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Aguadulce, Panama

Many people only know Aguadulce as that annoying little town along the Pan-American Highway where traffic becomes congested… And it’s true—but it’s a misconception that traffic is all there is to this town. The other misconception is that Aguadulce’s only attraction is the Spanish-colonial architecture. There’s so much more…

Aguadulce’s history is mysterious… It was known as “la tierra de la sal y el azúcar” (the land of salt and sugar) during the late 18th century and was baptized as San Juan Bautista de Aguadulce around the same time.

The Aguadulceña community takes great pride in their cultural history and its importance to the country. The small town preserves several cultural landmarks that the now Ministry of Culture proclaimed important to Panama’s national heritage in 2017…

One is the Museum of Salt and Sugar, with its colonial architecture and canary yellow façade. For a nominal fee, you can look at pre-Colombian artifacts, historical documents, photographs, as well as the origins of the sugar industry. Another iconic building is the Eduardo Pedreschi Municipal Palace. Built in 1925, it’s named after the Italian architect who designed many of the important buildings in the city.

Currently, Aguadulce is restoring, improving, and repairing important city structures, with many visible renovation projects like Parque 19 de Octubre, directly across the street from the historic San Juan Bautista Church.

If you enjoy fresh air and sunshine (with some rain mixed in), Aguadulce is a great place to live, with an abundance of outdoor activities to do here… limited only by your imagination and abilities.

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Aguadulce is the name of a district and a town within it.

The town is about 198 kms from Panama City, with a dry tropical savanna climate similar to that of the Azuero Peninsula. Most of the surroundings are dedicated to agriculture, and, most importantly, sugarcane. It’s home to the largest and oldest sugar company in Panama, Azucarera Nacional S.A. (ANSA).

The lifestyle is similar to that of the Southwestern United States: Slow-paced country living where everybody knows each other, and nobody is in any hurry to get anywhere. Driving is calmer… honking is rare and only happens to say hello to someone. If you want to move faster, get a bicycle. You’ll find more bikes here than cars on the road.

But Aguadulce, the district, contains more than just the city of Aguadulce. For instance, neighboring El Cristo is one of the oldest settlements in the region. Even after centuries of indigenous habitation, colonialism, and the modern era, it has a low population density… but it does feature one of the tallest Christmas trees in Central America.

The Aguadulce area has always been an agricultural district, mainly known for growing sugarcane and processing sugar (both for domestic consumption and international export).

But with the rehabilitation of its port looming on the horizon, Panama is just starting to realize the business potential of this district… It’s changed considerably over the last decade, but it’s still in its infancy of being a business, entrepreneur, and tourist destination…

This could also be the place for you if you’re seeking business opportunities—and real estate will likely boom, too.