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Bocas del Toro: Afro Caribbean Vibe

Palm trees, white sand beaches, and a laid-back lifestyle!

Why Visit Bocas del Toro?

Laid-back Caribbean lifestyle, white sand beaches, banana plantations, lush rainforests, coral reefs, turquoise seas, exotic marine life, and mangrove coves. Very informal and popular with surfers and backpackers. Some love it, others not so much, therefore, it is important to be clear this is not a destination for everyone. It is a popular “touristic” spot for young travelers who want to go to the beach and party at night. If this is not what you have in mind, there are ways around it. The natural beauty and Caribbean vibe are worth a visit, but careful selection of where to stay and what to do will play an important role to make sure you have a good time.

Things To do in Bocas del Toro


One goes to Dolphin bay, Coral Cay, Red Frog Beach, and Cayo Zapatillas, and the other borders Isla Colon stopping at Starfish Beach, Boca del Drago, and if the sea is not too rough, Swan’s Cay.


Bocas del Toro is home to organic cacao farms. You can get the magic elixir in town, or tour one of the farms. Although most people stay on the islands and do water-related activities.


Probably the place with the most consistent waves in Panama, except for the months when the Caribbean is flat. A certain level of experience is required for most of the preferred locations.

Go to the Beach. You are on an island so it is easy to go to the beach, however, depending on where you are staying, you might need to take a taxi, water taxi, or bus.

Where To Stay

Isla Colon

Full of activity and therefore, not too quiet. Although, you can choose to stay away from town and get a different experience.​


A smaller town with no cars, as well as feeling less developed. A bit on the adventurous side, with some nice beaches within a short hike.​

other Islands

There are several places to stay with a remote feel to them. You will not have trouble finding one among the many options to choose from.​

Where To Eat

There are many good restaurants in Boquete. You can choose from a wide range of options and prices. If you want to try what the locals eat, go to one of the informal “meal of the day” restaurants at lunchtime. They usually have a set menu including rice and beans, plantain, a small salad, and a choice of chicken, pork, or beef. If you are vegetarian or vegan, just ask for the same but without the meat.

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