Las Lajas Beach, Panama

Last Updated on June 18, 2023 by Retire in Panama

Las Lajas Beach (Playa Las Lajas) lies along the Pacific coast in the Gulf of Chiriquí. It is the most popular mainland beach in the Province, bringing in people from David to Boquete. It is located 75 km (48 miles) east of David. You turn towards the ocean at the San Felix interception on the Pan American highway. There is a small town, of Las Lajas that you will pass through on the way to the beach, which is 7 km (4 miles) further.

It is one of the longest beaches in Panama, stretching 12 km (8 miles). It can get very busy on weekends during January to March, but it can often lie empty in places, during the week, or in the raining season, leaving stretches of it, for you to enjoy all by yourself.


Once you arrive at the beach, you will see miles of sand, with scattered beach shacks under palm trees, where you can enjoy a quick bite to eat. With mild of unspoiled beaches that you can explore, warm ocean temperatures, with always nice ocean breezes, it’s a perfect place to spend a relaxing day.

If you are looking for something more upscale, you can drop by one of the resorts, either Las Lajas Resort or Show Pony Resort. They both offer day passes where you can site by their pool, use the facilities, have a meal, sit at the bar, or lie on the beach.

Las Lajas Beach Resort

This is a favorite of many people in Panama, who travel to this beach. Situated right on the beach, you can walk and explore the beach for kilometers either way. The restaurant/bar is situated right on the beach, with the inviting cool Pacific breezes, and spectacular sunsets. Lunch and dinner is served daily with an ever changing menu of North American and Panamanian flavors. The bay offers tropical drinks, of course, along with juices, smoothies, beer, wine, cocktails, soda and water.


Being the only hotel directly on the beach in the area, its rooms can fill up fast on weekends during high season. The rooms surround the 50ft, 40,000-gallon pool, with views of the beach.

Show Pony Resort

Show Pony Resort is a newer addition to Las Lajas beach, which features 10 apartment style rooms, surrounding the pool and rancho housing the restaurant and bar. You can also rent the Palacio, room for up to 10 people, this upscale mini mansion, with roof top deck. in the center of the resort. Great for large family gatherings, or groups. Activities available right at this resort are horseback riding on the beach or kayaking in the mangrove.

While Show Pony Resort is not located right on the beach, the walk to the beach is only a few meters.

One of the best things about the Las Lajas beach, is that it is a flat beach, very safe to swim in as there are no rip tides, as you will find in some other beaches in Chiriquí. Being 1 – 2 hours from most of the residents in Chiriquí, it is not only a vacation destination, it is a great day trip. You can pack up food for your family, bring folding chairs and blankets, some refreshments for the adults, or choose to pay the $10 day rate at the hotels, and let them pamper you for the day.


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