Bocas del Toro

Bocas del Toro

Suggested stay: 3-4 nights

Setting: Island

Best time to go: Year round

In a nutshell: Located in the Caribbean Sea, near the Costa Rican border, the Bocas del Toro archipelago is a snorkeling and diving haven featuring coral reefs, large extensions of mangroves, white sandy beaches, and crystal-clear waters. The sleepy Bocas del Toro archipelago is also noted for its Georgian architecture, sea turtle nesting sites, and excellent seafood.


  • Bastimentos National Park
  • Zapatilla Cayes
  • Tropical beaches: Starfish Beach; Red Frog Beach; Polo Beach

How to get there

  • Daily flights from Panama City or San Jose (Costa Rica)
  • Overland transfer from Boquete (3-4 hours)

What to do

  • Snorkeling / Diving
  • Boat tours
  • Surfing
  • Beachcombing
  • Mangrove kayaking
  • Hiking
  • Visits to indigenous communities
  • Chocolate tours
  • Canopy tours