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An Exciting New Destination
Isla Palenque is located off the Pacific coast of Panama in the pristine waters of the Gulf of Chiriqui outlying the small fishing village of Boca Chica. Positioned west of the bustling epicenter of Panama City and just east of the Costa Rican border, it is approximately one hour from the city of David in the Province of Chiriqui, Panama. This page provides more detailed information about the surrounding area; visit the page How to get to Isla Palenque for recommended travel options to our island.
Gulf of Chiriqui
The Gulf of Chiriqui is a pristine Pacific gulf nestled into Panama’s northwest side. The unspoiled coastal and marine environments in the area rival the best on the Pacific coasts of Central America and Mexico. Isla Palenque sits at the doorstep of the Gulf of Chiriqui National Marine Park. The park encompasses tens of thousands of acres of unspoiled coastal and marine environments and protects dozens of uninhabited islands, multiple coral reefs, and abundant wildlife. In the waters surrounding Isla Palenque you’ll explore some of the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems, and an extraordinary number of marine species call these temperate waters their home, including humpback whales, hammerhead sharks, dolphins, multiple species of sea turtles, and giant rays.
Province of Chiriqui
Chiriqui is the mainland province that shelters the Gulf of Chiriqui. This province is the wild west of Panama, home to quiet farm villages and Panama’s largest indigenous group, the Ngöbe–Buglé. The bustling expatriate haven of Boquete has brought North American attention to the area in recent years, as has the globally-renowned coffee grown in the cloud forest microclimate there, but the locals value the area for its small, peaceful farming and fishing communities nestled into the peaks and valleys of the rolling countryside that leads to the sea.
Isla Palenque is located off the Pacific coast of Panama, the incredibly biodiverse isthmus that connects North and South America. Panama’s privileged location at the dual crossroads of two continents and two oceans has led to a rich natural world and cultural mélange, drawing from both the ancient customs of native peoples and the modern innovation of more developed societies. In Panama City and in other urban centers such as David, the provincial capital of Chiriqui, Panama, residents and visitors alike enjoy first-world medical care, well-maintained modern infrastructure, and exceptional dining and shopping opportunities.
A country of just three million people, the Republic of Panama boasts a stable democratic government, a rapidly growing economy and a wealth of natural resources including precious hardwoods, exports of fine coffee, tropical fruit, and vegetable crops, the massive hydroelectric output of the famous Canal, and is a home to vibrant indigenous cultures – all of these conspiring to make Panama increasingly attractive to adventure travelers, foreign investors, retirees, and Panama real estate seekers.