In the Caribbean coast in Boca del Toro, or Colon, or San Blas, where we have the beautiful white sand and pristine water, we do not have any record of any dangerous animal.
In the Pacific Ocean, on the other hand, in Chiriquí, Panama City, and some of the other provinces, there are reports of sharks. Most of the time they do not come over here, but we have reports because people go surfing and then they see the shark. In general, though, we don’t have dangerous animals in the oceans in Panama. They won’t go all the way to the sand to bite you.
Personally, I’m not concerned when I go to the beach or to the ocean. I’ve seen in the news that there was a shark attack on a surfer, but that was years ago, and after that, I haven’t seen any report on the news or the newspaper regarding that. I know the sharks are there, very deep on the Pacific Coast. There have been no reports of stingrays or anything else that could sting or bite you in the ocean.
(Beach at Parque Nacional Chiriquí, Panama, pictured.)