Coronado has a very outdoorsy community but in the same sense, there are still a lot of expats who do not engage in the outdoor lifestyle. They are just here to relax and enjoy, dip in the pool every once in a while, play cards, and have friends over. There is always something for everyone here in Coronado.  
 
(Golfing up the road from Coronado at the Decameron resort, pictured.)
Roberto Diaz of United Country Panama Coastal Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Expat retirees in Coronado, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe expats in Coronado, Panama are, in my estimate, about 60% retirees.  Perhaps, as high as 70%!  The remainder are a mix of younger families with children who are starting businesses in the area or have a job/business that allows them to work from home.  Many of these in the last group picked Panama because it is quite easily to travel to all over the world from here.  Miami is only 2 hours and 15 minutes away.  It will be become easier with the new international airport which just opened in Rio Hato and is only 25 minutes away from Coronado, Panama.
 
I recently met a single woman in her 60's who wanted to leave the coldness of Canada for our tropical shores.  Despite her age and her friends telling her she was crazy, she came down bought a place and is happy as clam with her decision! 
 
Other expats will qualify as snowbirds who come to Panama to avoid the winter season in North America or Europe.  There is a surprisingly large percentage who speaks zero to very little Spanish.  I base my answer after having lived in this area for approximately three years. Although I am a native Panamanian, my wife and children were all born in the US.
RICH Novak of RE/MAX Beaches & City! INC. – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
So what are Expats like in Coronado Panama?  I'll try to answer this question with info about what Expats are doing here in Coronado Beach Panama - yesterday my wife & I attended a Chili cook off... sure yesterday was a Monday, but who says you can't schedule an Expat Event on a week day?  The Event was fun!  Nine chefs competed in the Chili Cook Off & the winner received the grand prize of $100.00.  The attendance was limited to 100 Expats & those in attendance voted for the chili that they I liked the very best. However, I didn't vote because I liked ALL the chillies that were presented.  One more Expat story for you - Today I was riding my Coronado Golf building elevator down to my car & a fellow got on the elevator wearing a very colorful tropical shirt.  I told my neighbor that he looked like a rainbow & he responded with "Thank YOU!  I am an owner now & not just a visitor & I just couldn't take the Minnesota cold & United States taxes any more!"  And I responded with "Well then you have absolutely every right to be wearing your bright tropical shirt!" :)
Lourdes Townshend of Multimodal  & Logistic Transports Magazine – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The expats community in Coronado Panama shares a lot with surrounding communities like Santa Clara, Altos del María, Gorgona, and even Panamá City, where there are a large amount of foreigners.
 
Most of the expats are very friendly and eager to fit in with the locals.  They contribute a great deal to local economy as they go about buying their groceries and doing other shopping and errands.  They love to buy organic fresh fruits and vegetables from people who work agriculture in the area, and they also love the good prices that "the interior" offers.  Expats in Coronado enjoy creating and attending several weekly or monthly events for  charities, lunches and a variety of other things.  They also love to get together for coffee at "Pio Pio", which is a fast food restaurant, a natural fruit shake, or a good grill outdoors.  Everything available at good prices.
 
Most of them are looking for a relaxing and simple life.  After many years of corporate life, they just feel very good in these picturesque towns that offer them precisely this way of life.  Enjoyable, un-expensive, but yet, with all modern facilities available should they need them.
 
Even though Coronado residents are, I would say, mainly Panamanian retired professionals with good, high incomes who have chosen to have their weekend second home in that area for many years, they and the expats all seem to share a very good relationship with each other.
 
In summary, if you like a combination of  beach, country, local residents, foreigners and modern life in one place, this is the place you are looking for.  But don´t expect prices to be as low as in less well-known towns.
Gabriel Garcia Salloum of Activentas, S.A. – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The expats in Coronado, Panama are very friendly.  They are comfortable and feel at home  when you see them at shops, restaurants and other places. They get around by themselves and seem to know where everything is located.
 

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