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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 and east of the Valiente Peninsula, this horizontally shaped island is surrounded by white sand beaches and crystal clear turquoise waters. A part of Comarca Ngäbe-Buglé, this remote and undiscovered island, inhabited only by small communities of indigenous tribes, is as close to Tahiti as you'll find in Latin America.
The island's northern side is breathtaking, with small, shallow bays and inlets running the full length of the island. Strips of white-sand beach line the coast, ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Numerous small islands dot the coastline, many of which are frequented by brown boobies and other tropical birds. The island's southern side is less tropical in its appearance but still beautiful; most of the coastline is lined with mangroves and jagged outcroppings that extend well-out into the surrounding waters.
This is not going to be cheap! From Bocas del Toro, it takes at least 2 hours by boat, depending on weather and water conditions. Most tour operators do not offer tours to Escudo de Veraguas regularly, due to the costs and difficulties associated with organizing such a trip. They are most often organized during the dry season months of July–October when the seas are calmer and more predictable. With that said, if you have enough people and are will to spend the money, somebody will take you there.