Panama // Veraguas Province //

Parque Nacional Coiba

Blessed with a striking abundance of marine biodiversity, the group of 38 islands that make up Parque Nacional Coiba (including the namesake) has become one of Panama’s most popular national parks, although strict conservation laws and limited access mean that tourism here is still relatively underdeveloped. For independent travellers, Santa Catalina is the closest destination from which you can access the park, on tours run by locals. To really have a chance of spotting wildlife, you should arrange to stay overnight, so that you can get into the forest at first light.