Los Santos province, located south of the Azuero peninsula. It has a surface area of 3,809.4 km² and a population of 89,592 inhabitants.
Despite being one of the smallest provinces in the country, it is one of the most important in terms of agricultural and livestock development.
With the province of Herrera, los santos is considered as the sanctuary of the Panamanian culture. Places like Guararé, Santo Domingo, La Palma, San José, between others, are famous for their art in making the famous panama traditional dresses ” la Pollera”. But also the guayabera camisas, and the panama hat (¨Pintaos¨ & ¨Cutarras¨). Note also the high qualkity farmers shoes.
Las Tablas is the capital of the Province. The name comes from the fact that this town has been built by pioneers sailing in the Pacific who have been driven to the coast by a storm and did use the wood from the broken ship (tablas) to build the first houses. The typical music of Panama comes from las Tablas: flute and violin but also accordion. The dance that comes with is particed all over the country.
The Santeña culture is the result of the passage of different peoples and civilizations that, over time, have been shaping a particular cultural identity.
Among the particularities of the region, we can mention popular dances such as: La Montezuma Espagnole, La Montezuma Cabezona, the great devil dance, the small bull dance, the Diablicos Sucios, the Moros & Cristianos, La Pajarilla, nice bull dance, between others ….
Las Tablas is famous for its Carnivals of international projection, in addition, the Virgin Mártir Santa Librada and its Colonial Church undoubtedly stand out.
Other important celebrations are: the Mejorana Festival in Guararé, the Pollera Festival, the Peasant’s Week and the Azuero International Fair in Villa de Los Santos.
There are several beautiful beaches in the province, including El Arenal, Destiladeros, Las Almendras, El Toro and Punta Mala in the Pedasí district. Playa Venao, which lies between the Pedasí and Tonosí districts, is popular with surfers and several international surfing competitions are held here.
Isla Iguana, which is known for its crystal clear waters and black sand. Between the months of July and November, we have humpback whale watching and turtle nesting.
Isla Cañas is the place where people from all over the world witness a great event: the arrival of sea turtles. Four species visit this island each year bringing with them the gift of life that is deposited in its sands as a treasure.
Do not miss also snorkeling surf and scuba !