Gulf of Montijo

The Montijo gulf area is predominantly tropical rainforest, though there are also grasslands, savannas, swamps, and secondary vegetation. Mangrove forest predominates the gulf itself, with different representative species such as the red mangrove, black mangrove, and white mangrove. The Gulf of Montijo has been named to the RAMSAR List of Wetlands of International Importance for its importance as a stop-over and nesting habitat for migratory birds. Among the notable birds that can be sighted here are the belted kingfisher, raptors like the osprey and the hawk swamp, and exotic birds like the red-lored Amazon parrot.


The Gulf of Montijo is located in the southern part of Veraguas Province, in the districts of Montijo, Soná, Río de Jesús, Mariato, and Santiago. It covers a total area of 89,452 hectares between terrestrial and marine zones.

How to arrive

  • Car: Driving from Panama City, take the Pan-American Highway towards the central provinces. Upon reaching Hotel Piramidal in the city of Santiago, province of Veraguas, take Central Avenue or Héctor A. Santacoloma towards the St. James Cathedral. Then turn left on 2nd Street, which runs right behind the church (the same road that leads to the village of La Colorada). Once on 2nd Street, turn right at the stoplight at the second fork in the road, which will take you to Montijo and from there to Port Mutis.

What to bring

  • Water bottle
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen


  • Whale watching (June to October).
  • Dolphin watching (year-round)
  • Hiking
  • Camping and fishing
  • Observation of turtle nesting (June to October)
  • Festivals
  • Craft and Tourism Fair on GobernadoraIsland (check dates