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    The Surf at Playa Malibu GRAND OPENING!

    The Surf at Playa Malibu GRAND OPENING!

    The Surf is a luxury oceanfront residence made up of 28 exclusive homes. The Surf is designed to be a beautiful show case for ArtSTONE finishes, offering new buyers the exclusive opportunity to customize and personalize finishes. Home owners at The Surf will also have the opportunity to work one-on-one to with artisans to design these finishes.

    Mercadito del Mar & Sunset Fest

    Mercadito del Mar & Sunset Fest

    In Coronado today? Make sure to stop by the Mercadito del Mar & Sunset Fest in the at the Coronado Mall Plaza from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m! The monthly event brought to you by Del Mar events & Surfea Panama offers the community live music, local crafts, organic products, art & photography!

    Weather alert issued in Chame and other areas in Panama

    Weather alert issued in Chame and other areas in Panama

    The rain has arrived in Coronado, which has brought a sigh of relief for many. However, with the rain has come a weather warning. The season change could bring a range of sever weather including electrical storms, floods and landslides. The alert was issued by Etasa weather center on Tuesday April 26th.

    Low intensity earthquake felt in Coronado

    Low intensity earthquake felt in Coronado

    Residents in Coronado reported the ground shake around 2:00 p.m. yesterday, Sunday April 17. The shake was in fact a small earthquake measuring 3.4 degrees on the Richter scale (low intensity).

    Idaan meets with with small group of coronado residents

    Idaan meets with with small group of coronado residents

    In response to the recent community concern regarding water shortages The Coronado Social Association (CASA) asked residents to come to express their problems at a meeting with Idaan that was held last Friday morning.  Four people were in attendance. 

    Coronado Frame & Foto Art Show

    Coronado Frame & Foto Art Show

    Enjoy a day filled with art & photography in Coronado at the Rincon del Chef Plaza on Saturday April 23. From 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Coronado Frame & Foto will be hosting an art show showcasing art by Stephen Quinn, who will also be at the event painting live!

    Coronado residents seek answers to water situation

    Coronado residents seek answers to water situation

    Many households  are experiencing major water shortages in Coronado and surrounding areas. According to CASA Idaan has reduced the water production coming from the Chame water treatment plant by 33% due to the lack of water flow coming from it's main source, the Chame River.

    Break-ins at Rincon del Chef plaza

    Break-ins at Rincon del Chef plaza

    On Monday April 11th shortly after 7:00 p.m. several businesses at the Rincon del Chef plaza were broken into. Shops were closed for business, and the Restaurant Rincon del Chef was closed as well as they do not open on Mondays.

    Tombs of the Golden Warriors

    Tombs of the Golden Warriors

    There will be a fundraising event held at Picasso Wednesday, April 6th during the Wednesday Happy Hour. From 5pm onwards meet with some of the people working on the archeological dig taking place El Caño and hear more information about the dig.

    Weekend Brunch at Picasso Café

    Weekend Brunch at Picasso Café

    Did you hear the big news? Picasso Café is now offering weekend brunch! Starting this month (April) Picasso Café will be bringing the Coronado community brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

    Law will Prevent Compulsory Tipping

    Law will Prevent Compulsory Tipping

    Have you every noticed while dining at a restaurant in Panama that tip has been built into your tab? Well this “service tip” may be coming to and end.

    Good Friday Traditions in Panama

    Good Friday Traditions in Panama

    On good Friday in Panama, and around the world, many commemorate the day the faithful believe Jesus Christ died on the cross. In the Panama this population is large, Roman Catholics are up 85% of the population.

    Panama National News

    Canal restricts depth of vessels

    Canal restricts depth of vessels

    An announcement made by the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) confirmed that for the first time since 1998 the Panama Canal will need to restrict the depth of vessels passing through the canal. This is due to extremely low water levels in the Gatun and Alajuela lakes, which El Niño has contributed to.  

    Panama takes action against animal abuse

    Panama takes action against animal abuse

    The owner of an 18-month old boxer named Toby recently received a fine of $1000 for animal abuse. The dog, found in critical condition, was taken from the owner and put up for adoption by the Panama Mayoralty. Once he has increased his weight to 30 kilos and increases his hemoglobin leave he will be sterilized and  ready for adoption.

    Housing fair at Atlapa begins

    Housing fair at Atlapa begins

    The Housing & Real Estate Fair, Expo Vivienda 2016, began yesterday April 14th at 6:00 p.m. and will continue until Sunday evening at the Atlapa Convention Center in Panama City. Entrance to the fair is free for visitors. Be sure to stop by to see the latest happening at The Surf a new and exciting project at the beach by the owners of ArtSTONE at booth #815.

    Idaan begins operation of 14 wells in the district of Chame

    Idaan begins operation of 14 wells in the district of Chame

    On Tuesday April 12 the director for IDAAN in Panama West, Maximino Quintero confirmed the that the operation of 14 of 17 wells would begin operation, in an effort to increase the water supply for the district of Chame. The region continues to suffer from water shortages.

