A group of islands dotted along Panama’s Caribbean coast.
The appeal of Bocas is basically slowing down and soaking up the Caribbean vibes. The islands offer a friendly and laid back atmosphere which invites you to stay and feel at home.
Isla Colón is home to the provincial capital of Bocas del Toro, a colourful town of wooden houses built in the early 20th century and preserves its original Caribbean flair. It serves as a convenient hub for exploring the archipelago where water taxis can bring you away to remote beaches and magnificent snorkelling sites.
Isla Bastimentos is the biggest island of the Bocas del Toro Archipelago and home of the national park of the same name. Various secluded lodges are dotted around the island offering simple private wooden bungalows on stilts over the ocean.
Bird-watching, diving, snorkelling, surfing, kayaking, trekking and swimming are just some of the activities you can do in Bocas Del Toro. Marine species that can be seen here include dolphins, starfish, sea urchins and colourful tropical fish as well as being an important nesting site for three different types of turtle.
Mingling with the Afro-Caribbean or the several communities of Ngobe Indians is an interesting experience. Of course, if you’re feeling lazy, just swing on your hammock or relax on one of the deserted pristine white sand beaches eating lobster.
The seafood is divine
When to go: All year round