Volcanically formed over 3 million years ago off the Pacific Coast of what is now Panama lies the pristine and unspoiled Pearl Islands archipelago. Rich in history and natural beauty native Indians inhabited these islands until 16th century Spanish Conquistadors came in search of fortune, glory, and the archipelagos coveted pearls. During this period legend says
or "Counting Island" became the central point where pearls from around the region were sent to be counted, registered, and prepared for transit over the isthmus and finally shipped to Spain. The archipelago has also served as a haven for Pirates. From which they would stage daring assaults on the treasure laden Spanish Fleet. Returning to the islands sanctuary to divide and stash their plunder.
Today in the 21st century Contadora Island
is a tropical paradise balancing its natural wonders harmoniously with the luxuries of the civilized world. Still providing sanctuary but now from the riggers of modern day living. Contadora Island
and neighboring islands are home to a countless variety of marine, animal, and plant species as well as being migratory stops for large marine mammals and sea birds. Life is abundant and flourishing in this perfect eco system.
Surrounded by warm emerald waters, adorned with lush vegetation, and blessed with 12 golden sand beaches. Make it easy to see why Contadora Island
is the ideal destination for naturalist, adventurers, sport fisherman, divers, and travelers seeking sun, fun, and leisure.
Nestled amongst the tall trees and the islands tranquil residential end sits Perla Real. A cozy retreat fashioned after the traditional architecture of Colonial Spain. Perla Real guests take refuge in our comfortable accommodations and relaxed atmosphere. From arranging tours and activities to providing helpful information our staff is here to assist you in getting the most out of your island experience.
We at the Perla Real invite you to come and visit our quiet hideaway and discover the unparallel beauty of Contadora Island