Isla Grande, Colon

2.8
#4 of 8 in Parks in Colon Province
Hop on a boat to get to Isla Grande, an undeveloped, picturesque getaway. With no roads, a population of just over 1,000, and only a few resorts scattered across its shores, the island remains a tranquil sanctuary with a laid-back holiday vibe. Rest on sugar white beaches, lapped by turquoise waters ideal for snorkeling and swimming. If you fancy a hike, head up to the old lighthouse, which sits atop the island’s highest point and promises picture perfect views. The island offers only sparse amenities, so if you’re feeling peckish, head to one of the resorts for a seafood snack or come prepared with your own picnic. Use our Colon travel planner to arrange your visit to Isla Grande and other attractions in Colon.
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  • The buildings look abandoned and there is garbage laying around. Everything was closed. The beaches has no sand line for you to lay and the sea is full of rocks. We went to the lookout, but it's not t...  more »
  • It is a beach normalita, friendly and very, very small. To reach it from the Colon, you must make a journey in Vans (capacity for 10 passengers) with a duration of 2 hours winding overland more 10 minutes boat with a little chopped sea. I did not understand the fact the boat to divert the route to the big island, which is on a direct 5-minute boat ride from fisherman's Beach and have to divert the route to the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary (very rough) located at enters it da open sea, I suppose it is to justify the high cost they charge for the trip. On the island there is service of meals from simple sea and sun chairs, nothing more..., don't wait any longer, because the benefits cost is regular. It will always be more advisable to go to the Islands in the Bocas del Toro on the border with Costa Rica, but the journey is longer.
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  • It's around 1.5 hours one way from Colon on a scenic coastal road. There are several free beaches along the way. Parking in the lot for the water taxi is $5 (they now have official receipts to give yo...  more »

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