If you want to visit Coiba National Park, Santa Catalina is the perfect place to do this. It can be reached safely and easy on new roads, offers a number of hotels, hostels and cabins to spend a night or more and a variety of restaurants and bars.
Panama is the indigenous name for “abundance of fish” and nowhere else in the country it is as true as in the Gulf of Chiriqui, Panama, where nutrient rich cool currents from South America mix with warm tropical Indo Pacific currents creating a fauna unique to the Eastern Pacific.
Santa Catalina’s point break, “La Punta” offers the most consistent advanced surf break in Central America. “The Point” offers powerful hollows that break both left and right. National and international surf competitions are regularly held in Santa Catalina.
Santa Catalina has a population of around 300 people and an expat community of about another 50 people
The scenic drive to Santa Catalina is 360 kms (225 miles), and takes around 5 hours.
Santa Catalina sea temperatures are between 82 to 86° F.
Coiba Island National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage protected marine reserve and the largest live reef on the western coast of the American Continent.
Santa Catalina, Panama, is located on the Pacific coast in the central province of Veraguas and is quickly becoming known as the up and coming destination for vacations in Central America . It is a mixture of quiet fishing village, a melting pot of foreign residents from all parts of the world and low impact tourism with small hotels and authentic local and international restaurants and bars.
The attraction of Santa Catalina, Panama is its natural beauty and vast natural resources. With the Pacific Ocean roaring up on its beautiful sandy beaches, Santa Catalina is the launching point for fantastic adventures to the islands of Coiba and Cebaco for snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, surfing, whale watching, bird watching, kayaking and hiking.