The journey is pleasant, offering delightful views of the singular beauty of the Gulf of Panama, with its swooping birds and silent ships waiting to transit the Canal.
Two companies provide transportation services: Caliypso sells roundtrip tickets to adults for $13 and $9 to children and senior citizens, whereas National Tours S.A. charges $14 for adult passengers and $10 for children and senior citizens.
The Isla de las Flores (Flower Island) is 20 kilometers off the coast of the Amador Causeway, the boarding site for the ships that shuttle passengers every day of the week. On Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays they make three trips, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
The charms of Taboga, founded in 1524, have seduced such figures as the Spanish conquistadors Francisco Pizarro and Vasco Núñez de Balboa, as well as the French painter Paul Gauguin. More recently, it formed the ideal refuge for the likes of Rogelio Sinán and Raúl Leis, both Panamanian writers.
The 700-some islanders are courteous to the visitors who arrive, mostly on the weekends, in search of beach, sun, and fun.
Approximately 600 tourists, nationals and foreigners alike, disembark on Taboga's shores every Saturday and Sunday. In their attempt to escape the traffic jams and clogged city streets, they sometimes wind up bringing with them the noise of the metropolis and alter the customary peace of the island.
When you have gotten your fill of sand, sea and breezes, go for a stroll through the narrow streets of an island that is famous for its variety of tropical flora.