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One of the things often heard on Taboga Island
is "there is nothing to do!" In reality, however, there's plenty to do. There are several
good hikes, The Spanish Cross, The 3 Crosses, The Summit. Nice
strolling options, and it is quite historic. Photo opportunities are
numerous. Meeting locals is fun. Beachcombing is GREAT. Some TripAdvisor members have reported finding old glass from the pirate era, and who knows--if you're very lucky you may even find some old artifacts to rival the treasure on display Panama Canal Museum in Casco Viejo.
Swimming is nice, no big currents. Boating. Fishing off the pier or
with a local fisherman.
Festivals are fun there and VERY small town. Carnival is cute, and safe, not overwhelming.
Island is a place where you can still experience a real community, and
a Panama that existed years ago. A quiet and quaint place to stay for 1
night or 3 nights or much longer if that is your style.
Yes, it is true, there is very little to do at night, singles
action is sparse, restaurants are very limited, no shopping to
speak of. There is sometimes trash on the beach which mostly gets dropped by
ships and people using the beach, although there is a beach clean up committee.
you will return to the mainland relaxed unless you are looking for
action, shopping, fine dining, and if that's the case, Taboga is not for you. It
is for those who like quiet, old fashioned, small tropical island
getaways, not resorts, with very little stress getting there.