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Panama & Azuero Peninsula

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Welcome to the Azuero Peninsula!

The Azuero Peninsula is often called the "heartland of Panama" thanks to its dedication to cultural preservation, its diversity of landscape and its bustling nightlife. Located on the Western side of Panama and cradled by the Pacific Ocean, it is known for its long and narrow sandy beaches surrounded by soft hills and green pastures. The superb scenery coupled with the comfortable climate attracts tourists and a growing expat community.

What to do

The term "world-class" gets thrown around a lot in this area, from the world-class fishing to the world-class surfing to the world-class views. It's a term that's well deserved. Spend a day surfing at Venao Beach, which regularly rolls out 5 to 10 foot waves. Or experience the splendid world under the sea as you scuba dive or snorkel at National Wildlife Refuge of Isla Iguana. For a truly unique opportunity, head over to Isla de Canas Nature Preserve, the #1 turtle nesting spot on the South Pacific coast.

Azuero is proud of its heritage and is famous for religious festivals dating back to Spanish colonial times. It is also the home to Panama's best Carnival celebration where thousands gather in Las Tablas for a wild and colorful event.

Modern and Ancient Culture

Azuero is unlike any other areas in Panama. Its modern infrastructure showcases a sea of red-tile roofs and ornate ironwork decorating Spanish-colonial houses. It's known for clean stately streets that give way to central plazas and 18th century cathedrals.

Chitré and Las Tablas are the largest towns, offering particular appeal to history buffs. Chitré is near the remnants of an 11,000-year-old fishing settlement and features churches, museums, and plazas. The tiny town of Parita provides visitors with a wonderful look into Panama's past, as does the attractive town of Pedasí, which lies farther down the peninsula.

The Islas of Coiba, Gobernadora and Cébaco

If you want to get away from it all (and then some), the secluded isles of Coiba, Gobernadora and Cébaco will accomplish just that.

The largest island in Central America, Isla Coiba, was once a prison but now serves as a marine preserve. Only 60 guests per night are permitted at this exclusive destination where cold showers and generator-fueled power are the norm.

A visit to Isla Gobernadora is like living on a deserted island. Virtually untouched by modern infrastructure, people rely on boats or feet to get around this tropical oasis.

Isla Cébaco is a nature lover's paradise with surfing, camping, hiking and fishing, which is the primary industry of the land. Solar panels power the tiny community, which features about 30 homes on the Nothern end of the island.