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Isla Grande and Portobelo Day Trip from Panama City

Just a couple of hours north of Panama City, Isla Grande is a perfect place to snorkel in clear waters, enjoy the sunshine, and experience Afro-Antillean culture and food. Enjoy a relaxing day trip from Panama City.

5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)
USD $124.00

Per Person

Explore Isla Grande and Portobelo

Isla Grande is an island in the Caribbean located in the Province of Colón, 140 km (2 hour drive) north of Panama City. It is known for its picturesque landscapes, Afro-Antillean atmosphere, clear waters and coral reefs for snorkeling.

Take a relaxing day trip out of Panama City and enjoy the sun, sand, and sea. You will visit the historic town of Portobelo; explore the historic forts, which were attacked and nearly destroyed by pirates, take a walk around the town, visit the church of the Black Christ of Portobelo, and learn about Afro-Antillean culture.


  • Enjoy a day at the beach from Panama City
  • Go for a swim or snorkel in the clear waters
  • Explore the town of Portobelo
  • Try delicious Caribbean dishes

Tour Information

Duration: Full-day (7:00am – 5:00pm)
Start/End location: Panama City, Panama
Availability: Year-round
This tour requires a minimum of 2 people and has a maximum group size of 5 people. If you are a solo traveler or have a group larger than 5, please email us at and we will see what we can do to accommodate.


From Panama City, you’ll enjoy a scenic and tranquil route to Portobelo. First, driving past the Pedro Miguel locks of the Panama Canal, where you can stop and observe the hustle and bustle of transiting ships. You will get to see also see the famous Centenario bridge. Then your group will head out of the city, passing through sections of Soberania National Park and the scenery of the beautiful Caribbean coast.

Once you arrive, you’ll enjoy a short boat ride to Isla Grande. There you can enjoy the beautiful beach and go for a swim or snorkel in the clear ocean waters. Take a walk around the small island town and try some delicious carriebean food or freshly-caught fish.

In Portobelo, you will get the chance to walk around and learn about the town’s rich history. Visit the historic Portobelo Fort, which were attacked and nearly destroyed by pirates. Learn about the Afro-Antillean culture and visit the church of the Black Christ of Portobelo. Finally, you’ll also have the option to enjoy the boat ride around the Portobelo Bay.

What’s Included

  • Transport to and from Panama City
  • Boat ride to Isla Grande
  • Guide
  • Snacks
  • Snorkels
  • Cooler

What to Bring

  • Additional clothes
  • Bathing suit
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen


Isla Grande, Panama

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Isla Grande, Panama 9.630638, -79.565261
  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    My father and I loved this tour! Our guide Miguel was exceptional and extremely knowledgeable about not only Isla Grande and Portobelo but Panama in general. We were interested in learning about the Afro-Panamanian heritage in Portobelo and Isla Grande so if you have similar interests, this is the tour for you! Both towns have such rich history with huge monuments dating back to the 1500s. The ride from our hotel to Portobelo was scenic and tranquil. We drove through the beautiful forest which lead us to the gorgeous countryside along the coast. When we arrived at the dock, it was only a 5 min boat ride to Isla Grande. The local people are welcoming and friendly and the beach was GORGEOUS. Quiet and peaceful and I am so excited to return one day soon. Again, shout out to Miguel! He was amazing!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    My wife and I recently returned from Panama and we decide to book a tour of Isla Grande
    through Keteka tours. Our guide was Miguel Ibarra and I must say he was the best guide EVER. He picked us right on time at our hotel and we headed to Portobelo stopping along the way for snacks and cold drinks. He was so knowledgeable of the area and answered any questions that we had. Once we got to Isla Grande he let us explore and met us right where he said he would be once we returned. Miguel speaks perfect English and was a joy to talk to. Don’t have ANY reservations about booking this tour with Miguel. He will make sure you are safe at all times. He even treated us to some fresh cold pineapple on the way back to Panama City. Thank you so much for a wonderful day Miguel.

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What Happens After I Book?

After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.

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