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    Last chance to Buy BJBF Tickets at Pre-sale price

    Last chance to Buy BJBF Tickets at Pre-sale price

    This Wednesday, August 31st 2016, is the last chance to buy 2017 Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival (BJBF) tickets at the pre-sale price. Right now tickets are on sale for $120 for the 4-day GA pass and $160 for the four-day VIP pass. Starting September 1st the ticket price will increase to $150 for the GA four-day pass and $195 for the four-day VIP pass. See below for a full list of prices and a link to buy tickets.

    Free massage at Saloon Hair Wellness Bahia opening

    Free massage at Saloon Hair Wellness Bahia opening

    Aldo de Martino and the Saloon Hair Wellness team welcomes the beach community to the Saloon Hair Wellness Bahia opening Saturday August 27th from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Take some time out of your day to relax with a free 15 minute massage and a chance to win one of five gift certificates for spa services.

    Hands of Stone now showing in Panama

    Hands of Stone now showing in Panama

    The Robert De Niro film Hands of Stone, is now showing in Panama City. While the movie has received some local hype, among locals and foreigners in Panama who were either extras in the movie or know people who were, some critics have called it a flop. 

    The Santa Monica Fair in Coclé Panama

    The Santa Monica Fair in Coclé Panama

    The Santa Monica fair will take place this year from August 26th until August 28th in Santa Monica, Coclé. This year the fair grounds, Hacienda Santa Monica, will have new access roads leading to and from the fair, making getting in and out easier.

    Kuna Yala - New Art by Mary Howard

    Kuna Yala - New Art by Mary Howard

    If you have been in Panama for a while, you may know Mary Howard. She is lifelong painter, who has travelled around the world to capture the essence of community and native life. Her original works hang in many homes around the world, and her giclee prints are in popular demand.

    Windy days ahead in Coronado

    Windy days ahead in Coronado

    There are some strong winds currently affecting the Coronado area. We spoke with Annet Quinn a top Panamanian Climatologist, who explained that the winds are due to a storm which has been moving from Chorrera, west towards Coronado.

    Beaches Improv Group to meet weekly

    Beaches Improv Group to meet weekly

    The Beaches Improv Group offers those living in the beach area of Coronado and the surrounding beach communities free improvisational workshops. The Improv troupe will meet every week for 8 to 10 weeks. timetable to be posted on in the Playa Community Events Calendar shortly.

    Market Plaza comes to Panama West

    Market Plaza comes to Panama West

    Market Plaza, A new shopping center located in Panama West will soon open it’s doors to the public. The first stage of the trendy outdoor shopping strip located in La Chorrera will be inaugurated this December 2016.

    Was the death of Elibeth Zentner an accident?

    Was the death of Elibeth Zentner an accident?

    A protest took place yesterday August 17th in front to the Supreme Court Justice in Ancon. Relatives and friends of  Elibeth Zentner, who died in 2012 in Coronado in what has been called a “confusing incident”, gathered demanding justice. 

    Cats seeking loving home

    Cats seeking loving home

    Two cats from an expat family traveling back to the US are seeking a loving home in Panama. The cats are both about six years old, they were adopted from Spay Panama.

    Panama National News

    Government and Ngäbe Bugle sign agreement for Barro Blanco

    Government and Ngäbe Bugle sign agreement for Barro Blanco

    Today, Monday August 22, members of the Panamanian government and authorities of the Ngäbe Bugle Comarca signed an agreement on the Barro Blanco hydroelectric project in Chiriquí. In attendance were President Juan Carlos Varela and Vice President Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado. 

    Alonso Edward has qualified for the 200 meters finals

    Alonso Edward has qualified for the 200 meters finals

    Panamanian athlete, Alonso Edward has achieved his goal of reaching the 200m mens finals. This evening, Edward qualified in the semifinals with a time of 20.07, securing himself a spot in tomorrow’s final event. 

    Migrants stuck at Albrook bus terminal

    Migrants stuck at Albrook bus terminal

    Currently there are about 100 to 200 African migrants occupying the Albrook bus terminal. Benjamín Solís, the terminal's head of operations, explains that most migrants will spend few days in the terminal while securing money to continue their journey. Solís estimates that on average, 3,000 immigrants travel through the bus terminal each month.

