Top things to do in Coclé Province

Top Choice Cathedral in Natá

Basílica Menor Santiago Apóstol

Natá's principal draw is this 16th-century cathedral, thought to be the oldest church built in the Americas still in use today. Indigenous artisans did all the woodcarving in the church, including the six side altar…
Top Choice Seafood in Farallón & Playa Blanca

Pipa’s Beach Restaurant

Love, love, love this mostly outdoor bar and restaurant right by the beach and serving seafood with gourmet touches (such as Thai mussels and crab claws in three sauces). One of the delights of dining here is enjoyi…
Top Choice Spanish in Santa Clara

Xoko

With its mustard-yellow exterior and oddly shaped columns within, this hangarlike eatery (it was once a US-military social club) offers an excellent selection of tapas (US$4.50 to US$10.50), paella, delicious clams …
Top Choice International in El Valle

La Casa de Lourdes

The creation of renowned Panamanian chef Lourdes Fábrega de Ward, this place has a nationwide reputation and an elegant setting around a garden patio in a lovely country villa. And the menu? Sea bass Thai curry, bla…
Top Choice Spanish in El Valle

Don Quijote

This 'spit' (ie grill) restaurant is a local favorite and noted for well-prepared Spanish dishes like pulpo a la gallega (octopus grilled with paprika), paella and the unusual migas: herbed breadcrumbs often served …
Fashion & Accessories in La Pintada

Artesanías Reinaldo Quirós

The workshop and residence of one of La Pintada's most famous hat makers is in the center of town on the west side of the soccer field. He'll gladly show you around his workshop for US$1.50 per person. Hats for sale…
Wildlife Reserve in El Valle

Butterfly Haven

One of El Valle's top attractions allows you to walk among up to 250 butterflies as they flutter by in a screened 'flight house.' Learn more about these ephemeral creatures, which live for just a couple of weeks max…
Factory in Aguadulce

Azucarera Nacional Ingenio Santa Rosa

From mid-January to mid-March this sugar refinery 15km southwest of Aguadulce processes more than 6500 tons of raw sugarcane daily. The process involves thousands of workers in round-the-clock production. It's a fas…
Factory in La Pintada

Cigarros Joyas de Panama

This local cigar factory enjoys quite a reputation internationally for its unique hand-rolled Cuban-seed puros (cigars). Depending on the time of year, a dozen to 40 workers roll as many as 400 cigars a day. Owner M…
Beach in Aguadulce

Playa El Salado

Located 9km southeast of central Aguadulce, this saltworks is a crucial habitat for marsh and shore birds. The area draws local and international birdwatchers to view roseate spoonbills, wood storks and black-necked…