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The Pacific coast of Panama is characterized by white sand beaches and crystalline waters. The most famous can be found in the archipelago of Las Perlas, a group of 39 islands and 100 islets known the world over for their incredible beauty and interesting history shrouded by myth and mystery. There is much to see and do for first-time visitors, and a great place to begin is at the Contadora Welcome Center.
The Contadora Welcome Center is a visitors’ center that provides comprehensive information about all the tourist attractions on the island. Their offices are located near the runway on Contadora Island, just a few yards past The Point Hotel.
The Center can help you to explore Contadora by kayak or golf cart. Fishing equipment and bicycle rentals are available as well. If you want to take a tour, the Center can arrange whale watching excursions (when in season), or diving / snorkeling trips. Other services include laundry, charter flight bookings and event planning. It is also one of the few places you can get an ice-cream cone in Las Perlas.
Contadora, Las Perlas’ main island, is 20 minutes by plane from Panama City. The island has an airstrip where regularly scheduled flights aboard Air Panama arrive from the Marcos A. Gelabert Airport in Albrook. There are also several ferry services such as Ferry Las Perlas (Tel. 6200-0080) and Sea Las Perlas (Tel. 391-1424).