The secret is out. One more off-the-beaten-track pieces of paradise is emerging in Panama and, in my opinion, it boasts the most breathtaking scenery in all of this beautiful country. Surrounded by stunning views, lush green rainforests, and sparkling turquoise waters, it will thrill your senses.
Perched beside the Gulf of Chiriqui, on the Pacific, Boca Chica promises you a choice of peace, quiet, and serenity or a livelier adventure such as sport fishing, kayaking, hiking, and more.
A few well-kept homes, a sprinkling of small fondas (food stores) and mini supermarkets, and a marina make up the business district of this clean, well-cared for little town. Retirement homes are being built as we speak and new businesses are popping up regularly. Being less than an hour from the international airport in the city of David (the third largest city in Panama), provides the best of both worlds—seclusion and easy access.
Boca Chica is on the mainland but in close proximity to several outlying islands, as yet mostly pristine and virtually uninhabited. Warm sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, thick majestic mangrove forests teeming with exotic wildlife and birds (think toucans, monkeys, and more), as well as a glorious undersea world including dolphins and whales are there for your viewing pleasure.
The entire area is a sports fisherman’s idea of heaven and has been the site of numerous world record catches. Avid fishermen travel from everywhere in the world seeking black marlin, yellowfish, tuna, sailfish, and swordfish…just to name a few.
Snorkeling and scuba diving enthusiasts will delight in what there is to offer here. Sea turtles, giant manta rays, and a myriad of gorgeous, many-hued tropical fish cavort around the coral reefs and volcanic rocks. Nearby Coiba National Park is a haven for sea life of every description.
On our first visit, my husband and I had the pleasure of spending a night and a day at Seagullcove Lodge hotel, and this experience ranks as one of our favorites in Panama. Nestled in lush tropical gardens, it perches atop a hill with unsurpassed ocean views. This charming, Old World style hotel boasts a swimming pool, a private beach, and a private boat dock. The restaurant is small but the food is excellent and the service impeccable. At the end of the dock perches a whimsical thatched roof hut called the Tiki Bar. Only open Saturday nights, it provides a lively, fun place for live music and ice cold drinks. It is a popular spot for locals, guests, and even visitors from neighboring resorts.
Boca Chica is an amazing, gorgeous area and, whether you are simply seeking a new vacation destination, researching a place for a business venture, or searching for that perfect retirement home, you owe it to yourself to take a look.