Coiba National Park - Isla Coiba
General data It is located in the Pacific south of the Province of Veraguas, with an area of 270,125 hectares, protecting marine, insular and coastal ecosystems. Within this Park are the island areas of Isla Coiba, Ranchería (Coibita), Jicarón, Jicarita, Afuerita, Canal de Afuera, Uvas, Contreras and Brincanco (153,582 hectares), as well as the marine areas (216,543 hectares), which become one of the most extensive marine parks in the world and its continental shelf. Coiba with 49,300 hectares is the largest island in the American Pacific, due to its geographical isolation, a penal colony was established in 1910, which still exists today, a situation that has favored maintaining the forests of this island in an unaltered state.
How to get
The Coiba National Park can be reached from Panama City, by air to the City of Santiago in 20 minutes or by road (245 kilometers) in 5 hours. Once in Santiago, take the road (25 kilometers) that leads to Puerto Mutis, to travel by sea to the island. This transfer will depend on the weather conditions and the type of boat used, in a fast boat and in good weather. The trip can take around two hours otherwise a six hours. It is important, to visit Isla Coiba, obtain prior permits from the Criminal Correction Directorate of the Ministry of Government and Justice and the National Environmental Authority (ANAM).
What to do and where to go
The Coiba National Park favors the opportunity of activities such as, beaches, diving and fishing are the products offered by this Park along its entire coastal perimeter. Very fine sands and the transparency of the water are the characteristics of the beaches such as Playa Damas and Playa Blanca in Isla Coiba, as well as those that can be found in the Granito de Oro, Ranchería, Uvas, Contreras and others. From any island within the Park you can organize a day for scuba diving or simply for fishing, an activity that is internationally recognized in the area of Coiba for the species that are found there such as the merlin. In insular lands there is a variety of flora and fauna for nature lovers, including the nesting of turtles in the beach areas.
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