Postcard from Panama: Day Trip to Isla Grande

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Dear Luke and Leia,

With your uncle Andrew visiting us here in Panama City, we decided to take a day trip to Isla Grande. Isla Grande is a Caribbean island about an hour’s drive away.

Waves crash on the east end of Isla Grande Panama, sending spray into the wind.

Our Isla Grande day trip

After heading east away from the canal and crossing the continental divide, we found the shuttle boats for the short 10-minute ride to the island.

Isla Grande is rather small and because it is close to the mainland it creates a large surf that draws the surfing crowd. It drew us because of the picturesque surroundings. We love tropical islands. The east side of the island had rocky cliffs whereas the west side had calm surf and a nice beach.

Sitting on the dock of a bay...
Sitting on the dock of a bay…
Boathouse on the bayside.
Boathouse on the bay side.
Calm beach side of the western part of Isla Grande

Andrew climbed out onto the rocks for a beautiful view into the sea. Around him the waves crashed onto the shore, lifting spray high into the air.

Taking pictures from the rocky eastern tip of Isla Grande Panama.

Other people think it is a good place to relax.

Couple enjoying the quiet coastline of Isla Grande.

Lunch on Isla Grande

We found a wonderful seaside restaurant and enjoyed some delicious, freshly-caught fish.

Wonder restaurant seaside with great fish choices.

While we ate we watched island visitors take selfies of themselves with the waves and Isla Grande’s Catholic cross in the background.

Good selfie spot being taken advantage of.
Catholic cross just of the coast of Isla Grande

The day is getting late so we must jump on a boat back to the mainland for our trip home. I hope you like my photos of Isla Grande. We think it is beautiful here. It makes a relaxing day trip out of Panama City that many tourists don’t know about. This is really a local spot. Boy, are they missing out on a good time and wonderful views!


Nana and Pap

Take me to Isla Grande, Panama!
Isla Grande, Panama - A serene path circles the island and offers spectacular views
Heron wading on the beach at Isla Grande, Panama.

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Written by Dan

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4 thoughts on “Postcard from Panama: Day Trip to Isla Grande”

  1. What a beautiful island! The water and beaches look so relaxing! I love the selfie spot. Reminds me how we all are so similar. I would love to visit there some day. Thanks for giving us a peek!

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