Tourist guide in Bocas del Toro

Bocas del Toro, name of province, city, town and archipelago of Panama, Central American country. The Archipelago of Bocas del Toro, is a set of around nine main islands and hundreds of islets or cays. There are Bays, beaches, mangroves, jungle and infinity of species of flora and fauna. Bocas del Toro is one of the most beautiful places provided by nature and, with the men’s help, it has become in a city providing more and more products and services to those who visit throughout the year. Tourist will find bars, restaurants, cafeterias, hostels, hotels, apartments, houses for rent, tour guide service office and attractions.

Adventure tourism, extreme sports, yoga, and relaxation for children, adults and seniors will make you want to extend your stay forever. For budgets and tastes more demanding, there is a bit of everything for all pockets and economic possibilities. You can access by plane, boat, public transport and private vehicles to the archipelago, by different routes.

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Without distinction of religious beliefs, ethnic groups or social groups, here we have the same treatment and respect for everybody equally.

A tourist plan is a very ambiguous subject, depending on the traveler or tourist that requires it and the reason for their trip.

However, we try to make a tour plan that serves as a reference to a fairly general public and both families and couples and even the traveler who comes out with only his backpack to venture into the world, backpacking.


1. About Bocas Del Toro.

1.1. Bocas del toro (Province)
1.2. Bocas del toro (Town)
1.3. Bocas del toro (Archipelago)
1.3.1 Islands of the Archipelago

2 How to get?

2.1. From Panama City.
2.1.1. Airway
2.1.2. Land Route Admiral Ferry – Bocas
2.2. From David, Chiriqui – Admiral
2.3. From Costa Rica
2.3.1. Airway:
2.3.2. Land Route:
2.3.3. Via Caribe Shuttle

3. Requirements to enter to Panama – Migratory procedures

3.1. Tourism visa
3.2. Airplane ticket
3.3. Passport
3.4. Economic Solvency:
3.4.1. Cash:
3.4.2. Bank reference
3.5. Hotel reservation
3.6. Vaccines required to enter Panama.
3.6.1. Compulsory vaccination
3.6.2. Recommended vaccines

4. Where to sleep?

4.1. Hostal Hansi. Isla Colon.
4.2. Hotel Tierra Verde
4.3. Sand dollar Beach
4.4. Hidden treasure
4.5. Bocas

5. Where and what to eat?

5.1. Big Creek (Skully’s) – Bar Restaurant
5.2. CafĂ© del Mar / CafĂ© – Restaurant
5.3. El Ultimo Refugio Restaurant
5.4. MK Restaurant
5.5 Bibi`s on the Beach Restaurant / Surfside Seafood

6. Language

7. Currency
7.1. Currency exchange
7.2. ATMs

8. Weather

9. What to do and what places to visit in Bocas del Toro?

9.1. Activities
9.2. Nightlife in Bocas.

10. Health Centers in Bocas del Toro.

10.1. Regional Hospital – Colon Island.
10.2. Hospital Almirante
10.3. Regional Hospital RaĂşl Dávila Mena – Changuinola.
10.4. Regional Hospital of ChiriquĂ­ Grande.

11. Emergency numbers.

11.1. Emergency 911
11.2. In case of fire 103
11.3. Local police 104

12. Festive calendar.

13. Shopping – Own crafts from Bocas.
13.1. Timorogo – Community tourism.

14. Recommendations.

15. Relevant websites.


1. About Bocas del Toro.

The first thing you should know about this beautiful place located in the American continent, is that there are several places with the same name. You better have this clear when you come or do any research regarding your trip.

1.1. Bocas del Toro is the name of one of the main provinces of the ten that make up Panama (Country).

1.2. Bocas del Toro (City – Town of Bocas), is the capital of the province of Bocas del Toro. Located in Isla Colon, the most important island of the Bocas del Toro archipelago.

1.3. Archipelago of Bocas del Toro: It is a paradisiacal place, made up of around seven or perhaps nine islands located in the province of Bocas del Toro. We say seven or maybe nine because there are those who include between their main islands the two islands that make up Cayo Zapatillas.

