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Introducing Isla Taboga

A tropical island with only one road and no traffic, Isla Taboga is a pleasant escape from the rush of Panama City, only 20km offshore. With the addition of an annual festival and boutique lodgings in the works, it's becoming more of a destination. Named the ‘Island of Flowers,’ it is covered with sweet-smelling blossoms much of the year. First settled by the Spanish in 1515, the quaint village is also home to the second-oldest church in the Western Hemisphere. While there are better beaches elsewhere, these are a salve for the most hardened urbanite.