Bocas del Toro is the tropical paradise region in the north of Panama, known for its abundant beaches and sunshine. It’s a popular destination and I think it’s definitely worth a visit when you’re in Panama! Read on for the 10 best things to do while you’re here!
- Scuba diving
Whether you’re an experienced diver looking for the next underwater thrill or a newbie trying to test your fishy instincts, you’ll enjoy the scuba scene here in Bocas. There are loads of dive sites, all teeming with colorful fish and interesting creatures! I highly recommend going with La Buga Dive & Shop.
Head up to Playa Bluff on the main island for the big surf scene! The waves come crashing in here and with your board rental in hand you’ll be ready to ride a wave all the way into shore.
- Boat tour of the region
Most of the tour agencies offer a full day boat tour package, complete with visit to dolphin bay, snorkeling in Coral Caye, swimming at Zapatilla beach (where Survivor was filmed!), and visiting the sloths! It’s an awesome adventure, and definitely worth a day of your itinerary!
Head over to Isla Bastimentos for a zipline adventure through the rain forest! The zipline course will send you flying through the canopy of trees, taking in the sights with a side of adrenaline.
- Quad rental
Rent a quad (ATV) and drive up to the big part of the island for some self-made thrills on these unpaved roads. Get the rental for the day so you can stop off on the beaches along the way.
- Drink on the docks
In typical beach-town style, the docks are full of on-water bars and restaurants. So after a day full of activities and adventures, relax with a Panama cerveza on the docks. I would recommend a stop at Buena Vista Bar & Grill!
- Bike rental
Rent a bike for cheap and go cycling all around the island. Head up to the main part of the island and take the road over to Sand Dollar Beach and Playa Paunch for a day filled with sunshine, exercise, and ocean views!
- Indigenous meal
At the very north of the main island is an indigenous village where you can go for a homecooked traditional meal. Not many visitors make it up here, but it’s the best way to get a feel for the culture outside the beach scene, and is definitely worth the trip!
Stop in at this cerveceria for a locally-brewed cerveza and get a taste for the local flavor!
- Do nothing!
The locals always rag on the tourists for running around trying to experience everything possible, squeezing every activity into their itineraries. But you can take advice from them and slow down to relax and enjoy the paradise that is Bocas del Toro!
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