Puerto Armuelles

A unique lifestyle at the Pacific
A seven-hour drive, or 1-hour flight, from Panama City, on Panama’s Pacific Coast, you will find Puerto Armuelles. Puerto Armuelles is a charming and vibrant fisher town, located close to the Panama-Costa Rican border. Puerto Armuelles is known as the destination for sport fishing, surfing, and miles of beaches. The Puerto Armuelles area has a local, relaxed, and tropical ambiance. It is a rural area surrounded by giant ocean view farms and a friendly, hard-working local fisher community. The town has been gaining attention among locals and foreigners over the past years as a place to live and retire. The community is diverse with a mix of locals, Europeans, Americans, and more nationalities who call the Puerto Armueles area home. The village is embraced by the Pacific Ocean on one side and lush, rolling hills on the other, creating a harmonious blend of marine and terrestrial landscapes. Its pristine beaches stretch for miles, adorned with golden sands and framed by towering coconut palms. The clear blue waters are perfect for swimming, surfing, and snorkeling, catering to both leisurely beachgoers and adventure enthusiasts.

Lifestyle in Puerto Armuelles

Puerto Armuelles is a small fishing town in the Chiriqui province. Most properties you will found inside the town are the colorful wooden "workers" homes that originate from 1927 when Puerto Armuelles was known for the Chiquita Banana plantages. People living in Puerto Armuelles enjoy a local and simple quality of life in a vibrant fishing community. The relaxed atmosphere that Puerto Armuelles offers is in complete contrast with the city life you find in Panama City or David. The ambiance is laid-back and people are welcoming, warm and friendly. Eating at a local restaurant, grabbing a beer in a bar, or having your hair cut at the local barber will directly make you feel part of this unique and comfortable community.

Puerto Armuelles is relatively small. You will find a handful of supermarkets, bars, bakeries, and a surprising number of local restaurants nearby from both locals and ex-pats. In addition, you will find local craft shops, barbers, schools, and a baseball stadium. Weekdays feel like weekends, and vice versa. The town doesn't get overcrowded during the weekend, but rather keeps its laid-back ambiance.

Location of Puerto Armuelles

Puerto Armuelles is located a 1.5-hour drive from David (the second-largest city in Panama), and within 30 minutes of the border between Costa Rica and Panama. Puerto Armuelles is a unique local community that is built on the beach on Panama's Pacific coast. You will literally be steps away from the ocean at any time.

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Climate in Puerto Armuelles

Panama has a tropical, hot, climate all year round. Unlike North America, Panama doesn’t have four seasons. Panama only has two "seasons"; dry and rainy. Panama's rainy season is usually from May to November. From December to April Panama has a dry (summer) season. In Puerto Armuelles, over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 74°F to 91°F and is rarely below 71°F or above 95°F.

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