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Panama's Pacific Coast

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  • Panamas Pacific CoastCosta PacficaCosta Pacfica

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    Pacific Coast Beaches18Coronado 28

    Pedas32

    Arena Negra / Black Sand36

    Escudo de Veraguas38

    Anti-ageing Yoga50

    El Asombroso AguacateThe Amazing Avocado

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    Playas de la Costa Pacfica18

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    Escapes Fauna12

    Escapes Favoritos10

    Receta / Recipe49

    Escapes Flora56Escapes Legal58Sabas Qu?Did You Know?

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    7 Diferencias Differences54

    Columna / Columns

    Contenido / ContentsMayo - Junio / May - June 2008

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    Tel: (507) 236-5800Va Ricardo J. Alfaro, Sun

    Tower Mall, Piso No.2, Local 69. Panam, Rep. Panamwww.escapespanama.com

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    Lara Petroskylara@escapespanama.com

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    Moises Escofferymoi@escapespanama.com

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    Diana StoneNomi Boyd

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    When Vasco Nuez de Balboa, discovered the Pacific Ocean in 1513, he must have been amazed. He would have been astounded by the contrast between the Caribbean Sea and coast and the hugely different Pacific, or South Sea as he called it. Cuando Vasco Nez de Balboa descubri el Ocano Pacfico en 1513, debi quedar maravillado. Se hubiera quedado asombrado del contraste entre el mar Caribe, la costa y el inmensamente diferente Pacfico, o Mar del sur como l lo llam.

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    The Pacific Coast

    La Costa Pacfica

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    In most areas of the isthmus, the Caribbean is usually gentle with its shallow blue waters lapping coral sand beaches. Al contraire, the Pacific, deep and blue gray-green, seems to roar onto shore with energy enough to electrify a small city.

    The easily accessible Pacific Coast Beaches are found to the west of Panama City and have long been among the fa-vorite weekend and holiday retreats for city dwellers. From Panama City to Chiriqui, you will find beaches to suit all tastes. Starting at about 60km from the city the beaches ex-tend all along the coast to Chiriqui. By automobile, the clos-est and most developed beaches run from Gorgona, about an hour from the city, to Farallon and Playa Blanca, about two hours. The beaches reach out one to the other, but each has very distinctive characteristics.

    Gorgona- In the early 20th century Gorgona was a reloca-tion center for the displaced people of the original town of Gorgona: lost when the Chagres River was dammed to form Gatun Lake. Over the years, it grew into a fishing commu-nity and weekend beach town. It is a nice picnic beach with gray sand, warm waters and wonderful tidal pools, great for childrens play and discovery. Although it has grown

    En la mayora de las reas del Istmo, el Caribe normalmente es tranquilo con sus aguas azules poco profundas que baan corales y playas. En cambio, est el Pacfico, profundo y entre azul, gris y verde, parece llegar a tierra con energa suficiente para suministrar electricidad a una pequea ciudad.

    Las accesibles playas de la costa pacfica se encuentran en el oeste de la ciudad de Panam y desde hace tiempo son el lugar que los habitantes de la ciudad de Panam prefieren para pasar el fin de semana y las vacaciones. Desde Panam hasta Chiriqu encontrar playas para todos los gustos. En auto, las playas ms desarrolladas y cercanas van desde Gorgona y Coronado, a una hora de la ciudad, hasta Faralln y Playa Blanca a dos horas. Las playas van alcanzando unas a otras, pero cada una con muy diferentes caractersticas.

    Gorgona- A principios del siglo XX Gorgona se cre con la gente desplazada desde la ciudad original de Gorgona que fue destruida cuando el ro Chagres fue represado para formar el lago Gatn. A lo largo de los aos, se fue desarrollando un pueblo pesquero con playas para los panameos que iban el fin de semana. Cuenta con una bonita playa de arena gris, aguas calientes y maravillosos charcos de agua como resto

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    significantly in the last few years, there continues to be a very laid back atmosphere in Gorgona.

    Coronado was developed as a private beach community for city dwellers many years ago, Coronado is the hot spot along the coast. Here you will find the traditionally thriving community of weekenders as well as recent newcomers who have made it their home. Coronado has long wide beaches of white and magnetic black sand. Here, in spite of its larger population, it still can offer the kind of beach experience that makes you feel that, you alone, have discovered some-thing special. Although life centers around the beach, there is something for everyone. Houses range from little beach bungalows to palatial homes and condos. There is a develop-ment for equestrian enthusiasts, a golf resort, a huge super-market, restaurants and varied lodgings, from intimate bed and breakfasts to hotel resorts. .

    San Carlos, Palmar Centered around a fishing based com-munity, San Carlos is the largest town in the area. Although the beach is rocky and nothing special the town itself is quaint and typical of the area. Palmar the beach adjacent to San Carlos is small but popular and great fun for weekend

    de la marea, perfecto para el juego y el descubrimiento de los nios. Aunque ha crecido considerablemente en los ltimos aos, Gorgona sigue contando con una atmsfera de descanso.

    Coronado, desde hace tiempo, se ha venido desarrollando como el lugar con playa privada que elige la gente que vive en la ciudad. Coronado es el lugar principal de la costa. Aqu encontrar una comunidad de gente prspera que viene a pasar su fin de semana as como a recin llegados que han construido sus casas. Coronado tiene largas y amplias playas con arena blanca y hierro. Aqu, en vez de mucha gente, todava puede encontrar el tipo de playas que le hacen apreciar la soledad, que permiten descubrir algo especial. A lo largo de la playa tambin hay diferentes condominios, adaptados a cada uno. La variedad de casas van desde pequeos bungalows en la playa, hasta lujosas casas y apartamentos. Tambin hay un proyecto para aquellos que le gustan los caballos, un resort de golf, un supermercado grande, restaurantes y alojamientos muy variados, desde los ntimos bed and breakfast hasta los hoteles tipo resort.

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    surfers. There are several surf camps that offer board rent-als and reasonable lodging. Santa Claras beach is wide, white, and wonderful. There is no hustle and bustle at Santa Clara, none of the infrastruc-ture of Coronado and no all inclusive hotels like Farallon. There are a few cozy inns right on the beachfront and it is a perfect place for wandering at the waters edge or lying in a hammock with a good book.

    Farallon and Playa Blanca are the beaches for those who really are looking for a bit of everything in one tidy pack-age. They are located close to the Scarlet Martinez Airport, formerly an American military airstrip.

    These beaches are about two hours from the city by car or 15min. from the city on an Air Panama charter flight. Both beaches offer all inclusive hotel packages for fun in the sun as well activities and tours for every imaginable desire. The beaches themselves are white sand and postcard lovely. These are the last easily accessible beaches along the Pan-American Highway but certainly not the last of Panamas Pacific Coastal Beaches. Pedasi is located in the Southeast corner of the Azuero Penninsula. If you are taveling by road, turn off the Pan-American Highway at the town of Divisa and follow the Carretera Nacional; if your need for sun and

    San Carlos, El Palmar, creado y situado alrededor de una comunidad pesquera, es el pueblo ms grande del rea. Aunque la playa es rocosa y no tan peculiar, el pueblo es pintoresco y muy tpico.

    El Palmar, la playa adyacente a San Carlos es pequea, pero popular, sobre todo entre los que disfrutan del buen surf. Hay diversos campa