Visitors to Panama will tell you that if there’s one place you should make a point of seeing, it is Bocas del Toro. You’ll get hooked by this talked about paradise in Panama and you’ll see why. Colorful, romantic, way-out are just a few words to describe it. Gorgeous? Most certainly. It has everything for the outdoor type: beaches, ecological forests, and majestic wildlife. And if you’ve heard of sea turtles, it’s Bocas del Toro that will lay claim to the fact that it hosts four endangered sea turtles. It has its share of beaches, naturally, one of the most notable being the North Shore beaches.
Geography of Bocas del Toro
What most people think of THE MAINLAND of Bocas del Toro is Isla Colon which is where Bocas Town is. The islands of Bocas del Toro consists mainly of remote rainforest and of course beautiful beaches. Waterfalls are plentiful, as are meandering rivers, and wildlife – really wild life – include jaguars, pumas, quetzal bird, and harpe eagles.
The mountains give way to more populated coastal lowlands and the Bocas Archipelago, a chain of over 70 islands and keys rimmed by amazingly pristine beaches, sparkling water, colorful coral reefs, and an abundance of tropical fish.
The Bocas Archipelago is a chain of over 70 islands and keys rimmed by amazingly pristine beaches, sparkling water, colorful coral reefs, and an abundance of tropical fish.
Beaches of Bocas del Toro
There are hundreds of miles of beaches to choose from at Bocas del Toro. You can find isolated beaches where the rainforest comes all the way down to the sea and the only way to get there is by boat. You’ll also find incredible wildlife.
The most spectacular beach, in most people’s estimation, is Red Frog Beach, named for a tiny frog, which is known commonly as the strawberry poison dart frog,” but poses no danger to humans, only to predators. These tiny frogs, very numerous at Red Frog Beach, are very cute, as well.
If you have two days to spare, visits are recommended to Swan’s Cay, Boca del Drago, Hospital Point, Crawl Bay, Cayos Zapatillas, Red Frog Beach and Laguna Bocatorito (Friar, 2005). Playa Larga is the place to head for if you want to observe sea turtles. The same can be said of Playa Bluff, which is possibly one of the best beaches in Bocas del Toro. It is accessible by a 25 minute drive from Bocas town. It is deserted during the week but is a favorite of surfers. It can however be a little risky for swimmers.
Boca del Drago is another beach in Bocas del Toro although the beach is not as nice as Playa Bluff, but is a safer beach for swimmers or those who want to splash about.
Whether you’re looking for a beach for a long afternoon of lying on the sand, or a launching spot for snorkeling, diving or surfing, you can find it at Bocas del Toro.
Diving in Bocas Del Toro
The crystal clear waters of the Caribbean are perfect for diving, and the best beaches for diving in Bocas del Toro are Hospital Point, Coral Key, Dark Wood Reef and Punta Juan Buoy.
If you’re a snorkeler, rather than a diver, check out the Garden near Cayo Nancy, Hospital Point and Punta Juan Bouy.
Surfing at Bocas is fabulous at Punch Beach on Isla Colon, and a big reef break, Silverback, on Bastimentos Island, is generating a lot of excitement among surfers.
Where to Stay in Bocas
It’s important to understand that when people say Bocas, they often mean Bocas Town on the island called Isla Colon. It is the main island of the archipelago of Bocas. There are no shortage of resorts and hotels in Bocas del Toro. How to decide where to stay?
If you’re going for low price, try the inexpensive buy highly regarded Hotel Hipocampo in Bocas Town, with average rates of $27 per night, far lower than anything you’ll find in the US. If you’re interested in something nicer, try the Hotel Bocas del Toro, reputed to be the best hotel in the area, and with an average room rate of only $94.
Investing in Bocas del Toro
Whether you’re interested in real estate investment just for the investment, or buying real estate to later build your retirement home in Bocas del Toro, land is abundant, cheap, and a great investment for the future, whatever your plans.
Bocas del Toro is an underappreciated, relatively unknown area, but that will not last forever, and once it is “discovered,” your real estate’s value will skyrocket. Now is the time to invest in Bocas del Toro.
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