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    Read La Playa online at PlayaCommunity.com

    Read La Playa online at PlayaCommunity.com

    After 3+ years and 40 paper editions of La Playa Community Newspaper we have decided go back to our roots and continue to publish online daily at PlayaCommunity.com. If you loved reading the paper, check out the same great content digitally, on our mobile friendly website Playa Community, from here in Coronado or anywhere around the world.

    PCIS hosts Spay the Strays

    PCIS hosts Spay the Strays

    By: PCIS Upper Elementary Students This past Saturday, some of the Upper Elementary and Middle School students helped out Spay the Strays as volunteers. Spay the Strays is an organization that helps dogs and cats, whether they are strays or pets from poor people, by sterilizing them so that they don't have babies.

    Flu Season Facts

    Flu Season Facts

    The Panamanian government has reported that as of Monday June 13th, 18 people have died from complications caused by influenza and there have been 607 patients admitted with acute respiratory infections, 220 of which have been discharged. However just 35% of these cases were related to the AH1N1 strain of the flu.

    High Wave Alert Issued for Pacific Coast

    High Wave Alert Issued for Pacific Coast

    Panama’s National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC) has issued a high wave alert that will last an entire week. The warning state that waves will reach 2.1 - 2.5 meters high with durations of 20 seconds.

    NOAA Says Officially Goodbye El Nino

    NOAA Says Officially Goodbye El Nino

    Digital Journal published an article recently announcing that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) declared the end to the “super-sized” El Nino nicknamed “Godzilla.” Finally, they wrote, “we can say goodbye and good riddance.”

    PROMAR Children’s Drawing Contest

    PROMAR Children’s Drawing Contest

    PROMAR, a foundation dedicated to protecting the ocean and marine life has teamed up with Banco Nacional once again for a Children’s Drawing contest. This year’s theme is “ The oceans are the guardians of the earth and life, take care of us!”

    PCIS 5K Fundraiser

    PCIS 5K Fundraiser

    The Panama Coast International School is pleased to invite the entire beach community to participate in a 5k run/walk on the beach in Gorgona. The school aims to integrate the community through sports and to encourage fitness for all, while having fun and raising funds!

    Residents meet with ATTT about the Coronado intersection

    Residents meet with ATTT about the Coronado intersection

    Coronado Residents Association held a meeting with Mr. Juan Carlos Arango, Deputy and Chairman of the Infrastructure Committee of the National Assembly, and Mr. Orestes del Rio from ATTT, Chorrera agency to discuss the Coronado intersection.

    Conserving Panama’s Dry Forests

    Conserving Panama’s Dry Forests

    Coronado and surrounding coastal communities are located in what is known as Panama’s ‘Dry Arc’ (or Arco Seco in Spanish). The name is derived from the pockets of tropical dry forest scatted through regions. Like the name suggests, this region of Panama enjoys some of the best weather in the country.

    Coronado Restaurants

    Coronado Restaurants

    The community of Coronado Panama is growing quickly and with development has come a variety of restaurants catering to all tastes and budgets. Whether its a local bar you seek or a upscale restaurant for a special event, we can help you find it!

    Panama National News

    Periodical Bridge Closures Sunday During Panama Canal Expansion Event

    Periodical Bridge Closures Sunday During Panama Canal Expansion Event

    For all those traveling to and from the city, this Sunday you might want to stay put or plan to take the Centenario Bridge.   According to the Ministry of Foreign affairs The Panama Canal Expansion will affect the the bridge of Americas with “occasional closures” for the duration of the event taking place this Sunday, June 26th.

    17,000 Drivers May have Received Licenses without Testing

    17,000 Drivers May have Received Licenses without Testing

    There may be some legitimacy to the claim that driving in Panama is a bit lawless. With approximately 210 traffic related deaths this year, it may not come as a surprise to hear a former transit official allege that 17,000 drivers have received licenses without being tested.

    Police Help Save Sea Turtle

    Police Help Save Sea Turtle

    Over the weekend The National Police of Panama helped save a 600 pound leatherback sea turtle that was caught in a fishing net north of river Guázaro in the province of Veraguas.

    ATTT Enforcing Road Safety in Schools

    ATTT Enforcing Road Safety in Schools

    Panama’s Transit & Land Authority (ATTT), has started a series of road safety talks aimed at students at the pre-primary level in public and private schools nationwide.

