Bocas del Toro is a province of Panama which comprises of a group of islands off the Caribbean coast. Isla Colón, the main island, is home to the capital, Bocas Town, the main attraction of the tourists. But remember that the neighboring islands are also beautiful and worth a visit. Only a fifty-minute fly from the Panama City, (which takes off from Albrook airport in a small propeller filled with excited families and adventure lovers), it is a perfect tropical escape. Complete with colorful huts on stilts, surfing opportunity, jungle hikes, sandy beaches, and crystal clear water, it is everything you want in a tropical vacation.
One of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites
What mainly attracts tourists to this tropical destination is that it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bocas Del Toro is Panama’s first National Marine Park and is the perfect place to explore the wonders of the latest trending eco-tourism. The nine main islands and thousands of islets have been preserved in its natural state (mostly) due to thoughtful development steps.
Known widely as the ‘Galapagos of the Caribbean,’ the raw beauty of Bocas Del Toro can be hard to describe. Pristine forests, lush greenery, a sanctuary of animals and exotic birds, whose chirruping creates a sweet melody and dolphins swimming next to the shore, it is something you won’t find anywhere else.
Places to Visit in Bocas Del Toro
Bocas Del Toro is a natural sanctuary where nature presents itself in all its glory. It’s all about living the “island life” and legs for days. The cool, relaxed Caribbean vibe permeates every inch of this beautiful island, and it is difficult not to fall in love with that.
Visit the Isla Zapatillas
A UNESCO heritage site, nestled amidst lush forests and sandy beaches naturally makes it perfect for snorkeling and soaking up the sun. With its azure beaches and the typical Caribbean vibe seeping into every inch of this island, you can enjoy the most beautiful scenery, tranquil environment, the rich and exotic marine fauna, and splendid coral reefs.
Visit the Playa Estrella
A perfect excuse to escape the concrete din of Panama is sure to check out the Playa Estrella. Located on the Island of Colón, this postcard-like beach is the perfect place to view starfishes in the crystal clear waters. A 15-minute walk from the Bocas Del Drago bus stop, you can go for a swim or relax by the beach for a memorable time with your family.
Explore the Isla Carenero
A short boat rides away from Isla Colon; Isla Carenero is a perfect tropical paradise. If you want to experience a piece of nature far away from regular human visits, this is the place to be. Lush green forests await you with a variety of fruits and several exotic birds and the calmest atmosphere you will ever experience. The many virgin beaches near this island are also worth a visit if you want to venture deeper into the forest life. You can also (of course) go snorkeling and experience the incredible underwater wildlife. Also, if you’re going to surf, bring along your surfboards. The many natural surf brakes here make it perfect for surfing, and the tranquillity that prevails will help you clear your mind.
Explore the Bocas Del Toro town
While the neighboring regions are great, the Bocas Del Toro is the most happening place and an extraordinary place to visit in Panama. An area famous for its nightlife, dockside eateries, a plethora of colorful bars and trendy inns and hostels contrasts with the breathtaking sunset, golden waves, organic shops, and local artisanal work.
If you want a taste of adventure, you can get one here as well with the many diving and surfing classes and snorkeling tours that are undertaken. But if you want to discover the real Caribbean life, we suggest you take a tour of the island in a bike in the authentic Caribbean style.
Visit the Bird Island
If you are a bird lover, be sure to check out the spectacular Bird Island. The rocky formations are home to some unique species like a red-billed bird, brown booby, frigate, pelican, tern, and gull. The tree cover in the floating island creates absolute chaos of chirruping that is sweet to the ears.
Check Out the Isla Bastimentos
While you’re at it, be sure to drop by the Isla Bastimentos, which harbors the Salt Creek indigenous community and Bastimentos National Marine Park. An excellent place for discovering the natural flora and fauna and also for its hiking trails is sure also to check out the many beaches that line the region.
Things To Do in Bocas Del Toro
The sandy beaches and crystalline waters make for a great snorkeling experience. The varied and exotic marine life is a must-see experience. Many beaches offer snorkeling as a part of the tour package, but if you want, you can also go snorkeling on your own.
Crystal clear water and high waves make it the perfect place for during. The hair in your wind, the salty air, is ideal for livening up your topical vacay vibes. With many beaches having some of the best surf brakes, reef breaks and beach breaks are sure to indulge in some fun. Just beware of the riptides here that are challenging to even the most experienced surfers.
Take a Boat Ride
An adventure with the salty sea air and a lot of adrenaline, the boat ride is the best way to explore the crystalline waters and the great unknown. There are many places where you can get a boat ride like, Dolphin Bay, Crawl Cay, or the Red Frog Beach.
While there are many places where you can go biking, Bluff beach and Mimitimbi are the most popular. The Bluff beach is the largest beach on Isla Colon and is a great spot to reach by cycling on a day trip. The Mimitimbi is different as it has a beach surrounded by virgin forests. These are the perfect place to go biking and admire the natural scenery.
Explore Local Culture
While there are many touristy things to do, be sure to check out the unique culture of this place. Home to the Guari-Guari dialect, the cultural differences here are striking.
Experience Jungle Adventures
While the Boss del Toro is famous for tropical seaside vacations, its jungles are no less splendid. Go horseback riding in the beautiful countryside of Isla San Cristobal or try the Isla Bastimentos, which is famous for the Canopy Ziplines that take you through lush vegetations, exotic animals, and tall trees. Isla Bastimentos is also home to Nivida, a bat cave with a hidden lake reachable by a canoe.
Dripping with tropical vibes, this island chain is perfect for fulfilling your tropical vacation fantasies. Add Bocas del Toro to your travel bucket list by downloading the Woovly app now.