The Barqueta Beach

La Barqueta is a very well-known beach on the Panamanian Pacific, about 25 minutes southwest of the city of David and 35 minutes east of the Costa Rican border. La Barqueta Beach combines all the beauty and adventure of a long white-sand beach with the convenience of staying at a resort or hotel in the nearby city of David. It is surrounded by areas of high biodiversity and is a common turtle nesting area. In 1986 the Alanje Environmental Committee was formed, and together with the residents of Guarumal they implemented some protection programs.

In 1994 a portion of this coastal area was designated as the La Barqueta Beach Wildlife Refuge, covering 5,935 hectares. Among the landscapes of grasslands and bush savannah forests, the thick mangroves stand out, which reproduce part of the ecological wealth that sustains the fishing villages of the Chiriquí Pacific coast.


La Barqueta beach is located 25 minutes from the international airport of David, Panama.

How to arrive?

  • Car: From Panama City take the Pan-American Highway for about 450 km (approximately 6 hours of travel time) until you reach David - Chiriquí. After entering David, go straight until you hit Avenue F South near the Church of Carmen, where you will find the entrance to the La Barqueta beach. Go straight down this street for about 20 minutes, where you will find the village of Querebalo, part of Alanje. Further on there is a bridge, then a crossroads. Keep going straight past the village of Guarumal, and in about 15 minutes you'll be at La Barqueta Beach.

What to bring

  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimsuit


  • Visit the wildlife refuge
  • Bird watching
  • Surfing
  • Sport fishing