Colors of Barrio El Carmen

The El Carmen neighborhood is nothing if not colorful. Both physically and figuratively! Enjoy this photo montage of some highlights that caught my eye on a drive through this barrio, just south of downtown Puerto Armuelles.

www,visitPuertoArmuelles.comBeauty really is in the eye of the beholder. At first glance, el Carmen (also known as “Silver City”) is a run-down and congested little neighborhood, with houses too close together and narrow streets running through it. There is almost always a lot going on here, from traffic to the bustling activities of people, dogs, and street vendors. Look a little closer and this interesting barrio will reveal its true colors to you! 

You can read more about the neighborhood here: Barrio El Carmen

Flowers are everywhere in El Carmen.

There are a variety of creative and decorative iron works around town.

Who can ignore the colorful exteriors of the homes in El Carmen?

Some colorful things just stand out on their own in El Carmen.

The next time you are whizzing through the barrio of El Carmen, may I suggest that you slow down and take a look around. Try one of the side streets, or even take a walk, and see what colorful discoveries could brighten your day.

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  1. Becky

    Best place ever!! Love the neighborhood…
    Thanks for giving us some love!!

    1. clint

      good and bad of livin in carmen?

      1. admin (Post author)

        Off the top of my head, I’d say GOOD: Walking distance to downtown and the beach. Prices are cheap for homes. Lively neighborhood with a lot of little street vendors, people walking and biking, and visiting each other. Sense of community. BAD: Because the homes are very close together, it can get a bit noisy and there is not as much privacy (watch what you say if you yell at someone – the whole neighborhood will hear!)
        FUTURE: This barrio is one of the most distressed, since the pull-out of Chiquita, but every day I see homeowners painting, building, and improving their homes. Definitely on the upswing!


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