Beach Locations

Discover Panama’s Beaches

For most people, the idea of retiring in a tropical Central American country instantly bring visions of clear water islands, white sandy beaches, and fun in the sun. All of these things are readily available in so many provinces, towns, and neighborhoods across the Isthmus.

Narrowing down your beach lifestyle options might be the hard part. Do you want to be in an established area, where expats have already arrived and put in the hard work to make life more comfortable when you arrive? We’ll show you where to go to fit right in, where foreigners gather a couple of times per week for drinks, dinner, and gossip.

Having a blast at the beach

Not everyone wants to be surrounded by their countrymen. For some, moving to Panama is a chance to escape life back home. They want to immerse themselves in the local lifestyle. Living in a place where gringos and foreigners flock to is the exact opposite of what they have in mind. If this is you, don’t worry. Not all of Panama is packed with foreigners. We’ll show you the cheapest beach lifestyle option, where lunch for two can cost less than a total of $6, and where the locals may not speak a lick of English, but they’re super friendly and patient. 

Maybe living on an island, away from the larger part of Panama, is your dream lifestyle or the place you have in mind for your next big vacation. If life on mainland doesn’t appeal to you at all, and you’d rather set yourself apart on one of the many islands just a ferry ride away from Panama City, we’ll show you where that’s possible.

Panama has everything you need when it comes to life on or near the water. 

Go kite surfing in Punta Chame, visit the two time home of the World Surfing Championships at Playa Venao near Pedasi, live off the coast of one of the country’s most affordable beach destinations in Las Tabas, find the best in luxury condos with uninterrupted ocean views in Coronado, and even explore pirate history in the museum-like town of Portobelo, where just off shore, a small yacht community has begun to establish itself.

My daughter, Estefania, at sunset on the Azuero Peninsula 

Beaches all over this country have so much to offer. With the Pacific on one side and the Caribbean on the other, Panama has the best of both worlds. And we’ll be taking you to all of these locations in our monthly reports. Check the menu above under beach locations to see all of the beach areas we’ve covered, or click one of the links below.

Lounging in the shade on one of Pedasi’s gorgeous beaches

And don’t forget to check back as we’ll be constantly adding new information as we visit beaches, mountains, city neighborhoods, and everything else Panama has to offer in our monthly reports.  

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Below, you’ll find links to all of our beach location reports. Click on the links below to be taken directly to the corresponding report or video:

Amador Causeway – Written Report

Amador Causeway – Video

Isla Taboga – Written Report

Isla Taboga – Video

Coronado – Written Report

Coronado – Video


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  1. Pat Fister says:

    My husband and I have been living in Panama for 12 years – WAY TOO LONG!! Where else to go? We started out in Boquete – NOT for us and moved to Azuero Peninsula after 2 years. It took a long time to sell our house in Boquete, so I did not want to buy another property here. But my husband fell in love with this beach property near Chitre and Las Tablas. I do not like the beach and the heat. I do have friends here, but I have never been happy here. We are trying to sell the property, but are told by our RE agents that the market is totally a BUYERS market right now. There are not many buyers around. I am really angry with the Panamanian Government. We are pretty much being forced to pay about $50,000 for title to our ROP property, plus administrative costs. Oh great and then we get to pay them lots of money in taxes. The Government has reneged on a 2009 law that grants holders of less than 5 hectares of ROP property free title.I just heard that there is a new law in the Legislature that has passed the first debate that would massively raise the taxes on titled property.So we do not have that kind of money. Looks like we are stuck here with this mess.

    I don’t know if I would go so far as to say that I hate it here, but I do hate it a lot of the time and the longer I live here, the more I hate it. Nothing like the excitement we had when first moving here – but that only lasted a few months.

    I guess I need to vent and am grateful to be able to do it here. My advice to people is NOT TO BUY PROPERTY HERE! and definitely do not buy ROP property. It is way too difficult to sell it if you decide you want out. I wish we could just walk away.

    • Chris says:

      Hi Pat!

      I don’t blame you for venting and I actually welcome it. It’s through posts like these that people really get to see all the different aspects of living here. I’d never claim to know a lot about real estate here but I have heard that ROP property can be a nightmare. Thanks for your honest outlook on lif here and I hope things work out for you.


  2. Jennifer says:

    Hi There,

    We will be in Panama the 3rd week of February in the upcoming year. We will be splitting our time between Panama City and somewhere else….We’re land locked Coloradans and as such, we seek out beaches and more specifically snorkeling when on vacation. We have the “somewhere else” narrowed down to either Bocas del Toro, San Blas or somewhere in the Pearl Islands. What would your vote be?

    • Chris says:

      Hi Jennifer,

      Bocas del Toro might be good for that. I’ve never been, but I’ve heard it has kind of a Key West vibe. It’s a tourist hot spot. If you have time to travel around a bit, you might even want to check out Isla Iguana over near Pedasi. It’s supposed to have great snorkeling. I don’t have an article on Pedasi…yet, but I’m sure if you look up Isla Iguana Panama on Google you’ll find plenty of photos and stuff. If you did want to check out Isla Iguana, you’d need to stay in a B&B or hotel in Pedasi (or in Las Tablas) then catch one of the small boats out to Isla Iguana for the day.


  3. Yvonne Burruel says:

    Howdy. I am ready for beach life and it seems that Panama is at the top of the list. Thank you for all of this information.
    Question: I will be bringing my pug with me to live on/near the beach. Is the humidity going to be really high or are there breezes for us? Also, how is the bug situation? I lived in Maui for a year and know about ants & cockroaches but that is all. Thank you for your help.

    • Chris says:

      Hi Yvonne,

      This is definitely the tropics so mosquitoes, ants, cockroaches…even sand fleas on some of the beaches can be an issue. Up in the mountains I’ve heard of people finding scorpions. Don’t mean to scare you, but it’s the reality. No big deal. You just have to learn to adapt and overcome, lol. Humidity is really high here in Panama, but you’ll usually find a nice breeze on the beach. I’m sure your pug will be fine. You’ll meet lots of dog owners here. Just watch my Coronado video. I think there were at least 5 or 6 vets and animal supply shops in Coronado. I think your dog would receive medical care even easier than you would, lol. You’ll be fine. Don’t think too much. Just jump right in. The water’s fine. 🙂


  4. Robert says:

    Which beaches have white sand.

    • Chris says:

      Hey Robert, you won’t find a ton of them in Panama, most of the Caribbean side will offer the white beaches, but the ones I can name off the top of my head are Bocas del Toro, San Blas, Contadora (the Pearl Islands), Isla Grande, Santa Clara, Isla Taboga, and the beaches around Pedasi (Playa Venao, Playita, Isla Iguana). I’m sure I’m missing plenty, but those are some of the most popular. Coronado has kind of a cool mix of white and black sand. Hope this helps.

  5. Steve says:

    Would like to know a few things. Where is an established beach town with Ex Pats? Also would like to know what the rainy season is like near the beach. Does Panama have an area that is considered dry?

    • Chris says:

      Hey Steve,

      Thanks for commenting and for checking out the site. I’d say the most established beach town (with expats) would be Coronado, hands down. You could either live in Coronado or in one of the nearby towns, like Gorgona, Chame or Punta Chame. Rainy season near the beach is still rainy season, but it comes and goes. It’s a lot like South Florida weather. The east coast of the Azuero Peninsula is considered the dry zone. One of my favorite beach towns in all of Panama, Pedasi, is located there. We’ll be hitting Coronado and Pedasi soon so stay tuned for detailed written reports and videos reports on both of these great places to live. Thanks again for commenting.

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