10Best Beaches it in Panama

  • Kuna Yala

    On Panama's Caribbean coast, you'll find the province of Kuna Yala and its 365 offshore islands – a treasure trove of white sand beaches and blue waters. Visitors come here to snorkel, swing in hammocks and laze away the days in the sun.

    Photo courtesy of Jose Jiménez

  • Playón Chico

    From Playón Chico, one of the most populous islands in Kuna Yala, you can catch a boat to Yandup, a resort island with some of the most picturesque beaches in the country.

    Photo courtesy of Jose Jiménez

  • Island Hopping in Kuna Yala

    One of the best ways to experience the Kuna Yala islands is by chartering a boat and hopping from one to the next. Many of the tiny islands are uninhabited, and for a small fee paid to the Kuna tribe, you can enjoy your own desert island for the day.

    Photo courtesy of Jean-Marc Astesana

  • Isla Bastimentos

    Panama's Bocas del Toro province is another hub of excellent beaches, and some of the best are located on Isla Bastimentos, nicknamed Zapatillas (Slippers) Island. Here you'll find plenty of powdery sand, blue waters and excellent snorkeling on the reefs just off the beach.

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  • Wizard Beach

    Wizard Beach is just one of several popular beaches on Isla Bastimentos, along with Red Frog Beach and Playa Larga. Many of the island's tree-lined beaches serve as nesting grounds for sea turtles.

    Photo courtesy of Micah MacAllen

  • Isla Colon

    Isla Colón, the most developed island in the Bocas del Toro Archipelago, is home to its own set of beaches. When you're not lazing in the sand, you can tour the island's forests, caves and turtle nesting spots by bike or boat.

    Photo courtesy of Michael (a.k.a. moik) McCullough

  • Isla Grande

    For a quick beach getaway from busy Panama City, head to nearby Isla Grande off Panama's northern Caribbean coast. With native inhabitants of African descent, the island has a distinctly Caribbean vibe, and it's known for its snorkeling and diving.

    Photo courtesy of Juan Fotografía Compacta

  • Isla Coiba National Park

    If your ideal beach vacation includes a little underwater adventure, look no further than Isla Coiba. This national park ranks as the best dive site in the country, and many of its tiny islands are lined with idyllic jungle-backed beaches. Nearby Santa Catalina is excellent for surfing.

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  • Santa Clara

    Just a couple hours from Panama City on the Pacific Coast lies Santa Clara Beach, one of the country's best for swimming. Nearby Farallón is another good option if you're looking to escape Panama City for the day.

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