Located in the Gulf of Chiriquí, Coiba National Park is a marine reserve off Panama’s Pacific coast. Coiba National Park (Nacional Parque Coiba) comprises a group of 38 islands, including Coiba Island (Isla Coiba) and the waters surrounding them, and covers 430,825 acres.
Identified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2005, Coiba National Park offers rich and well-preserved natural resources.
Coiba and the surrounding islands are home to 4 species of sea turtles, dozens of species of sharks, manta rays, dolphins, lizards, iguanas, crocodiles, and at least 130 species of birds. It is one of the best places to dive, snorkel and birdwatch in Central America.
The Coiba excursion is an all-day trip that includes snorkeling/diving at multiple stops, lunch and sightseeing.
We also offer shorter boat trips to both Isla Leones and Cebaco. Both of these small islands are located close to our hotel and offer stunning sightseeing and adventures, including waterfalls and fantastic dining. Please inquire at the hotel to reserve your trips!
In Panamá, the US Dollar is used for everything. Panamá does have its own currency of Balboas which is equivalent to USD. Cash is king! Most locations prefer that you use cash and some will not accept credit cards. Hotel Hibiscus Garden does accept all major credit cards. Remember to always have cash on hand for the bus, a bite to eat and tips!
It is safe to drink tap water in Lagartero and Santa Catalina. We recommend bringing a reusable water bottle. We always keep cold water on hand at the hotel. You can also purchase bottled water at the shops in Santa Catalina.
The amount of bugs at the beach, the hotel or in town varies depending on the time of year. During dusk and dawn is when you will see mosquitos and chitras (also known as sand flies or noseeums.) There are more bugs during the wet season from May until November and fewer during the dry season from December until April. We recommend having bug spray on hand here in the tropics.
Panamá is humid. Clothing takes longer to dry so avoid bringing heavy or bulky clothing. Rayon and linen are great materials for this climate. You will want to bring a light rain jacket as well as a light sweatshirt or cardigan for some evenings. It is cooler in highland areas like Valle de Anton or Bouquete and warmer in beach areas like Santa Catalina or Bocas del Toro.
Please send us an email or give us a call with any questions. We look forward to making your stay as peaceful and fun-filled as possible.