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.