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Chiriqui’s tourist attractions. The province of Chiriqui is Panama’s most western province, bordering Costa Rica. It is a province of contrasts with a long coastline, dominated by the majestic mountains of the Cordillera.
David is the capital of the province, situated on the coastal plain. It makes a good central point for visiting places of interest
La Barqueta beach lies approximately 30 minutes southwest from the city of David, and 35 minutes east of the Costa Rican border. Playa La Barqueta combines all the beauty of a long, white, sandy beach with the excellent comfort of lodging in a beach resort or in the nearby city of David.
About 40 minutes to the east of the city is an area known as Boca Chica where several small hotels and fishing resorts have developed (turn off the PanAmerican highway to Horconcitos). Las Lajas beach, where there is a hotel and cabins, lies about an hour to the east of David.
For sports fishermen the Gulf of Chiriqui offers many challenges. It is one of the premier saltwater sports fishing destinations in the world, with big game such as marlin, sailfish and yellowfin tuna. Fishing charter companies operate out of Puerto Pedregal and Boca Chica.
Chiriqui’s tourist attractions: Mountain towns
No visitor will want to miss the grandeur of the highlands of Chiriqui. The town of Boquete, on one side of the dormant volcano, Volcan Baru, and the small towns of Volcan, Cerro Punta and Guadalupe on the other, are the centers for tourism here.
Boquete lies about 30 minutes from David. It has a wide range of lodgings and excellent restaurants. Hiking, bird watching, horseback riding, river rafting, hot springs, zip lining, visits to coffee plantations, a spa and golfing are among the pursuits on offer.
Bird watching in both Boquete and Cerro Punta is greatl. Trails crisscross their way into verdant cloud forests. There you can find hummingbirds, toucans, herons and so many other species it is almost impossible to name them all. Los Quetzales trail is a popular path for visitors and connects the two towns of Boquete and Cerro Punta along the northern ridge of the Baru Volcano. There you can find the colorful quetzals which come from Central America.
The towns on the other side of the mountain, Volcan, Cerro Punta and Guadalupe are smaller than Boquete but for many that will be part of their charm. This area is where much of Panama’s vegetables are grown in the rich, volcanic soil. There are two horse farms (haras in Spanish), famous for the race horses they breed.
Hiking, birdwatching, hot springs, horseback riding, river rafting are on offer here too. There is also the renowned Dracula Orchid Farm.