Cébaco

Cébaco Island, enclosed by the Gulf of Montijo, is the perfect get-away spot: a peaceful place with calm townspeople. Long stretches of pristine beaches provide an escape from the chaotic world and a place to enjoy a soothing silence with nothing but the sounds of nature. 

During the months of September and October you will be able to spot whales and sea turtles. Only on this island will you find such different types of beaches, from tranquil to battered with strong, 2-meter high waves great for surfing.

Location

Cébaco is located in southwestern Panama, south of the province of Veraguas. The island is in the Pacific Ocean, south of the Gulf of Montijo and some 15 km west of the Azuero Peninsula. It has an area of 80 km2 and is the third largest island in the country.

How to arrive 

- Once in the city of Santiago, take the road behind the St. James cathedral and at the traffic light turn right. After driving for around 24 kilometers you will reach Port Mutis, where you can board a boat. Depending on the type of engine, the trip to Cébaco Island can take an hour or less.

- Take the Pan-American Highway, turning off at the exit for Atalaya before reaching Santiago. Then, before coming into the town of Atalaya, follow the sign to Ponuga or Mariato on the right. In approximately 57 kilometers you will arrive at Mariato, from where you can take a 25-minute boat ride to Cébaco Island. Busses bound for Mariato depart from Santiago.

- Cathedral, and after about 500 meters you will see the turn-off for Soná (46 kilometers). Before reaching the village of Soná, turn left to visit the ATP information center and a gas station. From there it is approximately 90 kilometers to the village of Hicaco, from where you can take a boat to Cébaco Island.

- Take a bus at the Albrook bus station bound for Santiago, or the direct route of Panama City-Soná. Once at the Soná bus station, transfer to a bus going to Santa Catalina and ask to be dropped off at Hicaco or on Playa Arrimaderoin Madre Vieja.

What to bring

  • Water bottle
  • Insect repellent
  • Surfboard
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Diving
  • Camping
  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing