Introducing Isla Grande


Palm trees and white-sand beaches form the backdrop to this lovely little island, just 15km from Portobelo. A popular getaway for Panama City folk fleeing the urban grind, Isla Grande is an ideal setting for snorkeling, scuba diving or simply soaking up the island’s relaxed vibe. There are no roads, just a path along the eastern island perimeter. A few hundred people of African descent live on Grande, most of whom eke out a living from fishing and coconuts – you’ll get a taste of both when you sample the fine island cuisine.


Owing to its location on Panama’s northern Caribbean coast, Isla Grande gets a lot of rain year-round. Terms like ‘rainy’ and ‘dry’ seasons don’t apply here, though torrential showers are usually intense and short-lived.