Just a short boat ride from Corazón de Jesús and Narganá, Isla Tigre ranks among the most traditional islands in the Comarca – though the whole island is lit up by solar energy. With wide walkways separating homes, the island is tidy and uncrowded, which makes it easy to interact with local Guna. However, an island guide must accompany visitors.
Palm trees and white-sand beaches form the backdrop to this lovely little island, just 15km from Portobelo. A popular getaway for Panama City folk fleeing the urban grind, Isla Grande is an ideal setting for snorkeling, scuba diving or simply soaking up the island’s relaxed vibe. There are no roads, just a path along the eastern island perimeter.
Boca del Drago
Located on Isla Colón's northwest coast, this sleepy beach is known for its huge number of starfish along Starfish Beach, a 15-minute walk around the bend. The recent addition of commercial stands and cabins as well as increased water-taxi traffic have taken their toll on the beach, however. There has been a lot of erosion and the starfish have moved much further offshore.
This long black-sand beach 25km southwest of David is a popular weekend escape, though it remains quiet during the week. Some 14km of the eastern beach falls under the jurisdiction of the Refugio de Vida Silvestre Playa Barqueta Agricola, whose mangrove and scrub offer protection to four species of turtles.
A tropical island with just one road and no traffic, Isla Taboga is a pleasant escape from the rush of Panama City, only 20km offshore. With the addition of an annual festival and boutique lodgings, it's growing as a destination. Named the ‘Island of Flowers,’ it is covered with sweet-smelling blossoms much of the year.