In Chiriqui National Marine Park, near the Costa Rican border, lies a stunning new coast and island destination known as Boca Chica, known also like a new world-class beach and island destination. Boca Chica offers pristine ocean views of tropical blue seas, lush vegetation, picturesque islands of white sand and swaying palms, world-class fishing, diving and snorkeling. Just starting to develop as a destination it already has several very attractive lodgings options from an eco- boutique hotel to a fishing lodge.
- Come fish Panama
- Panama sport fishing lodge
- Panama Big game fishing club
Village of Boca Chica:
Boca Chica is a small fishing village along Panama’s central Pacific coast that acts primarily as the gateway to both the Gulf of Chiriquí National Park (Parque Nacional Marino Golfo de Chiriquí) and the neighboring island of Boca Brava. The natural beauty of this place is impressive. Resorts in the area offers a range of tours.
National Marine Park Golfo de Chiriqui:
A national marine park protecting 25 islands, 19 coral reefs and abundant wildlife. The marine park also protects the island of Boca Brava, a lovely little island with hiking trails and beautiful outer beaches. It’s home to howler monkeys, several types of nesting sea turtles and 280 recorded bird species. You can surf, kayak the calm interior waters, snorkel watch wildlife under the rainforest canopy, go island hopping or fish for big game. You can easily reach it from the mainland village of Boca Chica, the harbor of Pedragal in David or book an arranged tour.
-Boca Brava divers
Boca Chica is the most convenient base for scuba-diving and snorkeling trips to Parque Nacional Marino Golfo de Chiriquí and to Islas Ladrones and Islas Secas.
In Boca Brava island, during 2 hours you will go through the mangroves and up to the mountains to one of the highest points of Boca Brava. Awesome views of the ocean, islands and mainland. You will also have the opportunity to encounter numerous wildlife including monkeys and birds.
Panama is one of the few places in the world where both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere Humpback Whale families migrate 25,000 km to breed and birth their young. The Gulf of Chiriqui National Park, a 14,740 hectare marine park, is the perfect place to see the Humpbacks up close during their migration-breeding routes.
Eco Tours And Adventures:
The Eco-Tours offered at Reel Inn In Panama in Boca Chica, offer visit to these Islands for Beach Getaways, Picnics, Snorkeling or Relaxing. In a private beach where you can lounge in a hammock, have a picnic, or look for treasures above and below the water. Also 40 foot Humpback Whales watching, or hunt for some of the inshore fish that populate these magnificent waters.
Kayak tours start at the mouth of the estuary, and depending on which way the tide is running, you can head up the river into the estuary: where you can zig zag amongst the never ending mangroves, or paddle out into the tranquil bay. Ocean, hobie kayaks and Fishing kayaks.
Bocas del Mar Activities:
Bocas del Mar activities offers a wide range of organised activities. The activities are open to everyone visiting Boca Chica with daily scheduled departures and day tours.
Between 1 and 2 hours drive away you can visit the following in an easy day excursion:
The enormous Meseta Chorcha (Chorcha Plateau is known to beguile photographers. From the west you’ll see a white streak running down its glistering granite face. It is actually an extremely tall but inaccessible waterfall. Awesome stuff.
Boquete is known for its cool, fresh climate and pristine natural surroundings. Flowers, coffee, vegetables and citrus fruits flourish in its rich soil, and the friendliness of the locals seems to rub off on everyone who passes through. Boquete is one of the country’s top destinations for outdoor-lovers. It’s a hub for hiking, climbing, rafting, visiting coffee farms, soaking in hot springs, studying Spanish or canopy touring.
Hot springs Los Pozos de Caldera (near the town of Caldera, southeast of Boquete)
Hot springs Los Pozos de Abuela (Next to the Los Pozos de Caldera hot springs)
This private garden is located in a hilly area 3 km northeast of the town center; you can walk to it in about 45 minutes. The 2 hectares of gardens are designed to look like something out of Alice in Wonderland, with no shortage of quirky eye-catching displays, including fanciful suspension bridges, koi ponds and playful sculptures.
Sendero Los Quetzales:
Hiking through cloud forests.
Balneario La Cascada:
Two waterfall-side swimming pools and a small bar.
Sendero El Pianista:
This day-hike wends its way through dairy land and into humid cloud forest. You need to wade across a small river after 200m, but then it’s a steady, leisurely incline for 2 km before you start to climb a steeper, narrow path. Using a guide is highly recommended.
Adventure seekers shouldn’t miss the excellent white-water rafting that’s within 1 hour and 30 min. drive of Boquete. Ríos Chiriquí and Chiriquí Viejo both flow from the fertile hills of Volcán Barú. At some places, waterfalls can be seen at the edges of the rivers and both pass through narrow canyons with awesome, sheer rock walls.
The drive from Paso Canoas through Rio Sereno to Volcan (roughly 2,5 hours):
It is one of the most beautiful drives in Panama. On a windy asphalt road you will climb higher and higher into the mountains with another stunning view hidden around each corner. While overlooking the highlands of the Chiriqui Province you will pass local coffee farms and various small local villages.
Hiking on Volcán Barú:
On the top of Volcán Barú you can see both the Pacific and Atlantic coastlines, provided the weather is clear.
Waking up surrounded by wilderness while staying in the cool jungle lodges near Cerro Punta.
Parque Internacional La Amistad:
Wondering at why you’re the only one around in this pristine and bio-rich park.
Golfito Monkey Tours:
Is the premiere tour operator and travel agency in Golfito, specializing in Custom Itineraries for Golfito tours and Golfito vacation packages.
Golfito Boat Tours offer various tours in this area:
Golfito Half-day Sportfishing
Golfito Full-day Sportfishing
Artisanal Fishing (Traditional Fishing)
Zamia Wildlife Refuge:
Take a boat ride to Cacao beach followed by a wild walk in the valley among streams and mountains with a dense canopy overhead. Along the hike, explore the rugged mountains, glistening rivers, and learn about the endangered zamia plant. At one point, you realize you were actually going up and get right by a cliff to admire the panoramic view of Golfo Dulce.
Sunrise climbing excursions:
For a very unique experience, hike up a hill in the completely dark forest trying to find the endangered glass frog and other rare nocturnal wildlife. The trail ends in front of a tree so tall your flashlight can’t even reach the top. Put on your safety harness and go up a jungle ladder that is tied to the tree. Once you get to the platform get your camera ready for an amazing sunrise overlooking the clouds that are down in the valley, giving a spectacular rainbow-colored show.
Stay quiet to observe a variety of flamboyant birds singing and the spider monkeys playing around from an unusual angle as they don’t expect any humans sitting on the highest tree top. While you realize how high you are, get thrilled for an adrenaline descent. Spot the beautiful bay of Golfito and enjoy the mountain view as you repel freely to the ground.
On the way up the mountain, enjoy a spectacular scenery overlooking the Pacific. The zip-line tour consists of 13 platforms with in total 3000 meters of canopy.
Osa Wildlife Sanctuary:
Located adjacent to Piedras Blancas National Park, Osa Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on a remote beach off the coast of Golfo Dulce and spans 64 acres of land. The goal of the Osa Wildlife Sanctuary is to rehabilitate and care for wildlife found in the southern region of Costa Rica, including animals that have been injured, orphaned or displaced. For each animal that enters the sanctuary, a personal playground is designed to imitate the creatures natural habitat, including specific toys and re-creations of the natural landscape.