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Taboga, the Island of the Flowers


[Taboga is so close to Panama City that you can see it from there.]

Taboga is so close to Panama City that you can see it from there.


[The town of San Pedro de Taboga, as seen from the approaching boats.]

The town of San Pedro de Taboga, as seen from the approaching boats.


[When they arrive at the island, passengers disembark in this pier.]

When they arrive at the island, passengers disembark in this pier.


[Houses and other buildings are located right on the brink of the beach.]

Houses and other buildings are located right on the brink of the beach.


[Local children go to school at this building right on the seafront.]

Local children go to school at this building right on the seafront.


[The Morro is a smaller island linked to Taboga by a sand bar.]

The Morro is a smaller island linked to Taboga by a sand bar.


[One of the main tourist attractions of Taboga is its historic church.]

One of the main tourist attractions of Taboga is its historic church.


[The narrow streets of the town are totally free of cars.]

The narrow streets of the town are totally free of cars.


[The Catholic roots of the locals are evident from the many religious icons present in the streets and beaches.]

The Catholic roots of the locals are evident from the many religious icons present in the streets and beaches.


By:

Marino Jaén Espinosa
2016-03-30

Taboga is an island near Panama City. It is reachable by a boat trip lasting less than an hour. It is an ideal destination for a day or weekend trip. In addition to beaches, it is possible to walk thru rainforest paths.

The island has an interesting history due to its role in the launching of many expeditions during the Spanish period, including the conquest of Peru. Several times, Taboga was occupied by pirates. It also served as provision station for international naval companies, defense site during world wars and even open air war prisioner camp during a brief conflict between Panama and Costa Rica.

In addition to many tourists and visitor, artists such as painter Paul Gauguin and Panamanian writer Rogelio Sinan, have fallen under the beauty spell of Taboga, also known as the Island of the Flowers.


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