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Contadora accomodations and restaurants

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Contadora accomodations and restaurants

I am trying to get more information about Contadora.

My husband and I (late 50's) are considering a trip to Panama in late January/early Feb. and spending at least one week on Contadora. We love the water, swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking. Looks like we could at least swim and snorkel, correct? Is one week too long?

Accomodations are puzzling. Do you know anything about Gerard's B & B, Villa Romantica or The Point? Trying to determine best accomodation...don't need fancy, just clean, good service, decent food...a suggestion for a different place?

Do you know the restaurants on the island? Seems like food is very expensive. ?

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Hey, I had a very busy weekend, sorry I didn't answer earlier. I volunteer for an dog rescue here in Panama and it is always busy on weekends.

Contadora: Here is some info: I absolutely love the Las Perlas islands. You mention a week. I want to know if you are happy in a small place where you absolutely can walk to all parts of the island (which is very small). If so a week is fine as you love water sports and that is what Las Perlas is all about.

I have spent time on Contadora, the main island of Las Perlas and the

water and the beaches are beautiful.

Stop by Coral Dreams, across from the AeroPerlas office, and see

Guillermo about sight seeing the other islands. He is very knowledgable

and a great guide and he speaks English, French and Spanish . He can

take you for Scuba, snorkle, or just sight seeing. His rates are very

reasonable and his boat is safe. Avoid the locals that hang around the

beach. They too know the area, but often speak little english and may

not be as safety conscious as Guillermo. Trust me on this one, many

others will be trying to get you to boat, sail with them, but Guillermo

is the cheapest of the good places I would recommend. You can

write them from the website.


We took a 2 hour snorkeling tour with Coral Dreams who takes you around

on a boat to different islands in the Archipelago. One of the private

islands we snorkeled off of had the softest sand I have ever stepped on

in my life.

With Guillermo we took his safe boat to Mogo Mogo, the island where the

Survivor series was filmed, and where there is a natural pool ideal for


From what I hear, the diving is great around the islands, lots of reefs

and an incredible amount of marine life.

When you fly over the islands, the colors of blue and green are

absolutely breathtaking.

I'm sure the other beaches are wonderful as well, but Las Perlas should

definitely be on your list.

Oh, bring lots of bug repellant, oil based or Avon skin so soft OIL for

no-see-ums, which can come at AM and dusk.

How long in Panama? If you are going to other places, I can probably hook you up to fly in a private plane my friend owns from Chame airport (which is close to Bejuco, Gorgona, Coronado, San Carlos areas on the Pacific beaches side.

The same people have a place to stay in Contadora


Expensive food; well it is a very small island, thus a captive audience, so to speak. Bite the bullet on that one. If you stay where breakfast is free, perhaps you can snack for lunch and just have the dinner to pay for. I don't remember the food being expensive when I visited there. It is more than where I live in Panama, but much cheaper than the States.

Gerard's seems fine with reviews. I would trust the reviews and go ahead and book. Don't worry about "far" and close, if you like to walk you can get all around the island in practically 20 min walk. I love Contadora for that reason also.

There is really only "the beach" and boat trips.............no stores to speak of....so if you won't get bored (briing b ooks) go for it. That is high season, so book soon.

Some people take the ferry - let me know if you need info on that.

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Your information is really helpful. Sounds like a week might be a little agressive but we don't want to miss the islands. We are working on the agenda. and will follow through on your ideas.

Thanks for all the details. Are you also well versed on Bocas del Torro?

Panama City, Panama
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No, sorry, I can't say that I am knowledgeable there.

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OK..thanks for your help with Contaddora!

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