The Bocas del Toro Archipelago
A place to fall in love with
Tropical islands of Panama
The Bocas del Toro archipelago is a magical place. It consists of 68 islands of which only 6 are inhabited. The moment that you arrive by boat or flight you already feel the Caribbean energy. Everything is just more relaxed. The people welcome you with `whapping man` in good English translated as `what is going on`.
The sea is turquoise blue, the beaches are spectacular and easy to reach by water taxi or bicycle. Home to many sea birds, turtles, monkey, sloths and home to the strawberry red dart frog.
Bocas del Toro will amaze you and there is so much to do, so plan enough time here.
Islands named after Christopher Columbus
Many of the names of the different islands that belong to the archipelago are named after Christopher Columbus, who stayed here for a while: Colon island, San Cristobal island, Almirante, isla Bastimentos.
The United fruit company as well had a big influence to the archipelago, having their head quarter on Colon island. But after a banana plaque they moved to the mainland and the archipelago fell in a Cinderella sleep.
Sights of Bocas del Toro Archipelago
Walking on the main street at Isla Colon you will see that a lot of the Caribbean architecture has been influenced especially by the French and Spanish. The last 10 years the archipelago has slowly been discovered by tourists from all over the world but still kept the relaxed Caribbean atmosphere. If you like to explore islands, the beach snorkeling, diving surfing and enjoy some night life, then this is the place you should not miss. The Bastimento national park is waiting for your visit and the crown of the park Zapatilla islands with crystal clear water and white sand beach is welcoming you. We love to help you to enjoy Bocas at its best, tell you where the hidden beaches are and which local restaurant still serves `Rondon`: the local Caribbean fish soup.