1.3.1. Islands of the Bocas Archipelago. (Ordered, according to size, importance and number of services and also for its exuberant beauty and popularity)

Isla Colon. It is the main island of the archipelago, where you can find:

– Isla Colon International Airport.

  • Ferry docks (from the City of Almirante, Changuinola and ChiriquĂ­ Grande, all in Bocas del Toro Province)
  • Restaurants.
  • Lodging
  • Motorcycle taxi station. (Boats to the other islands)
  • Service offices (Tours, trips, trips, surf shops)

Isla Bastimentos
Isla Careneros
– Isla Cayo Zapatillas Norte
– Isla Cayo Zapatillas Sur
Isla Popas
Isla de San CristĂłbal
Isla Cayo Agua
Isla Solarte

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2. How to get there?

Arriving at the Bocas del Toro archipelago, will undoubtedly depend on where you come from.

Currently, most of the countries in the world have flights to Panama, whether they are with layover or not. It is easier to find out which airlines operate flights to Panama City and here you will find out how to travel within Panama to the archipelago.

However, there are options such as arriving in Costa Rica, a country bordering Panama, specifically with Bocas del Toro, so as not to make a stopover in the United States, where a visa is required for passengers in transit.

2.1. From Panama City.

2.1.1. Airway

If you come from the Tocumen International Airport, in the city of Panama, you must go by land to Marcos A. Gelabert International Airport, in Albrook. The journey through the city, can take from half to two hours in the worst case depending on traffic. You can do this , in:

Public transport


At the Albrook Airport, in the National Flights area, find airlines to the Bocas del Toro International Airport in Isla Colon.

– Air Panama:
– Aeroperlas:

2.1.2. Land Route

– Albrook – Admiral: From the bus station in Albrook.

Bus, usually with night departures, to the city of Almirante, in the Province of Bocas del Toro, can take you back $ 28 or $ 30. Usually the trip lasts from eight to ten hours so, you’ll be in Bocas Province at sunrise

Once in Admiral. You can either take the Ferry or take a taxi for $ 1 until the boats departing to Isla Colon, each for some $ 5.

– Ferry Almirante – Bocas


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Ciudad Almirante – Isla Colon
Tuesdays 6:30 a.m. y 12:00 p.m.
Wednesdays and Saturdays 7:00 a.m. y 12:00 p.m.
Sundays 7:00 a.m.


Isla Colon – Ciudad Almirante
Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. y 5:00 p.m.
Wednesdays and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. y 3:00 p.m.
Sundays 3:00 p.m.

2.2. From David, Chiriqui – Admiral: From the terminal of David, Chiriqui

All day, buses leave from this station, for just under $ 10, to the city of Almirante in Bocas del Toro. Once at the Almirante bus stop, take a taxi to the boat station that leaves for Isla Colon.
Another option is to get to the Admiral Ferry station, and take another bus heading to Isla Colon.


Ciudad Almirante – Isla Colon
Tuesdays 6:30 a.m. y 12:00 p.m.
Wednesdays and Saturdays 7:00 a.m. y 12:00 p.m.
Sundays 7:00 a.m.


Isla Colon – Ciudad Almirante
Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. y 5:00 p.m.
Wednesdays and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. y 3:00 p.m.
Sundays 3:00 p.m.

2.2.From Costa Rica:

2.2.1. On plane

You will take a plane from the Pavas Airport, San Jose, Costa Rica, to the Bocas del Toro International Airport in Isla Colon.

– Airline: Nature Air:

2.2.2. Land Route:

Being Costa Rica border country with the province of Bocas del Toro in Panama, it is a viable choice to reach the archipelago from there. It may be a bit more tedious because of the border crossing and the paperwork that it represents, but it certainly stands out as a good option to reach the destination.

In the center of San José, capital city of Costa Rica, the bus line leaves the bocatoreño every day at 9:00 a.m., specifically in front of the Cocorí hotel. The bus ride is around $ 15 to the city of Changuinola in Bocas del Toro.

You will have to walk the bridge between Sixaloa in Costa Rica and Guabito in Panama, for the pertinent paperwork in migration of both countries and then in Panama customs.

When you arrive in Changuinola, you have two options: either taking a taxi for around $ 15 to the boats that go to Isla Colon or taking the bus to the boat station in Changuinola for $ 5.

2.2.3. VĂ­a Caribe Shuttle: Transfer service Costa Rica – Bocas del Toro

The package includes some meals and help in the migration office for entering or leaving any of these countries.

Phone: (506) 2750-0626

3. Requirements for entry to Panama – Migratory procedures

Upon entering Panama, you must submit a series of documents and requirements to the official or inspector of the National Migration and Naturalization Service of the Ministry of Public Security.

3.1. Tour visa (According to the case)

3.1.2. Stamped Visa (For some countries) (You must ask in Panamanian Consul Bureau of your country)

3.2. Air ticket (Boarding Pass) back to the country of origin or continuation of the trip, for travelers in transit.

3.3. Passport (Passport) in force, at least 6 months to the date of obtaining a visa.

3.4. Economic Solvency:

3.4.1. Cash: Minimum five hundred balboas ($ 500.00) or its equivalent in credit card.

3.4.2. Bank reference, work letter or bank checks, in addition depending on the nationality another amount may be required.

3.5. Booking proof of the hotel where you will be staying. (In some cases).

3.6. Vaccines required to enter to Panama.

3.6.1. Mandatory vaccination: Yellow fever (If coming from an endemic country)

3.6.2. Recommended vaccines: Hepatitis A, Tetanus – Diphtheria, Triple viral or triple viral (measles, rubella, mumps).

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4. Where to sleep?

In any island of the Bocas del Toro archipelago and in any city of the province, there are innumerable places for lodging.

A healthy competition in price and quality typifies the owners of hostels, hotels, inns, houses and apartments to provide services and benefits to tourists and tourists from different countries of the world.

4.1. Hostal Hansi, Isla Colon.

It is a cozy place to stay whether you are travelling alone, with a partner, with your family or in the company of your friends.

It is located in the vicinity of the Bocas del Toro Airport in Isla Colon.

From a simple room with private or shared bathroom, to double or triple rooms with private bathroom, TV and hot water. Depending on your choice, it can take you back from only $ 12 per night to $ 33, the largest and most complete for the family, with shared kitchen and Wi-Fi service.

Address: Avenida D and Calle Segunda, Isla ColĂłn, Province of Bocas del Toro. Panama.
Phone: (507) 760-9811

4.2. Tierra Verde Hotel

Designed in the most Caribbean style, located on Isla Carenero, one of the most relaxing islands that make up the archipelago. This is without any doubt a strategic starting point for the different tours and activities in Bocas del Toro, very close to the main island Isla ColĂłn and the Town of Bocas.

Beautiful and comfortable rooms with wonderful views, conditioned for your rest after a day of enjoyment in any of its islands or keys. The entire hotel has internet connections, cable TV, fax and hammocks in every corner to enjoy peacefully from all over the horizon.

Choose among Rooms, simple and double suites with views of the Caribbean Sea, the garden or the Pacific Ocean. The prices come with breakfast and tourism tax included, and:

  • Air conditioner
  • Private bathroom
  • Hot water
  • Semi-orthopedic mattresses.
  • Cable TV.

Address: Isla Carenero, Bocas del Toro, Panama
Phone: (507) 757-9903 / (507) 6615-5911

4.3. Sand dollar Beach

It is located in Isla Colon, the main island of the archipelago, and it has the largest tourist movement of the area. It is attended by pleasant people and knowledgeable about the place and its touristic attractions.

The whole staff of the hotel is willing to help you take the most beautiful memories and a wide smile with you and make return very soon. It is a beautiful and cozy Caribbean house with six rooms ideal to provide comfort and tranquility, near the town of Bocas and the airport but far enough to have a nice rest.

Six cabins between rooms and suits, with wonderful views of the jungle or the sea, nicely equipped for the comfort and rest of its guests

  • Wireless Internet or Wi-Fi
  • Water services
  • Electricity
  • Phone signal
  • From Bocas to the Hotel you will only pay 1 dollar if you go by taxi.
  • King Size bed, double, single beds, according to each room.
  • Ceiling fan
  • Air conditioner
  • Internet WIFI
  • Views of the sea, the jungle and / or the garden
  • Private bathroom with hot water
  • Mosquito net on the windows, which allow the passage of the refreshing breeze, and prevents the passage of insects.
  • In addition common areas:
  • Reading room.
  • Games at the top of the hotel on a nice terrace
  • Refrigerator with snacks ready for guests

4.4. Hidden treasure

Located on the road to Playa Bluff, This is the nesting site of the Baula, sea turtle species and one of the largest in the world.

