The area of the island is about 590 hectares. It was originally christened as St. Peter and its small town was founded in 1524 by Hernando de Luque.
Taboga has a rarely found tropical exuberance, with dreamy white sand beaches that you will love, and hills reaching 300 meters above sea level that are ideal for hiking. The most popular beach is La Restinga, just a few steps from the dock, and its particularity is that during low tide a sand barrier emerges and separates Taboga from a smaller island, known as El Morro de Taboga. There you can rent chairs, umbrellas and a small kiosk to make your visit more enjoyable.
Near the village rises the Cerro La Vigia, the highest hill on the island, with an enormous cross on its summit that can be seen from the beach; from here you can enjoy excellent views of the village and across to the neighboring island of Urabá. Also, here you can explore Saint Peter's Cave, the ruins of the Spanish Convent and the house of Francisco Pizarro, conqueror of Peru. The "Three Crosses" path is another attractive hiking trail. A monument commemorates the French painter Paul Gauguin, who captured the beauty of the island on canvas in 1887.
Escape from the city and cross the Pacific towards the paradise of Taboga, the island of flowers.
¿How to arrive?
There are two companies for sea travel:
Calypso: Boats embark from the dock behind the Marine Exhibition Center in the Amador Causeway, at a place known as La Playita de Amador. The cost for the one-hour trip, traveling at 8 miles per hour, is $12 USD round trip. Ships leave from Panama City from Monday to Friday at 8:30 am, and on Saturday, Sunday and holidays at 8:00 am, 10:30 am and 4:00 pm. Departures from Taboga Island are Monday through Friday at 4:30 pm, and on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays at 9:00 am, 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm. You should be on the dock one hour early. Phone: +507 314-1730 / 390 -2403, with attendants who speak English.
National Tours: Boats are boarded at the Yacht Club in front of the Hotel Country Inn at the Amador Causeway. The cost for the 20 minute trip is $14 USD round trip. Departures from Panama City are Monday to Sunday at 8:30 am and 3:00 pm. From Taboga Island they leave from Monday to Sunday at 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. You should be on the dock one hour early. Phone: +507 314-0571 / 314 -0572, with attendants who speak English.
Lodging: You can stay overnight on the island if you wish, as there is a good range of hotels and other accommodations starting at $50 USD per night. Bring cash because there are no ATMs on the island and few places accept credit cards.
Hostal Zoraida's Cool: A house with an ocean view, beyond Aquarium Restaurant and next to the Hotel Vereda Tropical. For reservations call Mr. Rafael at +507 -6471-1123 / 6566-9250.
Food: There are plentiful restaurants offering a wide menu of seafood such as lobster, as well as chicken and other meat.
¿What to wear?
Swimsuit and cool and comfortable clothing.