Day 1 in Bocas del Toro
Welcome to Bocas del Toro! Upon arrival at the airport, you will go through customs and immigration. Should you opt to purchase a transfer to your hotel; a representative will be waiting for you as you exit immigration. Arrive at your hotel, check in and do not give in to jet lag! There is so much for you to see and do!
We recommend you get acquainted with the colorful town of Bocas Del Toro also known as Isla Colon. This colorful Caribbean town is small enough to explore on foot decorated with colorful wooden shops, cafes, restaurants, and bars with a distinctive laid-back island vibe. Sit back and enjoy a tropical cocktail accompanied by some delicious Caribbean cuisine while taking in the waterfront views of this magical island.
After lunch, explore the shops in Bocas Town, where you can pick up unique handmade items, colorful clothing, and that perfect souvenir. You can spend the rest of the afternoon a number of different ways, relax in town at one of the many waterfront restaurants and bars and simply take in the stunning surroundings and sounds of the water. Take a boat ride, there is an abundance of tours offered in Bocas del Toro including snorkeling, island hopping, and dolphin tours.
If you are staying on one of the remote surrounding islands, you will need to make your transfer by boat out to your accommodations, where you can enjoy the evening from there.
Enjoy dinner at one of the amazing restaurants that sit on stilts over the water, many offer great happy hour specials and once dusk sets in you can see an array of sea life lit up by lights under the docks. Dine on delicious fresh seafood or local cuisine while basking in the Caribbean night air. The small town also boasts a happening nightlife scene with waterfront bars and clubs banging out tunes until the wee hours.
Day 2 in Bocas del Toro
Start your second day with some `Namaste`, Yoga on Bocas can be enjoyed in a studio with a guide or self-guided on the beach, either way, wake up stretch and get ready for the day.
Enjoy breakfast at one of the restaurants found on Isla Colon, then take a bike ride north to Playa Bluff. Savor the sunshine and stunning scenery along the small quiet roads that lead up to Playa Bluff. Stop in at The Beach Bar and enjoy some refreshments with views overlooking the beach.
Then onward to the famous Starfish Beach, this beautiful stretch of sand gets its name from the starfish that gather in the waters here. Spend some time on the warm sand and cool off in the sparkling blue waters. Do some snorkeling or kayaking in the pristine waters where you can discover plenty of sea life and vibrant coral reefs. Take a stroll along the beach and stop in at one of the authentic wooden beachside restaurants for some lunch.
Cycle back to town and catch a boat over to Carenero Island just off the coast of Isla Colon. This idyllic island is perfect for a relaxing getaway or day trips and boasts some of the best surfing in the region. Take some surf lessons, explore the beaches and lagoons filled with marine life or simply sit back and relax and watch the waves crash on the shore. As evening time approaches find that perfect spot to watch a gorgeous colorful sunset, then check out the restaurants on the island which are known for the best seafood in the entire area.
Carenero Island is a small island off the coast of the mainland Isla Colon, separated by a narrow channel. The island offers several hotels, restaurants, and bars making it a popular tourist destination. A quaint laid-back island vibe can be found on the beaches here as well as some of the best surfing in the region. Carenero Point boasts the longest left break out of all the islands in the archipelago, with protection from the other islands providing clear and calm waters in addition to big surf breaks. The island is a great place for a getaway or day trips and offers some of the best seafood restaurants around.
Carenero Island is also a great destination for nightlife where you can enjoy drinks, dancing and beach parties all with a laid-back island style vibe.
Day 3 in Bocas del Toro
Today, do some island hopping! Head out to Isla Bastimentos, which is just a short boat ride from Isla Colon. This massive island is brimming with beaches, caves, jungle interiors and Panama`s first marine park, Bastimentos National Park, which covers 32,682 acres. Hike through the verdant green jungle home to various plants and animals, including 28 species of amphibians and reptiles.
Take another short boat ride over the Red Frog Beach, this long stretch of soft white sand is named after the `rana rojo` (strawberry poison-dart frogs) that inhabit the island. Here you can relax on the beach, swim in the inviting waters, snorkel, kayak or stand up paddle board around the coral reef filled waters that surround the island.
There are two restaurants that sit at either end of the beach here where you can enjoy a beachside lunch and refreshing cocktails among some of the most breathtaking scenery.
Another boat ride and you will arrive at the blissful remote islands of Cayos Zapatilla. This picture perfect location is bursting with lush green tropical forest interiors and immaculate beaches. Investigate the astonishing coral gardens offshore and explore the hidden caves, hike through the tropical forests filled with wildlife.
Once back on the mainland choose from a variety of restaurants serving authentic Caribbean cuisine, take in your last sunset and savor the memories made in Bocas del Toro.
Additional Days in Bocas del Toro
Should you be able to spend additional days in Bocas del Toro visit the Los Monos Botanical Gardens. The farm here is set on 24 acres filled with flora, fauna, and wildlife such as hundreds of species of palm trees, heliconias, parrots, hummingbirds, and monkeys.
Your Last Day in Bocas del Toro
Depart from your hotel to the airport for your return flight home. We recommend that you purchase a private transfer to the airport if so the representative will meet you at your hotel with plenty of time to get you to the airport for your flight out.