Find the 11 best destinations and activities so you can get to know the best of Bocas del Toro.
From visits to the Chocolate Farm, Zapatilla Cay, Dolphin Bay, Coral Cay, Starfish Beach and Escudo de Veraguas Island.
There's something for everyone in this guide!
#11 - Bird Island
A bird and wildlife sanctuary located northwest of Colon Island 🦜!
On this island you will forget about the stressful sounds of the city and you will move to a beautiful and relaxing bird habitat.
You will delight in its sounds and you will admire a large number of native and migratory species such as: pelicans, frigates, swallows, the booby bird and the showy Tropical Bird Rabijunco Piquirojo.
- Price: $35 - $55 per person
- For more information on the place visit: Bird Island tour
#10 - Dolphin Bay
Bottlenose Dolphin Sanctuary 🐬!
Dolphin Bay is one of the archipelago's greatest attractions, it is usually the first site visited on tours after the starting point.
In its waters you can see many fish, crustaceans and of course the long-awaited bottlenose dolphins.
- Price: $40 per person
- For more information on the place visit: Dolphin Bay Tour
#9 - Sailboat rental
Relaxing navigation through the Caribbean Sea of Panama ⛵!
Travel in style through the archipelago of Bocas del Toro and visit Starfish Beach.
Price: $802.50 - $1605 for private charter up to 10 people
#8 - Diving
Diving is one of the most relaxing activities if what you like is the sea. Bocas del Toro offers you clear and warm waters so that your stay in the sea is comfortable.
Most of the dives are from 12 to 16 meters deep with the exception of places where you can dive deeper.
You will be able to appreciate different species such as: spotted eagle rays, southern rays, lobsters, parrotfish, barracudas, squid, crabs, trumpet fish, puffer fish, stars and seahorses.
Bocas del Toro has countless places to dive.
#7 - Sport fishing
A good fishing afternoon with beer and your best friends 🎣!
Boca Chica and the Gulf of Chiriquí are the perfect places to practice sport fishing because from them you have better access to excellent areas such as: Hannibal Bank, Isla Parida, Montuosa, Islas Secas, Isla Coiba, Ladrones.
You can find varied spices such as: black marlin, striped marlin, sailfish and yellow fin tuna and with better techniques and luck the roosterfish, snapper, dorado.
The depth of the waters reaches 2,000 feet at 3 miles and 5,000 feet at 9 miles offshore in some areas of the sport fishing zone in Bocas del Toro.
#6 - Chocolate Farm
For lovers of nature and sustainable resources 🍫!
Who doesn't like cocoa? mmm ... exquisite
This tour shows how the place in charge of the production of coffee, cocoa and coconut oil works.
As is the process from obtaining the raw material to the final product, and the most interesting thing is that its operation is carried out in an environmentally friendly way, using solar energy and water captured from the rains.
Price $388 to $688 for a private boat
If you want to know what else is done on the tour, visit: Chocolate Tour
#5 - Star Beach
Soft white sand and turquoise waters 🏖️!
Playa Estrella is a beautiful destination, located northwest of Colon Island.
Its name "Star Beach" recognizes its great appeal. In it you will see countless stars of all sizes with red and orange colors that will captivate your eyes.
And not only the stars or corals that you also find.
Sometimes some dolphins timidly approach the sea coast.
In this destination you will surround yourself with a very tropical environment, lively and with excellent restaurants near the sea.
Price $35 to $55 per person
For more information visit: Tour Playa Estrella
#4 - Surf of all levels
- December and January: we are going to find the biggest and most consistent swell of the year.
- February: it has very good waves and great weather!
- March: The surf is starting to drop a bit, but we still get a large number of visitors for spring break.
We have the best places for you to have fun while surfing, from beaches with low waves, to world-class waves.
For more information visit: The best beaches and surf spots in Bocas del Toro
Guided Surf Tours
In Bocas del Toro there are professional schools and certified instructors waiting for you to offer you one of the most extreme experiences at sea.
Whether you want to learn or are a professional.
If you want more information you can visit: 4 great surf schools in Bocas del Toro
Travel to Bocas del Toro with your own boards
Depending on the season, commercial airlines have a surcharge of between $20 and $40 per board.
Board Rental in Bocas del Toro
Bocas has several schools that offer board rental services to ensure that your trip is more bearable.
Among them we can recommend:
__Mono Loco Surf School:__They have 2 categories of boards for rent such as: Top Shelf and Regular Shelf.
__La Buga Dive & Surf:__is a 5-star Padi school and center that offers board rental service from $20 to $100, depending on the number of hours to use.
For more information about surfboard rental visit the following directory: 4 surfboard rental stores in Bocas del Toro
#3 - Zipline in Isla Bastimento
The jungle from above 🐸!
The zipline basically consists of moving through extended and inclined steel cables that are attached to each end of the trees, forming a tourist attraction and is considered one of the most exciting activities.
In Bocas the zipline takes place within the tropical jungles of Bastimentos Island
This tour lasts approximately 2 hours doing 7 zip lines including the Tarzan, suspension bridge, descent etc.
It is advisable to bring repellent, sunscreen, comfortable clothing and moisturizers to refresh.
Available from November 2021
#2 - Cayo Zapatilla
A beach that will leave you with your mouth open 🌴!
Cayos Zapatilla is a group of two islands surrounded by beautiful coral reefs and tropical rainforest. These islands with rings of white sand and turquoise water will allow you to fish, swim and even dive in them.
In its waters you can also observe the migration of turtles that come to lay their eggs on the beaches from March to September.
- Price: $40 per person
- If you are interested in visiting it, we recommend you visit the Tour Cayo Zapatilla
#1 - Shield of Veraguas
The best of the best only for the end ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐!
Escudo de Veraguas Island is a destination for explorers at heart who seek a true adventure in the sea until they reach one of the most isolated and surprising islands in the Caribbean of Panama.
Small Caribbean island with exotic species of mammals such as: the three-toed pygmy sloth that swims in the crystalline waters of the mangroves and the fruit bat that are part of its great attraction.
Escudo de Veraguas is the perfect destination for a city break. It is an island where the only people there are are the locals, there are no hotels, roads, cars, wi-fi or technological services.
A trip to Escudo de Veraguas Island offers you an adventurous environment where few are lucky.
The beaches and nature of this place will surprise you with how beautiful they are.
The white sand and translucent water are the natural incubator for various fish (snappers, jacks and groupers) and shellfish (pink shrimp, lobster and various species of crab).
What would I recommend you bring:
- Capes or umbrellas
- Snorkeling equipment (which you can rent)
- Portable battery for the phone if you want
- Toilet paper
The best months to visit the island are in August, September and October, when the sea is calm allowing better navigation and disembarkation on the island.
- Price: $125 per person (minimum 6 people)
- For more information you can visit the Tour to Escudo de Veraguas Island