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Published on Apr 23, 2018
A new Destinations Travel Vlog Video from your traveling host Dianemarie Collins. This time it is Destination Panama with a visit to Taboga Island and The La Vista Experience. Featuring an interview with publisher & restauranteur Austin Hess, you will get to see some video of the new pier facilities at Taboga Island - the Island of Flowers - hear stories of old churches, pirates, and the La Vista Experience - a six course gourmet meal, flowing wines, live entertainment, a wedding proposal and a recounting of the ferry ride with champagne to and from Panama City. #LaVistaExperience#Yummy#SpecialOccasionsInPanama Our great friends Alan Rogers Thompson and Laveen Thompson joined us and helped us produce this fabulous video segment. DM's great hairstyle is by Aldo De Martino of Coronado, Panama.
Taboga Island was discovered in the 16th century and was originally named Isla de San Pedro by the Spanish explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa. Its current name derives from an Indian word aboga ("many fish"). The island's first settlers were Indian slaves from Venezuela and Nicaragua. The small town of San Pedro was founded in 1524 by Hernando de Luque, dean of the Panama cathedral. The town church of the same name is claimed to be the second-oldest church in the hemisphere. Rose of Lima (1586–1617), the first Catholic saint of the Americas, may have been born on the island. French painter Paul Gauguin visited the island in 1887.
The island has become a popular touristic attraction due to its beautiful natural areas and its proximity to Panama City. Daily ferries link the city to the island, most of them departing from the Amador Causeway.
Aside from beaches, the island has trails for hiking to its highest points, including Cerro Vigía and Cerro de la Cruz. The latter is a hill located south of the town, topped with a huge cross. Boat tours for fishing, whale watching, snorkeling, and sightseeing are available, as well as walking and nature tours.
Taboga Island has small hotels and restaurants Calaloo Beach Fishbar & Grill on Playa Honda just 2 minutes from the pier, Agua Sol Villa, located on the water with a private beach entry from the hotels ocean deck; Ocean Rock Cafe and bar, ocean view from their hillside/rainforest location B and B Hotel Cerrito Tropical and Restaurant; The La Vista Experience; Mundi's; and Hotel Vereda Tropical. Tours for hiking, nature and village walks, whale watching, fishing, and boating can be organized through Agua Sol Villa and B and B Hotel Cerrito Tropical.
Taboga also has the famous Cementerio do Taboga (Cemetery of Taboga) it is the oldest cemetery on the Island and is full of rich history and decorative headstones and graves.