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Bocas del Toro Guide

Scott And Debra
Scott And Debra
Član od 2012
Scott And Debra

Bocas del Toro Guide

Guidebook Bocas del Toro
Of course you'd expect the beaches, surfing, diving, snorkeling and zip lining to be great but there is also a really great restaurant scene in Bocas and the neighboring islands!
So, eating well on vacation is our thing so you'll see recs that are meant for a nicer dinner experience. Azul, not to be confused with Azul Paradise is one of our favorites of a half dozen or so recs that I'll give you.
Azul Restaurant Bocas del Toro
So, eating well on vacation is our thing so you'll see recs that are meant for a nicer dinner experience. Azul, not to be confused with Azul Paradise is one of our favorites of a half dozen or so recs that I'll give you.
Another "in town" rec, we eat here almost every time we're in town.
El Ultimo Refugio
Another "in town" rec, we eat here almost every time we're in town.
A great place to meet up for a Bloody Mary (or Maria) in the morning. Also a good place to have the cab drop you, its right in the middle of town.
Restaurante El Pirata
A great place to meet up for a Bloody Mary (or Maria) in the morning. Also a good place to have the cab drop you, its right in the middle of town.
Authentic Panamanian, well priced meal of local foods. Great for lunch.
Restaurant Tom
Authentic Panamanian, well priced meal of local foods. Great for lunch.
Really good Italian food and engaging host relocated from Jersey.
LaItaliana
Really good Italian food and engaging host relocated from Jersey.
Off island and a great place to watch surf lessons or sunset, or just to gorge on local shrimp. It's an easy water taxi ride away.
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Bibi's
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Off island and a great place to watch surf lessons or sunset, or just to gorge on local shrimp. It's an easy water taxi ride away.
Also off island so you'll need to take a water taxi, here's a great vegetarian option.
Leaf Eaters Cafe
Also off island so you'll need to take a water taxi, here's a great vegetarian option.
This is a great place to go when you don't feel like making the effort to go to town to eat...bonus, it's walking distance from the villa.
Ciao Pizza
This is a great place to go when you don't feel like making the effort to go to town to eat...bonus, it's walking distance from the villa.
Also within walking distance from the villa, this beach bar with an attached hostel is a good place to snag a tasty burger and a beverage.
Skully's House
Also within walking distance from the villa, this beach bar with an attached hostel is a good place to snag a tasty burger and a beverage.
A great spot for watching the surfers and good eats.
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Paki Point
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A great spot for watching the surfers and good eats.
You can catch the Red Frog water taxi right from their sales office on the main street (they wont try to hard sell you a condo, it's totally normal to just catch a lift to their beach!) or from any of the other two water taxi stands in town. There are great beaches with beach side palapa style restaurants and amazing zip lining for the thrill seeking set.
Red Frog Beach Island Resort
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You can catch the Red Frog water taxi right from their sales office on the main street (they wont try to hard sell you a condo, it's totally normal to just catch a lift to their beach!) or from any of the other two water taxi stands in town. There are great beaches with beach side palapa style restaurants and amazing zip lining for the thrill seeking set.
Down this road you'll find the nicest beaches and a couple great dining spots. It's about a $15 taxi ride so if you rent a golf cart for a couple days, plan to head down to Bluff!
Bluff Beach Road
Down this road you'll find the nicest beaches and a couple great dining spots. It's about a $15 taxi ride so if you rent a golf cart for a couple days, plan to head down to Bluff!
IF we didn't own a house on Isla Colon, this is where we'd want to stay! Instead we just go and eat a fabulous dinner there or use their beach with beach bar for the day. No charge, just buy some beverages!
Island Plantation Hotel, Bar & Restaurant
IF we didn't own a house on Isla Colon, this is where we'd want to stay! Instead we just go and eat a fabulous dinner there or use their beach with beach bar for the day. No charge, just buy some beverages!
This is a cute inn on Bluff Beach run by a couple relocated from England. They do a nice job with the food and are pretty much always open and serving, because they have to feed their guest!
Oasis Bluff Beach
This is a cute inn on Bluff Beach run by a couple relocated from England. They do a nice job with the food and are pretty much always open and serving, because they have to feed their guest!
Lovely place, great food and vibe, the "refined" surf crowd tends to stay here, probably because of proximity to good waves.
The Hummingbird
Lovely place, great food and vibe, the "refined" surf crowd tends to stay here, probably because of proximity to good waves.
YEP, there are indeed starfish in the water that you need to step around. They also have booze and food. It's a bit tricky to get to, but worth it. You can take your golf cart, rent a taxi or take the city bus.
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Starfish Beach
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YEP, there are indeed starfish in the water that you need to step around. They also have booze and food. It's a bit tricky to get to, but worth it. You can take your golf cart, rent a taxi or take the city bus.
