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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

too bad local people and local tourist consiedr the place as a hudge trash . it is a nice island but not worth to go so far for so few: as we came back from a san blas sailing cruise it was difficult to apperciate...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 2, 2019

The island was lovely, not too crowded, typical Caribbean beach. But the ferry guy took our $20 bill promised would give us the changes but never showed up again, very shady, talked to the police and management at the ferry but no one wanted to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank alchemist777
Reviewed December 28, 2018 via mobile

I’m panamanian and visited Isla Grande when I was a little girl around 1995. I wanted to go back and visit for the day. Left Panama city at 7:30am, then it’s a 2:30 hour drive until La Guaira. You park the car in an empty...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank rocio_1286
Reviewed November 7, 2018

Lovely place. quiet and serene. Not many people on island. Highly recommend this place. It has a UNISCO heritage site at this place and lots of grennery.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank t0by2018
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Wonderful experience, short boat ride to the island which has beautiful beach, simple little restaurant and friendly natives. A very enjoyable visit wit family and friends. Highly recommended. Loved the fact that glass bottles were not allowed...

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank Fitzroy R
Reviewed August 2, 2018 via mobile

My kids and I did a day trip to Isla Grande. It is a beautiful island. We basically rock climbed around a third of the island to find prestine swimming areas. The water is so warm. We then came back to the front of the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Ericka C
Reviewed July 10, 2018

The people are most interesting here and will always offer to help or take you somewhere.. If you have a boat man take you anywhere make sure you get his cell number to call him to return to get you. The water is lovely. The...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Schipblack
Reviewed May 7, 2018

if you take the boat with the face of a guy on the motor don't believe nothing he tells you. he will not pick you up at the time discussed plan on taking any boat that comes back across when you want to leave.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank b0at123
Reviewed March 5, 2018 via mobile

This was our biggest mistake to go there. Both of two destination was very wasted full of junks and nobody speak English. Trust me you can't ask for coffee ....they don't understand you.totally nothing.in the hotels or local restaurants too. All the pics are lying...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank SteveMara79
Reviewed January 27, 2018 via mobile

Took a water taxi from the local harbor. Very interesting. Views were beautiful and the ocean was great for swimming. Transportation is on island time so be prepared to wait. The hotel is vacant but they still serve food and beverages at the restaurant. You...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank aprilr0324
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October 10, 2017|
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Response from Richard C | Reviewed this property |
The parking lot is literally a dirt lot by the boat ramp. I paid the fee...I think it was like $5 per day, then tipped the attendant $10 and said in broken Spanglish...to put his eyes on the top of the car" (when I came... More
January 6, 2017|
Response from 818edwardg |
Yes it is open. We went there yesterday for a day trip from Panama City. We stayed on the beach at the hotel for the day and ate lunch there (our tour guide has a relationship with the hotel operator Alberto). Hope that... More
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Colon/PanCam Railway/Taxis?? As always, advice appreciated! (1 Reply)
Three questions: 1) Now that I’ve gotten so much feedback on Colon, we’re thinking of skipping it (we had planned to take the Panama Canal Rail to Colon and then to make stops in Portobelo before heading on our way to Isla Grande) and instead, we’re thinking we’ll take a taxi straight from the railway station to Guayra (and then a ferry to Isla Grande). Question: Are there plenty of cabs normally waiting at the Colon PanCam Rail station when one arrives from PC on a weekday morning? We live...More
March 04, 2010|
Response fromAndrewGW|
1) The train arrives in Colon and there are usually taxis waiting but don't waste any time getting off as they won't hang around for long. Don't bother with any time in Colon - head for Portobelo as it's on the way to La Guayra/Isla Grande. This isn't NYC ! ! ! You could organize a driver prior - but it would be more expense - a lot more reliable though - a good contact in Colon for transport is Nattur Panama - they also do guiding. www.natturpanama.com. 2) As I mentioned in a previous...More
Cutchogue, New York
Isla Grande Lodging (4 Replies)
Hi, Our family is planning a trip and Isla Grande is one of the places we would like to stay for a couple of nights. Can anyone recommend lodging and/or dining locations? Thank you in advance! Nicci
August 04, 2015|
Response fromgb_williams|
It's been a while since I've been to Isla Grande. My wife and I really enjoyed Cabañas las Cholitas over any of the other lodging. The food is the best on the island, especially the seafood omelet she made for us in the morning. The cabañas are very basic ... very typical of the way Panamanians vacation ... which means the shower has one temperature -- "refreshing" -- and the A/C is a small wall unit. The rooms were clean and the location is very convenient to the village and just a short...More
san francisco
transportation from Isla Grande to Panama City (5 Replies)
I would like to find out the various options/cost/safety re travel from isla Grande to Panama City.
March 02, 2010|
Response fromAndrewGW|
There won't be a lot of taxi's waiting around to pick people up in La Guayra that's for sure - you really will need to make arrangements for someone to come and pick you up. Depending on how many nights you will be there you might be better off renting a car - you can leave it safely in La Guayra while you are on Isla Grande - if you are staying at Bananas they have a fenced yard. Otherwise it's the local bus which has little to no safety considerations, you would need to change buses in...More