Two Oceans, Rainforests and Wildlife in a single Province
Veraguas Province in Panama is a treasure trove of natural wonders and cultural richness. Its pristine beaches, such as Playa Morrillo and Playa Mariato, serve as nesting grounds for majestic sea turtles, offering a unique opportunity to witness the miracle of life.
For surf enthusiasts, Veraguas boasts world-class surfing beaches, including Santa Catalina and Playa Cambutal, where thrilling waves beckon adrenaline seekers from around the globe.
One of the main attractions of Veraguas is the Coiba National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that covers the largest island in Panama and several smaller ones. Coiba is home to more than 800 species of marine life, including dolphins, whales, sharks, turtles, rays, and coral reefs. You can explore this underwater paradise with one of the many dive centers that operate from Santa Catalina, a small fishing village that has become a popular surf and dive hub.
Santa Catalina is also known for its world-class surf breaks, especially the point break that attracts surfers from all over the world. The waves here are consistent and powerful, reaching up to 6 meters in height. The best time to surf in Santa Catalina is from April to October, when the swell is bigger and the wind is offshore. However, you can also find smaller and gentler waves in other spots around the village, such as Playa Estero, Playa Punta Brava, and Playa El Banco
If you want to experience a more secluded and natural side of Veraguas, you can visit Pixvae town , an off-grid town also known for being one of the best places for scuba diving in Panama or Cebaco Island, a large and lush island that lies off the coast of Mariato district. Cebaco offers stunning beaches, hiking trails, waterfalls, and wildlife, as well as great diving and fishing spots. You can reach Cebaco by boat from Santa Catalina or Mariato, and stay in one of the few rustic accommodations available on the island.
Veraguas is a province that has something for everyone, especially for those who love scuba diving and surfing. It is a place where you can enjoy the beauty and diversity of nature, as well as the culture and hospitality of the local people. Veraguas is a hidden gem that you should not miss when you visit Panama.