Bocas del Toro Travel Guide
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- 75%Outdoor Enthusiasts
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- Bocas del ToroMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6
It's an amazing island in Panama. Local stores are run by locals and foreigners. It's very inexpensive area and it definitely has lots of character. The people are great and very welcoming. The islands are accessible by small boats and it cost close to nothing to travel back and forth.
- Bocas del ToroCommunity ManagerAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 6
One of the top island getaways from Panama City. Only a 45 min flight from the city, this island is honeymoon haven. The water is gorgeous and the remote jungle destination is perfect for scuba diving, snorkeling and animal watching!Recommended for:
- Bocas del ToroMember ofFoodiesWellnessGreen Travelers+ 2
The Garden of Eden in Bocas del Toro is a hidden, pristine and very private getaway, that feels very remote in this archipelago of ten islands on the Caribbean coast of Panama - yet it is easily accessible. Only a few places around the world have been able to retain the particular atmosphere and authenticity of Bocas del Toro: seductive, primitive and unforgettable. It is a haven for snorkelers and divers, with crystal-clear impossibly turquoise waters and rainforest ecology; it's also one of the most multi-cultural places in Panama. In Bocas, you have the option of staying on the main island, Isla Colon - the site of the only real town, Bocas Town, and its selection of bars, restaurants and shops. Although Bocas del Toro has become quite popular with indie travelers in recent years, relatively low-key development has left an authenticity an unpolished vibe that is highly appealing to those looking to escape beach destinations full of mega-resorts.
Or, you can take a water taxi out to one of the other islands which are quieter and more secluded - some more than others. A 20 minute water taxi ride from Bocas Town will bring you to the Garden of Eden on Isla Solarte - a small three-room property that offers a true getaway-from-it-all in paradise. Technically, Garden of Eden is not even an actual part of Isla Solarte, but its own tiny island connected to Solarte by mangroves.
Stepping out of the boat onto the Garden of Eden dock, you will likely be met by Kip the owner and Zeus, the exuberant dog. The grounds are small but lush and gorgeous, with little paths that wind up to the rooms, dining area, pool, game room, and also down to a boat dock on the back side that is good for swimming and kayaking.
The three rooms are simple but comfortable, and offer private decks with that essential island item: hammocks. At Garden of Eden you can have all the remote downtime you want; but it's also relatively easy to make your way around the Bocas archipelago to do activities. Keep in mind that it's a 20-minute water taxi ride to Bocas Town if you want some shopping or nightlife, and you need to arrange for a ride ahead of time. You can also take boats to neighboring islands for beaches and other restaurants, or if you're up to a 30-45 minute kayak trip you can take the property kayaks across to Isla Bastimentos where there is a marina, restaurants and several beaches. Isla Bastimentos is also home to the Parque Nacional Marino Isla Bastimentos, Panama’s oldest marine park. Tours of all sorts are available for snorkeling, diving, fishing, jungle exploration and cultural experiences with indigenous villages.
And of course, just hanging at the peaceful Garden of Eden or swimming in the pool are laudable pastimes. The property is Adults Only, and with just three bungalows it's easy to rent the whole place with a few friends. The Garden of Eden offers quiet, upscale accommodations , free hi-speed internet access, and a full service bar and restaurant. Two cabanas are located adjacent to the pool, with queen size beds and a futon that can open to a full size bed; private bathroom with hot and cold rain water showers; and a veranda with a hammock and chairs to enjoy a fabulous panoramic view of the bay. The third room is a suite with both a king and a queen sized bed, private bathroom with hot and cold rain water shower, and a large deck with a hammock, lounge chairs and a ceiling fan.
Rates are $150-170 per night for two people, including continental breakfast.
- Bocas del ToroMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 9
Great party place. For all young travelers a stay at Aqua Lounge is a must here you will party until 3am with fellow backpackers and some locals. Take the boats offered to surrounding islands and go snorkeling. A full day to an island with snorkeling cost $20. Around the resorts food can get very expensive but on the main land of Bocas there is many inexpensive food options. Make sure to get souvenirs in Bocas, Panama City will not have much of that to offer.
- Bocas del Toro
Once you step foot on the water taxi and arrive at the main town you feel yourself slipping into the spirit of the islands.Find accommodation with air conditioning and then head out to happy hour; no matter what time of day, you are sure to find one.
Make the most of the nightlife and get into the spirit of the place by joining in the party, but don't miss the other attractions on offer in this backpacker's paradise. Hire a bike, brave the heat, and cycle across the island to the other side. Starfish, crystal clear lapping water, and hardly a person in sight. Take a picnic and sit on the white surf, enjoying the purity of the occasion. Sigh.
- Bocas del ToroMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8
The islands that comprise the archipelago of Bocas del Toro form a hybridized kind of oasis in the Panamanian Caribbean. Rugged jungles bordered by mangroves yield to white sand beaches, rich coral reefs, and epic surf breaks; slow-paced Caribbean villages punctuate the backpacker party scene.
Isla Colon is home base for visitors of the archipelago, where French colonial architecture in tropical colors and some of the wildest nightlife in the world liken this unique destination to the New Orleans of the Caribbean.
- Bocas del ToroFirst to Review
This is a fun touristy town with shops and night clubs, restaurants and a couple of small grocery stores. You can stay on the smaller Island of Careneros and just take the ferry across to this larger town at night if you prefer a quieter place to stay. There are some rainforest tours that leave from here. You must get her by boat from the mainland and you can fly into Almirante or take the bus. We took the bus over the La Amistad National Forest and it was quite hilly, winding and slightly treacherous at times. : ) A long drive.
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Aliases: Bocas Town