This video, brought to you by the Red Frog Island Resort & Spa, perfectly illustrates the luxury paradise that is the Island Bastimentos in the Bocas del Toro Archipelago, often called the “Galapagos of the Caribbean”. As soon as you arrive in the Marina Village you’ll be whisked away on unpaved dirt roads straight into nature and the resort. Along the way you’ll most probably see exotic bird life and maybe even a sloth or two.
Bastimentos Island is just twenty four square miles large and with a population of under 2,000. Although it is one of the larger islands in the archipelago it is the more relaxed alternative to others. The National Marine Park covers the majority of the island. Over the last ten years a reforestation program on Isla Bastimentos has helped the plant and animal life to flourish.
There are a number of beaches on the island including Turtle Beach, Playa Larga, North Beach and Wizard Beach, but perhaps the most famous is Red Frog Beach. Although there is much wildlife including titi monkeys, sloths, marine wildlife and exotic birds, most come to see the famous red poison dart frog.
This species of frog is only found in Central America. They are highly poisonous (hence the bright red colour) and will kill any predator that ingests one. Their toxin comes from their diet of ants and termites and interesting they are immune to their own poison. They are small growing to a maximum size of around 22 milometres. The males are extremely territorial whereas the females are more sociable. The species comes in a number of different colour morphs. One of the most common is the blue jeans morph where the frog’s limbs are blue.
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