Taboga Ahoy

We arrived at Taboga exactly one hour later.  The Hollywood picture was finished and now it was time to pick up our baggage and start exploring the small island.  Before leaving the Calypso King E, I took several pictures of the island from the bow of the boat.  It was a picturesque small piece of land with minuscule fishing boats and lush sailboats rocking gracefully in the water.  After a long hiatus of over forty years, I was back at Taboga with two cameras in my hand ready to capture the lights and shadows of the island of flowers.

Snapshot of a panoramic view of the island of Taboga. In the background, behind the white yacht, you can see the dock. After sailing for one hour, we had finally arrived at our destination. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Snapshot of a closer look at the fishing village and tourist destination of Taboga. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

The northern shore of Isla Taboga is the site of the picturesque town of San Pedro and the first port on the Pacific Ocean in the New World.  Panama City was the first town on the Pacific Coast, but its offshore topography and tidal variations prevented it becoming a port.  Isla Taboga was better sited.  It’s a well-known historical fact that Pizzaro used Isla Taboga’s wood to build the ships he used to conquer the Incas in 1539.  The historical ruins in the town of San Pedro were once inhabited by Pizzaro.

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

At low tide, the northern end of the island is joined by a sand bar to the small island of El Morro, and the southeastern end is 270 meters from the neighboring Urabá island. The island has a tropical rain forest climate, with average daytime temperatures of 83 °F. Nighttime temperatures average around 75 degrees.  It’s not uncommon to have the edge of high pressure frontal systems occupy the region bringing 65 degree temperatures. It is famous for its beautiful beaches, clear waters, soft pastel-colored sands, and wildlife refuge.

Snapshot of the Island Pier of Taboga where passengers disembark to visit the picturesque town of San Pedro and bathe in its crystal clear tropical waters. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Credit: Panama

These pictures were shot with my compact P&S Canon Powershot A720 IS camera.  Kindly click the images to enlarge and appreciate them better.  Please return tomorrow for more pictures of this tropical paradise. Good Day.

4 thoughts on “Taboga Ahoy”

  1. Geography really can be destiny, especially when it comes to such things as ports. A town called Indianola was an important Texas port until two hurricanes arrived in about a decade (as I recall). At that point, folks decided to move up the coast to Galveston – which got its own hurricane in 1900!

    Taboga looks like a wonderful destination for a day’s fun. Clearly it’s not as dramatic as Tahiti, but your first photo made me think of that place. Mountains and sea is a wonderful combination.

  2. Hi Linda:

    We are very fortunate for not being in the path of tropical hurricanes. They can do so much damage to ports and tourists attractions near the coastline.

    I’m so happy I took the decision to travel to Taboga. While we speak, I’m saving to travel to San Blas Islands. That’s also a stunning tourist destination to visit and capture its beautiful islands, beaches and transparent water.

    I promised pictures and they are surely coming day by day. Please return tomorrow for more. 🙂



    1. Hi Ana:

      There are plenty pictures of Taboga. If you search for this name in Lingua Franca, you will find all my post of this beautiful island bathed by the Pacific Ocean.



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