Welcome to Isla San José
Home to the most exclusive resort in the Pearl Islands, Isla San José has a sinister history as a US chemical-weapons testing ground. During a 2001 inspection, the entire island was placed under temporary quarantine following the recovery of unexploded ordnance, which led to a tiff between Panama and the USA over who should pick up the cleaning bill.
Most of the 44-sq-km island is covered in a bank of rainforest networked by all-weather roads installed by the US military decades ago. Beyond the roads, the only development on the island is the cliffside resort.