Taboga Island

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Taboga Island

Fishing Iglesia San Pedro

 

Taboga Island

Taboga Island, Panama, (Spanish: Isla Taboga), also known as the "Island of Flowers," is a volcanic island in the Gulf of Panama. It is a tourist destination, about 20 kilometers from Panama City, and is about 4 km long. It is the site of Iglesia San Pedro, claimed to be the second oldest church in the hemisphere. The island is famous for its beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters, soft sands and a wildlife refuge. 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 Isla Urava. The island has a tropical rain forest climate (Af), with average daytime temperatures of 83F.

 


The island was discovered by Europeans in 1515 and was originally named Isla San Pedro by the Spanish explorer, Vasco Nez 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 Taboga was founded in 1524 by Padre Hernando de Luque, dean of the Panama cathedral. 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. In 1998, a hoard was found on the island, containing more than 1000 silver coins dating to the 1600s, possibly treasure buried by one of the pirates who frequented the area at that time.

 

visitors arrive by boat

 

 

patron saint

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos of island fishing

 

 

 

hotel

 

walking toward the town center

 

history garden

 

 

Anita McAndrews

 

Andrea Salinas

 

 

 

 

 

 

reminder from the firefighters

 

Health Department

 

in memory of Paul Gauguin's stay on the island

 

A Gauguin painting

 

location of Gauguin visit

 

street shrine

 

shrine by a stream

 

under glass on the main street

Photos of the Iglesia San Pedro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Fishing Iglesia San Pedro

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