Choose your location on the Bocas del Toro map above.
Bocas del Toro, Panama is located on the northern Caribbean coast of the Republic of Panama. Over the past 10 years it has grown to become one of the most important travel destinations in Panama. You can stay in anything from luxurious hotels, jungle eco-lodges and cozy bed and breakfasts to hostels and budget accommodations. Then, from your home-base you can go on sail around the island chain, zipline through the rain forest canopy, scuba dive in beautiful tropical coral reefs, learn to surf, or take on many other adventures. You will be able to explore deserted beaches, coral reefs teeming with sea critters, swim with manatees, or even see one of the last remaining monarchies on the American continent.
The Bocas del Toro province extends from the mainland to the island chain. It has some of the largest rainforests in Central America with has 9 main islands, 52 cays, and thousands of islets. Bocas del Toro is also home to two national parks: La Amistad International Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park, Panama’s first marine park and a nesting ground for hawksbill and leatherback sea turtles.
Finding the right place to stay at is an important part in enjoying your Bocas del Toro Caribbean vacation. If your interested in seeing Bocas Town and exploring its nightlife and restaurants, you will want to stay in town. You can set up tours from anywhere, just ask your hotel reception for details or visit our page on tours in Bocas del Toro for reservations.
If you want to be out of town but close enough to get to Bocas Town easily, try the outside areas of Isla Colon or Carenero Island. Areas such as Big Creek and Bluff are only a taxi ride away. Isla Carenero is always accessible by water taxis from early morning till late at night. For less than $2 you can get just about from anywhere on Isla Carenero to Bocas Town in less than 5 minutes.
Beachfront camping tents, surf bungalows, luxury over the water cabins, and Caribbean style hostels are some of the few types of accommodations that Bastimentos Island features. Old Bank has some of the best Caribbean restaurants. Bastimentos Islands also hosts the best beaches in the archipelago such as Red Frog Beach and Salt Creek Beach.
Outer islands are off the grid but offer the most natural way to experience Bocas del Toro. Vacation Rentals, all inclusive eco-resorts and over-the-water bed and breakfasts are found scattered throughout the rest of the Bocas del Toro archipelago. Most of these places offer their own tour packages, so if there is something in specific you wanted to check out, make sure to reach out to the hotel for transportation fees and other details.
Another way to experience the Bocas del Toro archipelago is to go on a sailing adventure. Sailing packages include accommodations as well as three meals, tours, and exciting adventure. By staying on a sailboat you are constantly changing the view and experience.