History of Playa La Barqueta
LA BARQUETA PLANTATION
La Barqueta, located oceanfront on the Western Pacific Coast of Panama, in Guarumal, District of Alanje, is a 4th generation family-owned Plantation. It has been one of the most important agricultural areas in the province of Chiriquí since the 1600’s.
In 1885 Antonio Anguizola De La Lastra raised vast amounts of cattle on his property and named it La Barqueta, after the Latin word Barquin, (a person who travels from one place to another by boat). Traveling around the plantation’s wetlands, flooded riverbanks and poorly accessible roads by boat, was common at that time
In 1915, Antonio Anguizola Palma, son of Antonio Anguizola De La Lastra, turned La Barqueta into one of the largest cattle raising plantations in the Republic of Panama. He built a pier on the farm, El Carril, to load cattle onto steamboats to transport to Panama City and for export to North and South America. When Antonio Anguizola Palma died, his daughter, Ana Beatriz Anguizola De La Lastra de Araúz, inherited La Barqueta. Since 1955, she and her husband, Julio Araúz Jované, made La Barqueta one of the most successful cattle and dairy farms in the area. Fully mechanized rice plantations followed, due to the fertile soil that produces excellent yields.
In 2001 Juan Gabriel Araúz Anguizola, great-grandchild of Antonio Anguizola De La Lastra, built a five star hotel, Las Olas Beach Resort, on La Barqueta Plantation. The Araúz Anguizola family is currently developing an exclusive beachfront community on La Barqueta and its 18 kms of pristine grey silvered sand beach. The projects include oceanfront lots, second tier lots, houses and Las Brisas del Mar Condominiums. Thanks to the cooperation of both the owners of La Barqueta and ANAM (a Panamanian governmental institution that preserves wildlife and nature), part of La Barqueta has been declared a protected area for both endangered plant and animal species which include sea turtles, birds, reptiles and mangrove trees.
Please make yourself at home at La Barqueta Plantation and Beach.
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