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8 Family-Friendly Developments in Panama

Posted by charla on February 4, 2015
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When David moved to Panama with his teenage son in 2011, he got some doubtful looks from friends back in Texas.

3 1/2 years later, David is confident that moving to Panama was one of the best things he could have done for his son. Now 17, his son is thriving– he has a grade A education in an international school, a diverse group of friends, he speaks Spanish (better than David, as he loves to remind him), and he spends his free time surfing and working on his drone photography business.

David Bayliss (right), his son Trent (middle) and a family friend at a showing for Trent's photography drone business.

David Bayliss (right), his son Trent (middle) and a family friend at a showing for Trent’s photography drone business.

It’s a pretty stark contrast to the life of a typical American teenager, spent glued to TV and computer screens.

If you want to give your child an unforgettable adolescent experience– filled with exploration, growth, and opportunity– Panama may be the backdrop you’re looking for.

The following developments were handpicked by David and the Panama Source Real Estate team for their especially family-friendly atmospheres.

Each project boasts the attributes most important to fostering a healthy family life:

  • Safety (Low-crime area, 24 hour security)
  • Education (Easy distance to international schools)
  • Location (beautiful, alluring environment)
  • Units (Comfort, elegance, spaciousness, privacy)
  • Amenities (on-site amenities like pools, playgrounds, game rooms, fitness centers, sport courts)
  • Community (Inspiring communities of hospitality & positive influence)

Family-Friendly Developments in Coronado


Located just 1 hour from Panama City, Coronado is Panama’s most established beach community.

This tranquil seaside locale has earned its place as an international destination for North American and European expats– including families, young couples, and retirees.

With its serene salt and pepper beaches, world class recreation facilities, vast commercial amenities, and thriving English-speaking community, Coronado is the indisputable heart of Panama’s Pacific beaches.

Coronado also boasts a modern healthcare clinic, international school, and multiple residential security gates– making it a favorite amongst families.

Here are our two favorite family-friendly residential projects within Coronado.

Coronado Golf


The Coronado Golf Community has to be one of the best locations in Panama to build lasting connections with family and friends alike. A stunning project set in the heart of the prestigious Coronado Golf Club with facilities such as bars, restaurants, fitness center, beach club, equestrian club, tennis courts and health and beauty parlor. It is a superior lifestyle with something for every one of your moods: your active side keeps busy at the rooftop pool or with friends, while your easy side is happy relaxing at home or playing a round of golf.Coronado Golf

Amenities include:

  • Direct access to 18-hole private golf course
  • Ground pool and social area with hammocks & gazebos
  • Rooftop pool and social area
  • Rooftop “sitting” pools or wading pools
  • Playground and children’s swimming fountain
  • Rooftop fitness center with modern equipment
  • Dry Wood Sauna
  • Game room
  • Covered parking
  • 3 high speed main elevators and one service elevator
  • Double-glass windows for energy conservation


Coronado Bay

The beachfront Coronado Bay Project locatedcoronado-bay-panama-2015 in the heart of Coronado is an icon of this beachfront community. It is a desirable place to experience resort living at its best.

The building has the following:

  • A magnificent 25 stories
  • Private beach club concept, with infinity lap pool, beach chairs and umbrellas.
  • Affiliated with Bern Hotel and Resorts
  • Roof top social area with 360 degree ocean and mountain views with additional pool, fully equipped gymnasium, sauna, games room and grand ballroom
  • 4 levels of covered owner and visitor parking
  • 24 hour security
  • 3 high speed main elevators and one service elevator
  • Double glass windows for energy saving


Additional benefits of living at Coronado Golf & Coronado Bay:

  • Within walking distance to several popular restaurants, a convenience store, and a church
  • 5 minute drive to shopping centers, supermarkets, banks, shops, international school, modern health care center, golf course, and equestrian club
  • Establish English-speaking community
  • Popular amongst expats and vacation homeowners from North America
  • High resell value and reliable rental income


Intrigued? Check out this 1-bedroom condo for sale in Coronado Bay! 

Family-Friendly Developments in Nueva Gorgona


Ideally situated just 50 minutes from Panama City and 10 minutes from Coronado, Nueva Gorgona is Panama’s up-and-coming beachfront community.

The humble beachtown is reminiscent of a Coronado from 5 years ago– rapidly growing in popularity as luxury condominiums begin to adorn its quiet beaches.

Currently, Gorgona lacks large-scale commercial amenities– offering only small convenience stores and a few restaurants. With a shopping plaza under construction and Coronado a mere 5 minutes up the highway, residents have everything they need close by.

Bahia at Nueva Gorgona


Bahia is an prestigious beachfront project featuring two stunning towers designed with the finest finishes and truly next-level amenities. Apartments are available with three different options to choose from, all with amazing panoramic views.

