Bocas Del Toro
The Bocas del Toro province of Panama is something special indeed.
Geography of Bocas
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.
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.
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.
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.
Panama Is the Best Retirement Destination in the World!
Residents of Panama pay now tax on foreign-earned income, so retirees can own businesses and investments in the US, and pay no tax in Panama. This is an excellent way to boost your retirement income. Even if you have no current investments, once you’re living in Panama, with its low standard of living, you can definitely afford to invest.
Foreigners can buy and own property in Panama and enjoy the same rights and protections as any Panamanian citizen. What’s more, all new construction enjoys a property tax exemption, applied on a sliding scale according to value. So you can afford to build your dream home in Panama.
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
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
investing in bocasWhether 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.
Isla Taboga is an illustrious and history packed island that lies 12 miles south of Panama City. It has an impressive beach, a rain forest reserve, and is a wildlife refuge holding one of the largest populations of brown pelicans in the region. Also dubbed as the “Island of Flowers”, it achieved this nickname with its dazzling array of flowers during different times of the year.
Overall, it is a nice place to relax away from the hustle and bustle of Panama City. Taboga itself has a long and rich history and was established long before Panama City. It is old enough to have the second oldest church in the Western Hemisphere (although debatable) and known for Pizarro’s trek from the region to Peru in 1524. Isla Taboga holds a yearly festival every July 16th with plenty of carnivals and hoopla. From Balboa, it takes one hour to get to Taboga by boat.