Bocas del Toro is one of the top tourist attractions of Panama. There you can find beautiful beaches that are almost vacant and rainforests that are a biologist’s fantasy. Bocas del Toro is a laidback, fun seaside town. There is the aqua blue water of the Caribbean and beaches lined with palms against a dense rainforest backdrop. Colon Island is home to most of the hotels in Bocas. You will also find a variety of nightlife spots and good restaurants. English is the second language of Panama and they use US currency making is a great travel destination for citizens of the U.S.A.
You can take boat tours to nearby islands to dive, observe dolphins, snorkel or lay on the beach. You may also want to visit an Indian village or go into the rainforest. Bocas is a wonderful destination if you are a couple or family seeking to have a fun, nature, and educational experience.
The weather is usually great in Panama and Bocas Del Toro. There never has been a hurricane to touch the shores of Panama. Also the pristine beauty and relatively low prices make this an affordable luxury. Once there you may even consider purchasing a second or retirement home.
In 1502, Christopher Columbus was the first white man to anchor in Bocas waters. He repaired his boat in the calm waters of Panama. Since then the United Fruit Company established headquarters until banana blight in the 1920’s. But there is a park and historical buildings that are still standing. More recently there has been a real-estate boom but you can find some of the best buys in the Caribbean here.
Getting around is inexpensive by taxi on land or between islands on water taxis. You can find a hotel for every budget. There are hotels, eco-lodges, upscale eco-lodges and pensions for the back packer. The Playa Tortuga Resort has its own private beach. Tours to Dolphin Bay, Red Frog Beach or the Zapatillas keys are experiences you may wish to try.
If you snorkel you will want to go to Coral Key, Dark Wood Reef, Punta Juan Buoy or Hospital Point. There are amazing corals and tropical fish near Coral Key. You will find some of the best-preserved coral in the world here. See crabs, lobsters and stingrays. Even get certified for less than similar courses offered in the United States.
You can take a tour in a seaside laboratory of the Smithsonian Institute of Tropical Research. Or, take a river trip to the Ngobe Bugle Indian village and see how they have lived in much the same way as when Columbus landed. See stunning wildlife and scenery.
After your adventures of the day you may want to relax in the evening on the water in the Buena Vista Deli & Bar. If you want to dance visit the Barco Hundido. Other nightlife attractions include La Iguana and Mondo Taitu.
Don’t forget to pick up a souvenir before returning home. Beautiful jewelry, crafts and molas can be found in the shops on main street. Molas are colorful reverse appliqués. You will be purchasing directly from the Indians and know that your money is helping these people
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