Who has never dreamed of getting lost in a heavenly place? Here we offer you the ultimate list of Things To Do in Bocas del Toro. Today we are going to review one of those places that you do not want to miss in the Caribbean to: the archipelago of Bocas del Toro that is located in the Caribbean Sea.
How to get there?
By bus: From Panama City: There are direct buses from Panama City that depart 2 to 3 times a day from Albrook’s Grand Terminal and stop at Almirante for $28 per person. From the bus stop in Almirante, take a taxi for $1 until the boats depart for Isla Colon every half hour for $5 per person. You can read more details on our blog
Things to do in Bocas del Toro – #1 Animal sighting and snorkeling
Bocas del Toro is a good place for animal lovers as they can see all kinds of birds on Isla de los Pájaros, next to Isla Colón, or dolphins in the Bay of the Dolphins, red frogs and sloths in the Red Frog Beach, starfishes at Playa de las Estrellas and a large number of fishes and coral reefs at the deeps of the Isla Bastimentos’ Marine Park that was created in 1988 and covers an area of approximately 13,000 hectares or 32,000 acres.
At Isla Colon it is possible to rent excursions that take you to all these sites, but you have to be careful with snorkeling for free since the beaches that surround the main islands tend to have marine currents that can be quite dangerous.
Things to do in Bocas del Toro – #2 Watersports
Some of the seabed of the archipelago are perfect for scuba diving due to the scarce currents and depths around 15 meters, and in addition, surfing is another of the star sports of Bocas, at Playa Buff, Playa el Itsmito or Playa Larga, waves delight all lovers of surfboards.
Things to do in Bocas del Toro – #3 Just Relax
Every time we go to Isla Colon, we take a day to do nothing. For me it is very important to relax and see the sea crunch in front of me even if it is a day of adventures, and the best place for that surely is Paky Point.
This lounge at Paky Point, that is very close to the town, lends itself to lunch and stay until the afternoon, listening to music and sharing with your companion the peace of the place.
Here you can arrive by Taxi, by quad (it is in the way mentioned above) or by bicycle. It is just five minutes from where the asphalted road ends, so you only have to pedal through the sand for a short time. It’s tricky to do it, but it’s a great leg exercise once you master it.
Things to do in Bocas del Toro – #4 Rent a Bike
As well as the locals, there is no better way to travel around the town, and its surroundings, than with a bicycle. It is very relaxing and practical. Using bicycle, I have only reached Paky Point, but if your legs are more powerful and you can, the tide is not that high (if the sand is quite dry), you can get to Bluff Beach and even beyond.
Things to do in Bocas del Toro – #5 Enjoy eating everything
At the islands and beaches outside you will eat seafood and more seafood, when you are in Isla Colon you can give yourself another treat. Here is a list of my favorite places to eat, all of them with amazing food:
- Taco Surf Bocas: Everything you order in this place is delicious, especially the fish tacos.
- The last refuge: Risoto de Langosta or Langosta Alfredo … damn good!
- Raw Fusion: Their rolls are a delight, must try them.
- Om Café: Indian food in the middle of the Caribbean? Yes, and it’s delicious. The Tikka Masala is to die for.
- Buena Vista Bar & Grill: Everything is delicious, but I recommend the quesadillas.
- Munchies Express’ Burguers: They have two locations on the island, one that only works at night and another that you can go during the day. The hamburguesa with blue cheese is out of this world.
If you want to just have a beer, I recommend Bocas Brewery, they make craft beer in Bocas del Toro. This is on the outskirts of town, so it’s nice to go during the day.
Do you consider that we missed a spot in Bocas del Toro? Kindly let us know if you know a secret spot or a place that you like and want to share.