Isla Taboga (Taboga Island)

If the hum and bustle of Panama City become wearying, it’s possible to escape for a day by taking a trip to the island of Taboga, also called the Island of Flowers, thanks to its lush covering of tropical plants, such as bougainvillea and birds of paradise. Taboga, a volcanic island, is about 45 minutes from Panama City by boat.

Don’t expect endless entertainment upon arrival; the main pastime for visitors involves sunbathing on the beach. And sometimes, that’s just what’s needed.

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Take a Day Trip to Taboga

Isla Taboga is about a 45-minute ferry ride from the marina at Amador Causeway. Sit at the ferry bow to get an unobstructed view of cargo ships waiting to queue the Panama Canal.

The sleepy island lures locals to its shores and is home to a nearly 500-year-old church, nature hiking trails to the hilltop, and colorful flora such as bougainvillea and oleander. Wander through the village, eat grilled garlic shrimp and plantains at a fish shack, and beat the afternoon heat with a shave ice from a raspodas vendor.

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