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Oct 01, 2014

Coiba Island

Coiba Island Marine Park, considered one of the ten top diving spots in the world, is home to the largest coral reef in the Eastern Pacific . The island itself is also prime destination for birders and nature tours. The hamlet of Santa Catalina is the coastal gateway to Coiba and a destination in itself—one of the top two surfing destinations in Central America.

 

Santa Catalina

Santa Catalina is a still scruffy small town although a growing surfing destination. Originally a highly coveted secret surf spot, Santa Catalina probably has the most consistently great waves in Panama. About Santa Catalina, Lonely Planet says "The surfing is epic, with a consistent easy-to-line-up, rock bottom point break that averages l.5 to 6.1 meters (5 to 20 feet).

It is from Santa Catalina, that tourists go to Coiba. Coiba is reached by a 80 minute boat ride from the coastal town of Santa Catalina, about 5 hours from Panama City.

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 How to get there

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Santa Catalina: A 5 hour drive from Panama City. Enter Santiago from the Panamerican Highway and after getting through Santiago, follow the signs to Santa Catalina. The last part of the road is being redone and will be done by December 2011.