An archipelago of six forested islands and numerous uninhabited islets, Bocas del Toro is a popular tourist destination where natural, unspoiled beauty and outdoor adventure are the main attractions. Located in the Caribbean Sea west of Panama, Bocas del Toro is not known for man-made monuments but rather sandy white beaches, ecotourism, friendly indigenous tribes and a laid-back vibe.
With boat transport available between the islands, tourists can visit the main islands like Colon Island, one of the best places to surf as well as see monkeys, sea turtles and explore stunning caves. Bastimentos Island is home to a national marine park, which is teeming in wildlife.
The province’s capital city, Bocas del Toro, named after the archipelago, is well worth a visit to see its historic Caribbean architecture. Numerous beaches offer white sands, turquoise waters, coral reef and activities like sailing, diving, snorkeling, fishing and watching dolphins. Jungle trekking, canopy tours and mangrove kayaking provide visits to Ngobe Indian settlements as well as views of exotic birds and animals like jaguars, howler monkeys and green iguanas.
There is a good variety of dining choices in Bocas del Toro from seafood and vegetarian eateries to steak houses and international restaurants as well as establishments featuring traditional Panamanian dishes like corvina and ceviche (raw fish served with lime juice, herbs and spices). There is also an energetic nightlife scene with plenty of discos and bars featuring live music and entertainment. In addition to water taxis, other options for getting around are land taxis, bicycles and scooters.