Fodor's Expert Review Playa Restinga
Isla Taboga Beach
At low- or mid-tide, Playa Restinga is a gorgeous swath of golden sand flanked by calm waters, but at high tide, it disappears. It's often packed on weekends and holidays, when the radios and screaming kids can be a bit too much, but it is practically deserted on most weekdays. The barely visible ruins of the Hotel Taboga, which was demolished in 2005, stand behind the beach. Swimming here is not recommended because of nearby untreated sewage from San Pedro. Amenities: food and drink. Best for: quick, midweek sunbathing getaways from Panama City.