Isla Grande is the northernmost point of the isthmus of Panama and the largest island in the Bocas archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. Visitors to this picturesque island will enjoy the sun, tropical vibes, and exquisite Caribbean dishes prepared with coconut milk. The sea is crystal clear to appreciate the coral reefs and also has good waves for surfing.

A stroll across the island will take you through various musical ambiences that invite you to stop at one of the restaurants or bars. On one end of the island you can ascend to the lighthouse and take in a spectacular view. Or you can cross to the other side on a trail that may seem longer than it really is because of the hot weather.

Another option is to hire a boatman to give you a tour of the mangroves of the area, being sure to make a stop at Mamey Island before returning to the main island. If you'd like to dive or snorkel, bring along your gear and plenty of drinking water. The boatman can drop you off at Mamey Island and then pick you up after your dive and bring you back to Isla Grande.

How to arrive

  • Car:  Take the Panama - Col√≥n Highway and turn off at the Sabanitas exit. In Sabanitas turn right when you reach the El Rey supermarket and drive through Portobelo. Around ten minutes after passing Portobelo you will come to an intersection. Take the road to the left and drive until you reach La Guaira, where you can park the car and ride a boat over to Isla Grande.

What to bring

  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimsuit
  • Surfboard
  • Camera
  • Hat
  • Diving or snorkeling gear


  • Surfing
  • Diving
  • Walk to the lighthouse
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