Bocas del Toro

Bocas del Toro is a remote province in the north-western corner of the country close to the Costa Rica border and until the 1980’s when the first road was built, this region of pristine rainforest and beautiful Caribbean islands was completely cut off from the rest of Panama.

Why visit Bocas del Toro ?

  • See the nesting places of hawksbill & leatherback turtles
  • Learn about the growing & processing of cacao on a chocolate tour
  • Try a bowl of the famous rondon soup – a delicious coconut fish curry
  • Go scuba diving in the reefs to see the incredibly diverse marine life
  • Wander around the colourful wooden houses of Bocas town

In recent years the area has slowly developed, but still retains much of its laid-back Caribbean charm. The archipelago of delightful islands is home to an incredibly diverse eco-system of marine flora and fauna with tropical forests, mangroves and coral reefs teeming with life that some biologists have described as the ‘Galapagos of the 21st Century’.

Isla Colon is the most developed of the islands and is home to Bocas Town, the provincial capital. This is a relatively small, laid back fishing town best known for its pastel coloured wooden houses and as a gateway to the other islands and the Bastimentos Marine Park where you can enjoy wonderful snorkeling, kayaking and relaxing on lovely Caribbean beaches.




No visa is required for UK passport holders.

Health Requirements

No mandatory vaccinations are required.

Time Difference

GMT - 6 Hours

Flight Time

13 hours with one stop


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