    Independent experts resign from Committee to assess Panama's finance system

    Independent experts resign from Committee to assess Panama's finance system

    Two international members on the Committee of Independent Experts to Assess Panama's International Service Platform, which the media has dubbed the Panama "Transparency Committee" have recently resigned. The American Criminologist with a Nobel Prize in Economics, Joseph Stiglitz and The Swiss Professor of Criminal Law at the University of Basel, Mark Pieth, have both resigned on the basis that the committee lacked “transparency” and “independence”.

    Addressing the vulnerability of seniors

    Addressing the vulnerability of seniors

    Panama’s Counseling Center for Comprehensive Care (COAI), a department of the The Ministry of Social Development (Mides), reported that between January and June 2016 they received 236 complaints of negligence or mistreatment from seniors. 

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    UnCruise Adventures Destine for Panama

    UnCruise Adventures Destine for Panama

     UnCruise Adventures is a small expedition cruise line that has been exploring in Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, the Columbia & the Galapagos for over 20 years. The Uncruise cruise line will soon be destine for Central America, with voyages from Panama & Costa Rica beginning in October 2016.

    Visiting the Caribbean Island - Isla Grande Panama

    Visiting the Caribbean Island - Isla Grande Panama

    Isla Grande is a small island on Panama’s Caribbean coast located 15km off the shores of Portobelo, in the Province of Colon. With clear turquoise water, palm trees and white sand, Isla Grande is a picturesque tropical island and a popular getaway for Panama City locals.

    Vehicle sales in Panama are on the rise

    Vehicle sales in Panama are on the rise

    A study done by Coptroller General shows that car sales in Panama have grown by 7.3% from the first half of 2016 to the second half of the year. The figures, that show between January and June 33,164 vehicles were sold, are based on data provided by the Panama Automobile Dealers Association.

    Five convicted for trafficking turtle eggs

    Five convicted for trafficking turtle eggs

    Five people were convicted of illegally trafficking turtle eggs on Wednesday August 17. All five perpetrators were fined $3000 and will be denied access to public services for 40 months.

    Panama turtle eggs contain high levels of toxic metals

    Panama turtle eggs contain high levels of toxic metals

    Tuesday August 16th, in the wake of the seizure of over 7000 illegally poached turtle eggs, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) released information on the toxicity levels in turtle eggs on the coast of Panama Pacific.

     Turtle egg poachers receive $600 fine

    Turtle egg poachers receive $600 fine

    An illegal shipment of over 7000 turtle eggs was recently recovered from a car traveling to Panama City. The turtle eggs, from two endangered sea turtle species Green and Olive Ridley, had been poached from the Tonosí district by a man who the Ministry of Environment considers to be a ringleader of turtle poachers.

    Explore El Palmar beach in San Carlos Panama

    Explore El Palmar beach in San Carlos Panama

    El Palmar is one of the most well known and traveled to beaches near Coronado Panama. Just 10 km from Coronado, El Palmar has the quiet small town appeal that many seek in a weekend retreat to the beach. The area is well known by surfers and those seeking to learn how to surf while visiting Panama. 

    Illegal logger in La Amistad National Park detained

    Illegal logger in La Amistad National Park detained

    Over the weekend a citizen's complaint alerted the National Police of Volcan, Chiriqui, about illegal logging occurring in La Amistad International Park. Authorities inspected the area detaining one person.

    Killer whales on the Caribbean

    Killer whales on the Caribbean

    Did you know that orcas (Orcinus orca) , commonly referred to as killer whales are found in all oceans of the world? Despite their wide distribution, most of the knowledge we have on the species comes from studies conducted in higher latitudes, few studies have been done on orcas inhabiting the Caribbean.

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

    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Shiatsu with Pablo @ The Picasso Blue Lounge

    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM: Hatha Yoga with Kristie - Lift Studio

    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM: Functional Extreme - Lift Studio

    See the complete Events Calendar

    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

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    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.

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