Taboga Island Beaches
Taboga Island Beaches
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  • Denise30906
    Temecula, California87 contributions
    A must do when in Panama City
    A definite must while in Panama City. Don't get suckered into buying a "tour". Just take an Uber to the Amador Causeway and take the Taboga Island Express Ferry over. Once there you turn right, walk a very short distance and you're at the beach. You can rent 2 chairs and an umbrella for less than $20. There are places to buy food and drinks right there at the beach. It was a wonderful, relaxing day. WATER IS COLD haha. I got in to say I did but brrr.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 6 March 2023
  • GregandDiana
    Alexandria, Virginia15 contributions
    Visit but caution
    I’ve been visiting Taboga for over 30 years. I live in the Washington, D.C. area but my family spends a lot of time in Panama to “ get away” from things. The weekend ferry service from the Causeway is dependable. To cite a few other reviews, there really is not a lot to do if you don’t like the beach. Now, for history buffs, the second oldest Catholic Church in the Americas is on the island and worth a visit. The hiking trail up to cross at the top of the island is a tough hike and there is zero shade when doing so. But, for those of you in moderate shape, it’s worth the view. Now, the bad - the island has gotten far dirtier over the past 20 years. There is rubbish on the side of the Panama City facing shore and there is still a lot of sharp broken concrete and debris left over after the former taboga hotel was demolished. The water is nice and warm BUT watch out for the foamy brown stuff floating by the shoreline near the beaches on both sides of the main dock - it’s sewage from the island! That would shut down any monitored beach in the US. I have travelled to and worked in more than 60 countries over the years and I had thought that Taboga would be a great place to spend a week a year at to disconnect. However, the “brown slime” I mentioned above has changed by view for the negative. My recommendation is to take and early AM ferry to the island as you will get up close and personal with ships on their way to the Balboa entrance to the Panama Canal. Visit the church, hike up to the cross, grab a snack at one of the ocean facing hole on the wall restaurants. Admire the great ocean views. You will see a lot of visitors in the water but consider the source of the brown foamy gunk.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Adaure N
    2 contributions
    Lovely Local Beach
    This is a nice beach that's very close and accessible to the city. The ferry is convenient, on time, and very comfortable with beautiful views of the city/nature/the large ships as you head to Taboga. The island has a very relaxing beach with some rocks of course, kind stray dogs, and great food at the few restaurants there. Lovely beach day to break up the trip and VERY affordable. The church was also beautiful to visit.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 November 2023
  • Thoughtfultraveller1
    Canada202 contributions
    Taboga Island Panama
    This is a nice spot if you are looking for a beach close to Panama City. Sadly, the beach is full of garbage. Some things to note: you can rent beach loungers for US$5 each and a big sun umbrella for US$7 for the day. Try to get your tickets for the ferry the day before. Arrive at least one hour before your scheduled time and be prepared to wait in line both coming and returning. The ferry takes about 45 minutes. Bring some small change as you need to pay .50 to use the bathroom. You can also shower for $1. There is food for sale and some souvenir stalls.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 January 2024
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Thoughtfultraveller1
Canada202 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
This is a nice spot if you are looking for a beach close to Panama City. Sadly, the beach is full of garbage. Some things to note: you can rent beach loungers for US$5 each and a big sun umbrella for US$7 for the day. Try to get your tickets for the ferry the day before. Arrive at least one hour before your scheduled time and be prepared to wait in line both coming and returning. The ferry takes about 45 minutes. Bring some small change as you need to pay .50 to use the bathroom. You can also shower for $1. There is food for sale and some souvenir stalls.
Written 11 January 2024
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Adaure N
2 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
This is a nice beach that's very close and accessible to the city. The ferry is convenient, on time, and very comfortable with beautiful views of the city/nature/the large ships as you head to Taboga. The island has a very relaxing beach with some rocks of course, kind stray dogs, and great food at the few restaurants there. Lovely beach day to break up the trip and VERY affordable. The church was also beautiful to visit.
Written 17 November 2023
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gregory c
3 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Dirty, no decent facilities, loads of stray dogs and garbage. Tons of garbage in the water where you swim and a weird grey foam ( I believe sewage from all the ships sitting there - up too months sitting there - obviously dumping - sounds strange but I even found a crusty old dog poop in my pocket of my swim trunks when back at the hotel from swimming there - yes real pleasant ) We didn’t pay for an umbrella- they where old and didn’t protect you from the sun - most everything on the island was closed - even the pay change rooms !! Closed !! Bring a towel and your own picnic. My Wife got stung by a jellyfish while swimming in the beach enclosure area and my 5 year old son hated it and ended up crying before the ferry picked up up + this evening he actually was cursing our time on the beach because he could have spent the day here in the pool !! Yes it Royally sucked that much- What a waste of time - waste of money. I have nothing bad to say about the ferry Taboga Express - but I have nothing good to say either, staff was staff, not nice or mean just didn’t care and that’s fine. It was very noisy - oh did you see the picture- people just leaving the garage right on the beach - food plates - glass beer bottles etc and they just left - like normal- very disgusting - this was not tourists either - I didn’t litter and I saw many tourists be responsible- this crowd seemed local and the pile of garbage was unbelievable and just seemed so natural how they got up and left it there - Don’t Blame This Garbage on the Tourists- just go look anywhere in Actual Panama City and you will see why it’s natural for some - I may come back to Panama- but never - ever to Taboga Island
Written 15 November 2023
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Maria M
1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Family
The island is little yet full of garbage, it’s so dirty is sad, garbage everywhere!! The beach is dirty too, and the sand has glass everywhere! Panama should spend a little money on this cute island, cleaning it and make it more Appel to tourists. I would not come back or recommend people to come here! Hopefully it gets clean, get the stray dogs out the streets, find them a good home. The beach clean. Anyway is my point of view. Yikes
Not recommended for kids, since the sand has bottle glass.
Written 12 August 2023
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GregandDiana
Alexandria, VA15 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
I’ve been visiting Taboga for over 30 years. I live in the Washington, D.C. area but my family spends a lot of time in Panama to “ get away” from things. The weekend ferry service from the Causeway is dependable. To cite a few other reviews, there really is not a lot to do if you don’t like the beach. Now, for history buffs, the second oldest Catholic Church in the Americas is on the island and worth a visit. The hiking trail up to cross at the top of the island is a tough hike and there is zero shade when doing so. But, for those of you in moderate shape, it’s worth the view.