    The Panama Canal Expansion Promotional Video

    The Panama Canal Expansion Promotional Video

    As you have probably heard, the Panama Canal Expansion will be inaugurated June 26, 2016. In anticipation the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has released the promotional video below.

    Growing Number Affected by AH1N1

    Growing Number Affected by AH1N1

    The line up for flu shots grows as the number of patients hospitalized with the AH1N1 rises to 197 according to the Ministry of Health (MoH).

    The Panama Canal: The Past and Future

    The Panama Canal: The Past and Future

    After billions of dollars in expenditures, the much awaited Panama Canal expansion inauguration will take place this month. On June 26th 2016 Cosco, a Chinese shipping company, will embark on the maiden voyage through the newest set of longer, wider and deeper locks in the Panama Canal.

    Other Featured Articles on Playa Community

    Finding Fondas in the Pacific Beach area

    Finding Fondas in the Pacific Beach area

    Fondas are small restaurants or food stands, usually cared for by their owners and family. They sell homemade food, typically Panamanian dishes. Some fondas are only open for breakfast, while others also open for lunch and dinner. Some have chairs and tables for people to eat, while others only offer takeout.

    Must Try Mango Recipes

    Must Try Mango Recipes

    With the rain come mangoes! Juicy, sweet and delicious these tropical fruits are in season for several months with the hight of mango season usually taking place in the month of June. 

     Camping near Coronado

    Camping near Coronado

    Looking to spend some more time outdoors? Panama offers a wide variety of places to connect with nature, spend a night under the stars and disconnect. Each campsite in Panama, beautiful it’s own unique way, offers a different perspective of the country.

    Chicá: Chame’s Natural Jewel

    Chicá: Chame’s Natural Jewel

    Chicá is a small territory in the district of Chame located about 70 km from Panama City. The entrance to the mountain region is easy to spot, located on km 61 from Toda Loma, Campana. Named after a chief who ruled the land in 1519, when the Spaniards arrived, Chicá is the smallest territory in the Chame district  but definitely one of the most beautiful.

     SESTO SENSO RISTORANTE

    SESTO SENSO RISTORANTE

    QUOTE:  “Our bodies have five senses:  touch, smell, taste, sight, and hearing.  Not to be overlooked is the sixth sense...hunger.” ---Anonymous

    Plastic Bottle Village in Bocas

    Plastic Bottle Village in Bocas

    Canadian Robert Bezeau is the owner and creator of a innovative Bocas eco-friendly real estate project called the Plastic bottle Village. Robert spearheaded the Bocas recycling program in 2012, making a positive change on island.

    Río Hato Mango Festival 2016

    Río Hato Mango Festival 2016

    One of the best ways to celebrate the season, brush up on you mango knowledge and taste a wide variety of mangos the country serves up is to visit the Río Hato Mango Festival! This year the festivities begin on May 19th continuing until May 22nd, events are held at Casa de la Cultura Río Hato.

    The Restaurant at Sansara Resort

    The Restaurant at Sansara Resort

    QUOTE:  “Food is an important part of a balanced diet.”  ---Fran LeibowitzSansara Surf and Yoga Resort, located in Cambutal on the Azuero Peninsula is a fabulous creation.  Much time, effort, and money was spent in making the entire Sansara adventure an exciting, but peaceful, tranquil, and healthy experience. 

    Everything you need to know about Coronado Panama

    Everything you need to know about Coronado Panama

    Panama’s Pacific coast has been recognized as one of the best places in the world to spend the golden years of life for Panamanians and foreigners alike.  But it is not just retirees interested in the area, more and more young people and families are also exploring the Pacific beaches!

    Interesting Information for Expats in Panama

    Tips for a clear windshield in the tropics

    Tips for a clear windshield in the tropics

    Is your windshield stained with a film that prevents you to see properly especially when looking at direct sunlight?  This film appears after years of storing your car in direct sunlight as many of us do here in Panama.

    Canadian expats continue to fight for the right to vote

    Canadian expats continue to fight for the right to vote

    Currently Canadians who have lived abroad for more than five years are currently not able to vote in federal elections. However Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, renewed hope that these Canadians living abroad may be able vote in future elections.

