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Escudo de Veraguas

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Arguably Central America's most beautiful island paradise, Escudo de Veraguas is Panama's best kept secret. Situated just 10 miles off the Atlantic coast, east of the Valiente Peninsula, this horizontally shaped island is surrounded by white sand beaches and crystal clear turquoise waters. Inhabited only by small communities of Indians. This remote and undiscovered island is as close to Tahiti as you'll find in this part of the world.

The northern side of the island is spectacular, with small, shallow bays and inlets running the length of the island. Numerous small islands sit just off the coast, many of which are frequented by brown boobies and other tropical birds. Strips of white sand beaches line the coast, ideal for swimming and snorkeling. The southern side is less tropical in it's appearance, but still beautiful. There are white sand beaches and jagged points that reach out into the surrounding waters.

Getting to Escudo de Veraguas

This is not going to be cheap! From Bocas del Toro, it's at least 2 hours by boat depending on weather and water conditions. Most tour operators do not offer tours to Escudo de Veraguas on a regular basis, due to the costs and difficulties of organizing such a trip, but if you have enough people willing and able somebody will take you there. Normally, trips to Escudo are made during the dry season months of July - October, when the seas are calmer and more predicable.