There is so much do to in Bocas del Toro, Panama that sometimes its overwhelming. BOCASDELTORO.TRAVEL complied a list of the top 10 things to do in Bocas del Toro on your next Bocas Trip.
#1 Go Sailing: There are various types of sailing trips offered- over nights and daily tours. Try BocasSailing.com, they offer a wide variety of sailing tours and their daily sailing tour is considered one of the best ways to explore the Bocas islands.
#2 Go Surfing: It’s no secret that Bocas del Toro has some of the best waves in Panama, but most do not know that its also one of the best places to learn how to surf. Check out our guide on surfing Bocas del Toro.
#3 Learn Spanish: Since the past couple of years Bocas del Toro has been lucky enough to have Panama’s #1 ranked network of Spanish schools, Habla Ya. What sets Habla Ya apart from the other Spanish-learning schools in Bocas del Toro is that it is the only Spanish school which holds the prestigious Instituto Cervantes certification from Spain, the worldwide authority for teaching Spanish as a foreign language. Their classes are scheduled for 4 hours or less- perfect for enjoying what the Bocas del Toro archipelago has to offer.
#4 Painting & Cooking: If you love to cook, paint and travel, Random Art vacations are exactly what you are looking for. Combine your love of cooking and art with your love of travel into one amazing Caribbean experience in beautiful Bocas del Toro.
#5 Horseback Riding: Explore the beautiful countryside in the heart of Bocas del Toro- isla San Cristobal. Surrounded by jungle and stunning views, this trail ride is scenic and peaceful. Panama Horseback Adventures offers different horseback adventures that will take you to Isla San Cristobal, where you can ride through jungle hills and island paths with views of the Bocas islands and mountains.
#6 Bike Rides: Rent a bike and go explore Isla Colon. There are three options: ride along Bocas Town’s small roads and explore the little stores and cafes lines up against the water, ride out to Bluff Beach and enjoy a day at the beach (don’t miss out on The Beach Bar), and finally ride out to Boca del Drago home to famous Starfish Beach. You can rent a bike at Ixa’s Bicicletas.
#7 Go Diving: Bocas del Toro is considered the ‘Galapagos of the Caribbean’ because of its abundance in coral life. Bocas del Toro has many options for diving centers but we recommend La Buga Dive Shop located on main street. Established in 2007, “La Buga Dive & Surf” has built a reputation as one of the leading dive centers in Bocas Town. It is also a PADI 5 Star Dive Center.
#8 Chocolate Farm Tour: Chocolate in Bocas del Toro is what coffee is for Boquete. Bocas del Toro is home to the best chocolate in Panama. The Oreba Chocolate Tour in Bocas del Toro not only highlights cacao cultivation and chocolate production which is quickly becoming one of Panama’s most coveted exports, but also lets visitors experience life in an indigenous Ngabe community.
#9 Botanical Garden Tour: Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden is a 10 minute drive from Bocas town, just past the Smithsonian Institute. The farm spanning the island from coast to coast has stunning views, both eastward toward the archipelago of Bocas del Toro and westward toward the mountainous mainland, with the turquoise Caribbean in between. Visitors can see over a dozen specials of edible bananas and taste some of the tropical fruits. The tour is educational and plants are labeled to give their medicinal and practical usages. Because of its wide variety of fruits and flowers there is also an abundance of wildlife such as parrots, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, howler monkeys, and much more.
#10 Visit Bastimentos Cave: One of the most thrilling tours in Bocas del Toro is the Bastimentos caves. After going down the Sloth’s Trail canal for 15 minutes by boat you reach a local village. $5 entrance fee gets you a guided tour- this includes hiking to the cave and a headlamp to go into the cave. After about a 10 minute tour into the cave, sometimes swimming you reach the end with a small waterfall and rock to jump into the water of the cave. Get ready to see bats, spiders, frogs and other wildlife. The canal reaching here has sloths and monkeys. A real adventure!