6 days in Bocas!

A beautiful day at Eclypse del Mar, our hotel on Isla Bastimientos.

 A beautiful day at Eclypse del Mar, our hotel on Isla Bastimientos.

Because Bocas del Toro is such a well-traveled destination (similar to Boquete), I won’t post much beyond my photos.

Bocas del Toro is a series of islands on the Caribbean side of Panama. To get there by bus, you travel to Almirante where you catch a water taxi to the islands. The last boat leaves Almirante around 6:30pm, so you have to be sure to get to the port before then. I hear the last boats fill up accordingly.

The biggest “town” in Bocas del Toro is Bocas Town. It’s on the main island – Isla Colon. I stayed a couple nights on Isla Colon and another couple nights on Isla Bastimientos with my friend Ray who joined for the weekend leg of my trip. Isla Bastimientos is a $3 and 15-minute water taxi ride across from Isla Colon. Because Bocas Town is a bit dirty and overrun with tourists, I recommend spending a few nights on a different island beyond Isla Colon. That said, Bocas Town has some great restaurants, a few shops, and access to surf and dive centers. So if that’s your thing, you may need a couple days in Bocas Town as well.

We didn't let a little rain hold us back! We explored the island and just got a bit muddy.

 We didn’t let a little rain hold us back! We explored the island and got just a bit muddy

Ray and I explored Isla Bastimientos and Isla Colon in the rain, enjoyed plenty of delicious meals, and boogie boarded on Red Frog beach. Once she left, I spent 3 days getting Scuba Certified at Starfleet Scuba in Bocas Town. It was my first time scuba diving, and I highly recommend it to anyone who has ever considered it.

Some highlights: