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Bocas del Toro

In recent years, Bocas del Toro has developed into one of Panama’s most famous tourist destinations. Although the construction of new hotels and other facilities slowly expand, the relaxed, typically Caribbean vibes are still there. On Bocas, you will find great shops with handmade souvenirs, cosy restaurants and not to forget the beautiful beaches.

Bocas is also a great surfer’s destination. Both beginners and more advanced surfers are being challenged here. The mangroves and jungle on the mainland offer another kind of adventure, thus making the islands even more interesting.

Isla Bastimentos

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Isla Bastimentos

You will stay at Isla Bastimentos, a smaller island located next to the busier, main island of Colon. On Bastimentos you will not only find Red Frog Beach, but also mangrove forests. Sea turtles are also often spotted here.  From Bastimentos you can easily (and cheap!) travel by water taxi to the other islands to surf, snorkel, dive or to go on a kayak tour.

The main island of Isla Colon is the largest and most developed island. Colourful wooden houses exude the relaxed Caribbean atmosphere and here you will find various nice restaurants and bars. It’s great to rent bikes here and explore the beaches and town in your own tempo.

Activities

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Activities

As mentioned, hire the most popular means of transport in Colon, the beach cruiser, and cycle in about forty minutes to the beautiful Playa Bluff on the other side of the island and go starfish spot on the beach of Boca del Drago.

There is more to do. For example, plan a day trip to Red Frog Beach, where you can find small red poison frogs and book a snorkel tour. You can also visit the Dolphin Bay and try to spot wild dolphins. If you’re lucky you’ll see them swimming and jumping around your boat.

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Frans and Lindy

We stayed at a beautiful hotel on one of the smaller islands. If you like peace and quiet then this is what you’re looking for. Friendly American owners. Great cook. Keep in mind that you need to book a water taxi for all tours, you are very dependent on transport by boat.

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Nel and Egbert

Our stay at Bocas del Toro was awesome! Great experience to sail all the way to the mangrove island. It’s wonderful there and we stayed at a great lodge. They prepare delicious food! Then back to Bocas and with the shuttle bus to the border with Costa Rica. Quite a special experience again, crossing such an old railroad bridge by foot!

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Gerard S.

The trip to Bocas went smoothly and we stayed in nice rooms on stilts above the water. Lots of snorkelling and swimming. While hiking the beach, we also saw a traditional Indian settlement. They had just caught a huge fish. The trip to Panama City was delayed due to a tropical rain shower of almost two hours. That was also special. Until then, we had practically no rain.

Tip from Maite:

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Tip from Maite:

Do you travel from Costa Rica to Bocas del Toro (or vice versa) and you want to save time and energy when crossing the border? Let us then arrange a guided transfer for you. Our trusted guide Salomon picks you up at your hotel in Manzanillo or Playa Cocles helps you at the border crossing and takes you to Isla Bastimentos (or vice versa, of course). It is a relaxed and fun way to get from A to B.

To see and experience on the islands of Bocas del Toro:

The following destinations are close to this travel package:

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The best coffee and hiking through the cloud forests of Boquete
A great climate, excellent coffee, tropical flowers, lots of tasty fruits and vegetables....Boquete has it all! The village is a great starting point to explore the area by foot or horseback. Climb the only volcano in Panama, book a canopy tour or learn more about the coffee making process.
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Discover the highlights of Panama City
Panama City is a great destination to either start or ends your trip in Panama. The city is famous for the Canal, but there's so much more! The city has really developed into a modern metropole, but kept its charm as well, which is to be seen and felt in the old part of town, 'Casco Viejo'. In addition, jungle and beaches are only a stone's throw away. Have fun exploring the highlights of Panama City!
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Sleep in a tree house at Punta Uva beach
The Costa Rica Tree House Lodge is located in the little village of Punta Uva, near Puerto Viejo de Limon and right next to the beach. The lodge exudes artistic design, craftmanship and the staff is friendly and helpful. Here you for sure will experience Costa Rica's 'Pura Vida'!
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Explore underwater wildlife in Cahuita
Cahuita is a charming Carribean town. From your hotel you walk to the beach in some 20 minutes. If you're a water sports fan, there's great swimming, snorkeling and diving here. Expore the coast either by car or by bike and to get to know the indigenous locals is a truly unique experience as well.
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Relax and unwind on the beach of Manzanillo
Manzanillo is the southernmost village at the Caribbean coast, near Panama. The public road ends here and around the village, you find beautiful, pristine beaches. The coastal atmosphere is above all relaxed: enjoy the good food, music and the beach of course! Your home in Manzanillo is a beautifully designed, hand-made jungle house with fully equipped kitchen. It offers you the full jungle experience at a stone's throw from the beach!
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Stay with the native Bribri Indians
A trip to the Bri Bri indigenous community is an unforgettable adventure! You travel by boat to a tiny village near the border with Panama where the indigenous community will warmly welcome you and show you what their daily life looks like. You'll stay at a local family home and learn more about (among others) the art of making chocolate, the use of medicinal plants and how to build your own thatched roof! Enjoy this unique insight into the traditional culture in Costa Rica.

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