Where is located?
Located on the Caribbean coast of Panama near the Costa Rican border, this unspoiled archipelago of nine big islands and many smaller ones creates an inland sea where the breezes are so tranquil the waves rarely exceed knee height. And because Panama is south of the hurricane zone, there is no “season.” You can safely cruise here all year round.
Home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Panama’s first National Marine Park, Bocas del Toro has also become one of Panama’s most visited eco-tourism destinations. Considered the ‘Galapagos of the Caribbean’ Bocas del Toro is also one of the most biologically diverse places on earth.
Bocas has the typical Caribbean vibe with Bocas town as lively bohemian center for nightlife and gastronomy. Beaches, remote islands, lush jungles, and mangroves that line the tropical turquoise waters make Bocas del Toro a complete Caribbean paradise. Beautiful beaches, remote islands, lush jungles, and mangroves that line the tropical turquoise waters make Bocas del Toro a complete Caribbean paradise.
Beaches that you have visit in Bocas del Toro
One beach that shouldn’t be missed is Playa Estrella, aka Starfish Beach… Is located on the remote, unexposed side of Isla Colón. The shoreline is shaped like a bay, so it doesn’t catch any swell – making for placid turquoise waters and a relaxed vibe. There is room for a volleyball court, a couple small restaurants, and the newest addition to the beach activities – along with kayaks and floating lounge chairs – are the water bikes. You can rent them by the hour and peddle your way up and down the shore line and over to the mangroves, getting a clear view of the hundreds of starfish lazing the day away in the calm, shallow waters
Coral Cay or as it called locally, Crawl Cay, is a small island surrounded by mangroves. It is in the channel between the Bastimentos and Popa islands. It is known for the coral formations on both sides of the cay. Crawl Cay is 20 minutes by boat from Bocas town, is on the southeastern side of Bastimentos Island, and surrounded by lush mangrove.
The snorkling is the attraction, the water is a luminous light green, and in some places only a meter deep over a sandy bottom. The area attracts lots of tropical fish. The coral gardens don’t actually start until one rounds the point and heads up the southeast coast of Bastimentos.
Known locally as Laguna Bocatorito, Dolphin Bay is located between the east side of Cristóbal Island and an irregularly shaped peninsula that juts out from the mainland. It’s about 6 miles (10 km) from Colón Island, which takes about 15 to 20 minutes to reach by boat.
At its widest point the bay is 4 miles (6 km). The bay has calm waters and is surrounded by mangroves, which draw an abundance of small fish and crustaceans into the water—this makes it a perfect habitat for dolphins, especially mothers and calves. The best time of year to see dolphins is June and July, when rough seas make the calm water of the bay especially appealing for dolphins. The dolphins are usually spotted in pairs, or in pods of five or six.