In the middle of the ample Gulf of Panama, there are approximately 200 islands and cays that form the Las Perlas Archipelago, deriving its name from the great amount of pearls that were extracted from its waters during the colonial epoch. The whole group of islands is an exquisite scenario surrounded by a magnificent turquoise sea. Beautiful mansions and hotels compliment this paradise in the Pacific, also frequented by whales. In Las Perlas visitors may enjoy deep sea diving, snorkeling, small cruisers, and tours in canoes and sailboats. Its white sand beaches are splendorous and in the near waters visitors may enjoy the traditional sailfish and marlin fishing.