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Escudo de Veraguas - Panama Highlights:
Tropical island, beaches, rare wildlife
Isla Escudo de Veraguas is a small isolated island ten miles off the coast of Panama, east of the Valiente Peninsula. Strips of white sand beaches line the coast, ideal for swimming. There is also a superb coral reef offer excellent snorkeling. The north side of the island has small, shallow bays and inlets along the length of the island with many small islands off the coast frequented by brown boobies and other tropical birds. Less tropical in it's appearance, the south side has steep white cliffs and rock stacks where brown boobies nest. Explore the long sandy beach and the jungle beyond in search of the endemic pygmy sloth and Escudo hummingbird. The island is also the best place in the world to spot the rare uniform crake.

Escudo de Veraguas is traditionally the birthplace of the Ngöbe–Bugle people. Until 1995 the island remained largely unpopulated, but since that time Ngöbe–Bugle fishermen from nearby coastal towns moved in, first using the island as a base for fishing parties and later settling permanently. In 2012, about 120 fishermen and their families were settled on the island.

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