Changuinola is a city in the Bocas del Toro Province of Panama. Changuinola is the capital of the Changuinola District and home to 31,223 people as of 2010. 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. Tourism and agriculture are major industries. Changuinola and the surrounding area have numerous banana plantations.
The corregimiento of Changuinola has a land area of 96.7 square kilometres (37.3 sq mi) and had a population of 31,223 as of 2010, giving it a population density of 323 inhabitants per square kilometre (840/sq mi). Its population as of 1990 was 33,721; its population as of 2000 was 39,896.
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. Changuinola is humid. Thundershowers and heavy rain are common. Normal temperatures are consistent all year (Hi: 80°-84 °F, low: 71°-75 °F). 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.
Changuinola is divided into small farm communities called "Fincas", because all of the town is surrounded by banana plantations. For example, "Finca 4" which means 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.
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