The Contadora and Saboga Islands are located at the northern end of the Pearl Islands.
“Pearls” as they are known, are the Pacific version of the popular Bocas del Toro and San Blas Islands located in the Caribbean. However, while the Caribbean islands are drenched in rain, the pearls remain practically dry. During the rainy season it usually rains for a couple of hours in the afternoon or evening. The rest of the day is sunny and ideal for adventurers and sun-lovers.
As a fact of interest: in addition to a place for vacation throughout the year, Pearls has been home to three seasons of the popular series “Survivor” of the American television network CBS, so these beautiful islands became the base of operations And a beautiful backdrop for the filming.
The two islands are located just 32 miles from the hectic and bustling mega Business center of Panama City. The islands have numerous luxury homes and private properties well established in accountant or in the process of construction in the city, and are considered as the “vineyard of Martha” or “Isla Catalina” of Panama by the majority of wealthy families of this beautiful Country. The main streets are paved and the farther ones are still land. Most streets are illuminated and can be explored safely by day or night. However, there is not a single traffic light! The typical traffic problem on this island consists of three Golf kids who are at an intersection at the same time. Soon there will be a stable with beautiful horses to maintain harmony with Mother nature, an aspect that excites the developers of the region.
There are some of the most beautiful beaches in the world on these islands. The warm turquoise water is always full of marine life. At the southern end of the island is the only nudist beach recognized in Panama, as well as other solitary beaches… some so much that if a palm fell, I would never listen. All the beaches in Panama are published by law and if you want a real private experience on a beach you can hire a local boat or “Panga”. These small boats with their native operators will remain silent on the seashore along the most visited beaches and can leave it on an island near and uninhabited by a small fee.
While salting is a lesser-known and under-controlled expansion with high “green” quality in its resort hotels and the marina to come, Contadora has several restaurants that include European and local cuisine. There are three small grocery stores, a medical clinic, a small police force and a gas station! Plan ahead as there are no banks or ATMs on the islands at this time.