Bocas del Toro Panama
A Well Kept Secret

Bocas del Toro Panama meaning the” Mouth of the Bull” is a province located on the Colon Island on the Caribbean side of the Republic of Panama.

It is also home to the Bocas del Toro Archipelago. It is just 32 km from the border with Costa Rica and tourists combine both Panama and Costa Rica on the visit to this area.

Aerial View of Bocas del Toro in Panama

Aerial View of Bocas del Toro in Panama

The Bocas del Toro Archipelago consists of six forested islands and few tiny islets and a national park called “Parque Nacional Marino Isla Bastimentos”, Panama’s oldest national park.

It is Panama Tourism # 1 beach destination area and they try hard to maintain the charm of small town Caribbean life. The most developed island is Isla Colon and others like Isla Carenero which  is a virgin beach destinations totally under developed.

The islands are covered by dense jungles that open to the sea on beautiful beaches with an extensive coral reef system. The area on the mainland is home to Parque Internacional La Amistad, a bi-national park owned by Costa Rica and Panama.

In the area you may still spot a jaguar and a few villages of the Ngöbe-Buglé people still clinging to their old traditions.

But, unfortunately this unspoiled beauty won’t last longer, since the secret is out and many developers are sharpening their teeth with bulldozers ready to clear land and build hotels and condominiums.

Surfing in Bocas del Toro Panama

Surfing in Bocas del Toro Panama

Bocas del Toro Surfing

The voice is spreading among surfers worldwide that surfing is great in this archipelago. There are many surf locations around Bocas del Toro, no matter which time of the year you choose. 

But the actual surfing season like in Panama and Costa Rica starts in November and ends in April, being June and July the peak season months.

From Isla Bastimentos you’ll find some of the best waves in the whole area. Sometimes the waves reach 3 meters during the peak months.

Idyllic Red Frog Beach in Bocas del Toro

Idyllic Red Frog Beach in Bocas del Toro

  • Red Frog Beach

It is located on the north side of Isla Bastimentos and features a long stretch of sandy beach. The beach attracts surfers. When the waters are not calm, the water taxis cannot approach the beach, therefore the option is going to the north side of the island and hike up and down to the beach.

  • Boca Del Drago

It is located on the main island Isla Colon about 35 km drive from Bocas Town. It is a narrow beach but it is compensated by very calm Caribbean Waters. It is recommended for swimmers, sun tanners and snorkelers.

Bocas del Toro Panama

Zapatillas Beach in one of the Islands of Boca del Toro Archipelago

Zapatillas Beach in one of the Islands of Bocas del Toro Archipelago

  • Cayos Zapatillas

One of the island’s longest stretches of sandy beach is located in a protected marine park. It is the most crowded of the island’s beaches. The snorkeling on the underwater coral reefs is diving and there are also sea turtles to be spotted, when they come ashore to nest in the spring.

  • Playa Bluff

This is a private patch of paradise about 30 minutes drive from Boca Town. The problem is that the roads are plain dirt roads that many taxi drivers wouldn’t go into. But if you can convince one of them, the reward is a pristine calm beach almost all for yourself.

  • Bahia Sand Fly

This beach is just close to Boca Town. It is a laid back beach with a restaurant near the beach.

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