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Beach, Pearl Islands archipelago (Archipielago de las Perlas)
SOURCE: Photo by Alfredo Maiquez, courtesy of Authority of Tourism Panama (all rights reserved), used with permission.
The Pearl Islands, is a group of 100 or more islands, about 30 miles off the Pacific coast of Panama in the Gulf of Panama. They take their name from the famous pearls that came from oysters on the seabed around the islands.
Wile most of the islands are uninhabited, there are small fishing communities, and there has been some limited development of tourism facilities, including a hotel and an airstrip. The latest resort to open in Las Perlas is the spectacular Hacienda del Mar on Isla San Jose, the most remote island. This is a private island, the second largest, with 14.000 acres of forest and other ecosystems.
The islads are of significant ecological importance.
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