By James Bloomfield
So, having taken a position working for Bala Beach (a developer building condos and a restaurant on the Caribbean coast of Panama), I got a chance to explore some of the surrounding town.
As you can see from the above picture, the locals may not be well off but they are very keen on customising.
This sleepy little town is on the beautiful coast road from Sabanitas (between Colon and Panama City) to Portobelo. Portobelo is famous for the Black Christ statue and the religious devotions of the people who flock to it, as well as a well preserved historic town and 16th century fortress.
While basic, the town has a sleepy charm of its own. A little discoteque fires up on the weekend and a couple of small shops join the police station, giving the place a sense of centrality that belies its modest dimensions.
The next door development of Bala Beach has decided to raise up the standard of services and amenities available to residents in Maria Chiquita, with proposed plans to help with local infrastructure and a fire station.
I’m excited to get involved and, with a potential move to the Caribbean on the cards, I could be about to take my Panama adventure in a whole new direction. More blog posts to follow detailing the developments as they come!