Casco Viejo`s community at Beach Cleanup

Casco Viejo, Panama
Panama, Casco Antiguo
Real Estate at Panama`s Historic City

Sunday, 8 a.m., San Felipe.  The 300 year old UNESCO World Heritage city of Casco Viejo is still half asleep but a group of neighbors, members of  Casco Viejo`s Neighborhood Association (AVACA)   gathered early near the National Theatre with a wonderful goal: to celebrate the Ocean`s Month with a beach cleaning, an activity organized simultaneously in other parts of Panama City by environmental ngo`s such as Fundacion Natura and Alianza Contaminacion Cero.

The  Casco Viejo target:  Santo Domingo`s beach, better known as Calle 3era.

Foreigners and locals  joined hands to pick up what ended up being a lot of garbage. At least over 600 plastic bottles, two bags of broken foam, ten bags of miscellaneous plastic items, two bags of shoes (brands?…well, that would be the next thing to point out in a beach cleaning!), one full bag of bottle caps, one bag of clothing and at least another ten bags of general garbage.  Between the most curious objects they counted one fire extinguisher, a bed frame and a plastic toy in the shape of a foot.

Sweaty from head to toe, the end result was amazing:  a clean beach to enjoy. Immediately, a softball game was in place, and children and adults ran everywhere.


  1. It was a great event, much aided by the breezy, cloudy weather AND the sponsoring organization who helped us sort the trash. When we, AVACA, sponsor our next beach cleanup, I advocate following the cleanup protocol we used on Sunday. Not only will (hopefully) some of the trash be able to be recycled, but it made the picking up more fun, i.e. a scavenger hunt, of sorts, for your assigned item.

  2. Lessandra MacHamer says:
    October 7, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Great News!
    And a mighty effort by all who participated. Bravo!!
    Let me know of the next event and if I’m in Panama (I hope so) I will join in the FUN! (it’s all in the attitude, right?).
    My question: Is their a law that prohibits the disposal of trash in the Bay of Panama? I don’t live in Panama (yet) but visit frequently and interested in it’s inspiring future.
    Hasta luego –

    • well … it is all really about the enforcement! =) Thanks so much for your interest! whenever we have events we post it at our Google Groups. Let us know when you are around and we can send info!

  3. Would love to see these events listed on Facebook so next time I can hopefully participate. These days I think FB, for many people, is the one thing they check every day or even several times a day!


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