The Pearl Island Archipelago – Neighbors
The Pearl Island Archipelago sits in shallow Pacific waters off the coast of Panama and is made up of a few hundred islands, mostly uninhabited and pristine with refreshing sea breezes and an abundance of bird and marine life.
CONTADORA ISLAND – GATEWAY TO THE PEARL ISLAND ARCHIPELAGO
Contadora is nestled in sparkling clear turquoise waters in the Gulf of Panama within 15 minutes by daily plane and 1 and a quarter hour by daily ferry from Panama City.
Due to the close proximity to Panama City and the ease of access in the 1960’s and 70’s Contadora became “the island” for the international jet set and a weekend getaway for the Panama elite, with construction of high-end residences. For a period of time Contadora was the home of the exiled Shah of Iran in 1980.
Contadora is the most developed island in the Pearl Island Archipelago with a medical clinic, police force, restaurants, gas station, excellent runway serviced by local airlines, hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, and three mini markets. Today the island is fringed with many second homes of some of the wealthiest and most powerful families of Panama and a small group of expatriates from USA, UK, Germany, Italy, Argentina, Spain and Venezuela. Contadora is experiencing a revival, with the Panamanian government dedicating money to upgrade the existing infrastructure to 21st century standards – the runway and roads have all been resurfaced and a new water system is being installed.
In addition to the gateway island of Contadora these islands have development on them or are in the beginnings of development:
Private Island – with one hotel : Isla San Jose
A private island with one hotel: Hacienda del Mar is an eco-fishing lodge that has been in operation for over ten years. Hacienda del Mar features charming air-conditioned beachside bungalows with terraces overlooking the Pacific Ocean on Isla San Jose’s south coast.
Surrounded by rain forest, it offers a spa, sauna, gym and outdoor infinity swimming pool. www.haciendadelmar.net
Developing islands: Viveros Island
A few miles north of Isla Del Rey on the island of Viveros the Viveros Resort & Club of Las Perlas, Panama and Baltus, a brand of luxury design belonging to Polaris World, the biggest residential tourism developer in Europe, is in the process of construction of a new boutique hotel and housing development called “The Baltus Pearl”.
The Baltus Pearl will have 120 rooms adjacent to the Viveros Island new beach club, scheduled to open early next year. The Baltus Pearl is destined to be the ideal venue for a romantic getaway, family vacation, or just some fun in the sun. The Viveros beachfront location will offer the intimacy of a boutique hotel and the amenities of a world-class beach resort including a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf course, pristine beaches, full service marina and a 4,000’ airstrip. www.viverosresort.com
Developing: The Pearl Island Development on Pedro Gonzales Island
On Pedro Gonzales island the Pearl Island Development is beginning construction of a Four Seasons Hotel and a low-impact and low-intensity community designed by world-renowned New York architecture and master planning firm Hart Howerton. www.pearlisland.com
Developing: The Saboga Island Paradise Development
This development was started two years ago and continues to add more houses and amenities. Approvals are in place for a full service marina, resort/spa and estate home sites. www.islasaboga.com