Bocas del Toro is an island paradise, comprised of bays, mountains,
rivers, and all the variety of flora and fauna that make this
area on the Caribbean side of the Panamanian Isthmus a perfect
setting of tropical splendor.
IN BOCAS ARCHIPELAGO
don't need a car while staying in
the Bocas area. You can easily walk
anywhere you want to go in town. The
only roads are on Isla Colon and in
Bocas town, and every other car and
pickup seems to be a taxi. Prices
are very reasonable. There is also
a very inexpensive, comfortable bus
going from Bocas town to the other
end of Isla Colon. Bocas has been
called "the Venice of Central
America", as most transportation
is on the water. Commercial water
taxi companies are easily found on
the waterfront, and can be called
to pick you up from anywhere.
Getting back and forth
from Casa Coco Loco and Bocas town
is easy at nearly any time. Many private
pangas are available to take you back
and forth. Take a water taxi to Bocas
for dinner and back. It's romantic
and magical. Our property managers will give you private water taxi numbers we use.
Most any foods you want are available in Bocas, although
possibly not in the variety you would find at home.
Fresh fish, excellent chicken, pork and beef, all other
regular staples including things like soy milk can be purchased
in Bocas. Food is less expensive here than in the States.
As Bocas grows we are seeing more and more small boutiques
and shops. Local arts and crafts can be purchased along
the streets and in numerous shops.
There are a wide variety of excellent restaurants in Bocas
and the surrounding islands. Two of the very best are on
Isla Carenero. Because Bocas is a tourist area prices are
somewhat higher than in other parts of Panamá, but
a good restaurant meal still is significantly less expensive
than in the States.
get lots and lots of sunny glorious days with the average
temperature between 80-82°. The water temperature is
lusciously warm and refreshing year-round. It is always
comfortable on and in the water! We almost always have a
lovely breeze in the afternoon waifing through the house
and over the dock and front yard, and we find the weather
Planet gives average rainfall
and temperatures in Bocas. That is
a reasonable starting point, but the
weather is highly variable here and
one December can be very wet and the
next quite dry. This is low land rain
forest tropics. It rains more at night
than in the day. The sky can open
up and deliver more water than you
thought possible, sometimes with very
dramatic lightning and thunder --
-- it can be a very thrilling, but not
dangerous -- part of the tropics experience.
next morning can come sunny and calm or it could be overcast
and then sunny in the afternoon. Just pick the activities
that fit the weather. Often the sea is remarkably still
and glassy during and after a good downpour, but sometimes
there can be dramatic swells and winds --- more excitement
in the tropics. One needs to be flexible here.
The people of Panama are wonderful- friendly, good spirited,
and hardworking (though much more relaxed than most Gringos!).
They take time to enjoy their lives in paradise. There is
a very comfortable mix of Spanish, Caribbean and indigeneous
folks who graciously accept us Gringos into their communities.
There has been and continues to be a comfortable meeting
of the ethnic groups.
is very little crime. What little there is is
theft. It's important to lock the house and don't
leave valuables laying around. We have a safe for your valuables.
Violent crime is extremely rare and we have never
felt threatened, or endangered. We comfortably
streets anywhere at any hour without safety
we don't hang out in the clubs or the bars 'til 4
morning, either! For a more detailed look at the
ethnic mixture, try Panama's
Bocas Breeze is the monthly English paper, available in
hard copy or online at TheBocasBreeze.com.
It is an excellent source to get a pulse on what is happening
in and around Bocas.
books and promoters tout the islands as "the Galapagos
of the 21st century." Hundreds of species of fish,
parrots, toucans, monkeys and sloths live on the islands,
which include a 20-year-old national marine park to protect
endangered manatees and sea turtles. USA
Del Toro is the name of the major town on Isla Colon, but
it's also the name of the entire province and includes all
the surrounding towns of the Archipeligo. Visit Bocas.com
to get a good feeling of the other islands. You will want
to explore the area and it is very easy to do with a local
Columbus was here in 1502 (he had some boat repair to do),
and the main town of Bocas Del Toro, on Colon Island, was
a banana boomtown a century ago. The heyday ended in the
1920s, but some of the stately colonial buildings and parks
from that time still remain, part of a landscape that seems
stuck in time.
have an interest in the history of Panama and Bocas, visit
of Bocas Del Toro.
Bocas Del Toro is safe and beautiful, with plenty of things
For more information:
del Toro Ecotourism
Smithsonian Research Station
Off the Coast of Panama
del Toro, Panama