Isla Palenque Resort: The Experience

Located in Gulf of Chiriquí, Panama

Stretch out on a hammock under the shade of swaying palms at Isla Palenque's beachfront casitas, each situated just steps from a private beach.

Set out by stand-up paddleboard or kayak to explore bright blue waters, mangrove forests, and secluded coves around the island.

The chefs at Isla Palenque create memorable flavors using fresh, local ingredients and produce sourced from an on-site organic farm.

Relax poolside after a long day of adventure, enjoying a cool sea breeze and creative cocktails from the bar.

Try your hand at catch-and-release rock fishing from volcanic bluffs, looking to hook snapper, roosterfish, and jack.

Take part in a cooking class to learn the secrets of Panamanian specialties, and enjoy fresh seafood supplied daily by local fishermen.

Isla Palenque Resort offers immersion in an utterly unspoiled tropical paradise, far from the distractions of the world at large. Six miles of nature trails lead to the island’s secret spaces, from empty beaches to mangrove forests teeming with wildlife. Adventurous guests have ample opportunities to get active, from kayaking through tidal lagoons to hiking rocky points sprinkled by ocean waters. Or, as the waves lap the shoreline, slow strolls in the shade or naps in a swaying hammock might just be the ideal way to unwind.

Things to Do

Activity inclusions vary by rate type and package. Please inquire with the lodge when requesting your reservation.

  • Naturalist-led Ecology and Anthropology Walks
  • Kayaking and Paddleboarding
  • Whale-watching
  • Bird-watching
  • Catch-and-release Fishing
  • Snorkeling and Diving
  • Oceanside Yoga Classes
  • Cooking Demos and Rum Tastings
  • Excursions to Boquete
  • Sustainable Woodshop Tour
  • Volunteer Reforestation

Food and Drink

Pride in Panamanian cuisine drives the creative and sustainable dining options at Isla Palenque. In this remote location, a strong partnership with the local community and a dedication to quality and authenticity ensure a delicious and memorable dining experience at the lodge’s beachfront restaurant. Ingredients are sourced from the on-site organic farm or the nearby seas whenever possible, prizing the flavors of Panama’s coastal ecosystem. For something special, arrange a picnic on the beach or a rum tasting at sundown, or learn new techniques in a private cooking class.

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