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Boca Chica

Boca Chica

30 miles east of David is the sleepy fishing village of Boca Chica. A rather unassuming town of few permanent residents, Boca Chica has recently started to attract interest from investors and holidaymakers. The Chiriqui Gulf National Marine Park is a protected area of some 15,000 hectares that includes approximately 20 islands, including the Islas Secas, Islas Paridas, Islas Ladrones and Isla Montuosa. Protected since 1994, the Chiriqui Gulf Park is home to some spectacular wildlife, both underwater and on land, including howler monkeys, anteaters, sloths, caiman, humpback whales, dolphins and several varieties of sea turtles. Boca Chica is located about a 5-hour drive from Panama City. Approximately 40 km before David, turn left to Horconcitos and follow the road to Boca Chica. Alternatively, fly to David and then drive 40 km towards Panama and turn right at the sign that reads Horconcitos. There are limited facilities in the area so if you are planning a day tour bring your snacks and beverages with you. There are a few small convenience stores in town and if you are planning an extended visit, your hotel will provide food and beverage services.
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Boca Brava Island at The Gulf of Chiriqui

Boca Brava Island at The Gulf of Chiriqui

Most explorers of the area make their base on Boca Brava Island, about a 20 minute boat ride from Boca Chica. Attractions in the area include some of the best scuba diving in the world. Thanks to the waters being virtually unexplored, divers here are likely to see all kinds of creatures from white tipped reef sharks to spotted eagle rays and guitar fish. Large pelagic species are extremely common here, attracted by the cooler, deep waters and the abundance of smaller fish. The best dive sites are found around the Islas Secas and the Ladrones, which also have spectacular snorkeling and beaches. These islands are fairly far from Boca Chica and Boca Brava, so be sure to go on a decent boat.
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Seagullcove Lodge

Seagullcove Lodge

This is an exclusive hideaway on a bluff overlooking the water at the end of the road to Boca Chica. The five bungalow cottages are scattered along a slope and face the sea or lush gardens. Each has its own terrace, A/C and satellite TV and is decorated with a sophisticated simplicity. The restaurant is contemporary Panamanian with an emphasis on fresh seafood, and has both indoor and outdoor seating. This is truly a retreat from everyday life and an ideal spot for fishing and other water activities.
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