It is a hostel that offers restaurant service, maybe not with a wide variety of dishes, but it is certainly an option, for example, if you go out but before you want breakfast or if you return tired and hungry hoping to have dinner and get ready to rest.

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Here you will find Lodge-type facilities, environmental keepers, energy provided by of solar panel system and from the wind and with rain water collection system which filters the water for consumption.

This place is Ideal for those who wish to get away completely from the stress that the routine of the cities represents, the noise pollution and the smock of the cars.

As quaint as it sounds, their cabins have names of typical animals of the area, dolphin, turtle and dragonfly among others and lovely views and stairs to the jungle or to the ocean, where you can access from any room. Some of them are over the sea and you can hear the waves hitting the shore in your cabin.

  • Queen bed, single or double bed.
  • Additional bedroom, fridge and terrace. (Dragonfly cabin)
  • Kitchen with or without oven and even equipped. (Depending on the room)
  • Private bathroom.
  • Fridge. (Depending on the room)
  • Private balcony (optional)

Address: Bocas del Toro, Via Playa Bluff, Provin

Bocas del Toro.Telephone: (507) 6711-9594 / 6749-74 35



4.5. Bocas

It is a website, which offers many places of accommodation according to the needs of the guests and tourists. The site offers different properties such as houses and apartments in different locations in Bocas del Toro.

Rentals for weekly, monthly, short periods and long term.


Email: /

Address: Second Street, MultiService Plaza, Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro

5. Where and what to eat?

In Bocas del Toro, you can find all kinds of places to taste a good meal, from a typical Panamanian dishes raging to Asian, American, French and even the so-called fusion cuisine a combination of a bit of all the cuisines with ingredients from the region such as seafood, fish, fruits and vegetables.

Here is a list of the most popular and recommended by visitors:

5.1. Big Creek (Skully’s) – Bar Restaurant

It is one of those picturesque restaurants that serves their dishes at the seashore of Bocas del Toro, with hammocks and attractions so you can also enjoy a good time. Surely the locals know him as Skully’s.

Type of Cuisine: Typical of Bocas, American.

  • Pub
  • Seafood


  • Pool
  • Table tennis
  • Comfortable hammocks and armchairs by the sea.

Address: Via Bluff Beach, end of pavement, Big Creek, Colon Island, Bocas del Toro Archipelago.

Phone: (507) 6670-3350 / 6689-5050

Facebook: @skullyspanama


Schedule: Monday to Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 pm.

5.2. CafĂ© del Mar / CafĂ© – Restaurant

It is a small and cozy restaurant, located in the heart of the town of Bocas, in Isla Colon. It serves maybe one of the most delicious burgers and pancakes in the area.

– Type of Cuisine: American Panamanian style.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Drinks:  coffee, wine,  beer, etc.
  • Sandwich, Hamburgers, etc.
  • Food for vegetarians.
  • Payment method: Credit cards. Visa – Master and cash.
  • Free wireless Internet (Wi-Fi)
  • Suitable for people in wheelchairs.

Address: 1st Street, Bocas Town, in front of the Tourism Authority and the Police Station, Isla Colon. Bocas de Toro.

Phone: (507) 6776-8858


Facebook: @cafedelmarbocasdeltoro

Hours: Every day of the week 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 pm.

cafe del mar bocas del toro restaurant

5.3. Restaurant The Last Refuge

It is one of the most exquisite and popular of Bocas del Toro. It is a place with the Caribbean style, with ingredients such as fish, seafood, fruits and vegetables from the region and according to the season.

Outdoor seating and first class attention.

Type of cuisine: Caribbean with options for vegetarians.

  • Seafood
  • Caribbean food
  • Live music (national and international artists)
  • Vegetarian Food
  • Drinks: National and imported beer, cocktails and more.

