Playa Coronado

Playa Coronado began to develop as a weekend destination for wealthy Panamanians decades ago, and today the coast is almost completely lined with condos and weekend homes, leaving few spots for nonresidents to get onto the beach. The sand here is pale gray with swaths of fine black dirt, which gives it a sort of marbled appearance. It is usually safe for swimming. The big attraction is the 18-hole golf course that is part of the BlueBay Coronado Golf & Beach Club . One of the country's best golf destinations, the resort gets packed with Panamanian families on weekends and holidays, but is practically dead most weekdays.

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