Panama´s
Caribbean Gem &
Best Kept Secret!

The Caribbean of Veraguas has it all...

Like an uncut gem; a natural rare beauty, previously inaccessible and therefore unknown to most people. However, since early 2020, new road developments have opened up the Caribbean Coast of Veraguas, providing a massive eco-tourism experience and development opportunity for Panama.
The Caribbean of Veraguas can best be described as true paradise and is definitely Panama´s best kept secret with an abundance of virgin rain forest, national parks, meandering rivers, waterfalls, tropical islands and white sand palm fringed beaches sheltered by impressive rocky ridges and cliffs overlooking a crystal clear turquoise Caribbean Sea.
Because of the richness of natural, cultural and wellness attractions, the Caribbean of Veraguas has the potential to become the #1 Eco-Tourism Destination of the Americas.

New road provides superb access

As off early 2020, a brand new road provides superb access to the Caribbean Coast of Veraguas from Santa Fé and Santiago.
A stunning drive takes from Santiago takes you in less than one hour to the charming coffee mountain village of Santa Fé. Here you will find several restaurants, hostels, hotels and eco-tourism attractions.
From Santa Fé it is a one-hour drive, crossing the Natural Park of Santa Fé with breathtaking jungle views over large valleys and magnificent waterfalls next to the road, before arriving at the Caribbean Coast.

History of the Caribbean of Veraguas

In 1502, during his fourth voyage to the Americas, Christopher Columbus arrived at this part of Caribbean coast of Panama. Columbus was inspired by the pureness of the water, the beauty of the rivers, creeks and waterfalls and the clearness of a turquoise Caribbean Sea. Therefore, he named this part of Panama “Veragua” or “See water”.
Columbus (and his heirs) were especially interested in the natural resources and minerals (especially gold) of Veragua, hence he claimed the area as his private domain. The Duchy of Veragua was created in 1537 and administered by the first Duke of Veragua; Admiral Luis Colón y Toledo, grandson and heir of Christopher Columbus.
Much later, in 1903, when Panama became independent from Colombia and the country was divide by provinces, the “s” was added.

Amazing Adventure & Wellness

Adventure Activities

Looking for adventure? The Caribbean of Veraguas is the perfect location to enjoy water sports, like diving, snorkeling, surfing, kayaking, rafting and fishing. But you can practice land activities as well, such as hiking, bird watching, horse-riding, mountain biking or become inspired by some of the most amazing water falls of Panama.

Wellness Activities

Because nature has remained untouched, the pureness of the air and water is unique in the world. The Caribbean breeze will offer you constant fresh air and the water of the rivers, streams and water falls is pure, energized and full of healthy minerals filtered by the virgin rain forest. Jump in the water for restoration, anti-stress and rejuvenation.

World class tourism excursions

Escudo de Veraguas

The island of “Escudo de Veraguas” is one of the world’s most pristine and undiscovered islands and is situated 10 miles off the Caribbean coast of Panama. Escudo de Veraguas is Panama’s undiscovered jewel and can be easily accessed in a one-hour boat drive from The Caribbean of Veraguas. Inhabited only by local Indians, these lush, verdant islands are surrounded by crystal clear turquoise waters, ideal for swimming, photos, diving, snorkeling or relaxation.

Comarca Ngäbe-Buglé

The lack of connectivity with the rest of the country has well-preserved the local culture and traditions of the Indians. The “Nagua” is the native dress of the Guaymi women. The Ngäbe Buglé are two separate ethni-linguistic groups (The Ngäbe and the Buglé). They are Panama’s most numerous indigenous tribes with a population of about 180,000 Ngäbes and 10,000 Buglés.

National Park of Santa Fé

Encompassing nearly 180,000 acres, the national park of Santa Fé is just a 30-minute drive from the Caribbean Coast and located in the hearth of the Atlantic Biological Corridor of Panama. The park has a large variety of rivers and waterfalls, abundant wild life and stunning views over valleys with lush green cloud forest for rainforest hiking and bird watching. In the park you can spot toucans, mot-mots, tanagers, hummingbirds, hawks, and if you’re very lucky, the elusive resplendent quetzal.

Village of Santa Fé

Santa Fé, a lovely rural village in the highlands of The Caribbean of Veraguas, is just a one hour drive from the Caribbean coast. With a population of around 3,200, it truly has a small town feel and charm. With an elevation of around 1,500 feet, is also boasts a near-perfect climate. The village attracts Panamanians seeking relief from the heat of the lowlands and foreigners seeking a slower pace of life in a mountain setting. From horseback riding, hiking, local market, therapeutic massages to coffee tours…

Village of Calovébora

At the mouth of the Calovébora River, lies the village of Calovébora. This small charming coastal community is home to approximately 80 families comprised principally of fisher man and farmers. The new road from Santa Fé has recently opened this coastal community and Calovébora is rapidly transforming into is one of the most famous tourism destinations of the region.

Village of Guázaro

The village of is a delightful coastal village perfectly located on both sites of the mouth of the magnificent Guázaro River and a long stretch of white sand Caribbean beachfront. Guázaro is accessible in a 30-minute boat ride from Calovébora. Guázaro is definitely worth a one or two-day excursion, to enjoy a walk through the village along the river, visit several waterfalls and meet the friendly people.

Calovébora River

The Calovébora River functions as a natural border between the Ngäbe-Buglé Comarca (in the province of Bocas del Toro) and the Province of Veraguas. As the river winds its’ way south into the rugged mountainside, it passes through numerous small indigenous villages. The river can be run with shallow kayaks or paddle boards and the surrounding hillside is perfect for mountain biking or horse riding enthusiasts. A single trek path runs alongside this river ´en route´ to Calovébora.

Nature and Culture Conservation

Mesoamerican Biological Corridor

The Caribbean of Veraguas is part of an extensive area of great biological wealth. It is located in the center buffer zones of the “Atlantic Biological Corridor of Panamá”, which is part of the greater eco system of the “Mesoamerican Biological Corridor”. The area acts as a natural land bridge from South America to North America, which is important for species who use the bridge in migration. Due to the extensive unique habitat types, Mesoamerican Biological Corridor contains somewhere between 7 and 10% of the world’s known species.

Conservation

We believe the Caribbean of Veraguas is a magic place. True Paradise! Its abundance of rain forest, wildlife and natural attractions combined with the cultural traditions of the indigenous people are the most important assets of this destination. This has to be conserved and protected to make sure visitors can enjoy the real spirit of this place not only today but also in the future.

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We are very passionate about the natural and cultural richness of the Caribbean of Veraguas. We aim to share our passion this with the rest if the world, while doing everything possible conserve and protect its natural beauty and the authenticity of the local cultures.
We believe the Caribbean of Veraguas is a magic place. True Paradise! Its abundance of rain forest, wildlife and natural attractions combined with the cultural traditions of the indigenous people are the most important assets of this destination. This has to be conserved and protected to make sure visitors can enjoy the real spirit of this place not only today but also in the future.
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