The Pearl Islands Archipelago is composed of around 250 islands and islets of which more than half are unnamed. The group of islands stretches from North to South located 35 nautical miles from Panama City on a 120® course (south east) comprised of warm clear tropical waters.

These Archipelago is home to some of the most beautiful beaches on the East Pacific. Some island are rugged with tall cliffs, while others offer instant daydreaming white sand pristine beaches.

Here’s our captain selection of favorite islands to add to your bucket list while in Panama. You might as well go visit all of them on board with us!

    Contadora Island:

This list must start with Contadora, even dough its not the biggest island its definitely considered the principal island of the Pearl Islands Archipelago. It has a paved landing strip, beautiful mansions in between the trees, several restaurants and hotels as well as houses available for rentals. Rent a golf car and cruise along the different beaches.


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Chapera Island:

Located south of Contadora island, the island has one of the most famous sand bar of the Pearls. It combines a gorgeous white sand beach, nice shaded trees and an amazing sand bottom deep enough for mega yachts anchorage.

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Bartolome Island:

Named after Bartolome de Las Casas (Cristopher Colombus´s expedition navigator) this island is magical. Easy to walk or swim around. It has 3 beautiful white sand beaches dividd by flat rock that turn into reef once they enter the cristal clear water.

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Playa Caracol:

Located on what can be considered the center of the Pearl Islands this beautiful tidal sand bar has the softest sand of the Pearls, deep water encircle this sand bar making it easy to anchor any size boat. Due to its distance from The South islands its not as visited as the other islands therefore ideal for those lonely getaways. Playa Caracol si not an official name compared to the other islands shown on this article, not don’t count on it appearing of navigation charts!

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Also a tidal island a bit bigger than Playa Caracol, which means some rock formations on the surroundings famous for monster oyster so take limes when you visit this island! Make sure you come on a low rising tide. This island actually has a little rocky formation that is the only formation than can be seen with high tide.

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