Bocas del Toro


Bocas del Toro, represents an archipelago in the Caribean of Panamá, being a very popular zone, a destiny wich lets you relax in the middle of beautiful beaches, of tropical jungle, wich was describe by the Lonely Planet as a fantasy for the biologist.

Bocas del Toro, is part of an archipelago of islands with blue waters, with beaches of white sands wich are duly surrounded by palms and tropical jungle. In it’s great majority  the hotels are located in Bocas Town in Colon’s Island wich represents a caribean town very fun and a relaxing zone with an amazing variety of bars and restaurants. In this archipelago the spoken language is Spanish, but many of its inhabitants frequently speak English and German.

Bocas del Toro, is a perfect place for couples whom are looking for a romantic refuge and for those families that wants to have fun and new experiences in a relaxing and fun environment.

Bocas del toro beaches

Highlighting, that between main activities of this touristic site are the tours on botes to the nearest islands to relax in the adyacents beaches, snorkel, diving, see dolphins, walks for the jungle, exploration of the bats caves, and visit the indigenous cultures.
The spends of the accommodations are from $15 even $30 per night.

How to get to Bocas del Toro

To Bocas del Toro, you can get there traveling to the principal town of Bocas in the Colon’s Island, taking one of the diary departing flights from the Panamá city, and from San José in Costa Rica.

Likewise, you can also take a bus or a car from the Panamá City or from David to the Almirant, a town duly in coast where you can take a bote to Colon Island in Bocas del Toro. Also, in Almirant there are various safe places where you can leave the cars.

How are the accommodations in Bocas del Toro?

The accommodations in Bocas del Toro can be various depending of the needs of each tourits. This can be from economics accommodations ecologics hotels, for the entusiasts of the nature, romantics scapes for the couples and fun hotels for families.

So, the majority of the hotels are located in Bocas Town, in the principal Colon’s Island. In fact, there are some hotels with seaview, but there aren’t beaches in Bocas Town, so, Playa Tortuga Resort, is located just next to Bocas Town, and it has a private beach.

Equally, is the nearest island of Bastimentos y Carinero, wich count with various hotels, to wich you can get there in botes.

The Gastronomy culture in Bocas del Toro

The gastronomy in Bocas del Toro, is variety and with accesibles prices to all whom get there, en su mayoria the most serve plates in the popular restaurants are the fish, Thai food and Lemon Grass.

Also in this you can find fast food, like a Super Gourmet Deli at the end of the main street that offers a complete menu that goes from sandwiches and much more.

Last one, on the sea food menu counts with a beautiful landscape, exist the Coral Cay restaurant, you can get there in bote, and it is located geographically over the sea.

Touristics atractions in Bocas del Toro

The tours in botes

One of the best and favorites ways to meet Bocas del Toro, is taking a tour at day light on a bote, to go to the dolphins bay to watch them. Beaches like Red Frog and the Zapatilla, the mangrove swamp full of life, the launches in the Coral Cay over the sea and the best sites for snorkeling.

Red Frog Beach

This one represents one of the most beautiful beaches of Panamá, where you can enjoy of beautiful white sands, big waves, tourquoise surrounded by the natural jungle. Get there is too easy, taking the boat by the Express of Red Frog in the main street.

In Red Frog the current  is very strong which is recommended be cautious to swim.

Zapatilla Beach

Between the best places to practice snorkel there are the Coral Key and the Punta Hospital. On the other way, diving, you can find some operators of PADI in main street, to practice diving you can see some reef well conserve of the world, it can see stingrays, locust and different kinds of crabs and all variety of tropical fishes.

Rides on Bikes

In Bocas del Toro, you can ride bikes which is very cheap and fun.


One of the many attractions of Bocas del Toro is surfing, because it has one of the best beaches in Panamá to surfing, with different kind of waves, including big waves for the experts on surfing. The best season for surfing in the caribean are in December and March.

snorkeling in Bocas del Toro (1)

La Finca Los Monos

This one represents a private tropical garden located at 10 min from Bocas Town, and you can take a tour for 2 hours, to enjoy seeing the variety of trees and plants.

The Tour of an Indigenous Village

One of the most beautiful natural landscape are the rivers, this include a view to an indigenous village of Ngobe Buglé, it is an indigenous culture that has a lifestyle, wich has changed a little bit since Cristobal Colón visit this islands.

This text is a translation by Gabriel Urdaneta from the original spanish version of this site.