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5 Beaches You Can’t Miss While Visiting Panama City & Boquete

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I love escaping to the beach on the weekends, and while Bocas del Toro is arguably home to the most breathtaking beaches in Panama (both in quantity and in quality, specially in terms of raw natural beauty), if you're not vacationing in Bocas, the long bus ride certainly isn’t conducive to a quick weekend trip from Panama City. Nor is the overpriced airplane ticket.

Hubby has found a shady spot under a coconut tree. Watch your head, Mister! . . . #bestbeach #panama #daytrip #bocasdeltoro

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On the other hand, if you're planning your Spanish learning vacation in a destination where you can spend more outdoor time in fresh mountain air and hiking trails, but you'd still like to be able to hit the beach on the weekends, then Boquete is for you.

Now, this doesn't pretend to be an exhaustive list about beach excursions in Panama. For the most complete guide to beaches in Panama check out "El Almanaque Azul".

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Posted by Almanaque Azul on Monday, April 10, 2017

And much has already been said day trips from Panama City to the island of Taboga, about San Blas (Kuna Yala), the enchanted land of the Kuna people, and about the uninhabited islands of the Chiriqui Gulf National Marine Park...

So instead let's dig into some less well known beaches in Panama. There are many other hidden gems in Panama and more importantly, the are more easy to access than Kuna Yala, or the Chiriqui Gulf. Whether you're in Boquete or in Panama City, and in need for a quick beach fix during the weekend, here are some beaches you can visit if you're on the Pacific side of Panama:

5. Playa Veracruz

Only 30 minutes outside of Panama City, Playa Veracruz is the easiest beach to get to when you just want to relax under an umbrella with a cold beer or practice your surfing skills. On the Pacific side of Panama, it has grey sand beaches surrounded by a hillside. Above the beaches are small restaurants and bars that serves simple Panamanian food and cold drinks.

One of my favorite places to go to in Playa Veracruz is Paddleboard Paradise. As the name suggests, you can rent paddle boards here by the hour and enjoy yourself out in the open sea. Paddleboard Paradise also throws parties on a regular basis that can go on until the sunrise! Because of its proximity to the city, you can catch a cab or an Uber to Playa Veracruz for less than $10

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No viajamos para escapar de la vida'😌, viajamos para que la vida no se nos escape'🏄🏻 #supertrip #amiguitanueva #mecaistebien

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4. Isla Grande

Two hours outside of Panama City in the Colon Province is the colonial town of Portobelo which boasts the most beautiful stretch of Caribbean beaches near the city. Once you make it to Portobelo, a quick water taxi ride takes you to the beautiful beaches of Isla Grande where you can enjoy calm, blue ocean all year round. To get to Portobelo from Panama City, take a bus from Albrook Bus Terminal to Colon ($3.15) and get off at the El Reys Grocery Store. From El Reys transfer onto a Diablo Rojo going to Portobelo for $1.

3. Santa Clara

It's easy to assume that the Pacific Coast doesn’t boast the white sand beaches most people look for when you think of Central America. Playa Santa Clara, however, has white sand beaches that stretch for miles alongside a calm blue ocean that is perfect for swimming or just splashing around. On the weekends, many people from Panama city head to Santa Clara for a good time, transforming the quiet beach into a party with sounds of reggaeton and laughter. The beach also has facilities where you can shower, buy food, and rent cabanas. There are buses that leave regularly from Albrook in Panama City ($3). You will have to ask the driver to stop at Santa Clara and may have to pay a little more if you want them to drive down the main road to get to the beach. Otherwise you can walk or find a taxi about a mile to get to the beach.

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2. Las Lajas

Playa Las Lajas is set along Panama’s Pacific coast in the Gulf of Chiriquí. It's one of the most popular mainland beaches in the area because it's close to both David and the Inter-American Highway. The 13 kilometers of untouched beach is lined with palm trees and there are shady ranchos (thatched-roof huts) that beach-goers can rent for the day. The beach cab become crowded on the weekends, but during the week it often lies empty, so you can savor the glorious expanse all by yourself. Las Lajas is 1 hour and 45 minutes away from Boquete. There are a few mini buses that go directly to Las Lajas town. From town you can get a or a taxi to the beach for about $6-7 from Las Lajas town.

Crowded beaches? In Panama there are a few. But most are like this. Even in Las Lajas, which is a very popular beach amongst Panamanians, it's 13km long... so you should be able to find your own spot!

Posted by Habla Ya Spanish Schools on Tuesday, April 7, 2015

1. Playa La Barqueta

Just 25 minutes (26 km) from the City of David is a popular surfers beach called La Barqueta. With its black sand and emerald blue waters, this beach is located in the south eastern part of Chiriquí. About 14km of the eastern part of the beach is a wildlife refuge, the Refugio de Vida Silvestre Playa Barqueta Agricola, whose mangrove and scrub offer protection to four species of turtles. This beach is known for having some serious waves so be careful if you decide to go in the water.

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Personally, if I could only choose one of these, my pick would be Isla Grande since I am biased towards white sand and clear blue ocean. However, whichever you choose will bring you a pleasant and beautiful trip through Panama’s countryside as you make your way to the beach.

If after this beach sampler, you've changed your mind and would like to learn Spanish by the beach, then Bocas del Toro is the ideal rural Archipelago with hundreds of beaches to choose from.

Are there any other beaches Panama you’d recommend for a quick day trip? Please share your insider knowledge and let us know =).

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