Address: Town of Bocas, Isla ColĂłn, Province of Bocas del Toro.

Phone: (507) 6726-9851 / 6568-8927

Hours: Monday – Saturday 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 pm.

Instagram: ultimorefuge


5.4. MK Restaurant.

It is a restaurant with French food mixed with a little Panamanian food and ingredients.

Their menu has a little bit of everything: Seafood, fish, fruits and seasonal vegetables from the lands of Bocas; a mix of European and Central American gastronomic culture in one dish.

This place is famous for the best burger with fries from all over Bocas or perhaps for the most delicious crab. It is attended by its owners, with all the love and good service that typifies it.

It is curious that a restaurant like MK does not have the biggest of the publicities but only the recognition and recommendation of satisfied and well-served customers. Ask in the Bocas Town for MK Restaurant.

Type of Cuisine: Multi-cuisine

  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Delicious desserts
  • Drinks: Beers and cocktails Ă  la carte.
  • Vegetarian and vegan options.
  • Wi-Fi
  • Outdoor seating
  • Facilities for the access of wheelchairs.
  • Excellent price – quality ratio.
  • Cash payment.

Address: 1st Street, Bocas Town, Isla ColĂłn, Province of Bocas del Toro.

Phone: (507) 6377-1325 / 760-8144

Facebook: @mkrestaurante (You can leave a message if you wish)

Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

5.5 Bibi’s on the Beach Restaurant / Surfside Seafood

Four words describe and define Bocas del Toro, the pleasure of your meals and all the fun. Bibi’s on the beach is one of the most beautiful and complete restaurants of Bocas del Toro. It is located on

Isla Carenero, its facilities, similar to an indigenous dwelling type palafitos (houses above the water), gives you the sensation of being on a boat, on the calm and crystal clear waters of the Island.

In Bibi’s on The Beach they were able to unite the gastronomic delight and the fun of the archipelago.

The specialty of the house, the delicious Ceviche Bibis

  • Breakfast.
  • Lunches.
  • Dinners.
  • Lobster baskets.
  • Variety of seafood and fish, according to the catch of the day.
  • Cocktails, with seasonal fruit such as passion fruit, pineapple and even cream of the coconut of its palms.
  • Meat
  • Pasta
  • Sandwich
  • Salads
  • Coffee
  • Drinks
  • Happy hour 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Every day)

In addition to its varied menu, they invite you and companion to enjoy some of the aquatic attractions they have for their guests, such as: Diving Surf Tables for paddling standing and Pedal boatsKayak

Rates: Their prices range from only 5 to 25 dollars, for now the payment is only cash.

Facebook: Bibis-on-the-Beach


Address: Isla Careneros, Bocas del Toro Archipelago. Panama

Telephone: (507) 757-9137

Schedule: Wednesday – Monday 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 pm.

6. Language:

The official language of Panama is Spanish. However its status as a multicultural country, led the population to adapt to tourists, executives and investors or citizens in transit in the Panama Canal and adopting the different languages ​​of countries from different parts of the world.

This is the reason why the second most used language is English, yet in Bocas del Toro, some inns or restaurants speak French and you can even hear Italian.

7. Currency:

The official Panamanian currency is the Balboa, which works in equivalence with the dollar.

Therefore 1 Balboa equals 1 Dollar. It is not surprising that depending on the place you go, you will see that both currencies are equally accepted.

balboa panama

7.1. Exchange offices at the Tocumen International Airport.

At the Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, there are two exchange houses, in case your currency is different from the Dollar.

Travelex office, at level 100

Travelex Office, in the Dutty Free area.

7.2. ATMs

In Bocas del Toro, there are two ATMs of the National Bank, however it is good to take precautions regarding the cash amount before going to a cash machine, because sometimes they can stop working and some restaurants and even lodging accept cash only.

The geographical location influences in this, because due to the bad signal of telephone networks in the islands, it is not possible for point of sale machines to connect and receive payments with plastic.

8. Weather:

The climate in Panama, being surrounded mostly by the sea is between hot and humid, which makes it quite unpredictable. There are two seasons called rain period and dry period, however in dry season you may be surprised by some rain.