Now, the bad - the island has gotten far dirtier over the past 20 years. There is rubbish on the side of the Panama City facing shore and there is still a lot of sharp broken concrete and debris left over after the former taboga hotel was demolished. The water is nice and warm BUT watch out for the foamy brown stuff floating by the shoreline near the beaches on both sides of the main dock - it’s sewage from the island! That would shut down any monitored beach in the US.

I have travelled to and worked in more than 60 countries over the years and I had thought that Taboga would be a great place to spend a week a year at to disconnect. However, the “brown slime” I mentioned above has changed by view for the negative.

My recommendation is to take and early AM ferry to the island as you will get up close and personal with ships on their way to the Balboa entrance to the Panama Canal. Visit the church, hike up to the cross, grab a snack at one of the ocean facing hole on the wall restaurants.

Admire the great ocean views. You will see a lot of visitors in the water but consider the source of the brown foamy gunk.
Written 6 August 2023
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Yolande Miller
Falls Church, VA89 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
We made a right turn from the harbor after we landed from the Calypso Barcos boat pier . We rented two chairs and an umbrella for $15 and spent the afternoon watching JetSki’s roaring around and contemplating cargo boats in the Pacific probably waiting to get into the panama canal. It was very unique. The water was wonderful, everyone had a very loud boom box blaring music nonstop. Do not go there for peace and quiet, but for an animated, local and lively Sunday at the beach!
Written 8 May 2023
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Denise30906
Temecula, CA87 contributions
Feb 2023
A definite must while in Panama City. Don't get suckered into buying a "tour". Just take an Uber to the Amador Causeway and take the Taboga Island Express Ferry over. Once there you turn right, walk a very short distance and you're at the beach. You can rent 2 chairs and an umbrella for less than $20. There are places to buy food and drinks right there at the beach. It was a wonderful, relaxing day. WATER IS COLD haha. I got in to say I did but brrr.
Written 6 March 2023
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Keras G
10 contributions
Feb 2023
We took the Ferry from Panama City to Taboga Island. The price of the ferry (return) is USD 24 per person. In our opinion, Taboga Island is not worth a visit. For USD 24 per person, what you get is a dirty beach and over-priced food. The town is quite small and all we did was walked through the town and saw the church. Unfortunately the earliest return ferry was after three hours and so we just sat on a bench.
Written 24 February 2023
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AD E
2 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
SO SAD. Dirty, broken bottles inside the beach buried in the sand. We almost stepped on one. Cans everywhere. So sad these people don’t take care of their beaches.
Written 23 February 2023
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Inspire26118
307 contributions
Feb 2023 • Friends
This beach is a ferry ride from the Panama City shore. Pay about $25 round trip to travel on a okay size ferry to Isla Taboga for 35 mins plus loading and docking time. The ride is smooth and there are air conditioned seats available onboard. So it is safe for the whole family and pets. Once you dock, be prepared to pay to use the restroom and access the showers run by locals. It’s about 75¢ to do so and they have some change if you don’t. The restrooms are older but the do the job. The beach is double sided so there is typically enough room for plenty of guests during the week. The weekends are probably overcrowded. It was a Monday and many of the ferries were sold out during the weekend. The beach sand is full of shells and some rocks. Wear shores when walking around. Local shopkeepers have bathing suits, hats, snacks, and souvenirs if people want to buy. It’s a small beach compared to 7 mile in Jamaica or another island. The food vendors do take cards. A piña colada is about $5-7 depending on the vendor and if you want it in the actual pineapple. The sun gets hot in the first quarter of the year. Stay hydrated and rent an umbrella unless you bring your own. Many families occupy the beach and locals typically pack food, coolers, beer, and the like to spend the day. Do what works for your beach day. Bring towels! Plus plenty of sunscreen.
Written 9 February 2023
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