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How to get to Santa Catalina Panama

A number of options of how to get to Santa Catalina Panama are listed below. Santa Catalina is situated on the middle pacific coast of Panama. Driving or catching a bus, you will be passing through many towns along the InterAmerican Highway.  At almost every turn off  on the highway, you will be either heading to the mountain range or the pacific ocean. Santiago is your turn off point for Santa Catalina on the pacific side of Panama. From here on especially the Sona-Santa Catalina road,  it is  a long and never ending winding road, which at times might seem endless, however you will passing through real Panamian villages and get a short insight of their way of living.  Stopping at one of the shops or ‘cantinas’ for a quick refreshment, or chating with a local on the bus is a great way to experience real Panama in what is known as “el interior”. Hope your spanish is good enough. Wish you a great ride.

By car from Panama City and Santiago, Panama

Exiting Panama City via the Bridge of the Americas, follow the Pan-American Highway west to Santiago de Veraguas for around 240 kilometers (150 miles) from Panama City.

Upon entering Santiago make a left turn at the Shell/Delta gas station (across the street from the El Pyramidal Hotel and bus station) turning onto Avenida Central, driving towards a white cathedral. As you approach the cathedral, stay to its left then immediately turn right after you pass it. Turn left in two blocks, following the signs to Soná, located another 47 kilometers (29 miles) away.

Before entering the town of Soná, make a left turn at the Shell/Delta gasoline station. You will see signs directing you towards Santa Catalina. If you enter the town of Soná you have gone too far. After about 45 km (28 Miles), in the small village of Los Tigres you will find another sign directing you to turn left towards Santa Catalina.

Driving from Panama City to Santa Catalina will take about five hours and will cover a distance of around 400 kilometers (250 miles).

By car from David (Chiriqui), Panama

Option 1. When you leave the city of David, drive on the Interamericana highway, until you reach a check point for Inmigration in Guabala. Immediately turn right afterwards and drive about 79 kilometers. You will pass the town of Sona, pass the Tribiqui River Bridge, until you see the DELTA gas station. Turn right for Santa Catalina

Option 2. To reach Santa Catalina from David, take the road from the Interamericana Highway via Las Palmas – El Maria – Soná. In order to find the unmarked turnoff from the Interamerican Highway, you will look for kilometer marker 314. First, you will see kilometer marker 319 in the small villages of El Piso and El Macano. On the right side you will then see kilometer marker 314 and a small bus stop with a painted roof that says, “Las Palmas 11.5 km.” Turn right and follow the road through Las Palmas and El Maria to Soná. You will pass the town of Sona, pass the Tribiqui River Bridge, until you see the DELTA gas station. Turn right for Santa Catalina

Driving from David to Santa Catalina will take about four hours.

By Bus from Panama City, Panama

Catch a taxi from your hotel or Tocumen international  airport to Albrook Bus Terminal.

At Albrook Bus Terminal take one of the five daily buses on the Transporte San Isidrio bus line departing to Soná (Duration 4 hours). The current schedule has departures from Albrook to Soná at 5:50 am, 8:20am, 10:20am, 12:45pm, 2:20pm , 03:15pm,  4:20pm and 5:45pm.

At Albrook Bus Terminal you can also take a direct bus to Santiago.  Schedules are more frequent all day and night. All bus services going to David will stop in Santiago. In Santiago change to the local bus terminal (taxi $2.00), and catch the bus to Sona (last bus is at 6.00pm every 30mins).  You could even spend the night in Santiago.

From Soná take one of the five daily buses departing to Santa Catalina (Duration 2 hours). The current schedule has departures from Soná to Santa Catalina at 5:15am, 11:00am, 01:00pm, 3:00pm and 5:00pm.

You can also take a taxi from Soná to Santa Catalina for around $30.00 – $40.00 (USD).

The bus ride from Panama city to Santa Catalina will take approximately six hours.

By Bus from David (Chiriqui) & Border Pasao Canoas

At the border Pasao Canoas, catch a bus to David Bus Terminal. Regular every 30mins.  Approximately 1 hour.

At David Bus Terminal, catch a large bus for Panama City, stopping at Santiago El Piramidal Bus Terminal. In Santiago change to the local bus terminal (taxi $2.00), and catch the bus to Sona (last bus is at 6.00pm every 30mins).  You could even spend the night in Santiago.

From Soná take one of the five daily buses departing to Santa Catalina (Duration 2 hours). The current schedule has departures from Soná to Santa Catalina at 5:15am, 11:00am, 01:00pm, 3:00pm and 5:00pm.

You can also take a taxi from Soná to Santa Catalina for around $30.00 – $40.00 (USD)