"Miles of Isles" Bocas del Toro by peggydaly

Bocas del Toro Travel Guide: 177 reviews and 380 photos

Jungle Covered Islands

I love the aqua blue waters of the caribbean. I also love the topography that comes with beaches along the pacific coast. In the archipelagos of Bocas del Toro you get both. Mix all that with amazing wildlife on land and sea and that great, chill carib-vibe, and you get a world class destination.


There are several islands large enough to have a hotel. Then there are a bunch of islands that are sparcely inhabited or uninhabited. the most populous island is Isla Colon, with one main town called "Bocas" or "Bocas Town".

You'll find plenty of action in the sea or on land during the day and a decent cool scene in Bocas in the evening. One main street with some good restaurants and bars. On weekends there is a pretty cool disco that is a good mix of locals and tourists.

This is not Cancun (thank gawd) so if you like club hopping all night this is not the place. On the other hand, if you want to be the only tourist there, this is not the place. but as far as i'm concerned this is baby-bear's oatmeal......just right.

Island Hopping

Because each of the populated islands has only one main town and the islands are fairly close together, the main mode of transport between towns is the water taxi. Cheap and convenient for getting around.

Bocas, like the rest of Panama, is a melting pot but with a little more of the afro-carib ingredient than other parts. While english is spoken more often here than on the mainland, I still found my bad spanish helpful. not everyone speaks english.

But I loved sitting in the Bocas town square and watching the community meet and greet and have fun. It is not a sterillized place that has been drained of its soul. Quick! go there before it's gone! the past decade has brought BIG changes here and this will continue. I plan on going back soon!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:beauty, wildlife, great beaches, community, not too touristy
  • In a nutshell:The best of sand and sea!
  • Last visit to Bocas del Toro: May 2006
  • Intro Updated May 10, 2006
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  • Jul 15, 2009 at 1:37 AM

    Hello from Alabama! We are going down in November for a 40th bday celebration. We have narrowed down to 2 places to stay..one being in Bocas Del Drago. Would you recommend this for 4 females traveling? Its a private home with owners onsite.

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    Nov 28, 2007 at 9:16 AM

    Excellent pics and well-written, informative 5 star tips - Well Done - MikeStarr5 in sunny "Barking Town", London

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    Nov 1, 2007 at 10:26 AM

    Beautiful scenery. Sand slivers...??????


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