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Santa Catalina Beach and Coiba National Park.

One of the best surf beaches in the world.

Santa Catalina beach is a coastal paradise located in the province of Veraguas, in the Republic of Panama. With its combination of impressive natural landscapes, white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, this destination has become a true refuge for families with children of all ages, couples, surfers, diving enthusiasts and all those who They seek to disconnect and relax in a paradisiacal environment both on the coast and to spend the day on an island.

Located in the district of Soná, on the Pacific coast, Playa Santa Catalina is known mainly for its exceptional conditions for surfing. The waves here are famous for their consistency and quality, attracting surfers from all over the world. Although it is an ideal destination for experienced surfers, it also offers options for beginners, and very young children, with surf schools that provide lessons and equipment rental.

The beach itself is awesome. Stretching for several kilometers, it is surrounded by lush vegetation and rolling hills that give it an air of seclusion and privacy. The soft white sand is perfect for long walks at sunset or just lying in the warm tropical sun. In addition, its waves invite you to take a refreshing bath and enjoy the immense marine biodiversity that the region houses.

Charter flights land at the private airstrip in Lago Bay and then take a 10-min drive to Santa Catalina.

Private Charter Flight Panama City-Lago Bay

Private Charter Flight Panama City-Lago Bay

From: $906.29
Required documentation

Panamanian ID, Passport, Resident card

Aircrafts available

Cessna XP, Piper/pa-28

Time saved

You save from 5 to 7 hours of total flight compared to ground transportation.

Travel time

2:00 hours

How to get to Santa Catalina

The best option will be to book a charter flight with Blue Skies Panama. Flights from Panama City to Lago Bay take less than 90 minutes and then take a little drive to Santa Catalina.

Other options are to take a flight from Panama City to Santiago and go down to Santa Catalina on a taxi on a 3 hour drive and around 80.00USD per person.

And the last option would be to go from Panama City to Santa Catalina on a car rental or public transportation and driving for 8 hours.

Private Charter Flight Panama City-Coiba

Private Charter Flight Panama City-Coiba

From: $1,253.45
Required documentation

Panamanian ID, Passport, Resident card

Aircrafts available

Cessna XP

Time saved

You save from 8 to 9 hours of total travel time compared to ground transportation + boat

Travel time

1:45 hours

Things to do

Diving and snorkelling are popular activities in the area. Dive centers offer excursions to the best dive sites, where visitors can explore the fascinating seabed and discover the underwater beauty of the region. Isla Coiba, in particular, is a highlight for diving, with its clear waters and an impressive diversity of marine life.

For nature lovers, Playa Santa Catalina also offers the opportunity to go on excursions in the surrounding area. Hiking on the nearby trails allows you to explore the rainforest and discover the rich flora and fauna of the area. Howler monkeys, toucans and other exotic birds are just some of the natural treasures that visitors can find on their way.

The local community of Playa Santa Catalina is welcoming and friendly. Although tourism has grown in the area in recent years, it still retains its charm and authenticity. The locals take pride in their heritage and traditions, and many of them are engaged in fishing activities and sustainable tourism.

Accomodation Options in Santa Catalina

In Santa Catalina, you will find various types of accommodation ranging from hotels and resorts to cheap hostels and hostels. Most accommodations are located near or near the beach, giving travelers easy access to local attractions.

Hotels and resorts in Santa Catalina often offer high-quality amenities and services, allowing visitors to enjoy a comfortable stay. In addition, some of them may have restaurants, bars, swimming pools and recreational activities, which adds extra value to the experience.

On the other hand, hostels and hostels are cheaper options for travelers with tighter budgets. These accommodations are usually more basic, but offer a more relaxed atmosphere and are ideal for those who want to meet other travelers and share experiences.

In general, the choice of accommodation in Santa Catalina will depend on the budget and preferences of each person. If you are looking for a luxurious and comfortable experience, hotels and resorts may be the best option. On the other hand, if you are looking for a more economical and social experience, hostels and lodges might be more suitable.

It’s important to do your research and read reviews from other travelers to make an informed decision about lodging in Santa Catalina. Also, keep in mind that the availability and characteristics of the accommodations can change over time, so it is always advisable to check the most up-to-date information before planning your trip.

Near the natural reserve of Isla Coiba National Park
One of the biggest attractions of Playa Santa Catalina is its proximity to the famous Isla Coiba National Park, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005. This marine reserve, which includes Isla Coiba and several nearby islets, is a true sanctuary of wild life. Its coral reefs are home to a wide variety of marine species, from colorful tropical fish to majestic sea turtles. In addition, it is possible to see humpback whales and dolphins at certain times of the year, which makes Playa Santa Catalina an ideal destination for lovers of ecotourism and wildlife observation.


As for gastronomy, you will find a variety of local restaurants that offer delicious dishes based on fresh seafood and typical Panamanian and international cuisine. Ceviche, seafood empanadas, and fried fish are some of the most popular dishes that visitors can enjoy while taking in the stunning views of the sea.