We are finally at the beach, where we will be for the rest of our trip! Temperatures are higher here, around the low 30s, but there is a gentle constant breeze off the Pacific that blows through our spacious 113 square meter two bedroom two bathroom condo. We are in the community of Gorgona at a small apartment complex called Sueno Mar which means Sunny Sea and it is right on Malibu Beach, one of the nicest in Panama. This place has grown dramatically since we last had a close look, several years ago. The main drag is paved but many of the other roads are very rough gravel with pot holes that would break an axle. I think this is the local protection against speeding.
The beautiful beach is a mixture of black and grey sand so it has a constantly changing appearance. You can walk for miles on this beach where if you walk eastbound, toward Panama City, you will see that the beach is lined by a mixture of beautifully kept private homes along with some empty lots and derelict properties. There is even a high-rise tower, called the Biltmore. It is not a hotel but private apartments. If you chooses to walk westbound on the beach you will eventually get to the Gorgona Fish Market and the town itself. If you continue, you will come to the community of Coronado.
With the exception of Sunday, when the locals appear from other places, it is pretty quiet on this beach. During the day you will see the odd person walking, mostly early in the morning or around sunset. Occasionally, a quad will appear from somewhere on its way to Gorgona transporting three or four people but for the most part it is very quiet. Local fishing boats from Gorgona pass both directions across the front of Sueno Mar on their way to and from their fishing grounds.
Sueno Mar was built a couple of years ago and still has some units for sale. There are six two bedroom units and nine one bedrooms all overlooking the ocean. There is on site management and security gates, a couple of large bohios on the beach side each with their own barbecue and a lushly landscaped and beautifully kept pool area. We got upgraded when we arrived, to our delight, to a two bedroom unit. It is on the third floor so has an unobstructed view of the Pacific from the wall to wall windows across the expanse of our living room. The kitchen is well equipped with everything you might need to survive here, including an ice and cold water dispensing fridge and freezer, micro wave oven, six burner gas stove, dishwasher, washer and dryer, air conditioning, large screen TV to play as many Spanish-speaking stations as you wish to listen to, and the always necessary WiFi which is supplied from the cable company so is truly high-speed. Oh, and there is a honkin’ big Karaoke machine that I have to learn to run before Carnival starts next week. It will be my pay back to compete with the loud music that locals tend to play at that time! You need a truck to move the speaker around, I swear! Because our unit is on the third floor, it also has vaulted ceilings that I would estimate go up to about 4M with seven, yes I counted them, seven ceiling fans to keep the air moving. The unit runs the full depth of the building with the two bedrooms at the back with a mountain view. When you open all the windows, you get a great breeze that blows right through the whole place. We have not yet felt the need to run the air conditioning as the breezes keep the unit comfortable. I have put a link to the Sueno Mar Website in the right column under Businesses We Support. You can get prices there for rentals and for buying.
For dinner tonight, we headed back into Coronado to the Malibu Restaurant. It is before you reach the security gate on your left just past the stores at the entrance to Coronado. We came here on purpose because they serve a great Cashew Corvino. That’s right, a piece of grilled sea bass liberally loaded up with fresh cashews. Yum Yum! It was as good as in the past but a bit pricier. It was up to $10.50.