Panama Private 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 a postcard-perfect island escape. On your nine-day trip, explore the modern metropolis of Panama City, and world famous Panama Canal before celebrating the sweet island life at the ultra-exclusive Isla Palenque – a secluded retreat and the perfect locale for an unforgettable honeymoon or romantic getaway. Most people only fantasize about visiting a private island paradise. You can make it a reality. 

    Trip Highlights

    lush jungle & deserted beaches • exotic wildlife  Panama Canal & city tour • couples' massage • day on a private island with romantic picnic lunch • sea kayaking • guided nature hikes • private candlelit beach dinner • beach time

    Full Package per person from:

    $4,150.00 low season (May - Oct)
    $5,250.00 high season (Nov - Apr)
    Prices vary based on departure season.

    Retreat to a private island

    Find seclusion & solitude

    Click a day for more details.

    • Day 1: Panama City - Arrival

      Arrive to Central America’s answer to New York – the stunningly modern seaside metropolis of 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 2: Panama City to Isla Palenque - Trade the concrete jungle for the real one on a remote, private island

      After a tasty typical breakfast, 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 five nights.

    • Day 3: 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 4: Isla Palenque - Escape to paradise on private Isla San José for a day of white sand beaches, crystal waters, a romantic picnic, and not another soul in sight

      Hop over to nearby Isla San José to live out a castaway desert island fantasy. The little island is completely uninhabited; you’ll have its beautiful beaches and waters all to yourselves, with not another soul in sight. Eat a romantic picnic lunch complete with a bottle of sparkling wine for a truly special and intimate experience in far-flung tropical paradise.

    • Day 5: 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 6: Isla Palenque - Natural wonders at Punta Ballena

      Spend a leisurely morning catching some rays on the beach or swimming in the warm waters of the Pacific off Playa Palenque. After lunch, duck into the forest to hike a maze of jungle trails to the island’s westernmost point, the blowhole at Punta Ballena. Wind your way through old-growth forest, alongside a lagoon humming with birds and butterflies, and emerge atop a bluff that affords spectacular vistas over the Gulf of Chiriquí as the blowhole erupts from the rocks below, showering you in a cool, refreshing mist.

    • Day 7: Isla Palenque to Panama City - Sunset views in Panama's Old Town

      Enjoy a final walk along the beach this morning before you depart Isla Palenque and take a private transfer through Chiriquí’s lush green rolling hills to the airport in David. Board an hour-long flight to Panama City, and arrive just in time to settle in and enjoy a sunset, dinner or drinks from one of Casco Viejo’s beautiful rooftop bars.

    • Day 8: Panama City - A shining metropolis & the impressive Panama Canal

      Begin your day with a guided walking tour through Casco Viejo, Panama City’s “Old Town”. Wander cobblestone streets, marveling at the beautiful colonial architecture and plazas, as you learn about the rich history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, discover an impressive feat of engineering at the world-famous Panama Canal, where you will watch ships transit from the viewing platform at Miraflores Locks.

      After lunch, drive a scenic route through the former US Canal Zone, around Cerro Ancon, and along the Amador Causeway for spectacular views and photo ops of Panma’s iconic skyline. Finally, enjoy face time with some of the country’s most exotic and fascinating residents – starfish, turtles, frogs, iguanas and sloths – at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s Punta Culebra Nature Center before winding your way back to Casco Viejo.

    • Day 8: 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!

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    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
    • Meals as indicated
    • 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

    Stay Longer

    If our off-the-shelf itinerary is almost a perfect fit, but just doesn’t feel long enough, extend your stay to make it the best vacation possible. Spend a few days in the region before or after – we can customize any trip, and no ask is too big!

    Let us know what you have in mind using the contact form below, and we’ll get in touch to create your perfect travel experience.

    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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