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Visit Taboga Island

About Taboga Island

Taboga Island is located seven miles off the coast of Panama and is an absolute paradise to visit. In fact, it has enticed visitors for over 400 years and can trace its roots with the outside world to Vasco Nunez de Balboa, who was the first European to set foot on the island. Balboa named the island San Pedro, but after a while the moniker was set aside and the island was named Aboga, which is a native term meaning many fish.

One of the most famous residents of Taboga Island was French Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin, who relocated there after a short stint working with a French crew building a canal through Panama. Gauguin’s paintings of Taboga Island depicted the vibrant flora, fauna and people of the beautiful island.

Taboga Island Beaches

Taboga Island has a number of beautiful beaches to enjoy. The Playa Honda beach is particularly popular as it has a wonderful pier and several roofed buildings that can be used for free. To the right of the pier is La Restinga beach, which is popular because of its fine sand and proximity to El Morro Island.

Fun Fact: you can walk to El Morro Island from La Restinga Beach during periods of low tide. 

Travelling to Taboga Island

To travel to Taboga Island from Panama City you can take a ferry that departs from the pier just off Amador Causeway. The trip to this beautiful and sunny island takes between 30 and 90 minutes depending on the type of boat used.

Things to do in Taboga Island

Taboga Island has a lot to offer visitors, including two gorgeous beaches that are open to the public. In addition to enjoying pristine beaches, visitors can take a walk through the island for a true delight of the senses. While traversing the island you can get a fascinating view of the island’s topography and natural wonders, which is a real treat for people accustomed to city life.

Moreover, Taboga Island offers visitors a scrumptious dining experience as the island boasts some of the best food in Panama. As if wonderful food and natural surroundings were not enough, take a look at the list below for other great Taboga Island attractions and things to do.

·       Explore the island via a walking tour

·       Go hiking

·       Go fishing (bottom fishing, trolling, casting, or deep sea fishing)

·       Go snorkeling

·       Enjoy local cuisine

·       See rare species of animal

·       Chat with the locals

·       Explore the waters around the island with a boat trip

·       Comb the beach for treasures like shell souvenirs

·       Take in cultural events

·       Visit the second oldest Catholic church in the Western Hemisphere

·       Take a tour to the top of Mt. Vigia