Located in the Veraguas Province of Panama, Coiba National Park is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the country. The total area covered under the park is approximately 503 square kilometers and is the biggest island in Central America.
Established in 1992, the National Park is a marine reserve and UNESCO recognizes it as a World Heritage Site since July 2005. Originally, the place served as a prison but that part was closed down in 2004.
The National Park provides shelter to many endemic subspecies, which includes the Coiba Spinetail, Coiba Island Howler monkey, the Coiba Agouti, etc. There are over four turtle species: leatherback Dermochelys coriacea (CR), hawksbill Eretmochelys imbricata (CR), olive ridley Lepidochelys olivacea (EN) and loggerhead Caretta caretta (EN), more than 53 insect species, over 30 species of bats, etc. The place is well regarded for its rich ecological and marine diversity.
Beside its natural beauty, the Coiba National Park, offer several other attractions that include scuba diving, bird watching, hiking, swimming, snorkeling, fishing, sightseeing, etc. Every year thousands of tourists visit the National Park and explore the natural beauty of the region.