Top things to do in Península de Azuero

Top Choice Panamanian in Playa Venao

Panga

When chef Andres Morataya left award-winning Manolo Caracol and the hubbub of Panama City for Playa Venao, he opened this most inventive restaurant. The idea is to use products often discarded – deep-fried snapper g…
Top Choice Fusion in Chitré

Mare Bonita

A recent migrant from Pedasí (its loss), this tapas bar and restaurant is considered by many to be the best restaurant in Chitré and it certainly is the most inventive. The Madrid-trained chef keeps the menu in a st…
Top Choice Italian in Pedasí

Segreto

Pedasí's best (some might stop there) Italian restaurant is set in what feels like a glassed-in conservatory. There are more complex secondi (main courses) with usually three meat and three fish dishes, but most com…
Top Choice Workshop in Parita

Taller Dario López

One of Panama's top artisans, Dario López has been making colorful masks for folkloric dancers since the 1960s. These days most of his masks and satin costumes worn by devil dancers are exported to the USA and Europ…
Top Choice Parrilla in Chitré

Salsa y Carbon

This open-air Colombian BBQ house grills some of the best steak and ribs in the region. Meat and chicken are exceptionally tender and served with salad and arepas (maize flatbread). The covered outside seating catch…
Church in La Villa de Los Santos

Iglesia San Atanasio

On the east side of Plaza Simón Bolívar, this national treasure was consecrated in 1782, although the foundation stone had been laid more than two centuries earlier. It’s a wonderful example of the baroque style, wi…
Cultural in Las Tablas

Carnaval

Held over the four days preceding Ash Wednesday, Panama's best Carnaval celebration sees floats and musicians parading parallel streets at dusk, and fireworks at night. The queens appear on Saturday night and their …
Fiesta in Guararé

Festival de la Mejorana

Dance groups from all over Panama – and even from other Latin American countries – attend this important annual event in late September. Festivities include a colorful procession in which decorated floats parade thr…
Wildlife Reserve in Azuero Coastline

Isla Cañas

Isla Cañas is one of a handful of places that olive ridley sea turtles nest in high numbers (the others are two beaches on the Pacific side of Costa Rica and two beaches in Orissa on the Bay of Bengal in India). End…
International in Playa Venao

El Sitio Restaurant

This is an excellent choice for sunset dining or just drinks on Playa Venao. Open-air El Sitio offers sesame-crusted tuna and a host of Asian-inspired dishes such as pad thai noodles with octopus, Thai crepes and ch…