Life in Santa Catalina
a charming and tranquil village, filled with raw natural beauty. embrace the friendly community of locals and immerse yourself in the simple lifestyle and laid back pace that Santa Catalina offers
about a 5 hour drive south west of Panama City on the Pacific Coast lies santa catalina. with it's remote location the village remains fairly undeveloped since being discovered by adventurous surfers in the 70's.
with a handful of small, locally owned hotels, restaurants & bars, and with cows and horses roaming the nearby fields and streets, you'll instantly feel the laid-back vibe that has made santa catalina a haven for surfers, adventure travelers and dedicated relaxation seekers.
Still fairly secluded, the closest town with ATM, pharmacy and large grocery is in Soná, about an hour away. So best to stock up on any essentials on the drive into town, There are 2 local stores with the basics, and a local fruit and vegetable truck that passes through every other day. You’ll hear the horn blowing and know when it’s coming! have some loose change ready. A bag of bananas is just $1.
you can learn more about santa catalina on our town's offical wesbite; visitsantacatalina.com
DINING + CUISINE
dining in Santa Catalina is relaxed, inexpensive and delicious.. all restaurants are open air and the food is homemade and super fresh. seafood caught daily by the fisherman includes red snapper, lobster, tuna, mahi mahi, wahoo, crab and jumbo shrimp, all served up in the local restaurants in their own unique and flavorsome way. our favorite is the red snapper cerviche and lobster tacos - incredible!
In addition to seafood there's also tasty wood fired pizza, Italian, Argentinean and authentic Panamanian food. we'll give you all the tips for dining out during your welcome dinner. you can also buy seafood direct from the fisherman in tow and cook up on your own!
GETTING TO + FROM SANTA CATALINA
getting here from Panama City can be tricky for your first visit as you need to navigate the local bus systems. for this reason we include premium transfers to and from Panama City to ensure your journey is completely stress free :)
Our shuttles are super comfy and equipped with WIFI, A/C and water. We'll make a stop at a local supermarket on the way so you can stock up on anything you need for the week.
to join the transfer, please kindly observe our pick up times - see planning your trip
PANAMA CITY HOTELS + TOURS
if your planning to make a stop in panama city before or after your retreat, Our favorite place to stay in Panama City is the historic district of Casco Viejo. Declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1997, the streets are filled with majestic homes and cathedrals that have been left untouched over the centuries.
Some of these building have been beautifully restored and are now pumping roof top bars, restaurants and plush hotels. The contrast between the old and new world is incredibly charming and well worth the visit.
We can also help arrange memorable tours of the city through out travel parTners barefootpanama