Welcome to La Palma
Most travelers pass through La Palma to take a boat ride to somewhere else, such as the nature reserve and lodge at Reserva Natural Punta Patiño or the Emberá village of Sambú up the muddy river of that name. If you have time, check out the ruins of 18th-century Spanish Fuerte San Lorenzo, five minutes away by boat (US$15).
Every facility of interest to travelers is located on Calle Principal, the main street, which is just over the boat pier. There's a bank, a hospital and a police station as well as three hotels, bars, restaurants and provisions stores.