Coast to Coast: Romantic Island Retreat

  • Trip Type
  • Romantic
  • Length
  • 9 Days / 8 Nights
  • When to Go
  • Year-Round

  • Play castaway in remote island paradise

    Fall under Panama’s spell on an exotic beach getaway like no other – packed full of fascinating culture, enchanting wildlife and two postcard-perfect island escapes on opposite coasts. On your nine-day escape, celebrate the sweet island life at the ultra-exclusive Isla Palenque – a secluded retreat and the perfect locale for an unforgettable honeymoon or romantic getaway. Then head to your second stop, Nayara Bocas, a breathtaking resort on Panama's Caribbean side for four days of plunge pool bliss surrounded by calm turquoise seas. Most people only fantasize about visiting a private island paradise. You can make it a reality. 

    Trip Highlights

    • Ocean kayaking & paddle boarding
    • Private candlelit dinners
    • Romantic picnic lunch on a deserted island
    • Guided nature hikes
    • Lush jungles & deserted beaches
    • Romantic seclusion on private islands

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    $6,150.00 low season (May - Oct)
    $7,095.00 high season (Nov - Apr)
    prices vary based on departure season.

    At a Glance

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    • Day 1: Panama City to Isla Palenque - Arrival

      Arrive to Central America’s answer to New York – the stunningly modern seaside metropolis of Panama City. When you land, take a quick puddle jumper flight up to David, where you'll meet a driver to take you to the luxurious island retreat you'll call home for the next four nights.

    • Day 2: Isla Palenque - Where jungle meets beach

      Gear down into vacation mode, with a first day spent swinging in a hammock, or paddling the warm waters along the island's many hidden coasts and coves. If adventure calls and you want to explore, take a guided hike along rainforest trails that progress from the beauty of old-growth jungle to sprawling, palm-fringed beaches as you learn about the flora, fauna and ecology of this wild island.

    • Day 3: Isla Palenque - Island hopping in the Gulf of Chiriqui

      Today, set sail to explore Chiriqui’s stunning islets on an island hopping adventure with iconic crescent moon beaches, swaying palm trees, vibrant coral reefs and gentle seas perfect for snorkeling. Nosh on a delightful picnic basket of refreshments, as you swim and snorkel at leisure in the warm waters of your own private island.

    • Day 4: Isla Palenque - Explore the island via kayak; dine on the beach by candlelight

      After a hearty breakfast, jump in a kayak and paddle out to the island’s mangrove-lined northeast coast. Paddling through the mangroves and along rocky coastline, explore this enigmatic ecosystem where rainforest meets ocean, and learn about its importance for marine life from your naturalist guide. Then, find yourself at one of Isla Palenque’s most enchanting natural attractions – a shallow sand-bottomed cave, home to a tiny species of insectivorous bat – before making your way back to the lodge.

      Dinner tonight will be unforgettable. At a private table for two on the beach, you’ll dine by candlelight as the sun dips below the horizon and the stars come out above you.

    • Day 5: Isla Palenque to Bocas del Toro - Trade the Pacific for the Caribbean

      After breakfast, depart Isla Palenque and take a private transfer through Chiriquí’s lush green rolling hills to the airport in David. Board a flight to take you east to Bocas del Toro, a stunning archipelago on Panama's north Caribbean coast. Check into your luxe overwater villa - complete with plunge pool - at the breathtaking Nayara Bocas, and settle in for four days of Caribbean bliss.

    • Days 6 & 7: Bocas del Toro - Refresh & recharge surrounded by calm, turquoise seas

      Spend your days at Nayara Bocas settling into vacation mode and enjoying the many amenities Nayara Bocas has to offer. Enjoy beautiful sunrises over the water, partake in meticulously crafted fresh, local fare & cocktails, spend laid-back days kayaking, paddle-boarding and snorkeling, and while away your afternoons lounging in your private plunge pool.

    • Day 8: Bocas del Toro to Panama City - Sunset views in Panama's Old Town

      Enjoy a leisurely morning and final walk along the beach before you depart Bocas del Toro and board an hour-long flight to Panama City. You'll be met by a driver to whisk you away to the American Trade Hotel, a luxurious oasis in the heart of the city's colonial Casco Viejo neighborhood. Settle in for some rest and relaxation after a long travel day, or get out to explore Casco Viejo’s charming cobblestone streets on foot.

    • Day 9: Panama City - Departure

      Feeling fully refreshed and revived, bid farewell to the city, with a quick transfer to the airport to catch your international flight home. Adios!


    What's Included?

    Your trip includes everything you want & need, plus a few surprises along the way. Unique, unforgettable destinations; tours with local experts; authentic local cuisine; lessons, demonstrations & new cultural insights; more adventure than you can handle; blissful relaxation; romantic touches; and a feeling of total freedom. ROAM takes care of everything so that you can enjoy a hassle-free journey without worrying about a thing.

    • Airport pickup
    • All hotel accommodation
    • All breakfasts, 8 lunches & 8 dinners
    • Detailed maps and trip preparation guide
    • All special events and tours
    • All vehicle and regional air transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
    • All baggage transportation
    • All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service

    Know Before You Go

    • Itinerary prices are dependent on season of departure. Christmas, New Years and Easter (Semana Santa) are peak season, and prices during these periods are significantlky higher than other times of year. High season runs from November through April, and green season from May through September.

    • Arrival: hotel check-in times are at 3:00pm, but you may arrive at any time during the day. If you arrive prior to the scheduled check-in time, we will arrange for early check-in wherever possible.

    • Departure: hotel check-out times are at 9:00am. International flights on your departure day should be arranged to depart after 1:30pm.

    • All prices in USD.

    • For vaccination recommendations, please visit the CDC website.

    • For American, Canadian, and British citizens, a valid passport with 6+ months remaining is required for entry to Panama.

    • Debit cards may not work in Central America, but most establishments accept major credit cards.

    • Please ensure you have immediate access to a minimum of USD $250 as an emergency fund to be used if circumstances outside our control (e.g. a natural disaster) require changes to your planned route.

    • If departing Panama by air, all major airlines include exit taxes (USD $40) in the price of your airfare.

    • It is customary to tip service providers (waiters) around 10% depending on service. Tipping taxi drivers is not required.

    • Gratuities for guides and drivers are deeply appreciated, and provide an important supplement to their income. If you are pleased with the tour services you've received, a guideline for tipping in Central America is USD $8-10 per person per day for multiple-day tours, or USD $5-10 per person for day tours.

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    Getting There

    From North America: several airlines offer direct and connecting flights to Panama’s international airport: Tocumen International Airport in Panama City (airport code: PTY). Including connection time, flights from the USA typically range from 2.5-9 hours in duration, while most flights from Canada range from 9-15 hours in duration.

    From the UK: there are currently no direct flights to Panama from the UK, but there are several flight options connecting in the United States and/or Canada. Including connection time, flights from the UK typically range from 12-18 hours in duration.

    When you arrive in PTY, there will be an airport transfer waiting to take you to your first destination. If you have questions about flights, or require assistance booking, please contact us here. We're here to help!

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