Pacific West

The Pacific West of Panama includes all of Chiriqui Province, Herrera Province and Los Santos Province, and the southern portion of Veraguas Province.


Other destinations

From the beach you can see other two hidden gems of this province, Isla Silva de Adentro and Isla Silva de Afuera: this last one is really a little white sand beach and black rocks paradise, fully cultivated with jucca, corn, papaya and more. When you sail to these island you could easily sight some dolphins! At the moment there is only a trip that leaves from Remedios, 10 minutes from Las Lajas ,in a near future you can go from Santa Cruz too. Santa Cruz Bay is other amazing spot. The Ocean enter through the mangroves inside the coast for more than 10 kilometers, making a peaceful place with an incredible natural variation. If you want you can “get lost” in its many little coves with only the sound of nature. It’s also perfect for fishing.


Chiriquí Province lies in the southwestern part of Panamá with its capital in David. Chiricanos are like the Texans of Panamá, and are loud, outgoing, and very proud of their province. However, they really seem to have something to be proud of. Chiriquí arguably has the friendliest people and the best landscape in Panamá.

Offering the most varied scenery in this already diverse country, Chiriquí has an array of plant and animal species inhabiting the different ecosystems. Chiriquí’s topography ranges from the tallest mountain in the country, Volcan Baru located in the highlands, to the more than 30 small islands in the archipelagos of the Gulf of Chiriquí near the coastal town of Boca Chica, known for its world-class sport fishing.


Less than 9 degrees north of the equator, Panamá's temperatures are fairly consistent year round, with daytime temperatures in the 90s and nighttimes around 70, although the Chiriquí highlands get considerably cooler in the mountains. Like most of Panamá, Chiriquí’s lowlands have a rainy season from May through November and a dry season from December through April. During most of the rainy season, mornings and early afternoons are usually sunny while late afternoons and evenings have intermittent rainfall. Unlike most of the Caribbean, Mexico, and other Central American countries, Panamá does not experience hurricanes. The most popular time to travel to Panamáis December through March, when lack of humidity and nearly zero percent chance of rain make it ideal for travelers.


Nearly a third of Panamá residents speak English, partially due to the many North American expatriates living there and the growing tourism sector, but an attempt at communication in the country's native Spanish is always appreciated.

Get in

Fairly easy to get to from Panamá City. The most recommended form of travel is a 50 minute flight through Aeroperlas or Air Panamá who offer daily flights to David from Panamá’s Albrook Regional Airport. Also located at the airport is the Albrook Bus Terminal where you can catch a bus to David leaving every 30 minutes. Or you can opt for a day’s car ride from Panamá City via the Interamerican Highway touring small cities and villages along the way. If traveling to Panamá from Costa Rica, there are direct flights from San José to David or Panamá City. Air Panamá serves the Chiriquí area with flights every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Construction is in progress to expand David's airport into a larger international facility with direct regular flights from the U.S. and Canada. The international airport, currently receiving up to 1800 passengers per week, has recently added regular flights to Costa Rica and charter flights from the US. Current expansion will soon allow for increased international traffic and larger aircraft.

Get around

Several well known rental car agencies are present within David, making it easy to find transportation for a trip. However it must be noted that rental cars may not be taken across the Costa Rican border. For travel within David, there are also plenty of taxis for easy transportation throughout the sprawling city.

Because of the area’s growing tourism, Chiriquí has seen vast improvement of physical, economic, and social infrastructures in the region in recent years. Roads are being improved, new high quality health care facilities being built, and major retailers are coming to the area. Much of this activity is centered in David; improvements include David's airport, Enrique Malek International Airport, whose incipient acceptance of direct international flights should mark the tipping point for the area in terms of tourism and development.


The Chiriquí Lowlands

The Chiriquí Highlands

There is plenty of adventure to be had in the rolling mountains of Chiriquí’s highlands. Travelers can venture down the Chiriquí River for the best kayaking in the country or they can meander up the mountains for bird watching or horseback riding.



Panamánian cuisine is a mix of several cultures. With Afro-Caribbean, French and Spanish influences, the dishes take on a complete life of their own. In the larger cities you can find all types of cuisine ranging from authentic Panamánian to sushi. Outside of David and Boquete, the selection is largely Panamánian with bountiful seafood and beef due to the abundance of cattle farms and the fantastic fishing in the area. Most dishes are served with coconut rice and beans and a type of squash or other native vegetable.

Go next

Fly out of David to Panama City.

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