So when we first moved to Panama, we knew we needed a vehicle right away, as renting can get quite expensive. Despite what many people warned in regards to purchasing a USA Brand, I having never owned an import as in a vehicle not from North America, we purchased a Jeep. The reason many people recommend not buying a USA Brand is that parts are very difficult to come by and people that are familiar with working on them as well. Regardless we purchased a Jeep and it treated us well.
After driving in Panama for nearly 6 months I apparently got a bit to comfortable and neglected to be overly cautious. As anyone that has ever been in a vehicle in Panama will soon realize that the roads are a bit sketchy, for one the signage is in Spanish, two many deep potholes exist through out the Country of Panama and three people are very aggressive and can be dangerous drivers. Tiffany and I have grown up within an hour of the 2nd Largest City in the USA, Los Angeles, which has nearly 4 million people. However despite the size and quantity of people in LA, the roads are quite safe and functional, yes you may often have and extra hour added to your commute in or around LA but for the most part people observe the paint on the ground and the rules of the road. This being said we were certainly shocked at the driving in Panama, as many people simply disregarded speed limits, paint on the ground indicating lanes and even driving in the shoulder/emergency lane for miles and miles.
Hopefully that paints the pictures, so as mentioned we were in Panama nearly 6 months accident free. I was making one of the treacherous returnos/U-Turns and a speeding car nailed me in our nice Jeep, this then pushed me into a taxi cab. Boom 3 car accident, what a shame, everyone involved was safe other than being very shaken up. Now in Panama you are supposed to remain in the same spot where the accident occurred, which I was aware of but being shaken up and growing up around get out of the road strategy of the USA, I moved to the side of the road, Oops. So after waiting for the Policia to arrive and contacting my insurance company. I followed protocol which is a breathalyzer to be sure no one was drinking as this seems to be an issue even at 11 am.
Back in the 1940s, Coronado was just a few sleepy ranches alongside an unspoiled stretch of blue Pacific and black-and-white speckled beaches. However, Coronado is now a highly popular beach town on the Pacific coast of Panama.
Located an hour from Panama City, it is on the ‘Arco Seco’ (‘dry arch’) stretch of coastline, so named because of the remarkably low rainfall it receives each year.
Terrazas de Panamá in Playa Coronado is a new shopping mall / center that is just about finished being buult. We arrived in Playa Coronado, Panamá around 4 months ago and this project was hardly block walls and steel coming up from the foundations. Now it is being painted and is looking like it will be opened any day.
Here are some photos I captured of the new murals today at Terrazas de Panamá Playa Coronado.
After now living here for 4 months its safe to say that we have a pretty good idea of how safe the food and water is! I am a big blogger and fan of groups on Facebook. One of the groups that I check in on daily always has questions about living and moving to Panama. A post just came up asking about the water and food, and was it safe to eat and drink here. The answer is very much YES!!
The community that we live in is lucky to be supplied by well water. It’s so fresh and pure and tastes great. Some other communities are supplied by IDAAN which is the water service for the whole country of Panama. They might have some issues with water if they have old pipes, or a leak in the system but that could happen in the USA or Canada.
Staying Healthy Tips:
Travelers in Panama should have no problem staying healthy, as
Again we had hear horror stories about the traffic going to the city so we planned an early start. People said leave by 4 am which I thought was insane, so we left around 5:30 am and let me tell you ……it’s no joke! They have one main road in and out of the city so it’s a ZOO!