– Rainy season: From the month of May (Usually the rainiest month, at least in the Pacific area, where the city of Panama is located) until the month of December

– Dry season: It goes from the months between January and April
Between the months of July and August, there is often a dry spell, known among Panamanians as summer.

9. What to do and what places to visit in Bocas del Toro?

Bocas del Toro (Archipelago), offers countless options and places to visit depending on the tourist and their wishes.

For any of the planned activities, the staff of the various places of accommodation is ready to collaborate; another option is to do it in a particular way in a store or office designed for such purposes in el pueblo Bocas del Toro.

9.1. Activities:

– Surf: Both advanced and beginner surfers can enjoy the impressive and powerful waves in several of its beaches, an example of it is Isla Carenero where you will find instructors and any type of wave riders. Some of the hotels are just minutes’ walk away from the best beaches

surfear en bocas del toro

– Bird watching: Take Swans Cay or Bird Island for example; there are around 900 species of birds in Bocas, moving from one place to another.

– Observation and contact of Baula Turtles, one of the largest sea turtle species in the world, in Playa Bluff.

– Observation of the tiny red frog.

– Excursions of exploration of private islands:

– Crawl Cay: Beautiful mangroves, ideal for camping during the day.

– Red Frog Beach: Fascinating beach that owes its name to the rare red frog, which you will have the opportunity to observe in its habitat.

– Hospital Point: Former hospital center of United Fruit Company, banana company of Bocas, for which the port of the same name was built, is today an excellent place for snorkeling, with fascinating coral reefs.

– Diving: In Bocas del Toro, you will find the most beautiful corals reef, endless species of marine life, caves and even shipwrecks.

– Boat trips, to appreciate the true nature that is hidden in this archipelago, as dolphin sighting.

– Snorkeling: There are hotels that have their own snorkeling equipment and that you can use them as part of your benefits of staying there.

  • Diving
  • Swimming
  • Zip line
  • Kayak
  • Horseback Riding: You can organize your horse ride on your own or with the help of the hotel staff.
  • Yoga: Some hotels offer retreats facing the sea on remote islands.

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9.2. Nightlife in Bocas.

In Bocas del Toro, for those who love nightlife, the fun just begins when night comes. There are innumerable suitable places to spend a fun evening while listening to good music, and have excellent drink of locals, strangers, acquaintances or friends.

Enjoy the happy hour (Happy hour) that starts at 5:00 p.m. in most nightspots such as bars, restaurants and nightclubs, where they offer a variety of drinks at very good prices, in some cases up to $ 1.

– Sunken Ship: In honor of a shipwreck on the shores of Isla Colon, the club’s facilities were built on what was left of a shipwreck.

It is one of the most visited places, good music in which the Panamanian reggae, salsa and merengue stand out and everyone comments on the excellent attention.

Address: Calle 1era. Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro.

Schedule: Wednesday – Sunday 6:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m.

– Laguna Bar: As you would expect, it is a good discotheque on the sea, you cannot miss in the Bocas del Toro archipelago.

– Hotel Island Plantation. Bar – Restaurant: Without doubt one of the best places to stay and spend the night having fun. In the middle of the jungle of Bocas del Toro and on the shores of the beach.

Address: Camino Playa Bluff, Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro.

Phone: (507) 6612-7798

– Toro Loco Sports Bar

Bar – Restaurant, one of the busiest and most popular in Bocas del Toro, located on Isla Colon.

It has the most delicious hamburgers in the town, according to the opinions of locals and visitors, accompanied by a good cold Panamanian beer, while you enjoy a sports match or a Box fight, on one of their huge TVs.

Now that Russia 2018 World Cup is upcoming, between the middle of the month of June and the middle of July, This is the best place to hoist the representation of the Panamanian national team. it Will be undoubtedly a good place to spend an enjoyable evening, with excellent attention and above all with very good prices.

Address: 1st Street, Central Avenue, Bocas Town, Colon Island
Schedule: Wednesday – Monday 11:00 a.m. 12:00 am. (Times may vary in high seasons)
Facebook: Toro-Loco-Bocas-Del-Toro-Panama
Phone: (507) 757-7011

10. Health Centers in Bocas del Toro

There is only one health center in Bocas del Toro, the Regional Hospital of Bocas. However, according to the emergency, it is possible to resort to regional hospitals in Changuinola or a private hospital in David.

