Panama Paradise: Isla Palenque

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Curated By

Sarah Jane Maurer

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  • Beaches

  • Couples Travel

  • Family Travel

  • Honeymoons

  • Luxury Travel

  • Nature Escapes

  • Off-the-Beaten-Path Travel

  • Panama

  • Local Culture

  • Local Food

  • Sightseeing

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Curator’s statement

Isla Palenque, Panama and WOW! It is on a private 400-acre Island surrounded by beaches and jungles in the Gulf of Chiriquí. A truly untouched tropical island experience. Rich in primary forest, seven secluded beaches and a sacred history of archaeological significance. The hotel is a part of Cayuga Collection, which are all eco-sustainable and luxury hotels. Through its environmental awareness efforts and sustainability programs, it represents a new generation of hoteliers leading the way for intelligent luxury travel.

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Where to stay in Panama

The Resort at Isla Palenque Member of the Cayuga Collection

The Resort at Isla Palenque, a distinguished member of the Cayuga Collection, epitomizes eco-luxury on a pristine island paradise.

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  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

  • Welcome amenity.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

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Things to do in Panama


Some excursions are included such as guided hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, workouts, yoga, etc. There are activities that are available for extra such as whale watching, island hopping, snorkeling adventures, private picnics or romantic private dinners, cocktail classes, spa services, etc. They have some of the best sport fishing in the world as well, and scuba diving can be arranged. Howler monkeys are sighted often, as well as whales, sea turtles, sloths, iguanas, unique indigenous breeds and many birds. The staff/concierge was accommodating and wonderful and able to create unique experiences for everyone.

Day Trips:

You can add in scuba diving, bird watching, whale watching and private island hopping.

Places to eat & drink in Panama


All meals are included, and the food is phenomenal, with gluten-free and vegetarian options at every meal. Local catch of the day and fresh ceviche are always an option. Alcoholic beverages are not included, but they have a great cocktail list and a full bar- everything is made fresh in house. Cocktail and cooking classes, as well as private dining and romantic dinners can be arranged for a unique cultural experience.

Need to Know

Great place to pair with Panama City! After flying into Panama City, you can relax for a few days or you can directly catch a flight to the David Airport. From there it is about an hour car ride to the port in Boca Chica and a 15-minute boat ride to the island in the Gulf of Chiriquí. You can also charter a private helicopter to take you directly to the island!

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Barbara Zerbe's guide, Time to Unwind on a Panamanian Beach.

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Sarah Jane Maurer

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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Panama.