Top 10 Things to do in Santa Catalina, Panama

March 14, 2018 Sheron Bogner

Santa Catalina in Panama, from Central America region, is best know for Scuba & Snorkeling. Discover best things to do in Santa Catalina with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Santa Catalina

1. Panama Dive Center

Calle Principal | Right hand, in the only crossroad, Santa Catalina 0352, Panama
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5 based on 385 reviews

Panama Dive Center

We offer SCUBA DIVE products and Services and all PADI Courses at Coiba's National Park, we are the first 5 Star PADI Dive Resort Authorized in Santa Catalina. Coiba National Park and it's main Island, Coiba Island, offers the most beautiful landscapes you can imagine in day trips.

Reviewed By allen S - Edmonton, Canada

The diving at Coiba National Park with Panama Dive Center was a great experience. The dive shop was very professional and very oriented to safety. Our dive master Kim was very knowledgeable and friendly, the dive briefings were very good, she was clear on what to expect; possible strong currents, bad visibility and big thermocline changes which was all true, but the diving was very rewarding with lots of sea life, turtles, eels, Sharks, rays, tons of schools of jacks, last day we were rewarded with a giant manta encounter which made it very especial. We do recommend this shop when diving in Santa Catalina!

2. Junglecat Panama

Santa Fe, Panama
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5 based on 32 reviews

Junglecat Panama

Junglecat Panama is located in the beautiful town of Santa Fe. We offer a variety of outdoor activities and can cater to all group types. Adventure highlights include horseback riding through the stunning mountain landscape - river crossings, jungle exploration and cultural sightseeing are all included in the scenic rides. Conquest of the Atlantic - Love Kayaking!? We are now offering the trip of a lifetime, paddle down to the unexplored, remote Caribbean coast through the most spectacular Santa Fe National Park arriving at the beach for a traditional lunch and/or an over night stay in the small coastal village only accessible via water as the road is still in construction. 4x4 off-roading in our specially designed safari style truck. These trips can be a couple hours on the exciting roads around Santa Fe including up to the summit of Cerro Tute or visit stunning clear Waterfalls! We include pick up and drop off from any location in town. Hope to see you soon in Santa Fe.

Reviewed By PJFaire - Vancouver, Canada

We have been to Santa Fe several times and declare that today was the best day ever. Sending the afternoon riding with Elizabeth was amazing. We'd do it again in a minute, and probably will....We hope to see you guys back in Santa Fe soon as well! Hopefully your next visit allows you some time to explore some more - there are so many beautiful trails and stunning river spots! Greetings from your Santa Fe neighbours, Elizabeth and Martin

3. Amazilia House

Calle Octava | Plaza Jean Carlos, Local #4, Santiago de Veraguas 0923, Panama +507 998-1679
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5 based on 19 reviews

Amazilia House

AMAZILIA started as a small goat milk soap company and has evolved throughout the years. Today, our first store front, is both a store, café and cultural space with soap workshop in the back. Our Mission is to support Panamaian craftspeople and introduce in one place the best Panama has to offer. Come and discover our goat milk soaps all from milk provided by our small but growing herd of goats. Also available at the store is a beautiful assortment of Panamanian artisan goods such as handwoven baskets, clay dishware, gourmet smoked hot sauces, crafted notebooks, local honeys and candles. We carry almost 20 types of teas from all around the world, to be enjoyed on site or purchased to bring back home. We also carry a selection of specialty coffee from the Highlands of Panama, served in the French Press method. Healthy smoothies, superfood and local ingredients are all part of our ever changing menu.

Reviewed By Alan N - Santiago de Veraguas, Panama

Amazilia house has great appetizers and Paninis made with fresh ingredients. Our first visit was for "movie night," which we thoroughly enjoyed. The owners are very friendly, amazing hosts. We will eat and shop at Amazilia House often!

4. Albergue Morro Negrito

Avenida Morro Negrito, El Morro Negro, Panama
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4 based on 26 reviews

Albergue Morro Negrito

Reviewed By Rachael C - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Despite the small swell we still managed to surf on different spots 6 days out of 7, advised by Eric (local surf guide and boat driver). The location is amazing and beautiful. The staff were great and accommodating for different food tastes etc and the food was well varied and tasty! Marilyn (owner) made a lot of effort to fulfil requests and went out of her way to help us connect with transport. The lodging/rooms are very basic and the place is a little run down. Not recommended for people seeking luxury surf trips. But overall a great place to go with surf locations for all levels.

