Located in the province of Veraguas, Santa Catalina is a small town that became a popular destination for surfers. Because of its prime location (it’s challenging to reach, has practically zero tourism development, and the nearest town with modern amenities is an hour away), Santa Catalina can be considered a “hidden gem.”
The lack of modern infrastructure has ensured that Santa Catalina remains a true paradise surrounded by lush jungle. In addition to offering incomparable breaks for surfers, this isolated spot also gives visitors access to the stunning Coiba Island, famous for being a truly divine scuba diving spot. Lodging options are limited, but range from fully budgeted to slightly more upscale properties. However, they all conform to the laid back spirit of Santa Catalina.