Chiriquí Province: Places to Explore


  • Bambito

    Rather than a town, Bambito is a series of farms and houses scattered along the serpentine Río Chiriquí Viejo valley on the western slope of Volcán Barú, between Volcán and Cerro Punta. Because the people... Read more

  • Boca Chica and Isla Boca Brava

    Long a sleepy fishing port at the end of a bone-rattling road, Boca Chica now has a paved road and a small selection of hotels that serve the islands of Parque Nacional Marino Golfo de Chiriquí. The town... Read more

  • Boquete

    This pleasant town sits at 3,878 feet above sea level in the always springlike valley of the Río Caldera. The surrounding mountains are covered with forest and shade coffee farms, where coffee bushes grow... Read more

  • Cerro Punta

    This bowl-shaped highland valley northwest of Volcán Barú offers some splendid bucolic scenery and is bordered by vast expanses of wilderness that invite bird-watchers, hikers, and nature lovers. A patchwork... Read more

  • David

    The province's bustling, sweltering capital won't be the Chiriquí you came to see. All services are here, however—at 80,000 inhabitants, lowland David clocks in as Panama's third largest city. With the... Read more

  • Golfo de Chiriquí Islands

    The vast Gulf of Chiriquí holds dozens of uninhabited islands surrounded by healthy coral formations and excellent conditions for surfing, diving, and fishing. You can base yourself in the Boca Chica/Boca... Read more

  • Parque Nacional Coiba

  • Parque Nacional Volcán Barú

  • Playa La Barqueta

    Playa La Barqueta, the closest beach to David, is a long ribbon of dark-gray sand that's popular with local surfers. The area behind the beach is deforested, and the sea is often murky due to a nearby mangrove... Read more

  • Playa Santa Catalina

    Literally at the end of the road, the tiny fishing village of Santa Catalina sits near some of the best surfing spots in the country and is the closest port to Isla Coiba, Panama's top dive destination... Read more

  • Volcán

    A breezy little town, Volcán has the best view of Volcán Barú, several miles northeast. The town is a dreary succession of restaurants, banks, and other businesses spread along a north–south route.... Bambito... Read more