Santa Clara Beach
Santa Clara Beach is ideal for a leisurely stop: swimming, volleyball, beach soccer, walking, resting and enjoying the sun on a long stretch of endless sand. Hammocks and ranchos allow for a pleasant and relaxing spot in the shade, as well as a view of the white rocks of Isla Farallón across the blue waters. The beach also extends in front of many of Panama’s leading Pacific resorts. The pale sand is clean and swimming conditions are generally good. The town has relatively few people (pop. 1965) and is a bit further out along the Pan-American highway out of Panama City than other beaches at 72 mi (117 km), but is well worth the extra effort if seeking a relaxing beach day.
Many Panamanian visitors seek out Playa Santa Clara to indulge in horseback riding on the beach, rented from Santa Clara locals. There are bathrooms, shower and changing rooms that come included with the parking fee and ranchos (hammocks, table and chairs and a thatched roof for shade), typically $10.00 for the day along with a $2 wristband per person. An adjoining restaurant and small beachside stand are available for drinks (fresh juice, water, beer, etc.), ceviche, and fresh fish with patacones (plantains) or yuca, among other dishes.