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Bocas Del Toro, Panama

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Bocas Del Toro Panama welcomes visitors by road or air. We drove from Boquete (highly recommend! Email for tips!) and took a quick water taxi (read: super un-official tiny wooden dinghy) over to the islands. We flew out, back to Panama City on the way home.

It’s been years since I’ve been to Bocas, but I’d like to get back eventually. I hear the transportation is easier, with a nicer road from Boquete now, and plenty of airlines flying in to Bocas! Technically Bocas Del Toro is an archipelago, but for the purposes of this review, I’ll be talking about Isla Colon, the main island and town of the island chain.

The coastline of Bocas is mostly mangrove, so don’t expect too many white sand beaches. However, every beach I did find, I was the ONLY person on the beach!!


  1. Sailing or Surfing! Bocas is a huge surfing destination. You’ll have to watch out for surfers on skate boards as you wander around town. If you’re a surfer you can’t come to Bocas without getting out on the waves. If you’re NOT, I suggest still getting out on the water either on a sailing tour, or just hiring a small wooden boat and local driver to show you around, maybe to Dolphin Bay!
  2. Stay in an overwater bungalow! There aren’t many places left in the world where you can stay in an overwater bungalow for these prices. Rooms are in the $200s. I haven’t stayed here, but will next time I’m out that way: http://new.azulresort.com/
  3. Definitely eat & drink your way around town. There’s a boat that’s a restaurant, And my personal favorite— have a smoothie on the roof of the bus at Bocas Blended. We did this every day we could!

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