Santa Catalina is located in the province of Veraguas. It was once a sleepy fishing village that had been unexplored until the seventies. The location had been a secret kept by surfers in order to protect its exclusivity. Today it still maintains that exclusivity considering that it is still a relatively long drive to get to an ATM machine.
Santa Catalina is a tropical heaven offering world class surfing locations. The closest access point is Isla Coiba. The town has one main street that goes into the beach and here you can find boats that are used for fishing, surfing, and scuba diving enthusiasts.
Some of the most popular activities are:
One of the most popular sports carried out, as there exists some of the biggest waves that veteran surfers enjoy riding all through the year. Those who are still not yet experienced can visit Estero that has smaller waves that are consistent and easy to manage. It also has several surf camps doted all over the beach where one can easily horn their skills and rent boards.
It is common to view an army of seabirds diving for baitfish driven up by the huge schools of tuna fish. The typical weather condition and warm waters make it the perfect seasonal home for many sea creatures that are trying to escape the winters in both hemispheres giving action all through the year.
Another activity that allows guests to view the spectacular range of the different types of fish that are numerous in number. The trips allow one to have a good view of eels, crabs, lobster, and other creatures that thrive on reefs, one also gets the chance to view the breath taking corals located at the bottom ranges. Some areas are still virtually unexplored and chances of being one of the first visitors are high which is something that cannot be mentioned about many areas of the world.
Eco tours are popular throughout the region and include day and night trips to and from the Coiba Island these are run by local businesses. Some of the activities include guided as well as own driven tours of the island using Kayaks provided by international companies in the area. The businesses also offer a variety of other services including yoga massages. An advance planning and booking is advised for best pleasure and relaxation.
Bird watchers have the chance to observe an endless assortment of birds within their natural unspoilt habitats in and around Coiba Island. Some of the most popular choices include the scarlet macaw and parrots that are easy to spot among the hills. The island itself is a UNESCO protected zone and is part of a national park.