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Visiting Bocas del Toro, the natural beauty of the islands is disarming in the most incredible way. The jungles are some of the most biodiverse in the world, hosting numerous species of monkeys, frogs, birds, and immeasurable plant life. Bordering the jungles are pristine white beaches, where visitors snorkel, scuba dive, and take boat trips to local islands. A getaway to Bocas del Toro is different than your typical all-inclusive vacation; you can feel the richness of the culture from the second you step foot off the dock. Bocas del Toro has an incredibly unique spirit, owing to the diversity of ethnicities that have brought their cultures to the islands.
The laid-back Caribbean atmosphere that characterizes the capital city of Bocas Town harmonizes with the culture of enduring indigenous communities that have lived on the islands for thousands of years. There is much to see on the nine inhabited islands of Bocas del Toro, from discovering the origins of chocolate on a cacao tour to hiking the natural caves of Isla Bastimentos. Taste the seafood caught just off shore, watch the sunset over the Caribbean Sea, and embrace the inherently “Bocas” way of life.
Here’s the 411 on Bocas del Toro:
Population: Approximately 125,000 people inhabit the Bocas del Toro Province, including the mainland and archipelago.
Best time to visit: The most popular time to visit Panama is from December to April, during the dry season. If you’re only visiting Bocas del Toro, however, the tropical rainforest climate is fairly consistent year round!
By Plane: Bocas del Toro has it’s own small airport, Bocas del Toro “Isla Colón” International Airport, on Isla Colón, the main island. There are usually two flights a day from Panama City.
By Boat: From the mainland, Bocas del Toro can be accessed by water taxi from the town of Almirante. If traveling to one of Bocas other islands, the water taxis usually pick up from Isla Colón.
Walk: The capital city of Bocas Town, on Isla Colón, is easy to navigate on foot. It is extremely small, so almost anyone can direct you where you’re going.
Taxi: Taxis are extremely easy to find in Bocas Town, and trips around town never cost more than one dollar, even to the airport!
Water Taxi: When traveling to and from Isla Colón and to the other islands, water taxis and private boats leave from the docks periodically. Prices depend on the distance between the islands you are traveling to and from, just ask your hotel what you can expect to pay and they will let you know.