The City of Puerto Armuelles

Puerto Armuelles, named after war hero Coto Tomás Armuelles, is recognized internationally for its banana industry, though its farmers also produce palm oil, rice, beans, corn, and sorghum.

The emerald-green waters and gray sandy beaches that border the city and the coastal rural areas are perfect for recreation. Bananas are loaded onto boats for export from the former Banana Pier, built in 1936.

In the 1980s a deep-water dock and an oil pipeline were built to transport oil drilled in Alaska to the Atlantic, where it was bound for the refineries in Houston and the Gulf Coast of the United States.

Location

Puerto Armuelles is 34 km. from Paso Canoa, 87 km. from David, and 525 km. from Panama City.

Attractions

  • Chorogo and San Bartolo pre-montane forests
  • Charco Azul Bay and its beaches
  • Beaches off Puerto Armuelles 
  • Downtown Puerto Armuelles
  • Fiscal Dock
  • Railroad structures
  • Burica Peninsula beaches, part of the Limones township, which are accessible only from Puerto Armuelles 

Activities

  • Sport fishing for marlin, sailfish, swordfish, mahi mahi, and tuna
  • Ecological tours by land and sea to the port
  • Trip to Burica Peninsula
  • Visit the fishing communities
  • Geological and paleontological site inspections
  • Walking tours on the Old Pier
  • Bird-watching at the Chorogo Refuge