Now that Panama has fully reopened and is again rolling out the red carpet for visitors, we here at Live And Invest Overseas are reminding ourselves of all the reasons this little isthmus is such an appealing place to spend time.
Among the country’s greatest attractions are its expansive coastlines, along both the Pacific and Caribbean, and its myriad islands.
No question, Panama is home to many stunning beaches.
You’ve heard of Bocas del Toro and the San Blas Islands, but what if you’re not into crowds… or you prefer beaches better suited to surfing?
Sometimes it takes an insider’s perspective to find the best beach spots.
That’s why we asked members of the Live And Invest Overseas team at our headquarters in Panama City to share their favorite Panamanian beach destinations.
Here are their replies… our Team LIOS picks for The Best Beaches In Panama…
Senior Marketing Assistant Arash Bernal enjoys a beautiful landscape, which is why his favorite beach is Playa Morrillo in Veraguas. Although you can’t swim here because of the waves, Arash assures us that the tides are excellent for surfers.
Product and Customer Engagement Manager César Serrano’s ideal day at the beach includes seafood, live music, beers with friends, and activities on the water like kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. He recommends visiting Pipa’s Beach in Coclé if those things appeal to you, too.
Junior Copywriter Geraldine González says the San Blas Islands are at the top of her list. But when she doesn’t have time for the long trek from Panama City to the Caribbean coast, she heads to the beaches of Colón. Her favorites are Playa Blanca, Isla Mamey, and Puerto Francés.
Marketing Assistant Yuliana Riasco loves white-sand beaches, and her favorites are Santa Clara, in Coclé, and Playa Caracol, in Punta Chame. She enjoys the restaurants, location, and vibe of Santa Clara and says that Playa Caracol is never too crowded, superb for surfing, and close to the city, making it a convenient weekend escape.
Email Marketing Assistant Carlos Barahona appreciates Panama’s Caribbean beaches but isn’t a fan of crowds. That’s why he considers Playa Juan Hombrón, in Coclé Province, to be the perfect beach. Carlos likes the solitude and cold water of the Pacific.
Iranovy Grenald, our Office Manager, prefers island beaches, as they’re typically less crowded and cleaner, meaning you can truly relax. She enjoys the crystal-clear water and lovely views of the San Blas Islands, Pearl Islands, Mamey Island, Bocas del Toro, Escudo de Veraguas, and Isla Iguana.
For Diógenes Hernández, Operations Manager, the ideal beach is close to the city and not overly crowded. If you feel the same, he recommends Playa Las Guías near Bijao Resort in Coclé and Playa Huerta near Portobelo. Diógenes takes advantage of both of Panama’s breathtaking coasts.
Events Coordinator Assistant Gloria Contreras’ favorite beaches belong to the Pearl Islands. She says that she and her fellow travelers were the only ones there, and that they were in awe of the crystal-clear waters. “The white sand was so soft I was able to sleep like a baby there,” Gloria says. She visited the Pearl Islands on a whale watching tour—something to consider if you want to observe Panamanian wildlife.
As for me, I look for soft, white sand, clear, warm water, and plenty of space on the shoreline when choosing a beach. I prefer less-crowded island beaches with amenities like seafood restaurants, music, and beach bars.
I like having the opportunity to island hop, which is why the islands of Bocas del Toro are my favorite. They offer various activities like swimming, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and hiking. I like to have lots of options when on vacation.
Editorial Assistant, Live And Invest Overseas