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Bocas del Toro is located within the north-west of Panama on the border with Costa Rica. It is made up of several large islands. The main islands are Colón Island, Bastimentos Island and Cristobal Island. The heart of this province is about an hour away from Panama City by plane, and approximately 10-12 hours by car. Bocas del Toro, the capital, is located on Isla Colón and has become a popular point for visitors. The other parts of the province are still relatively untouched by tourism.

Bocas offers many excellent spots for snorkeling, diving and fishing. Due to the fact that the province is home to many species of endangered birds, fresh water turtles and the poison dart frog, it offers many chances for bird watching and observing animals. A highlight for nature lovers are of course the deserted beaches. A total of ninety-five percent of La Amistad National Park lies within the province Bocas del Toro, as does Bastimentos National Park. Bocas del Toro is a great destination for both adventure and recreation.

Isla Colon is the largest and most developed island of the archipelago. It is home to the provincial capital of Bocas del Toro, a colourful town made of wooden houses built in the early 20th century. Isla Colón serves as a convenient hub for exploring the archipelago as water taxis can bring you away to remote beaches and magnificent snorkelling sites. The island offers a friendly and laid back atmosphere which invites you to stay and feel at home. Even though the charming Isla Colon is developing its tourism infrastructure, it still preserves its original Caribbean flair. Neighbouring Isla Bastimentos is the biggest island of the Bocas del Toro Archipelago and home of the national park that bears the same name. From Bastimentos it's only a short boat ride to Isla Colón, the archipelago's main island. Activities at Bastimentos include snorkelling, bird-watching or just relaxing at one of the pristine white sand beaches.

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December to March is generally considered the dry season. Temperatures rise in April and the rains arrive on the Pacific side from May to November. The Atlantic side has no specific dry season but there is less rainfall between March and September.

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13 hours

time difference

GMT -6 hours


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Yellow fever if arriving from an infected area

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Hotel Bocas Del Toro

Hotel Bocas Del Toro has an enviable waterfront position in the centre of Bocas Town. This makes it a great base either to soak of the unique Caribbean... Find out more

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Punta Caracol

This simple but unique lodge of Punta Caracol was created as an ecolodge in a totally virgin and natural environment. The idea is to offer guests a pure... Find out more

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