Changuinola

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Changuinola
Corregimiento and town
Changuinola is located in Panama
Changuinola
Changuinola
Coordinates: 9°25′48″N 82°31′12″W / 9.43000°N 82.52000°W / 9.43000; -82.52000
Country  Panama
Province Bocas del Toro
District Changuinola
Population (2008)
 • Total 25 099
Time zone Eastern Time (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) No DST (UTC-5)
Website [1]

Changuinola is a city in the Bocas del Toro Province of Panama. Changuinola is the capital of the Changuinola District and home to 25,099 people.[1] The city attracts tourists as a popular gateway to Bocas del Toro. Almirante and Chiriqui Grande are also gateways to Bocas del Toro. People frequently visit Almirante and Changuinola while traveling between Bocas del Toro and Costa Rica.[2] Tourism and agriculture are major industries. Changuinola and the surrounding area have numerous banana plantations.

Climate[edit]

Changuinola is a coastal location with a tropical climate. The area does not have a predictable dry season. The driest times are late August to mid-October, February, and March.[3] Changuinola is humid. Thundershowers and heavy rain are common.[2] Normal temperatures are consistent all year (Hi: 80°-84 °F, low: 71°-75 °F).[3] Due to its low latitude, sunrise is around 6 AM, and sunset is around 6 PM local time. These times vary slightly during the year. Weather data is collected at Captain Manuel Nino International Airport.[3]

Climate data for Changuinola, Panama
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 80
(27)
80
(27)
82
(28)
83
(28)
83
(28)
83
(28)
82
(28)
82
(28)
84
(29)
83
(28)
81
(27)
80
(27)
81.9
(27.8)
Average low °F (°C) 71
(22)
71
(22)
72
(22)
73
(23)
75
(24)
75
(24)
74
(23)
74
(23)
75
(24)
75
(24)
73
(23)
72
(22)
73.3
(23)
Precipitation inches (mm) 12.56
(319)
7.90
(200.7)
7.61
(193.3)
11.30
(287)
11.08
(281.4)
10.87
(276.1)
16.06
(407.9)
11.37
(288.8)
6.42
(163.1)
7.80
(198.1)
14.45
(367)
15.81
(401.6)
133.23
(3,384)
Source: Weather Underground [3]

Transportation[edit]

Southwestern part of the city on a rainy day

Changuinola is accessible by air, land, or sea. Visitors can fly into Captain Manuel Nino International Airport from Panama City and Bocas del Toro. Direct flights from the United States, Canada, and Mexico are not available. Airlines may include Air Panama. Flights can be delayed due to frequent thunderstorms and heavy rains.

Buses run between Changuinola, David, Almirante, and Costa Rica. When traveling by land, tourists coming from or going to Costa Rica must clear both Costa Rican customs in Sixaola and Panamanian customs in Guabito. Buses are more reliable in bad weather.[2]

Infrastructure[edit]

Changuinola is divided in small farm communities called "Finca", since all the town surrounded by bananas plantations. As example "Finca 4" or Farm 4.

Changuinola has one main road that crosses all town from south to north, at the end you could take left to reach Guabito border town.

The "Manuel Niño" International Airport is a small international airport where you can take flights to Panama City.

The Calvin Byron Stadium for is located in Empalme area, home of the Bocas del Toro baseball team.

The Changuinola River bridge was built in 2009 and replaced 1920 railroad bridge next to it.

Changuinola was struck in April 1991 by 7.7 powerful earthquake, the town was reconstructed in the following years.

Public Services[edit]

Private and Public health care available. The CSS Changuinola Hospital is located right next to the Police station, and private clinics are also a great choice and available in the city.

Changuinola has several public and private schools, to mention most important IPT Changuinola and Empalme School.

University of Panama extension "CRUB" is located in Empalme, Changuinola

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b World Gazeteer: Panama
  2. ^ a b c Frommer's Panama (2E, 2009), ISBN 978-0-470-37183-1.
  3. ^ a b c d "Changuinola, Panama". Weather Underground. Retrieved 2009-05-29. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 9°25′48″N 82°31′12″W / 9.43000°N 82.52000°W / 9.43000; -82.52000