Punta Chame Beach is located on the Pacific Coast of Panama, in Panama Province. It is a finger shaped peninsula, with ocean on each side. The peninsula is comprised of about 22 miles of white sand beaches. This beach is about 1.5 hours from Panama City.
Punta Chame Beach is located about an hour off the Pan American Highway, and the beaches here are pristine and relatively deserted, especially during the week. However, this area is fast becoming a real estate hotspot for beachfront weekend and retirement homes.
Punta Chame is the first white-sand beach you reach on leaving Panama City.
Traveling on the Pan-American highway, it is roughly 60 miles in total from the city itself. Coming down from the Cerro Campana, an elevated section of the trip, you can see the point stretched out before you.
Being this close to the city means you are not too far from the airport, shopping malls, restaurants, casinos, nightclubs, and medical facilities–including a Johns Hopkins medical center. At the same time, you are away from the noise and traffic that are a mainstay of city living.
Punta Chame has beautiful beaches wrapped around both sides of the peninsula. On one side, you can see the island of Taborcillo, known as John Wayne island (the actor owned it at one point). The other side looks out to open ocean, toward the Gulf of Panama. From the tip of the peninsula you can see Panama City, with its Miami-style skyline.
Things to Do on the Best Beach in Panama
The location is perfect for surfing, windsurfing, kite boarding, sailing, wave runner rides, boat rides, fishing, and diving. Or you can choose to hang out on the beach (like I did), sunbathing, relaxing, maybe having a barbecue.
Punta Chame is in the Arco Seco, the Dry Arch, the area with the lowest rainfall in Panama. It is less humid than Panama City…and of course, there are those ocean breezes.