Isla Palenque Resort: Plan Your Stay

Located in Gulf of Chiriquí, Panama

How to Get There

The closest airport is in David, the capital city of Panama’s Chiriquí Province. Visitors traveling from North America must fly into Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, then take a short regional flight to the Enrique Malek Airport. The lodge will pick up guests in David for the one-hour transfer to Boca Chica, which is followed by a short boat ride to Isla Palenque’s private dock.

What to Expect

Isla Palenque provides an escape from the busy pace of everyday life by offering immersion in a soothing natural sanctuary. The main lodge and all accommodations are fully equipped with electricity, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, and other modern amenities; however, the nearest town lies across the bay, so items forgotten during packing can be hard to come by. The lodge facilities are connected by level forest paths, and most activities take place outdoors in all weather conditions.

Weather and Seasons

Isla Palenque Resort is open year-round and the natural environment gives reasons to visit in every season. Sun shines almost every day during the dry season (mid-December to mid-April), perfect for relaxing on the beach or kayaking among nearby islands. In the green season (late April through September) most days will be sunny or partly cloudy, with warm afternoon showers lasting a few hours. Though downpours are common during the rainy season (October through mid-December), warm currents attract humpback whales and their calves to the surrounding waters.

What to Bring

Guests are encouraged to dress casually on the island. Activewear and swimwear are a necessity for everyday exploration, while waterproof gear and some outer layers are useful during afternoon showers or the occasional thunderstorm. The lodge provides specialized equipment for all outdoor activities.

Traveling with Family

Isla Palenque Resort welcomes families with children of all ages and strives to provide an enriching experience for young explorers. Guided activities—from forest walks to boat trips—introduce kids to unique island ecosystems and endemic wildlife. Seven private beaches provide space to play, while island trails encourage independent discovery. Kids can also participate in hands-on activities such as cooking classes or tree-planting.

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