Welcome to the Pacific Coast of Panama. The Chiriqui lowlands and its capital city of David are nestled between mountains and sea. This wild west is the last frontier in Panama before reaching the Costa Rica border. While David is a destination in its own right, this affluent expat-laden city is most commonly known as the gateway to the majority of Chirqui’s natural attractions.

The undisputed treasure of the region is the Gulf of Chiriqui. There’s something wild and raw about this place. Palm trees slant with no uniformity towards the sandy beach and the vast Pacific Ocean beyond. Steep and craggy hillsides drop into the crashing surf. Some beaches are sugar-white, while others have dazzling dark sands.

Naturally, a wild place like the Pacific Coast of Panama has equally fascinating wildlife. Nesting sea turtles lug themselves onto the sand to burrow and lay eggs every year. Migrating humpback whales pass through these waters and can be spotted from shore. Some 280 recorded bird species flock to the region. On guided walks with local naturalists, you can spot the emerald shimmer of hummingbirds and the howler monkeys that perch in the trees.

Offshore, dozens of lovely islands are just the place to be marooned. Call one of the secluded eco-lodges your home-away-from-home for a few days of complete relaxation. This side of Panama is quieter compared to the Caribbean coast, but no less beautiful.

Coiba is the largest island in Central America and couldn’t feel any more remote. The warm currents shelter species of corals and tropical fish that aren’t usually found on this side of the Americas. One of the largest coral reefs in the Pacific is found off of Panama’s coastline. Under the sea, sharks and spotted eagle rays glide silently.

Discover the natural wonders of the Pacific Coast of Panama for yourself. Its beauty pairs nicely with an exploration into Costa Rica’s lush jungles.