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Isla Grande

Colon, Panama
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Ranked #10 of 15 attractions in Colon
Type: Islands
Traveler Description: Isla Grande, Colón (PANAMA) is 1 hour and 40 minutes from the Capital City (by the highway). You arrive to La Guaira and then you take a 3 minutes... more »
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El Paso, Texas
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71 reviews 71 reviews
28 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Went here because I heard about the "Caribbean-like experience" and was disappointed by lack of amenities and "extra" fees at the hotel. If you are looking for a quiet place at the end of the road, the water was great. (Went during the week and not a weekend)

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Panama City, Panama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Simple and small island, with blue cristal water, 120km from Panama city. Less than 10 min in the boat to cross from continent to this island. Good for day or weekend trips.

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Panama City, Panama
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Like: small, inexpensive, pretty, Caribbean, does have a couple of restaurants with nice food on the menu Dislike: not much to do, had a bad experience with a hotel and with a strong reaction to the food at their restaurant, there are more run-down buildings than there are ones in good shape Not sure if I want to return.

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Puerto Aventuras, Mexico
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45 reviews 45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

The island is hopping....tours...wonderful restaurants. I wouldn't miss Sailing Bocas, catamaran tour for snorkeling. I'm an avid diver, and I was very disappointed with the dives and the condition of the reefs. However, the mangrove snorkeling is excellent with healthy corals. The island is drowning in garbage, however. All trash barrels were bursting, and trash littered the streets. For a... More

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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47 reviews 47 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

From Panama city, it is only 2 hours away, this is a must see place. Water is turquoise and clear, also there are some coral and reefs all around here, great for scuba diving or fishing. Spent a weekend here, vacation homes for rent! must check

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Have been going to isla grande all my life since Im panamenian and love the Colon area beaches. Isla grande is defenately one of the best places to go in Colon. Can highly recommend El Nido del Postre..., where Francois and Olga make the best food and desserts in the Island. They also have a small lodge at the same... More

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Vilseck, Germany
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

I took my wife to Panama for our honey moon in January 2014. We stayed in Panama City for seven days. Two of those days I took her to Visit the island. I visited the island three times once in 1996, 2011 and 2014. If you go during the weekends it is more busy. The parking fee is five dollars... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

My girlfriend and I traveled from New York to Panama and then on to Isla Grande. On the first night the accomodations were not the best, to say the least but the beach was wonderful. While walking along the beach front we walked by El Nido del Postre and noticed how well taken care of the place was so we... More

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West Orange, New Jersey
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

My family (includes my 15 year old daughter) took a fantastic day trip to Isla Grande in Colon district of Panama. Our guide was Chris Fernandez from Panama Fishing Tours (507-6876-9548 was fantastic. He speaks great English and very friendly and accommodating. We went on a week day in March 2013 and the island was empty. The boat ride to... More

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Philly
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46 reviews 46 reviews
25 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

The small beach is fair but I imagine very crowded in regular season. The water was fair and a few fish to be seen, but not terribly clean. There's a little restaurant bar right there that is part of the near by hotel, and there are several more exclusive hotels hidden away. We had a nice beach day though, then... More

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