5. Scuba Coiba

end of Main Street, at Beach Front, Santa Catalina, Panama
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4.5 based on 183 reviews

Scuba Coiba

Diving tours to Coiba National Park and dive sites close to Santa Catalina, snorkeling tours and dive courses

Reviewed By Krisbcd - Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

Installations are basic at all centres in the area. We chose Scuba Caribe and did 10 dives around the Coiba area with them and was very pleased with them. Professional and safe. Small groups and personal attention. No hazzle with large groups of different diver levels and snorkel combinations. Be aware of long transfer times to the dive sites (at least one hour) but well worth the trip. We even added an extra day of diving.
Straight forward correspondence with owner prior to arrival. Would definitely recommend.

6. Chon y Maria Organic Farm

Ruta 33, Santa Fe 0921, Panama +507 6538-1682
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

Chon y Maria Organic Farm

Enjoy an even paced morning or afternoon on the small, hillside farm about 3 kms from Santa Fe. The price includes lunch. Coffee, fruits & vegetables, as well as award winning orchids are grown by this older couple on their Panamanian style, non-mechanized farm. Be prepared for uphill walks on sometimes muddy paths. Groups of 2 to 4 are best. Only Spanish is spoken, but language is not critical

Reviewed By Lorna3851 - Richmond

We had a very lovely tour and discussion with Chon on the area and its history. The many orchids were impressive and the variety of plants supplying coffee, bananas, plantains, mangos, herbs and spices was amazing. The miniature orchids and profuse bromeliads overwhelmed us. Maria prepared a typical Panamian meal which we enjoyed along with a family from Spain. A great place to visit and get a feel for real Panama.

7. Coiba Dream Divers

Station Marina, Calle 5, Quebrada de Piedra, Panama
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4 based on 1 reviews

Coiba Dream Divers are ready to fulfill a wide range of your diving or snorkeling pleasures. We will be introducing divers or snorkeler's to the beautiful underwater world of Coiba National Park, the Secas Islands and Isla Silva, Gulf of Chiriqui, Panama. We provide the best service and the personal touch to your diving or snorkeling experience.

8. Water Baby Dive Center

Beach Street | Cabanas Timeout, Santa Catalina 0352, Panama
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5 based on 51 reviews

Water Baby Dive Center

Small group boutique dive center in Santa Catalina, Panama offering scuba diving and snorkeling tours to Coiba National Park and nearby Islands. We offer a personalised service to make sure your visit is the best it can be!

Reviewed By Kathleen1059 - Quathiaski Cove, Canada

We went for 3 dives with John and dive master in training, Raoul. They were both amazing and very attentive to each of us. The history of Coiba island was explained, as was the potential marine life we might encounter. The marine life we witnessed was awesome - from sea turtles to the white tipped reef sharks, to the many morays, and so much more. We would highly recommend Water Baby Dive to others. Thanks Water Baby Dive!!

9. Coiba Dive Center

Calle Principal, Santa Catalina 0352, Panama
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4.5 based on 147 reviews

Coiba Dive Center

The Best Diving in Panama. Coiba Dive Center is located in the heart of Santa Catalina, Panama, just a one-hour boat ride to world class diving. Coiba National Park has been described by many as the "New Galapagos" and the "New Cocos," Isla Coiba is by far the best diving Panama has to offer.

Reviewed By MBMVWA - Seattle, Washington

This was our second time snorkeling with Coiba Dive Center. Both times had excellent time. The staff was very professional and knew what they were doing!!! This last visit, the boat ride to the snorkeling area was punishing (rain and high swells= a very bumpy ride). The boat captain had plenty of experience and got us there safely. Once we arrived, the rain stopped and the waters flattened out. I will likely use Coiba Dive Center the next time we visit Panama.

10. Iglesia de San Francisco de la Montana

Santiago de Veraguas, Panama
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

Iglesia de San Francisco de la Montana

Reviewed By John D - Orlando, Florida

I love old buildings - especially churches. This one is off the beaten path, luckily shown to us by locals that we met. Built in 1630, it is one of the oldest churches in Central America. The outside is mostly unremarkable, but the inside has excellent woodwork and carvings. If you come here, have lunch at nearby El Mirador. Beautiful scenic place for drinks, food, and chat.

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