Bocas del Toro, Panama


Bocas del Toro, Panama

Why now?

This laid-back archipelago of approximately 200 islets is known
as a surfing mecca and is fast becoming one of the
most coveted spots for ecotourism. Considered by many to be the
Galapagos of the Caribbean, the islands are home to two national
parks and a wealth of biodiversity. The powdery white beaches and
mangrove-lined islands come alive in Bocas town, which is situated
on Isla Colon made up almost entirely of wood-panelled,
colonial-style buildings, reminiscent of Key West in Florida. The
town serves as the perfect base from which to explore, as you’re
spoilt for choice with the dockside restaurants while there are
plenty of water taxis ready to whisk you away to secluded sandy

Panama recently suffered some bad press with the popular
#PanamaPapers which unfairly embroiled an entire country in
scandal. Now is the time to travel there and remind the world what
an idyllic place it is and Bocas’s raw, natural beauty is the
perfect place to do so. Be warned: the friendly, mellow attitude is
contagious, making it easy to linger for (a lot) longer than you

When to go?

Bocas has a tropical climate, so while some months are drier
than others (September and October in particular) in Bocas you
never really know, so may as well go when it’s low season to escape
the crowds.

Most likely to bump into…

A surfer who has come to Bocas for a holiday, fell in love with
it, set up a health food cafe, and never left…

Who to take with you?

Friends, family or partner – everyone will love with this

Don’t miss

Surrounded by turquoise waters the best attractions here are
undeniably water based: scuba dive untouched reefs, catch some surf
or sail among dolphins. If above water activities are more your
kinda thing, try zip lining through the rainforest canopy or sample
chocolate at La Lomo cacao farm. Be sure to visit Red Frog beach, Bluff beach and Isla Bastimentos. The
relaxed, surf-themed cooperative right in the heart of Bocas town
housing Taco Surf restaurant, as well as FOY, a healthy café and
sushi restaurant, rustically decked out and serving delicious

An essential you bring with you?

A light raincoat and a snorkel.

How to get there?

Bocas is accessible by air or boat. Fly direct to Bocas’ small
island airport from Panama City with Air Panama or with
Nature Air
from San José in neighbouring Costa Rica. Alternatively, make your way to
Almirante (about a nine-hour drive from Panama City) on the
mainland and then catch a water taxi; Taxi 25 makes the trip to
Bocas town every half hour from 6AM until 6:30PM.

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