Islas Secas: Now Open off the Coast of Panama

Panama’s Pacific coast is home to an archipelago of 14 volcanic islands known as the Islas Secas. In the shimmering waters of the Gulf of Chiriquí, 20 miles off the coast of the mainland (or 33 nautical miles from the town of Punta Tierra, Chorcha), these private islands are the setting for an exclusive and luxurious eco-resort which opened earlier this year. Following the soft opening in early 2019, Islas Secas will open as a full-service island resort in December 2019. 

Here it’s all about immersing yourself in Panama’s rich natural landscapes, diverse ecosystems, and abundant marine life; Islas Secas is a place that “befits the most intrepid travelers”—to quote the official press release—championing a sustainable approach to hospitality. Note that the property is 100 percent powered by solar energy and all food waste is recycled, while all waster water is reused for irrigation.

The four casitas, each individually designed and surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, can accommodate a total of 18 guests on one of the islands. (Seventy-five perfect of the archipelago has been left untouched.) Overlooking the ocean, each casita comes with a plunge pool and spacious outdoor deck. There’s also an outdoor dining area and outdoor shower.  

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The array of recreational activities are overseen by the Adventure Concierge who can help design nature experiences and “marine safaris.” Go snorkeling or diving to discover the rich marine life in the Gulf of Chiriquí; explore the UNESCO-listed Coiba National Park; go swimming, paddle boarding or whale-watching.

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