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Isla Carenero/Panama

Introducing Isla Carenero

A few hundred meters from Isla Colón is the oft-forgotten Isla Carenero. The island takes its name from ‘careening,’ which in nautical talk means to lean a ship on one side for cleaning or repairing. In October 1502, Columbus’ ships were careened and cleaned on this cay while the admiral recovered from a bellyache.

In recent times many hotels have been added, and nature isn't as wild as on islands further out. Yet Carenero remains a nice alternative if you’re seeking peace and quiet. It's also a good place to day trip for a leisurely lunch.