Although I had only four days to spend in this country, my experience in Bocas del Toro set Panama high on my list of favorite places I have visited! During my study abroad program in Costa Rica, a group of 35 of my fellow international students and I took a bus and crossed the border to Panama for a long weekend! Since we needed an extension for our visas, we had a great excuse to take a trip into this little slice of paradise! In just a few days there, I was able to experience so many amazing things and make some truly unforgettable memories. Here are just a few of the amazing things I recommend for visitors to do there:
1. Go Snorkeling or Scuba Diving:
While staying in Bocas, one thing you definitely should not miss out on is the opportunity to go snorkeling or scuba diving! There is no shortage of scuba and snorkeling tours available to visitors. During my snorkeling experience, I had the chance to see various types of colorful fish surrounded by beautiful corals.
2. Swim amongst the Starfish:
One of my favorite places I was able to visit during my trip in Bocas del Toro was definitely Boca del Drago (Starfish Beach), which (as you can guess by the name) is full of starfish! With its crystal clear tranquil waters, visitors can relax or swim right amongst the starfish. If you are looking for a place to relax and enjoy nature, this is definitely the right place! Relaxing in the turquoise waters surrounded by bright orange starfish, fresh coconut in hand, what could be better?
3. Explore Red Frog Beach:
Another amazing beach to explore is Red Frog Beach! I would particularly recommend this one if you are interested in spotting wildlife and experiencing Panama’s breathtaking nature. As the name suggests, this beach is known for being one of the best areas in Panama for spotting these gorgeous poison dart frogs! The beach itself is incredibly beautiful, boasting bright blue waters and surrounded by thick rainforest. The tide here is much rougher and not as ideal for swimming – although it makes for a great body surfing spot! In addition to the beach, visitors can easily explore the jungles where they can search for bright red poison dart frogs!
4. Experience the Amazing Nightlife:
Of all the places I have traveled, I would have to say that Bocas del Toro was the most fun because of the amazing nightlife! During my stay, my fellow study abroad students and I stayed in Isla Colon (the main and most populated island of the archipelago). There, visitors will find an endless supply of incredible restaurants, bars, and clubs! My favorite place was called Barco Hundido, which had a vibrant dance floor with a variety of music from pop, reggae to salsa and bachata! They also have a super cool section where visitors can take a dip in the sea, which of course (after a few drinks) I had to take the opportunity to jump in for a swim! Another super fun place that many of my friends were able to check out was the Aqua Lounge Bar and Hostel, which in addition to the bar had a large area for swimming in the sea and even a diving board! Some of my favorite study abroad memories were in Bocas del Toro, and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a lively nightlife experience!
Not only did Bocas del Toro astound with its abundance of natural beauty, but it also proved to be full of endless opportunities for relaxation and fun! If you are looking to experience some of the best of Central America’s natural beauty, simply relax on the beach, or party the night away you will find Bocas del Toro as the perfect vacation spot!