It is a famous beach at Panama Pacific, just 30 minutes southwest from the city of David, and 35 minutes east of the Costa Rican border. Playa La Barqueta combines all the beauty and adventure of Costa Rica with the excellent comfort of the lodging of Panama.
HOW TO GET TO LA BARQUETA
From Panama City: Go west on the Interamerican Highway to David (6 hrs), then follow the directions below to Playa La Barqueta (30 min).
From Paso Canoas (Costa Rican Border): Go east on the Interamerican Highway for 30 min. At Concepcion, turn right towards Alanje. Cross Alanje in the direction of the sea (south) and reach Paja Blanca. There you are at Playa La Barqueta.
From David: Follow the road to Guarumal, continue to reach the sea. (30 min)
THE WILDLIFE REFUGE
La Barqueta beach, in the Chiriqui province, is an important area where marine turtles come to nest. Due to this fact, in 1986, the Environmental Commitee of Alanje together with Guarumal inhabitants put to work a program of protection and conservation of the marine turtles that nest in the place. The well development of the program move the National Environmental Authorities (today ANAM) to create the Playa Barqueta Agricola Wild Life Refuge, on august 2, 1994. The size of the refuge is 5,935 hectares.