Casual, breezy, full of Caribbean flair. Food in the Bocas del Toro islands is flavorful and fresh! Our list will keep your appetite completely satisfied.
1. Punta Lava – Best Beach Location
Just sand-covered footsteps away from Palmar Tent Lodge is Punta Lava Beach Bar and Grill. The family owned beach joint has major personality, and the food is spectacularly fresh. Chef Kinga Samudio prepares every fish with respect to its innate taste and flavor, but with that delicious simplicity comes a complex compilation of Caribbean flavors that speak to Bocas’ gulf influences. Tip: If you see something unique on the menu, try it! You can bet there is an amazing story behind it.
2. Guari Guari – Best Tasting Menu
$$$$ La Cabaña Beach, Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro, Panama (map)
Everyone who visits Guari Guari says the same thing, “try the five course tasting menu.” At only $23.00, Owner Ossi and his wife, Chef Monica, provide delightful service and gourmet dishes at an extremely reasonable price. The restaurant is very low key, secluded, and romantic. Be sure to make a reservation in advance by calling (507) 6627–1825.
3. The Firefly Restaurant and Bar – Best Fusion Cuisine
The Firefly Restaurant and Bar is a tapas-style restaurant serving up gastronomical concoctions created by Maryland native, Chef Lauren and Co-Owner Ryan. The Thai/Caribbean fusion pairs fresh seafood with bold Asian flavors. Add a cocktail and you’ve got the best night of your life.
4. El Ultimo Refujo – Best Ceviche
$$$$ Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro, Panama, 100 meters right after the ferry dock, and Casa Verde (map, website)
El Ultimo Refujo’s menu changes on a daily basis, but staples like their Peruvian Mahi Mahi Ceviche bring everyone back. The entrees are extremely low priced (about $10-12) and they have everything from fresh red snapper to their always popular pork tenderloin. They also sell art, so check out the local artists while you eat!
5. Lili’s Cafe – Best Breakfast Spot
Who doesn’t want to eat breakfast at a place that overlooks the water? Lili’s Cafe’s Caribbean inspired menu has drool inducing items including coconut french toast, and with their homemade “Killin’ Me Man Sauce,” you’ll have to try something savory to douse in it as well.
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