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Panama Beaches and Mountain Towns Around Panama City

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Further down the PanAmerican Highway you will find other communities such as Capira, Bejuco, Chame, among others. Chame is the first beach town of note that you will find, however it is quite a few minutes away from the highway. After Chame you will find Gorgona which is also a beach town that is very popular. It has recently garnered attention as it is only five minutes away from Coronado. Currently in Gorgona there are six or seven new apartment buildings being built, adding to the ones built several years ago. Gorgona is a very rural town and the roads are not very good but it is a peaceful town with a couple of restaurants, a few mom and pop stores and a lovely stretch of beach.

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Next after Gorgona we come to Coronado which is the next beach town. This area is quite a bit more developed with a health clinic that is part of San Fernando Hospital in Panama City. Additionally an international school, a golf course, a dozen good restaurants and four shopping malls at its entrance. (Note: not all the malls are finished, but should be in the next 6 months). The anchor mall with Rey supermarket is the area's first chain supermarket and was built years back. Known as Supermercado Rey, this full scale supermarket has served the entire beach and mountain community area of "The West Beaches" or aka "The Gold Coast" of Panama. Recently, on the other side of the street a new mall was built and currently houses a Super 99 supermarket, a real estate agent, MacDonald's, a Dollar Store as well as several other smaller retail operations such as doctor's clinics, among others.

Right across the PanAmerican Highway another large mall, The Village, is about to be finished and almost next to it, Plaza Las Pérgolas is scheduled to be ready in January 2011. For more information about The Village please check PanamaQMagazine article link, http://www.panamaqmagazine.com/Coronado/coronado_contents.html The Village is quite a bit larger than Las Pérgolas which is a strip mall being built on 10,000 mts2. And has 5,600 mts2 of commercial space for rent, divided into 32 storefronts located in five separate modules.

Driving further past Coronado there are many other beach communities such as Punta Barco, Lagomar, Corona, Seacliff, Santa Clara, El Palmar, San Carlos, Farallón and Rio Hato. Each of these communities is special in its own way. Some are private gated communities built exclusively to cater to foreigners and wealthy Panamanians. Others are open communities which have an interesting mix of locals and foreigners who bought before the real estate boom.

 


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