Contadora today is an island paradise to all of those fortunate enough to visit. The amazing turquoise water is a year round, real life fantasy. IDAAN, the Panamanian “Water Institution”, have begun taking bids for an updated water and sewage treatment plant. The plan also calls for the construction of a desalination plant, which would be the second one built by IDAAN. Contadora has received an influx of visitors over the recent years due to the ferry and airline companies daily trips to the island, making it more accessible.
The past administration completed a new asphalt road system throughout the entire island. ARPUIC, the association for island residents, has a number of community projects planned and in the works. The Welcome & Dive Center, as well as the hotels and restaurants provide the basic services and many activities for visitors to enjoy in addition to the 13 white sand beaches! With the amount of tourism generated from the daily visitors and whale season, Contadora should soon be changed into a tourist zone allowing for benefits for local businesses and residents.
Contadora offers amenities such as 3 local grocery stores, 1 medical clinic, 3 hotels, numerous bed and breakfasts, several bars, restaurants and an AeroNaval station for security.
Located only 30 nautical miles from Panama City, guests can choose to arrive via high speed ferry, daily domestic flight, charter boat or private aircraft/helicopter. Isla Contadora is referred to as “The Jewel of the Las Perlas” and proves to be just that! There are no cruise ships here, no high rise hotels, and if it’s not a Holiday… no crowds! This mellow little beach town is unique and has it’s own pace.
Comfortable ease is a perfect description of Contadora. Visiting the island does not mean having to give up the comforts of home. You’ll find a reliable electricity supply, state of the art telecommunications services and an array of accommodations for every budget. Among the highlights of a stay on Contadora, beyond it’s natural beauty, is the gracious hospitality of it’s locals and magnificent cuisine. There is really no town per se, but a main street with the airline office, dive shop and Welcome Center. There are three small supermarkets, a handful of restaurants, police station and island clinic. This island hideaway is the home to 13 magnificent beaches with some of the most alluring swimming and snorkeling spots in all of Panama. The white sand beaches are usually filled with shells and are perfect for the leisurely stroll. The beaches and roadside around the island is lined with tropical forest and swaying coconut palms.