The Best Panama Beaches are located on the islands surrounding this Central American country on both oceans, the Pacific and the Atlantic, meaning the Caribbean Sea. Let us explore a few of them.
San Blas Islands in Panama like a Paradise on Earth
San Blas Islands
Located in Panama’s northeastern district of Kuna Yala, it features some of the most pristine beaches in the Americas. Every single island is surrounded by a ring of white powdery sands and the waters a clear turquoise and swaying palm trees.
This region is administered by the Kuna Yala indigenous population and the lodging is mostly rustic. But swimming and sun tanning here is out of this world. Some of the islands in this group are
Red Frog Beach in Bocas del Toro Panama
Bocas del Toro Panama
This Isla Bastimentos National Park is a mix of soft white sands surrounded by a mini jungle and many corals on the undersea world attracting hordes of fish. The place is ideal for snorkeling. The best Panama beaches here are:
Contadora Island is the best known island of Panama
Las Perlas Archipelago
This group of islands is near Panama City and offers white sand beaches and a great venue for snorkeling in its colorful coral reefs.
The main island of the group is Isla Contadora, located about 75 Km from Panama City. It features more than a dozen beaches to explore and a few tiny uninhabited beaches offshore. It offers lodging and day trips for snorkeling around the islands. There is a luxury lodge, Hacienda San José, on Isla San José.
Isla Coiba Panama is a combination of jungles and beaches
Isla Coiba National Park
The beaches of Coiba Island boast dense jungles that reach the sandy beaches. Located on the Gulf of Chiriqui it is the largest island in Central America.
It has become a prime destination for lovers of Ecotourism due to its great biodiversity. A number of endemic subspecies live on the massive island, like the Coiba Island Howler monkey and the Coiba Agouti.
There is a tiny island nearby called Granito de Oro that is just idyllic. They seem too perfect to be true.
Playa Los Destiladores
Located in the Azuero Peninsula are the cleanest and most attractive in the area.
This is a calm beach ideal for families with small children. Further east the beach offers some waves for the surfers.
Playa de las Estrellas
Meaning Starfish it is located on Colon Island. Starfish are abundant on the clear waters of this beach. .
It is located in western tip of Panama’s Pacific coast on
the Gulf of Chiriqui, near the border with Costa Rica.
It is a short ferry ride from Panama City on Panama Bay on the Pacific coast.
Las Lajas Beach on the western province of Chiriqui Panama
Las Lajas Beach
Located in Chiriqui Province this is 13 Km long beach is ideal for swimming and some body surfing due to the right amount of waves.
It features rustic shacks and inexpensive restaurants, but we recommend you bring your own snacks.
The nearby beach of La Barqueta has black sands and strong currents, not so ideal for swimming.
For more information visit Panama Tourism Website
Santa Clara and Farallon Beaches in Panama
Santa Clara Beach
These two beaches located about two hours from the Capital of Panama have clear waters and white sands.
They are quiet almost all the times, seeing some crowds only on weekends. Beware of high waves and strong riptides, for those that come here to swim only.
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