Panama’s coastline stretches for hundreds of kilometers along both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, with over a thousand islands just offshore. Some of the best beach areas for real estate in Panama are located in the Pacific Coast. Towns such as Nueva Gorgona, Coronado, San Carlos, Playa Blanca, and Rio Hato are booming areas for real estate development and are the preferred communities for expats. These areas have been highly invested in recently with a new international airport, several shopping malls, bus terminal, hotel resorts, and fish market. The Caribbean beaches can vary greatly depending on the area. some have soft white sand and border calm turquoise water that is perfect for swimming. Others have grey or black sand and are served by routine swells that lure international surfers, including those in Bocas del Toro, and the Gulf of Chiriqui.