Isla Taboga - Panama

Isla Taboga is an island in the Bay of Panama on the Pacific Ocean, 11 miles (18 km) south of Panama City, in the Pacific Ocean. This charming and historical island is a year-round tourist resort and has an attractive beach, some lovely protected rainforest, and is home to one of the largest colonies of Brown Pelicans in Latin America. Sights of interest are the Church of San Pedro (claimed to be second oldest in the Western Hemisphere), a Museum, and altar honoring the Christ of Buga which contains a small garden exhibiting a profusion of flowers in different colours and species. Known as the Island of Flowers, because at certain times of the year it is filled with the aroma of sweet-smelling blooms, the island has paths lined with colourful orchids. On the quiet side of the island lies the Taboga Island Wildlife Reserve, containing various species of sea birds that use the island for breeding from December to July. Taboga has a long history and was settled even before Panama City and Pizarro set sail from here for Peru in 1524. Toboga Island itself is surrounded by several other islands, including Isla Taboguilla, Isla Urava, and Isla El Morro.