The Bocas del Toro Province lies in northwest Panama and includes an archipelago (of the same name) consisting of seven large islands and hundreds of smaller ones. The region is characterized by its landscapes, amazing variety of aquatic species, coral reefs, mangroves, tropical forests, beaches with crystal clear waters, and undisturbed jungles.
The origins of the provinces name are unknown but despite this, among locals there are several stories that are said to be true, such as, when Christopher Columbus, was sailing towards Isla Carenero, he observed a rock similar in shape to that of a "bull lying with its mouth open". it is also said that the sound of the immense waves that hit a large rock in Isla Bastimentos, makes a sound comparable to the roar of a bull. In turn there are those who say that the last native chief of the region was known as "Boka Toro".
Its capital is located on Isla Colon, where you will find its main airport, once there you will be able to explore the island by bicycle or reach to surrounding islands on their charming water taxis. Bocas del Toro offers amazing adventures for nature lovers or those who prefer a laid-back island experience.
These islands are also very popular among divers, birdwatchers, and surfers. They have great seafood and Caribbean cuisine restaurants. Bocas del Toro is known for its Afro-Caribbean vibe blended with the regions indigenous culture, which translates into a joyous and relaxing atmosphere.
This province is home to some UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Panama's first marine park.
Bocas del Toro is considered one of the best ecotourism destinations in the country. Known as the "Galapagos of the Caribbean" it is one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet.
Cayos Zapatillas, Red Frog and Playa Estrella are the 3 most beautiful beaches of the Archipelago, a must visit.
Bocas del Toro is known by many young people who attend it throughout the year as a fun place with the many clubs and party hostels, among the many parties available in Bocas del Toro surely the most famous is Filthy Friday, is Central America’s first and only island hopping day party experience – happening every Friday at 3 picturesque locations across 3 tropical islands in the Caribbean paradise of Bocas del Toro, Panama.
How to get to Bocas del Toro from Panama City?
There are daily flights of about 40 minutes with Air Panama from the "Albrook Marcos A. Gelabert" airport, (also known as the Albrook airport).
The other option (cheaper and more popular with tourists) is the bus journey, lasting about 10 hours. There are departures every day from the Albrook Terminal, the departure times are 6pm, 6:30 pm, 7pm, the ticket cost of only one way is $ 27.80. We recommend buying the ticket the day before the journey directly into the Albrook Terminal, The return reservation must be made at one of the offices in Bocas del Toro, as it cannot be done in Albrook Terminal.
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