In 1502, Christopher Columbus set sail from Cadiz, thus beginning his fourth voyage to the New World, months later, his exploration of the Caribbean coast leads to caribaro Bay, which since then is called Almirante Bay, in honor of his discoverer.
Tide has long erase the traces of Colon from this sandy beaches of this idyllic area. If you want to feel part of this ecstasy, come to Bocas del Toro, whose islands are the essence mirror of the Caribbean and Panama. They are located at the western end of Panama, near the border with Costa Rica.
Visit this archipelago, located in the entrance of Laguna de Chiriqui, and be enthralled by the diversity of species, water, beaches, crystal waters and jungles that teem with all kinds of animal and plant life. It has nine islands, 52 keys and over 200 islets available you want to explore.
In this world of fantasy come together, as if they were waves in the sea, various races, languages and traditions. The Ngobe Bugle, the largest population group, who live in this province with three minority groups. Speak Guarani, a peculiar mix of English Afro Antillean Ngobe indigenous language, Spanish and French words. This is also spoken in Colon and Panama. People in this magical land is concentrated in Changuinola, Almirante and Isla Colon. The indigenous culture remains largely intact, for sure will transport you to the roots of the American continent.
Since sunrise to nightfall, enchanting islands await you as Popa, Bastimentos, Cristobal, Water Cay, Cayo Carenero, and Isla Colon, the capital of the province. Colon is also the island’s largest and most developed. The town of Bocas del Toro is located here, along with a wide variety of attractions for tourists, sure the first thing you will notice upon arrival Caribbean architecture of the place. It is composed of a mosaic of various styles including wooden houses surrounded by gardens, shows a tropically adapted American style. The houses on stilts reminiscent of the French camps era canal construction.
The island, where tourism is concentrated in the area, has a large infrastructure of hotels and hostels, restaurants, entertainment centers and facilities for ecotourism and adventure. In short, a world of amenities that will make you feel at home.
Join the wave of German tourists, French, Dutch, Italians and Americans who come to see the natural spectacle of Bocas del Toro. From Colon island may move to nearby where you can spend a day surrounded by exquisite sun, white sand beaches, palm trees and waters full of life, where you can scuba dive.
The fact that the sun goes down does not mean your adventure is over. Dance to calypso and other Caribbean rhythms in one of the many night spots, where one breathes a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Whether you are an expert naturalist or just another lover of nature more, we assure that you will be more than satisfied with the wild beauty of the place.
Both nesting beaches and reefs, mangroves and coastal lagoons south make a sanctuary vital to the survival of countless marine species, reptiles and freshwater turtles, and amphibians such as red frog, which only exists in this place.
How to get to Bocas del Toro? First of all it depends on:
- how you will be traveling into Panama (as in the country, not in the city)
- how fast you want to make it to Bocas del Toro (with our without spending a night in Panama City, or in San José Costa Rica)
- your budget (using a domestic flight or taking the bus once you’re in the country or in Costa Rica)
- Traveling from Panama City to Bocas del Toro is fairly straight forward. The airport is located on Isla Colon, the archipelago’s main island and is also known as the Isla Colon International Airport
- If you want to save some money, then taking an overnight bus from Panama City to Almirante (10 – 11 hours), and then a boat from Almirante to Bocas del Toro (30 minutes) is the way to go.
- Driving from Panama City to Almirante, and then a Ferry to Bocas del Toro.
- Flying into Bocas del Toro from San José Costa Rica.
- By Bus from Costa Rica to Bocas del Toro Crossing through Sixaola
- By Bus from San José to Sixaola, and from there to Almirante and then to Bocas del Toro
- By Bus from Costa Rica Crossing through Paso Canoas