Amenities Include:bahia-panama-gorgona-kids-family

  • Direct Beach access
  • Stunning Infinity Pool
  • Widespread Social Area
  • Restaurant and Bar
  • Beach Club
  • Fitness Center
  • Sport Court
  • Miniature Golf Course
  • On-site Spa
  • Relaxation Lounge
  • Children’s playground
  • Game room

Royal Palm

royal palmCurrently under construction, Royal Palm is a beachfront residential project with a lavish range of amenities and an innovative design.

Its brilliant investment for anyone planning to move to panama soon, or who are looking for a lucrative rental property for reliable rental income.royal palm

Amenities include:

  • Direct beach access
  • Infinity pool
  • Children’s pool
  • Multipurpose sports court (basketball, volleyball, tennis)
  • Open bar area
  • Sun deck
  • Gazebos
  • Fitness Center
  • Sauna
  • Children’s playroom and playground
  • Party room
  • Restaurant
  • Open roof terrace
  • Sunbathing area
  • Bar


Family-Friendly Developments in Panama City

panama city family friendly

Panama City is the capital of Panama, and the most cosmopolitan city in Central America. Often called the crossroads of the Americas, its an international hub of business and progress.

An incredibly diverse melting pot of people, there’s definitely a foreigners-welcome attitude in Panama City. It’s an ambitious and inspiring place.

Though the city is undeniably urban, with the skyscrapers, nightlife, and traffic to match, there’s also a softer, quieter side to the city to be found in its gorgeous parks and recreation facilities. The Cinta Costera, a boardwalk that stretches along the bay of the city, is a gorgeous place to spend time with the family. It has  running and biking lanes, outdoor fitness equipment, various sport courts, and some of the best playgrounds you’ve ever seen.


The playgrounds in Panama City top any we’ve seen in Canada or the States!

Some parts of Panama City are more suitable to family life than others. We’ve picked out two developments that, while still close enough to the heart of the city to reap the benefits, provide their own blissful bubble from the occasionally chaotic landscape.

Casa Bonita casa bonita panama vertical

Just 10 minutes away from Panama City, Playa Bonita Residences is a one-of-a-kind tropical oasis complete with beachfront condominiums, a private village and five-star hotel. With spectacular Mediterranean-Greek architectural design, these one-and-two bedroom condominiums combine modern elegance with classic charm. Ownership at Casa Bonita includes an exclusive membership to the Pearl Club, complete with a magnificent restaurant, spa, fitness center, pool and other extraordinary amenities, just steps away from the beach.

Amenities include:

  • Direct beach access
  • Private beach and pools
  • World-class spa and wellness center
  • Fitness center
  • Prestigious beach and resort club: The Pearl Club
  • Concierge
  • Laundry services
  • Valet services
  • Airport transportation
  • Small deli
  • Coffee shop
  • Small pharmacy
  • Gift shop
  • Rooftop pool, jacuzzi and hot tubs
  • Game room
  • 2 Fitness Centers– one in the hotel and one in the residential building

Intrigued? Check out this 2-bedroom condo for sale in Casa Bonita

Santa Maria Golf & Country Club


Santa Maria Golf & Country Club is a luxury residential complex that, while conveniently located in Panama City, feels like its own mini-utopia.

The complex offers a variety of building projects, all of which center around a world-class golf course and other family-friendly amenities like walking trails, lagoon pool, lap pool, jacuzzi, BBQ area, tennis courts, state-of-the-art fitness center, and a huge playground for kids.

The Santa Maria Country Club also includes restaurants, bars, a ballroom, indoor pools, and racket courts. There is also a Santa Maria business district.

Intrigued? Check out this 4-bedroom penthouse for sale in Santa Maria

More Family-Friendly Developments on the Beach

Casa Marcasa mar panama

Casa Mar is a prestigious residential project located in San Carlos– just an hour’s drive from Panama City and 10 minutes from Coronado.

With various residential options, world-class amenities like a resort-style pool, playgrounds, walking trails, and wide green spaces (not to mention direct beach access)– this expansive development offers an inspiring setting for spending time with the family.

Casa Mar is an ambitious project, with plans for further expansion over the next few years. Many properties have already been built and are ready to be enjoyed. You can check out one example listing below.

Intrigued? Check out this 3-bedroom condo for sale in Casa Mar


This luxurious beachfront project located in the heart of Playa Blanca offers a high standard of living– with top-quality design, breathtaking views, and lavish amenities.

Living at Lighthouse is like living at a full-scale resort.

Its expansive social area– filled with multi-level pools, a jacuzzi, sun deck, pool bar, huts, gazebos and gardens– offers an ideal place for parents to unwind and for kids to play.

For those nights you don’t feel like cooking (or could use a stiff drink), the beach club offers a gourmet restaurant and fully stocked bar.

Other amenities include a men’s spa and women’s spa, a fully equipped gym, cinema room, party room, tennis court and mini golf course.

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