Bocas del Toro, Panamá
Bocas del Toro
The islands of Bocas del Toro are the essence and the reflection of the Panamanian Caribbean.
This paradise will delight you with its coral reefs, its multicultural diversity,
its natural beauty that surrounds the archipelago, and its exotic species of flora and fauna.
The cheerful lifestyle of the bocatoreños will capture all your senses with their music,
their Afro-Caribbean flavors, and their mythological stories. Bocas del Toro will be your best experience to tell.
Best way to get to know Bocas is in one of our sailboats, come and enjoy every single moment, places of crystalline
waters and white sand
It has beaches for every taste, the most tranquil and withdrawn, the busy and ballad.
And especially for surf lovers, if this is your beach, come and stay with us.
This island is the closest to the town of Bocas Town, and a perfect place to get away a little if you want
spend a quiet day and away from the hustle and bustle of the town.
The island is perfect for a quiet beach day,
but you can also explore it and walk all its coast, which without
being very extensive, is a very nice walk.
Going round the island does not take more than 1h and 30min, and you can
see all the fantastic beaches you have,
cross plains filled with palm trees and coconuts, and enjoy spectacular views from "La Punta".
If you are also a surf lover, t
his island has a lot to offer you.
Some of the best spots in the archipelago are located here.
Isla Bastimentos is one of the largest islands within the archipelago and here is located the quiet village of Old Bank, the indigenous community Quebrada de Sal, and Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park. It is also home to the Red Frog Beach complex and some postcard beaches.
Although it’s just a 10-minute boat ride from the town of Bocas del Toro, Isla Bastimentos is like a different world. Some travelers say this is their favorite island in their favorite part of Panama. The northwest coast of the island is home to palm-fringed beaches that serve as nesting grounds for sea turtles, while most of the northern and southern coasts consists of mangrove islands and coral reefs that lie within the boundaries of the Parque Nacional Marino Isla Bastimentos.
Among the natural wonders of Bocas del Toro are two sites of unparalleled ecological, scenic and recreational value: Playa Estrella and Playa Bluff. Playa Estrella is a protected area in close contact with nature where ecotourism and craft activities are developed. Its main attractions are its starfish (Oreaster reticulatus), the delicious Afro-Caribbean food and the warmth of its inhabitants. In Bluff Beach up to four species of sea turtles come to nest from July to October. It is a beautiful beach bathed with waves suitable for surfing.
Solarte Island to dive to some of the best spots on the islands to dive or snorkel. There is a wall in Punto Hospital that offers divers an amazing wealth from the sea grasses and coral lettuce in the shallow parts to the wall that descends about 12 to 15 meters so that there may be lobsters, eels, lion fish, trumpet fish, and other beautiful fish among corals and sponges. In the evenings sardine banks are grouped together as needlefish run on the surface of the water. Further east both sides of the island are surrounded by mangroves where juvenile marine life hides from barracudas and other predators. Another popular site for divers is called Coral Gardens by the south of the island.
The Cayo Zapatilla are the islands you have seen on other websites and Bocas del Toro ads. These mangrove islands with a white sand hoop around each and reefs full of marine life are within Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park. The local legend is that the islands were formed when God stepped on the ground and so have the form of their slippers. They are also of ecological importance by the nesting of the hawksbill turtles which are in critical danger of extinction.