Taboga Island Beaches, Isla Taboga

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Taboga Island Beaches remain a tropical getaway for many locals and tourists seeking a respite from the hectic Panama City. Feel at peace as you gaze at the deep blue sea and the distant skyscrapers of the big city. You'll find refreshments and a welcome shade at restaurants and bars when the sun starts burning, and if you're looking for a non-beach activity, visit the rustic San Pedro, a small town founded in the 16th century. Ferries from Panama City provide a quick and reliable link to the island and its beaches. Use our Isla Taboga trip planner to visit Taboga Island Beaches on your trip to Isla Taboga, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • One can visit Taboga island from Panama City or with catamaran day cruise(more than 90$,without hotel transportation) or with the Taboga express ship(24$to go and come back) The village of the island....  more
    One can visit Taboga island from Panama City or with catamaran day cruise(more than 90$,without hotel transportation) or with the Taboga express ship(24$to go and come back) The village of the island....  more »
  • I was a little concerned after reading some of the newer reviews but decided to take my wife, 15 y/o and 12 y/o for a beach day while on vacation. TL;DR: I'd recommend going for a beach day... 
    I was a little concerned after reading some of the newer reviews but decided to take my wife, 15 y/o and 12 y/o for a beach day while on vacation. TL;DR: I'd recommend going for a beach day...  more »
  • There is nothing great about this place. Old village town and a dirty beach to match the dirty island. Don't go 
    There is nothing great about this place. Old village town and a dirty beach to match the dirty island. Don't go  more »
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  • Getting here from Panama City is easy and affordable. We needed to have a negative Covid test within 48 hours before we could purchase our ticket. The ferry ride was beautiful, as we passed by ships waiting to cross the canal. The island was beautiful, with blue waters and a shore filled with smooth rocks and shells. The small restaurants were family owned, with fresh seafood with great views of the Pacific Ocean.
  • Aboard a beautiful ferry ride and spend a beautiful day on this beautiful island!! Taboga is a small laid back, quaint island, with unique charm. What an amazing escape from the city...we didn't want to leave! Would 100% recommend. Note: Bring change with you for use of public restrooms and change rooms.
  • Amazing island, there's a wonderful strip of sand that connects to an island not far from the coast. You can hiking if you want following "el camino de la cruz", a path in the forest that arrive up in the hill, here you can see a beautiful view.
  • Charming island. Do not go on weekends, it will be too crowded. Absolutely go on a weekday. Very very easy to get to (easier than going to the Pacific beaches imo), you just take a ferry from the end of the Causeway. I went with Taboga Express, lots of available departures and only a 30min ride. The island had very good walkways, was clean and full of flowers, and I saw no garbage. You can rent parasols, chairs, and use of bathroom/showers. There are numerous places for finger food or fish close to the beach area. My suggestion for you: take the last ferry (3pm) and arrange a hotel overnight. When you get to the island, the day trippers will be already packing up to leave. Then you will have the beach to yourself in the afternoon, as well as early in the morning the next day before the ferry arrives. Leave around 11 or 1. The only difficult part might be finding a place for dinners or drink. It's a very sleepy town. But hotel Vereda Tropical serves dinner from 630 to 830pm.
  • Tobago Island is 20km from Panama City. Take the ferry from the Causeway for $24.00 round trip, & 45 minute trip each way. I planned on staying from 8:00am to 4:00pm, but got lucky and was able to board an earlier ferry to return. Please note: you have to decide what time to return when you purchase your tickets and they do not have to honor your schedule change. Bring cash if you plan on eating while on the island. There is also a fee for the restrooms & shower. Beach lounge chairs rental fee is $10.00. There is a small hut right before the beach that sell the best lobster “corn “ empanadas. Most others sell tropical drinks. Bottle water is $1-$1.50. Try & bring everything that you will need like sunblock, towels, swimsuits....no shopping area. You can also go hiking up the road, but most of the island away from the beach & main area is nature preserve.

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