Tourists on five cruise ships, mainly from the United States and other latitudes in America, arrived in December 2021 and January 2022, to enjoy the warm waters and scenic beauty of the Gulf of Chiriquí National Marine Park (PNMGCh).
“The economic reactivation is very important for the area, this contributes to the local economy of different districts of the province, especially the coastal ones,” he explains. Carlos Castillo, head of protected areas Ministry of Environment (MiAmbiente) in the province of Chiriquí.
The park, which has an area of 14,740 hectares, offers tourists various beaches on islands: Parida, Santa Catalina, Paridita, Pulgoso, Gámez, Tintorera, Obispo, Obispone, Los Pargos, Ahogado, Icacos, Coral de Piedra, Bolaños , Berraco, Bolañitos, San José, Linarte, Saino, Sainitos, Iglesia Mayor, Male Carey, Female Carey and others that are within the limits.
“Environmental tourism is related to sustainable attention linked to the beaches and the sighting of the biodiversity offered by the protected area,” he says. Carlos Saldana, head of the PNMGCh.
According to official figures from MiAmbiente, last year 7,095 national and foreign tourists entered.
This natural jewel is home to some threatened species such as sea turtles, hammerhead sharks, dolphins and also contains 85% of all fish genera in the Eastern Tropical Pacific; and is part of an extensive Marine Biological Corridor of the Eastern Tropical Pacific, this being the ideal place to receive the migration of humpback whales.
The PNMGCh It is characterized by its crystal clear waters, white sand where mangroves, coral reefs, seagrasses, coastal areas, sandy bed, muddy bed result in the large number of ecosystems that attract nationals and foreigners.
Most of these visitors are from the United States, Canada, Australia and China; but from other latitudes the park has received visitors from Japan, Mexico, South Africa, Holland, Indonesia, the Philippines, Germany and the United Kingdom.