Bocas del Toro province gives access to a beautiful blue and tropical paradise, with white sand and crystal-clear waters. Its people is a mix between Panamanians first habitants: Indigenous, and Afro-Antillean people. These qualities make this province attractive for tourists worldwide, who always feel welcome thanks to the kindness of “bocatoreños”.
When going to Bocas del Toro there are two options: taking a flight from Panama City straight to Bocas airport or go driving through Chiriqui (which is also a touristic, beautiful place). Visitors normally go by car or a designated bus, that is around $7.00 from David or Boquete, which takes an estimate time of 4 hours.
If going by car, it has to stay parked in Almirante for $9.00 /per night and from there, they offer water taxis, that depart every thirty minutes to the main town in Bocas del Toro province. Once in Bocas Town, the real adventure begins.
Bocas del Toro is the favorite destination for many travelers worldwide, because of its incredible landscapes and spirit of kindness and relaxation, in a beautiful Caribbean town. Many even describe the place as a paradise of never-ending water. This is the reason why the principal activity to do in Bocas, is going through its islands and enjoy their beaches.
Most beaches in Bocas del Toro are great for surfing and in many islands, you can find places to learn how to surf. First with theorical lessons and then straight to Bocas’ crystal water for practicing.
Food is exceptionally good in Bocas, with a taste of many different cultures, thanks to Bocas pot of races. In Bocas, near the coasts, most of the people living are Indigenous, as in the other regions of Panama Republic. However, from the early nineteenth century, black slaves fled from the plantations of the Antilles alongside adventurous merchants, mostly English and French, to establish a new place for living. Through the years, they added cultural and economic value to the archipelago of Bocas del Toro. Influences that are reflected today in their food, customs and way of living.
The most recommended place to stay in Bocas del Toro is Isla Colon, since in here are many discotheques, bars, hotels, hostels and alike locations that usually brings more people, therefore more activities during the free time. Also, in Bocas Town you can rent bicycles for approximately $1.50 per hour y $10 per day.
From Isla Colon, are available different boats to visit the other islands. Usually, the tour starts with a ride through “Bahía de los Delfines”, located between Cristobal island and a peninsula. This bay has quiet waters and is surrounded by corals, little fishes and crustaceous. During the months of June and July, visitors claim to have a wonderful view of dolphins, that swim in pairs or groups of 5.
“Cayo Zapatillas” is a famous destination, known because of the T.V. show Survivors, that was partially filmed in this island. In the other hand, “Isla Bastimentos” has the Red Frog beach, that owes its name to an amphibian who lives in the tropical forest near the island and can be poisonous if threatened.
But if staying in Isla Colon, and not wanting to take many taxi boats far away, there are great options of beaches like “Playa Bluff” or “Playa Estrella”, where are many sea stars you can observe while swimming or walking in its white, soft sand.
Don’t forget to go to “Isla de los pajaros”, next to Isla Colon, where can be observed part of the diversity of birds in Panama.
Exotic food and people, morning breeze with smell of piña colada and saltwater. This sensations await for all visiting Bocas del Toro.