About Coronado

Playa Coronado, Panama, is located on the Pacific coast. It's a mecca for water-sports enthusiasts so, naturally, you can expect to catch some great surf on some of its beaches. It's only an hour's drive away from Panama City, too. Book your vacation rental on FlipKey for the perfect start to your next trip!

About Playa Coronado

Native Americans hunted and fished in the area long before the arrival of the Spanish. The Spanish explorer, Rodrigo de Bastidas, is credited with discovering Panama in 1501.

In the 1940s, the area was a collection of scattered ranches. However, residents wouldn't recognize it now. The area around Playa Coronado was agricultural until Robert Eisenman founded modern Playa Coronado in 1941.

The people who lived in the area mainly lived on the bounty of the sea. Now Playa Coronado has a beach culture.

The local cuisine consists mainly of fish and seafood, but, increasingly, the cuisine is geared towards multinational tastes.

If you love the beach and water sports, this is the ideal vacation spot for you.

What to do in Playa Coronado

The most popular things to do in Playa Coronado are swimming, water sports and lazing on the beach. For the very best waves, go to nearby Playa Malibu.

However, if you’re a wildlife enthusiast, there's a bird-watching trail near the village gate. If you get bored with the beach—which is unlikely!—you can also go horse-riding and explore the area. Gold fans will love the golf course at Playa Coronado.

Panama City is just an hour away, and no trip to Panama would be complete without seeing the famous Panama Canal. Take the 3-hour tour of Casco Antiguo and the Miraflores Locks. Then visit the Miraflores visitor center.

Visit the museums and churches in historic Casco Viejo. These really shouldn't be missed. The architecture is wonderful.

 

You can also visit Emberá village in Chagres National Park, where you can discover the fascinating history of the native Emberá tribe, and their culture.

Top travel tips for Playa Coronado

You can hire a driver if you book one before your vacation, or drive from the Tocumen International Airport yourself (you can rent a car at the airport). Alternatively, there's the airport shuttle service, Panama RoadRunners, which you book in advance.

If you are buying cheap items, or not going far by taxi, be sure to have small change with you. Most taxis and small shops won't accept twenty dollar bills.

If you walk under palm trees, be careful of falling coconuts. They can do a lot of damage—but if you find one, crack it open and have a taste!

Playa Coronado is great for a beach vacation. If you are a fruit lover, you can get juicy mangoes, papaya, bananas and pineapples all in season. 

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