If you’re looking for a resort-style beach vacation, complete with white-sand beaches and beautiful blue water, look no further than Panama’s Riviera Pacifica. This fast-paced area comprises a corridor of beaches along the Pacific Coastline, conveniently located just outside of Panama City and easily accessible with a car. At the riviera, you’ll find a variety of hotel options from basic to all inclusive, to higher-end resorts, as well as 5 golf courses. Close to the beautiful nature of Valle de Antón, Riviera Pacifica brings together the natural and urban worlds, in true Panama style.
Stay at one of the area’s all-inclusive resorts in Bijao, Playa Blanca or Buenaventura for luxury accommodations, pool access and wellness activities such as spas and massages on the beach. Go to Chame or El Palmar for surfing and kitesurfing, and visit the beach town of Coronado to find hotels, restaurants, a clinic and other urban facilities. You’ll also find options for golfing, boating, fishing, snorkeling, motorcycling and surfing, as well as fine dining in the area.
Getting to the Pacific Riviera from Panama City is easy. Rent a car, or hop on a bus for a 1-2.5 hour trip, depending on the beach you choose to visit. A taxi will cost around $70, but if you’re staying at a resort, they may be able to provide a shuttle.