Colon Island

Colon Island

One of several hundred coral islands strewn along Panama's Caribbean shores, if you thought mainland Panama felt remote, wait until you hit Colon. The northernmost island of the San Blas Archipelago feels a place apart, the kind of destination doctors should prescribe for those needing to instantly de-stress. It takes visitors, ooh, all of 10 minutes to tick off seeing those elements essential for a tropical paradise: inviting virgin reefs nestling among crystalline waters and palm-lined white powder beaches made for lazing on; dense jungle-cloaked interior adding a alluring feel of mystery and an easygoing salt-crusted charmer of a town replete with beachfront bars perfect for basking in the blood-orange sunsets. Short of owning the island yourself, this is pretty much as good as island life gets.

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