Puerto Armuelles is situated on the Pacific Ocean. Beginning in 1927, the town was built by United Fruit Company. The name, Puerto Armuelles, was given to the city in honor of one of the heroes of the Coto War, Colonel Tomás Armuelles. Colonel Armuelles was a member of the Panamanian Defense Forces. On March 18, 1921, he died in a train accident during the Coto War between Panama and Costa Rica. Puerto Armuelles had formerly been called "Rabo de Puerco" or "Pigtail".
Puerto Armuelles is in the Chiriquí Province of Panama. The capital of the province, David, is 60 miles (97 km) away. It is only 5 miles (8.0 km) from the border with Costa Rica as the crow flies but the border crossing is 21 miles (34 km) away at the town of Paso Canoas. Panama City is some 235 miles (378 km) way, or approximately 6–8 hours drive on the Pan American Highway.
Puerto Armuelles was once the center of Chiquita Banana's thriving banana business.In 2003, Chiquita sold its unprofitable Puerto Armuelles business to a cooperative of local banana workers, called Coosemupar. After Chiquita left, Puerto Armuelles' population dropped significantly. Del Monte is now producing bananas in the old Chiquita Banana plantation lands.
During President Martinelli's term, money was allocated to widen the road to Puerto Armuelles from a two lane into a four lane road. This is the road that links Puerto Armuelles to the Pan-American Highway (called the InterAmericana in Panama) at Paso Canoas. Paso Canoas is the border town of Costa Rica and Panama, on the Pan-American Highway.
Spanish is the official language of Panama and is spoken by the vast majority of the people. The most common agricultural products are sugarcane, bananas, rice, plantains, corn (maize), and oranges, and the commercial cultivation of these and other crops increased considerably during the 20th century. Livestock raising (cattle, pigs, and poultry) is an important and long-established economic activity, Fishing has developed rapidly as a commercial venture. Shrimp and lobsters are among Panama’s most important exports, with several thousand tons of shrimp caught yearly. and beef and hides are exported.
Panama leads the countries of Central America in both standard and cellular telephones per capita. A full range of business and Internet services is expanding rapidly,
Puerto Armuelles History