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extraordinary variety of terrestrial and marine creatures. The green island vegetation and sandy beaches accommodate three species of monkeys, four species of turtles and a great number of bird species. The reefs offer a manifold and colourful underwater world including i.e. humpback whales, hammerhead sharks, dolphins and the large and mighty mantas. Golfo de Chiriqui National Park was founded in the year 1994. Its area of 14.730 hectares includes a coral reef, mangrove swamps and marine grassland – to mention only some of the most spectacular features of the park. Further essential attributes of this park are dozens of picturesque rocks - distributed along the gulf - as well as idyllic islands with forests and tall coconut palms. This park is one of Panama’s best kept secrets. In Boca Chica, the town in direct vicinity to the park, you will not find any skyscrapers, golf courses or separate communities; there are rather only a few huts, a small fishing village, very dense vegetation and crystal-clear water.