Pearl Islands of Panama

The Pearl Islands
The Pearl Islands of Panama is an archipelago that covers around 250 small islands of which most are uninhabited. The locals call the islands Islas de las Perlas, a name that dates back from Spanish colonial times. The Spanish Conquistadors discovered the islands in 1503 and gave the Islands its name due to the great amounts of pearls found on them. The biggest island is Isla Del Ray by far but Contadora Island is the most notable for tourist, it offers great resorts, hotels and an Airport. Another noteworthy island is Isla Saboga, you can find traditional Island culture here. The Pearl Islands are most famous for their spectacular white sand deserted beaches, scuba diving, marine life (whale watching) and delicate ecosystems. Panamanian law to preserve the life on the islands protects the islands flora and fauna. The Pearl Islands are located in the North Pacific Ocean in the Gulf of Panama. A trip to the Islands is not that far from mainland Panama.

Vacation destination Pearl Islands

First the Pearl Islands were reserved only for the rich and the famous since getting to the islands was expensive, just like the hotels and resort. But since a few years the tourism industry is growing and the first ferries from mainland Panama were there. These ferries can take you to the Islands for a small price. Nowadays there are more hotels, hostels and resorts to choose and even a few restaurants. Some of which are expensive and others are affordable. The popularity of the Isla de Las Perlas was boosted by the CBS Broadcasting television show Survivor.

Reviews of the Pearl Islands

“Named for the large pearls found in its waters, the Pearl Islands comprise 90 named islands and over 100 unnamed islets, each surrounded by travel magazine–worthy, white-sand beaches and turquoise waters.”

Quoted from the Lonely Planet travel guide

“Historically famous for its pearls and more recently as the island Shangri-La for television’s Survivor series in 2003 and 2006, the Archipiélago de las Perlas (Pearl Islands) is nevertheless an unsung beach destination that has taken a back seat to places such as Bocas del Toro.”

Quoted from the Frommers travel guide

Tourist information

Our website offers information on whale watching tours, scuba diving and snorkel spots, the best beaches and islands, the climate and daily weather and the best accommodation in town. Additionally we offer travel guidance from the mainland and how to get to the other Pearl Islands. We hope you enjoy your stay on our beautiful and one of the prestine destinations in Central America. How can we help you plan your journey?

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