10.1. Regional Hospital – Colon Island.

Address: Avenida Norte, Bocas del Toro.
Phone: 757-9201
Hours: 24 hours

10.2. Hospital Almirante

Address: Zegla, Admiral. Bocas del Toro province.
Phone: 758-3745 / 758-3286
Hours: 24 hours

10.3. Regional Hospital RaĂşl Dávila Mena – Changuinola.

Address: Changuinola, Province of Bocas del Toro.
Phone: 758-8232 / 758-8295 / 758-7025
Hours: 24 hours

10.4. Regional Hospital of ChiriquĂ­ Grande.

Address: RambalĂ , ChiriquĂ­ Grande.
Phone: 756-9314
Hours: 24 hours

11. Emergency numbers.

Emergency 911
In case of fire 103
Local police 104

12. Festive calendar and Holiday – Panama

Holidays in Panama

  • New Year 1st of January.
  • Carnival: Monday and Tuesday (Between the months of February and March) Monday 12 and Tuesday February 13, 2018.

It is usually celebrated from the Friday before Monday and Tuesday of Carnival, legally a holiday.

Carnival is one of the most celebrated festivities by Panamanians in all provinces, however the most famous are the Carnivals of Panama City. The most famous and visited in the country, Bocas del

Toro and the Carnival of Las Tablas in the province of the Saints.

Everything begins with the election and coronation of the Carnival Queen in the different localities, followed by parades of costumes and the so-called “Culecos y mojaderas”, allegorical floats and troups, presentation of artists on platforms, areas of fun for the little ones in the house, children.

Ash Wednesday: Wednesday immediately after Tuesday of Carnival. February 14, 2018.
Holy Week: Thursday, Friday and Holy Saturday, joins the resurrection Sunday. 29, 30, March 31 and April 01 2018.

In Panama, there is respect for the diversity of creed and religion, however the Panamanian people are mostly Catholic. Processions, vigils, masses and different religious movements are carried out during this season, in all the churches of the country.

International worker’s day: May 1

  • World Cup – Football – Russia 2018. (June 14 to July 15, 2018), surely, you will find in the different restaurants, shopping centers the celebration of each of the matches where the Panamanian football team participates.
  • Panama Old Foundation: August 15.
  • Independence of Panama from Colombia: November 03
  • Flag Day: November 4th.
  • Movement of Separation in Colon: November 05
  • Independence day: November 10
  • Independence of Panama from Spain: November 28
  • Mother’s Day: December 08, Mother’s Day usually joins Christmas celebrations, New Year’s Eve and New Year in Panama.
  • Christmas: December 24 and 25

In Panama the celebration of Christmas begins from the first days of December, you begin to see the lights, ornaments, the pines in the houses, shops, shopping centers. Families begin to go from the cities to the provinces of the interior.

Bocas del toro is undoubtedly one of the best places to spend Christmas with the family, surrounded by the music and the happiness of Bocatoreños and tourists who join their voices to celebrate Christmas loudly.

And even if relaxation and peace is what you want, Bocas del Toro also offers its remote and tranquil islands, surrounded by crystal clear water, white sand, flora and fauna, one of the most biodiverse places on the planet, which community advocates to the conservation of the environment.

End of the year celebration: December 31

13. Souvenirs- Crafts of Bocas

13.1. Timorogo – Community tourism


In Bocas del Toro is a multicultural city not only for the visit of tourists and seasoners but also for the diversity of the people who have been forming the community that today is Bocas del Toro.

However, the locals of Bocas are indigenous, one of these communities is the Ngobe, in Bahía Honda who have a Ngâbe community tourism project called Timorogo.

The Project consists of a restaurant and places to buy handicrafts. The most striking feature of this community is its culture, and from this derives the craftsmanship made by women and men of the community.

Collaborate by buying a souvenir for yourself or a beloved one while contributing to the economy of the place. Already familiarize yourself with the language.

