Most people are familiar with white sand beaches which are formed by crushed coral, but black sand beaches are gaining popularity, especially amongst travelers who are looking for an experience off the beaten path or who are eco-tourism enthusiasts. Black sand is formed from lava entering the water while it’s still very hot. Contact with cold water shatters the lava into fine pieces, velvety in texture, that are either deposited directly on the beach or carried by ocean currents and deposited on nearby beaches.
Isla Palenque and the other islands in the Gulf of Chiriqui were formed by volcanic activity, which accounts for the rugged volcanic outcroppings that make up a portion of the shoreline. Although there are no completely black sand beaches, deposits of rich volcanic sand can be found in various amounts.
Why settle for one beach playground when you can have nine all within walking distance? Here at Isla Palenque,our vacation homes are set amongst nine beaches that vary in color, shape and size, each having its own unique character and ambiance.
For instance our ¾ mile long beach, Playa Palenque, contains both white and black sand. Black sand is lighter than white sand, so the ocean waves carry it further, giving this beach a gorgeous effect described best as zebra striped.
Whether you’re looking for the familiar or something fresh and exciting, the beaches on Isla Palenque have some of the most gorgeous views of the Gulf of Chiriqui. And don’t worry about changing your preference, we have it all and promise you’ll never get bored with the same old same old.