Beaches

Half of the island's 12 beaches are sand; the rest are rocky. Most are virtually abandoned except during major holidays. Five are particularly lovely: Playa Larga, Playa de las Suecas, Playa Cacique, Playa Ejecutiva and Playa Galeón. Although spread around the island, all can be visited in as little as 20 minutes in a rented ATV (all-terrain vehicle).

Playa Larga (Long Beach) occupies the longest stretch of sand on the island; the only eyesores are a beached ferry and an abandoned hotel behind it. Over the hill to the south and accessible via a well-worn path is Playa de las Suecas (Swedish Women’s Beach), where you can sunbathe in the buff; it's Panama's only legal naturist beach. Continuing west for 400m, you’ll find Playa Cacique, a fairly large and unvisited beach ideal for a little peace and quiet. On the northern side of the island, Playa Ejecutiva (Executive Beach) is another intimate escape – the large house on the bluff to the east is where the Shah of Iran once lived. Playa Galeón (Galleon Beach), to the northeast, is a good spot for snorkeling when the surf is small.