Naguas: Dresses made the basis of light fabrics and materials or adornments typical of their culture.

Chacaras or backpacks: curious and striking bags made from Pita, a natural fiber to dyed with ink extracted from plants, leaves and flowers from the area add color.

Chaquiras or necklaces: With colorful and geometric designs, undoubtedly a true work of art made by hand.

You can contact members of this community to organize guided tours, a lunch in their restaurant and make purchases.

Location: To reach the community of Bahia Honda, it is necessary to arrive by boat. The Timorogo Project of the Ngâbe community is anchored between Isla Bastimentos and Cayo Solarte.

Phone: (507) 6726-0968


Jacket or sweater: In some airplanes or even buses the air conditioning is usually very cold, so some type of warm clothing is recommended even if you plan to stay some night by the sea, to enjoy a starry night.

The rates of flights, taxis, buses and lodging tend to rise in peak seasons. Take this into account when planning the trip. Keep in touch with the staff of the place of lodging

Save up: If you make the reservation directly with the hotel, you will get much cheaper than if you do it through an intermediary or booking engine.

Contact: Due to the geographical position of some islands, some hotels have very poor reception of calls, so it is best to contact them via email.

Taxis: You can choose to hire your own taxi. However, some hotels work with drivers that will be a bit cheaper. Some of the individuals make surcharges according to the hours of nocturnal arrivals.

Ice: For places that offer refrigerators or cellars, you must buy ice in large panels, sold only in Cool Shop, on the way to Playa Bluff.

Water: In the archipelago, it is recommended not to buy small bottles of mineral water, on the contrary buy refillable containers of up to 5 liters, which are provide in some hotels. This will not contribute to the garbage and pollution of the archipelago.

Resources: It is recommended to make good use of water and electricity; many of the hotels are ecolodge or ecofriendly, so their energy source depends on solar panels, the wind and the water coming from the rain.

Payment: Most of the places in Bocas del Toro accept credit cards, however there are some that only accept cash, so it is convenient to have some cash on, because there are two ATMs that sometimes do not work.

Taxes: Upon arrival in Bocas del Toro, a percentage must be paid for tourism tax, some of the hotels include it in their rate. Ask if it applies in your case.

Reservation: Make your reservation with time.

Food: If you stay in a room or cabin with an included kitchen or plan to go to an island with little trade, it is best to bring long-lasting food such as canned goods and bread and drinking water. Do not forget cans opener if the occasion warrants it.

IMPORTANT: Comply with the safety regulations indicated by the connoisseurs of each place.

If you go to the lookouts or sightings of the fauna and flora of the area, do not handle animals or plants that indicate you as forbidden or poisonous.

Monkeys: There are inns that cohabit with monkeys and even organize trips to see them in their natural habitat, you just have to manipulate them as far as they tell you, remember that their nature is to be wild animals although some are domesticated.



Repellent: Sometimes it will not be necessary, but it is better to be warned, especially for people allergic to bites of insects.

Flashlights: Due to the ecological way of most places of accommodation, night lighting is very low and if you want to make night sightings for sure you will need a flashlight. It is widely recommended to have flashlights with rechargeable batteries, and some with lenses for night vision.

Clothes for rain: Panama does not escape to the rains throughout the year, of course some season we have more rain than others. Take some kind of poncho or waterproof jacket. of course, if you prefer you can enjoy a shower in the rain in the midst of nature.
Special footwear for water: Some beaches have reefs when entering, so it is advisable to use this type of footwear.

Children: Pack some board game, in case it’s a rainy day.
Add 011, if you call from the United States, before the international entry code of Panama (507).

15. Relevant Websites

15.1. Ferry Bocas

Admiral – Colon Island / Colon Island – Admiral

It has several exits in both directions during the day.

Phone: (507) 391-1754
15.2. Aerobelas

With flights all week in morning and evening hours.
Phone: (507)
15.3. Air Panama

It operates flights to Isla Colon in Bocas del Toro, both in the morning and in the afternoon.
Phone: (507) 316-9000
15.4. Nature Air

The airline Nature Air operates flights from San José of Costa Rica, the Costa Rican capital city to Isla Colon in Bocas del Toro.

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