Top 5 places to visit in Chiriqui

The Chiriquí Province is located on the western coast of Panama, between the border with Bocas del Toro Province, the Veraguas Province, and Costa Rica. This area is one of the most attractive areas for tourism.  If you want to experience the tropical rainforest and Pacific coast, all in one day, Chiriquí is the perfect place for you. This stunning region contains a variety of attractions including islands, rivers, waterfalls, hiking trails, beaches, exotic flora and fauna, coffee plantation and vast agriculture. 
Chiriquí is exceptional location, due to the proximity of the ocean and the mountains, which explains why it is a destination beloved by tourists from all around the world. The abundance of nature, the fertile soil, pristine beaches, and the economic growth makes the region one of the best places to visit in Panama.  Its capital, David City, is growing rapidly and it is a hub to most of the areas in Chiriquí. Chiriquí, has so much to offer and so many beautiful places to visit that made it complicated to select the five most beautiful places. Here are at least five places you must visit if you decide to travel to Chiriquí Province:
 

1. Boquete

Top 5 places to visit in Chiriqui
Boquete is the number one favorite place for Panamanian and tourists to travel. It offers tropical humid weather, with a variety of hotels and activities. You can be inspired by watching the tropical forest lush surroundings.  Boquete is famous due to coffee productions, and one of the most expensive coffee in the world, Geisha Coffee. Gated communities, hotels, restaurants and stunning golf courses and tennis courts are in town. As well as trails, volcano hiking, water rafting, horse riding, canopy, waterfalls, birdwatching, and very important, Coffee Tours. It is a brilliant place for a weekend full of adventure and relaxation. 

 

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  •  Population (2008): 19,000

  •  Size: 488.4 km2

  • Places to Visit: Volcano Barú, Downtown Boquete Restaurants, Trails (Lots Waterfalls, Culebra, Pipeline, Pianist, Quetzal), Boquete Tree Trek Adventure Canopy and hanging bridges, Coffee tours (Finca Dos Jefes, Milagrosa, Café Ruiz) Caldera Hot Springs. 

  • Activities: Hiking, Trails, Coffee Tour, Volcano Climbing, Canopy, birdwatching, rafting, golf, tennis, nightlife, restaurants

  • How to get there: car Rental, taxi, Shuttles, private tour, and public transportation

2. Tierras Altas (Volcán & Cerro Punta)

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Volcan and Cerro Punta are small agricultural towns, located about 1.5 hours from David City. The roads have magnificent views to the mountains and farms. Surrounded by natural beauty and fresh weather, delicious vegetables, beautiful flowers, trout fishing, and the tasting of its coffee will bring peace and joy to your life. It is the perfect place to sit down, drink a cup of coffee and read a book. 

 

Details:

  • Population (2010): 12,717 Volcan / 7,754 Cerro Punta

  • Size: 488.4 km2 233.7 km2 Volcan/ 105.1 km2 Cerro Punta

  • Activities: Hiking, Trails, Coffee Tour, Volcano Climbing, Canopy, birdwatching, rafting, restaurants, Agro tours

  • Places to Visit: Trail(Volcan Barú, Quetzal), Finca Drácula (Orchids), Coffee Farms(The Janson), Sitio Barriles Archeological site, Zoo(Raquel’s Ark), Macho Monte.

  • How to get there: car rental, taxi, shuttles, private tour, public transportation

3. Chiriquí Gulf

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The Gulf of Chiriquí is located on the Pacific coast of Panama and extends from the border with Costa Rica to the Azuero Peninsula. This unique region has one of the largest coral reefs in the Pacific, amazing mangrove forests, and the largest island in Panama. It is home to the Parque Nacional Marino Golfo de Chiriquí and Coiba National Park.  Exotic animals such as howler monkeys, sea turtles, and around 280 bird species inhabit the Chiriquí Gulf natural reserve. Additionally, between the months of August and October, the large migration of humpback whales takes place, and this spectacle is not to be missed. 
 
If you would like to access to the Chiriquí Gulf, the best access is through Boca Chica. Boca Chica is located about 45 minutes from David City. Once you arrive at the small town of Boca Chica, you can get in a boat, which can provide with a private tour, or you can book the tour with a travel agency. Visiting the Gulf of Chiriquí is a unique experience! Book a day tour, and enjoy the Pacific coast around wildlife and nature.  

 

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  • Places to Visit: Boca Chica, Isla Bolaños, Isla Gámez, Isla Palenque, Isla Boca Brava, Isla Paridita and Islas Seca. How to get there: car rental, shuttles, private tour.

  • Activities: surf, hiking, snorkeling, boat ride, trail, kayak, paddleboard, sports fishing, diving, whale watching.

  • How to get there: car rental, shuttles, private tour.

4. Puerto Armuelles

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 Puerto Armuelles is a peaceful small town in Chiriquí, it is part of the Corregimiento del Barú. The Bay of Charco Azul surrounds its coasts, and is an important area for the loading and unloading of crude oil. Puerto Armuelles used to be a very vibrant town while the Chiquita Fruit Company was still in the area, once the company decided to close operation many families migrated to Panama City and David City to find new opportunities. This small banana production and fishing town have experienced a complete change during the past years. Currently, the company Del Monte has started the operations with reactivation of the Banana Production and Pineapple Production, including a new four-lane road.
 
Furthermore, tourism is growing and many foreigners have found a home in the different natural beaches around Puerto Armuelles. 
 

It is a great destination. The amazing characteristic of this area is to be amused by the untouched beaches along the town and experience the most beautiful sunsets in the Pacific Ocean. It is a colorful town, with extraordinary history, breathtaking nature, and rich culture. Visit this magnificent place and enjoy the Pacific Coast with a cold drink under the pristine palms and the fresh breeze. 

Details:

  • Population (2010): 20,455

  • Size: 222.5 km2

  • Activities: Swimming, snorkeling, paddleboard, surf, kayak, fishing, boogie board, boat riding, diving.

  • Places to Visit: Big Daddy’s Beach Club, Mellizas Beach, Petro Terminal Site, Old Town, Coco Beach, Corazon de Jesus Beach, Punta Burica, Limones, El Mono Feliz (Pet Monkeys), Whale watching.

  • How to get there: car rental, taxi, private tours, public transportation

5. Playa Barqueta

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 Located about 30 minutes (25km) from David City. This beach is a popular weekend escape due to the proximity to David. Playa la Barqueta has gray sand and a very strong riptide. It is a place to spend an evening and watch beautiful sunsets. The town most closely within La Barqueta Beach is called Alanje, it is a fishing and agricultural center which produces mainly rice.

 

  • Activities: Hotel Las Olas Resort, surfing, horseback riding, walk the forest trail & agro experience, farm tour, fishing, kayak
  • Places to Visit: Las Olas Resort.
  •   How to get there: car rental, taxi, private tour, shuttles, public transportation