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Perlas Islands (Las Perlas Archipelago)

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Surrounding the Isthmus of Panama, this set of islands is comprised of...

Surrounding the Isthmus of Panama, this set of islands is comprised of several major islands plus a number of small islets, reefs and 83 beaches.

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Good option for weekend getaway

These islands are a 2 hour ferry ride from Panama City. We stayed on the Isla Contadora. Limited places to eat and accommodations but very peaceful and quite. We felt like we had... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 January 2016
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San Diego
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2016 via mobile

These islands are a 2 hour ferry ride from Panama City. We stayed on the Isla Contadora. Limited places to eat and accommodations but very peaceful and quite. We felt like we had the whole island to ourself. The beaches have nice sand and the water is a greenish turquoise. Some decent snorkeling right off the beach. Spent two nights... More 

1 Thank Metropolitan89
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016 via mobile

Playa Blanca: a wonderful white sand beach with clear warm water and a nice Beach Club! Friendly staff and good food!

1 Thank sonimalmsi
Fullerton, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2016

These amazing people were able to push some rules and get me food when I needed it, quickly, efficiently, and good! Excellent cheveche and good soup.

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New York City
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2015

If you are looking for a quick weekend trip from Panama City, this island is a decent option. The ferry to Contadora is quick and affordable. However, it does not dock at the pier; be prepared to disembark onto small fishing boats and then wade your way onto the beach. The embarkation area has no sun cover, so be prepared.... More 

6 Thank Brooklynite_Abroad
New York, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2015

Excellent service to take a trip out to Contadora in the Las Perlas island chain off the coast of Panama. The ship leaves from the Balboa Yacht Club at 7:30 am and return from Isla Contadora at 3:30 pm. The round trip cost is $90 and well worth the price as the ship gets you there in 90 minutes and... More 

12 Thank upwest74
São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2014

This is best fast trip to get excellence beaches near Panama City. One hour and half sailing with ferry you get to Contadora Island, the mainly island in Archipelago of Las Perlas. Heed the opportunity during august thru october, the whale watching season.

7 Thank Sergio N
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2014

I would not in anyway dissuade anyone from visiting this Island and it is of course a great base for visiting the other islands however I think its best to not ignore the fact that the this particular island is hitting a low spot. Its very sad to see the sides of the roads heavily littered with plastic water bottles,... More 

11 Thank Marshall-689
Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2013

W visited for. Couple of days contadora island. Nice island, quiet relax and good quality of beaches. We stayed at contadora island inn, good quality for price. Nice staff and nice room . However in October the worst experience was the trip by las perlas ferry. Avoid it! No professional at all. We took 4 hours instead hour and a... More 

4 Thank Gabilondo72
North Carolina Coast, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2013

There are over 200 islands in the archipelago. A few that are fun to visit are... Contradora, the most populated, has been on a downward spiral since the resort closed in 2009. Several of the beaches are maintained and kept clean but most are not. There are a few hotels but I highly recommend a day trip so that you... More 

18 Thank GeoAdventurer
Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2013

I recently visited at The Point hotel on Contadora Island, which we used as a based to explore Las Perlas. On our first day we took their trip to Bartolome Island for a day at the beach. While the beach was beautiful, it didn't compare to the wildlife tour we took the next morning. We were fascinated by the dolphins... More 

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