    The future of Panama's Bio Museum

    The future of Panama's Bio Museum

    It has been a year and a half since the Bio Museum opened its doors to the public in Panama City. Today it is one of the countries most popular tourist attractions, receiving over 200,000 visitors last year, aiming to double that number by 2018.

    The 16th Festival of Kites and Tambourines

    The 16th Festival of Kites and Tambourines

    The 16th Festival of Kites and Tambourines brought families and individuals from all of the country and abroad to enjoy the tradition of kites on April 10th at the Kiwanis Sports Complex in the City of Knowledge. For those who missed it there will be another opportunity to become familiar with the art and science of kite making

    Uber announces free service following Taxi protest

    Uber announces free service following Taxi protest

    On Friday April 8 2016 taxi drivers throughout Panama City, protested in an effort to get the Panamanian Transit Authority to suspend the service Uber in Panama. The same day, the company announced free service for hours throughout the day on Friday.

    What you need to know about the Panama Papers

    What you need to know about the Panama Papers

    With all the headlines regarding the Panama Papers some are wondering what the hype is all about. The popular headline refers to the leak of millions of documents from the Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca. BBC News states that the documents include data on 12 current or former heads of state

    The Return of the Dinosaurs

    The Return of the Dinosaurs

    Last week Dinoworld, a theme park opened it’s doors in Panama city! The interactive education center for children will bring 20 animatronic dinosaurs to Alta Plaza Mall.

    Taxis vs. UBER

    Taxis vs. UBER

    According to Ulysses Calvo, of the Panama Transport Authority (ATTT), UBER drivers are outside of the “transport scheme” and the authority will be issuing fines to those attempting to provide the service.  The news was welcomed by taxi drivers who protest on Avenida Balboa Tuesday, March 29.

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    Dolphins rescued off Los Santos beach

    Dolphins rescued off Los Santos beach

    Aquatic Resources Authority of Panama (ARAP) reported nearly fifty bottle nose dolphins beached on playa Ostonal in Tonosí this morning (Wednesday April 20th). 25 dolphins were successfully returned oceans by officials and local residents. According to residents in the area 10 dolphins did not survive the stranding.

    Scientists record strange crab activity on Panama's seafloor

    Scientists record strange crab activity on Panama's seafloor

    Scientists recently discovered a cloud formed of thousands of crabs on Panama's seafloor. The swarm was like nothing that has every been recored. Jesús Pineda, a biologist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts and the lead author of a paper on the crabs published on Tuesday, explained that he pored through scientific literature, looking for similar behavior among the many kinds of crabs, lobsters, shrimp and marine creatures that dwell near the bottom of the ocean, but found nothing of this nature.

    Festi Harpía 2016

    Festi Harpía 2016

    The harpy eagle, the national bird of Panama will be commemorated this weekend, Sunday April 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the 11th annual ‘Festi Harpy’ at the Summit Municipal Park in Panama City.

    Panama Audubon Society releases 2016 list

    Panama Audubon Society releases 2016 list

    On of the largest untapped tourism attractions in Panama is bird watching. The Panama Audubon Society, a group which has been promoting birds in Panama for over 35 years, has released the latest source for birds in Panama for 2016.

    Easter Recipes

    Easter Recipes

    Wanting to whip up some exciting and tasty treats this Easter? Try these traditional dishes with a twist to impress your guest.Whipped Sweet Potato Casserole

    Kiteboarding on Punta Chame

    Kiteboarding on Punta Chame

    Kiteboarding, also called Kitesurfing, is an extreme board sport that uses a large kite to harness the power of the wind. The terms kiteboarding and kitesurfing are interchangeable, however some use kitesurfing when the sport is done in waves, and kiteboarding for the sport done on flat water.

    Dead Whale Washes up in Los Santos

    Dead Whale Washes up in Los Santos

    A dead whale, that was measured at a length of 14 meters long, was discovered washed up on shore in Las Tablas, Los Santos between the beaches of El Estero and El Jobo.

    World Class Deep Sea Fishing at Hooked on Panama

    World Class Deep Sea Fishing at Hooked on Panama

    Punta Burica is a pristine coastline hidden in lush natural landscape of Chriqui Panama, offering world renowned deep-sea fishing and a wealth of wildlife. Tropical birds and howler monkeys sing from the canopy, while sea turtles, reef sharks, rays and humpback whales frequent the deep pacific waters nearby.

    Interesting Information for Expats 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:

    Mary, Mary Quite Contrary Why Don't My Papos Bloom?

    Mary, Mary Quite Contrary Why Don't My Papos Bloom?

    By: Jungle JimExotic HIBISCUS, the culinary delight of hummingbirds and butterflies, are vigorous growers that produce many huge and vividly colored flowers. It takes regular feeding to provide the building blocks for all this growth and color pigmentation.

    Rainy Season Insurance Tips

    Rainy Season Insurance Tips

    The rainy season can make for some slippery situations, so we spoke with J2L Seguros on how insurance can be the best way to keep from sinking. One important tip they passed along was that it is important to be aware of what your insurance covers. 

    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.

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