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Cruises to Isla Parida

Isla Parida (Photo:Alfredo Maiquez/Shutterstock)
Isla Parida (Photo:Alfredo Maiquez/Shutterstock)

About Isla Parida

The center of a collection of smaller islands, Isla Parida gives its name to the archipelago, which comprises more than a dozen other islets. Encompassing more than 57 miles, the entire collection has been under protection by UNESCO since 1994.

Not a bustling port, and one that doesn't require much more than a couple of hours to explore, Isla Parida is home to some staggeringly beautiful natural sights, like Chiriqui National Marine Park, which boasts more than 36,000 acres of both land and sea.

The island doesn't tout many hiking trails, but the ones it does offer are moderate and take just between 45 minutes to an hour to complete. You can do the hike alone, but certified guides are a better option, as they'll educate you on the 1,000+ species of trees, plants and other fauna you'll walk through.

Water exploration is also popular, with most people diving and swimming around the aquamarine waters of the Gulf of Chiriqui. Here you'll find a beautiful array of tropical fish, lush mangroves, sea turtles and dolphins.

For beach-goers, the island has a beautifully soft, white sand coast that beckons suntanning and relaxing. There are a few small handicraft displays that sell locally made crafts, so make sure to bring some cash so you can pick up a souvenir or two if you're interested.

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DAY 1: Colon

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Why go to Isla Parida?

Pros:

A charming island that's a natural oasis for wildlife spotting, hiking, waterfall swimming and bird-watching

Cons:

If you're not an outdoors person, there's not much else for you to do here 

Bottom Line:

A worthy stop as you island-hop through the archipelago 

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Panama's currency is the Panamanian balboa, but U.S. dollars are the preferred tender. Check www.xe.com for current exchange rates. Finding an ATM can be difficult, especially if you've booked a shore excursion to the park, so bring plenty of cash with you before disembarking.

Language?

Spanish is the primary language of Isla Parida and Panama. However, most of the guides and tour leaders speak fluent (or at least conversational) English.


Isla Parida Cruise Reviews

CruiseOrLand
Sail Date: Jan 2019
Wed Isla Parida picnic 8:30 and 10:30 jungle hikes ($39 p/p) w/our naturalist and a local guide. Orchids and plant identifications but zero wildlife. Lunch w/many options and full bar available, spa on shore and... Read More
rsamtleben
Sail Date: Dec 2019
We hiked the island independently and spent time on the beach.... Read More
grundle
Sail Date: Jan 2019
Excellent swimming and water toys. Visibility poor for snorkeling.... Read More
aleeoc
Sail Date: Dec 2018
Beachside barbeque - beautiful beach, nothing else there... Read More
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