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.