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Boca Chica on Panama’s Pacific coast is the gateway to the pristine Gulf of Chiriqui National Marine Park. It’s an area of remarkable natural beauty and still happily off-the-radar for many.
The almost 15,000 hectares of Marine Park comprise two dozen islands and are teeming with wildlife.
The protected area provides the setting for activities including scuba diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking and deep sea fishing beyond the park’s boundaries.
A true, tropical island of natural beauty with tens of thousands of acres of unspoiled coastal and marine environments at the Chiriqui Gulf.
Hike through a maze of jungle trails and rare primary forest, and delve deeper into the island’s beauty and mystery with a local guide.
Playa Palenque beach located on the West side of the island. Spanning 1.3 km of pristine coastline, is the perfect spot for swimming, beach-combing and wandering.
Curated experiences with Island Staff: Cooking Classes, Pastry Classes, Rum 101, Dance Workshops and more.
Paddle boarding & Kayaking to discover hidden caves, volcanic rock, and coral reef systems up close
Dry Season: mid-December to mid-April
Green Season: late April through September
Rainy Season: October through mid-December
Dry Season brings four months of glorious sunshine and almost zero rain. During Green Season, most days on the island will be sunny or partly cloudy, with an afternoon or evening “warm” storm that typically lasts a few hours. In Rainy Season we can get some downpours but don’t let the rain discourage you – October is the very best month for humpback whale watching in the Gulf.
A visa is not necessary to travel to Panama from most countries in the world, however, Panama law requires you have a return ticket leaving the country in order to enter, and that passports be valid for at least 6 months at the date of entry. You may also be asked to prove that you have at least US$500 – a credit card, bank statement or cash usually work. Keep your booking for Isla Palenque handy too, as sometimes visitors are asked to confirm their hotel reservations.Do I need any special shots or vaccines?
If you come to Panama from South America and plan to continue on to Costa Rica or Nicaragua, you will need to show proof of a Yellow Fever shot. Ask us for more details on this.
It would also be wise to check with your personal physician for individual recommendations.***
Isla Palenque is independently owned, and the resort is operated by the Cayuga Collection. This Costa Rica based hospitality management company is dedicated to managing and developing sustainable and luxury hotels and lodges in Latin America.