    More US Taxpayers at Risk

    More US Taxpayers at Risk

    In last month’s article, I explained how US taxpayers face horrendous fines for failing to accurately report foreign financial assets on the annual 1040 tax return using form 8938. The fines range from 50%-125% of the asset value every year not accurately reported. This is very serious stuff.

    ENA on Panapass Problems

    ENA on Panapass Problems

    The National Highway Company of Panama ENA, has announced problems that there are problems occurring in the computer platform used to recharge the Panapass, that allows access to both the North and South Corridors in Panama City.

    How Treaties Can Protect Your Home

    How Treaties Can Protect Your Home

    Financial Shock WavesIn case you missed it, the RG Hotels Bankruptcy case has caused shock waves throughout the Panama financial community. A  Coclé judge backdated the bankruptcy of RG Hotels to July 31, 2012.

    Panama National Fairs 2016

    Panama National Fairs 2016

    With January comes the beginning of Panama’s National Fairs! Each year, districts throughout the country of Panama offer a variety of fairs and festivities bringing tourists, both national and international, to discover traditions and customs unique to each region. Find the full list for 2016 National Fairs in Panama below.

    Why is it so hard to send money to Panama?

    Why is it so hard to send money to Panama?

    By Clinton DonnellyTwice this past month, clients have lamented to me about the ordeal of sending money to Panama to buy an apartment. “It’s MY money”, they say. “Why can’t I send it?” Unwittingly, they are entangled in the international laws that bind nations together.

    How to Buy Like a Local

    How to Buy Like a Local

    In 2007, Kent Davis of Panama Equity published an essay called This document was downloaded by more than 14,000 people. alled Blood On The Streets: Everything That's Wrong With Panama Real Estate Agents And Why I'm One Of Them.

    Fiestas Patrias Dates for 2015

    Fiestas Patrias Dates for 2015

    Each year during the month of November, many Panamanians vacation on the Pacific Beaches of Panama for Fiestas Patrias (Panama’s Independence days). The celebratory days are as follows this November 2015:

    Today's Events In Coronado and Panama's Pacific Coast

    Tourist Places to Visit in Panama

    Boquete Panama

    San Blas Panama

    Cerro Punta y Volcan

    La Yeguada Veraguas

    Pearl Islands Panama (Contadora)

    Santa Catalina Panama

    Azuero Peninsula

    Puerto Armuelles Panama

    Suggested Reads

    Everything you need to know about Coronado Panama

    A breif Visit to Panama's Embera Quera Tribe

    Panama's Independence, Separation and its relation to the Panama Canal

    Juan Carlos Varela Promises

    Are Humpbacks off the endangered list?

    See Turtles on Mata Oscura

    Cooking up Culture

    Conservation Panama fights to save wild cats

    Panama School guide

    Coronado Restaurant Guide

    Machete Kites 15 years in Punta Chame

    Martyrs Day A Day in the Fight for Panama’s Sovereignty

    How to treat Jelly Fish stings

    Isla Palenque: Escape from Civilization

    Rainy Season Surf Guide

    5 Tips to Stay Safe at the Beach

    Off Roading Playa Style Panama

    Riptides - How to Identify and Escape

    The Frank Gehry Biodiversity Museum

    Panama's Stance on ISIS

    Birding Panama’s Pipeline Road

    Here is what you can find in Playa Community

    PLAYA COMMUNITY is a reliable source for daily Panama news in English. Read travel articles before you visit Panama to learn about the best beaches and mountain towns around Panama. Connect with expats in Coronado Panama and beyond. For beautiful beaches close to Panama City, take a vacation on the pacific coast at one the area’s top all inclusive resorts, Hotel Riu, Playa Blanca or Decameron Panama. Take a trip up to the mountains for a breathe of fresh air, visit El Valle, Boquete or Volcan Chiriqui and enjoy amazing coffee, ocean views, and rushing waterfalls. If it’s empty shorelines you seek, surf the beaches of Playa Venao and Pedasi Panama.

    Check in with us along the way to find great restaurants and Panama hotels. Once you explore Panama, we are certain you will want to stay. PLAYA COMMUNITY offers a variety of relocation resources including a complete Panama real estate directory giving you access to best beach and mountain properties on the market.

    Moving to Panama?, browse the classified ads for deals on used cars, furniture and more, and check the business directory to find services. Once you have settled in, check the tide table section for the best time to go to the beach!

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