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Introducing Isla Grande

Palm trees and white-sand beaches form the backdrop to this lovely little island, just 15km offshore from Portobelo. A popular getaway for Panama City folk fleeing the urban grind, Isla Grande is an ideal setting for snorkeling, scuba diving or simply soaking up the island’s relaxed vibe. A few hundred people of African descent live on Grande, most of whom eke out a living from fishing and coconuts – you’ll get a taste of both when you sample the fine island cuisine.

Owing to its location on Panama’s northern Caribbean coast, Isla Grande gets an awful lot of rain year-round. Terms like ‘rainy’ and ‘dry’ seasons don’t apply here, though torrential showers are usually intense and short-lived.