This province is very fertile due to all the historic volcanic activity in the area and the pacific coast (especially Puerto Armuelles) is especially beautiful. You'll also find the highlands to have some wonderful towns like Volcan, Boquete and Cerro Punta where the temperatures are cooler and the real estate market is very active. Costa Rica borders Chiriqui to the west and Bocas del Toro is to the north.
The province of Veraguas has land bordering both the caribbean and pacific coasts. This gorgeous section of Panama also has 40 islands with "Coiba" being the largest and most well known. Coiba Island has a total area of 493 km2 (190 square miles) and the second largest island is Cébaco with 80 km2 (31 square miles). Other islands of interest are Jicarón, Canal de Afuera, Rancheria, Papagayo, Contreras and Jicarita.
Veraguas has long been characterized by its wealth of arts & crafts stemming from its diverse culture and local heritage. Here is a broad sample of what you'll find and where you'll find it;
• Silverware & jewelry (Atalaya & Santiago)
• Pottery & ceramics (La Pena & Santiago)
• Saddle & leather goods (La Colorada)
• Chaquiras, chacaras & indian skirts (Las Palmas & El Piro)
• Hats (Guabal of Santa Fe, Las Palmas & Tebario of Ponuga)
• Crocheting (Santiago & Las Palmas)
• Trays and stools (Calobre)
• Tulas and gourds (Santiago)
• Dolls (Santiago)
Darién is a virgin wilderness and is the largest province of Panama with La Palma being its main town established back in 1922. This is clearly Panamas least dense populated province due to all its jungle and rough terrain. The province is divided into 2 districts: "Pinogana Chepigana" which has 25 smaller divisions and "Embera-Wounaan" which is divided into two.
This is where the conquest and colonization of Panama began with the arrival of Rodrigo de Bastidas, a Spaniard who explored the coast of Darien in 1501. The first municipality that he established was the historic town of "Santa María de la Antigua del Darien".
Darien's population is mainly dark skinned and most of its people have ancestors who were slaves that later escaped from the first spanish settlers. There are also a few indian tribes that make up the population like the Kuna, Embera, and Wounaan tribes. These indigenous people isolate themselves near rivers and their lives revolve around hunting, fishing and handicrafts (baskets, wood carvings and ivory).
As for Dariens economic contribution to the country it is a great natural resource for timber, bananas and rubber. As far as climate, Darien is very humid and rainy which fosters the growth of fauna and flora.
PLACES TO GO & POINTS OF INTEREST
Coiba Island National Park
Established in 1991 Coiba National Park is a treasure of natural gems and minerals while also being home to an amazing variety of marine life.
• Sona: "Agricultural & Industrial Fair", one of the nations longest running events held in March every year
• Santa Fe: Agricultural Fair held between January and February
• Rodeo Viejo, Sona: Craft Fair held between January 28 -30
• Hot springs in the communities of El Potrero and Chitra
• Bajadero near Chitra
• Reforestation Community
• Thermal Springs
• Saltwater wells called "El Sal"
• Cerro San Cristobal
• Spas: El Chorro & Rio San Pablo Mulas
• Craft Market
• Beaches and a great recreational area
• Town center
• Cerro Hoya National Park
• Traditional festivals: "Montijano Torito Guapo" & "Tamborito Montijano"
• Water Festival - 2nd Sunday of January
• Beaches: La Reina & Thorium (Surfing) & Playa Malena
• Hannibal Bank (fishing)
Rio de Jesus
• The Tree of Granadilla
• Spas: Rio Mulabá
• Alto de Piedra, El Alto (Ecotourism) & Cerro Tute
• Santa Fe National Park
• Santa Catalina Beach (Surfing)
• Father Guembe Mausoleum
For information on available properties in these provinces or other Panama real estate options please contact us directly at Inter Panama Real Estate Agency.
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