You can easily walk here from the villa, limited hours include Thursday-Friday 3-5.
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute's Bocas del Toro Research Station
You can easily walk here from the villa, limited hours include Thursday-Friday 3-5.
Rentals
Renting a bike for your entire stay can make any frustrations of getting a cab a non issue! It's a quick bike ride to town and most other places you'll want to go!
Rent a bike and get yourself to town or to one of the close in beaches (Sully's, Paki Point) Great news, the taxis are all pick up trucks so you can throw your groceries, bikes, paddle boards, kayaks etc. in the back as needed!
Bocas Ebikes
Rent a bike and get yourself to town or to one of the close in beaches (Sully's, Paki Point) Great news, the taxis are all pick up trucks so you can throw your groceries, bikes, paddle boards, kayaks etc. in the back as needed!
In addition to dive school La Buga has snorkel gear, kayaks, paddle board rentals, etc! For snorkeling a nice option is to jump on a La Buga dive trip. Sure, you'll be with the divers but this seems to be the best way to get to the best spots! Great news, the taxis are all pick up trucks so you can throw your groceries, bikes, paddle boards, kayaks etc. in the back as needed!
La Buga Dive & Surf
In addition to dive school La Buga has snorkel gear, kayaks, paddle board rentals, etc! For snorkeling a nice option is to jump on a La Buga dive trip. Sure, you'll be with the divers but this seems to be the best way to get to the best spots! Great news, the taxis are all pick up trucks so you can throw your groceries, bikes, paddle boards, kayaks etc. in the back as needed!
Golf Cart Rentals, expensive, but a nice luxury even if just for a few days! They do not reserve in advance but are located on the road to town, just tell your cab driver that you want to go there. Stop in and see what's available and when, as you may have to wait a day or two to get one. Mention you're from Casa Botanica and that you need to be able to get up the hill.
Bocas Carts
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Golf Cart Rentals, expensive, but a nice luxury even if just for a few days! They do not reserve in advance but are located on the road to town, just tell your cab driver that you want to go there. Stop in and see what's available and when, as you may have to wait a day or two to get one. Mention you're from Casa Botanica and that you need to be able to get up the hill.
Bike Rentals. Great for getting to town or even Paki Point but if you're considering riding to Bluff Beach(and especially Starfish Beach), consider the ebike rental. The road to Bluff changes from pavement to dirt and it's very rough..
Over The Water Rentals
Bike Rentals. Great for getting to town or even Paki Point but if you're considering riding to Bluff Beach(and especially Starfish Beach), consider the ebike rental. The road to Bluff changes from pavement to dirt and it's very rough..
ATV Rental As far as I know they will not reserve in advance. They are just down the road from us, so stop in for better response time. :)
Flying Pirates
ATV Rental As far as I know they will not reserve in advance. They are just down the road from us, so stop in for better response time. :)
Consider renting a bike as an alternative to a very expensive golf cart. ($10/day). Skully's is also a good place to go hang if you've got a late or early flight that conflicts with check in/out times!
Skully's House
Consider renting a bike as an alternative to a very expensive golf cart. ($10/day). Skully's is also a good place to go hang if you've got a late or early flight that conflicts with check in/out times!
Nature and Eco Tours
Here's a great resource: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g298425-Activities-c61-t216,220-Bocas_del_Toro_Province.html
Take a water taxi to Bastimentos Island and take the 15 minute hike up the hill to this charming organic family farm. 2 hours tours include a tasting of their cacao and a snack.
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Up in the Hill
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Take a water taxi to Bastimentos Island and take the 15 minute hike up the hill to this charming organic family farm. 2 hours tours include a tasting of their cacao and a snack.
Finca Los Monos Botanical Gardens
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Bocas del Toro Province
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Personal Chefs
Sometimes they are available, sometimes not....it's the way of Bocas!
If you're interested in a private chef to prepare delicious meals for you reach out to Chris via Whatsapp, +507 6477-4727. He works a regular gig down on Bluff Beach but is available to create lovely dishes upon request Sundays and Mondays. Speaks French, Spanish, and English. You may also try Nicole via Whatsapp, +507 6047 2309. OR... Luis, Sushi Chef+507 6146 7390
Bluff Beach Road
If you're interested in a private chef to prepare delicious meals for you reach out to Chris via Whatsapp, +507 6477-4727. He works a regular gig down on Bluff Beach but is available to create lovely dishes upon request Sundays and Mondays. Speaks French, Spanish, and English. You may also try Nicole via Whatsapp, +507 6047 2309. OR... Luis, Sushi Chef+507 6146 7390
Custom Florals
Contact Lin at the Botanic Gardens for some custom creations for your special event or just to pamper yourself! Using WhatsApp call +507 6729 9943
Finca Los Monos Botanical Gardens
Contact Lin at the Botanic Gardens for some custom creations for your special event or just to pamper yourself! Using WhatsApp call +507 6729 9943