The Bocas del Toro Islands is an archipelago located off the Caribbean coast of Panama, close to the border with Costa Rica. There are a total of 240 islands ranging from tiny mangrove islets up to Bastimentos Island which exceeds 100,000 acres in size.
Isla Colón is the main island where the Town of Bocas del Toro is located. Bocas Town has an airport that receives flights from Panama City and San Jose, Costa Rica. Bocas is also where the mainland ferry and water taxis dock.
The Islands are well-known for their pristine waters, secluded islands, and abundant primary rainforest. They are an absolute paradise of white sand beaches, banana plantations, lush rainforests, coral reefs, turquoise seas, exotic marine life, and mangrove coves. Isla Colón is the only island with electricity, municipal water, roads, and phone service.
No wonder why it is Panama’s top tourist destination in the Caribbean!
Located two miles off the beach at Popa Paradise Beach Resort are two deserted islands each about a mile long and ringed with crystal clear sandy waters. They are part of the world-famous Bastimentos Marine Preserve.
Imagine a day of being Robinson Crusoe, wandering the shores beach combing for exotic shells, hardly a soul insight, relaxing in the shade of thousands of palm trees, and snorkeling in water so clear that visibility is fifty feet! Pitch your lounger in the shade and open your icebox and relax.
Located one mile from our hotel is Basimentos Island, the largest of the Bocas Islands. It is like all the others (except Colon which has one road) in that it has no roads and is sparsely populated with rainforest down to almost all the shores. The shores of Bastimentos Island feature several miles of sandy beaches perfect for a picnic or sunset stroll.
Bocas Paradise Hotel offers a wide selection of activities designed to enable our guests to interact with all aspects of these beautiful, sparsely populated islands.
It is an understatement to say the snorkeling here is spectacular. Like a giant aquarium, exotic clouds of tiny colorful reef fish up to abundant large pelagic fish patrol the slightly deeper water (15 feet plus). Do not be surprised to see a turtle cruising by or a playful dolphin skipping by or a big Amberjack cruising through.
We can tailor your vacation to your specific needs or you can experience some of our planned activities. Just ask in reception for more information.
Kayaks are available for nominal rent. We carry single and double-seater ocean kayaks. There are literally miles upon miles of calm waters to explore right from our beach, featuring crystal clear waters, (averaging 82 degrees year round!) with abundant coral sandy beaches, mangroves, and tiny islands, all in waters that are mostly up to fifteen feet deep.
Take an ice box with snacks and refreshments and lose yourself in the beauty of it all!
We have all the gear, all you have to do is drop the bait in the water! Great fishing starts right at our beach. There are too many species to name them all here, but our favorites are Red Snapper, Wahoo, Leopard Grouper, and Sierra. Go catch us all dinner!
We have two (15 and 17 foot) aluminum fishing skiffs and a 22-foot fiberglass Panga at present rigged (Baja style) for both guided and self-guided trips.
They are available for half and full-day trips. They have auto starts, steering consoles, bait tanks, bimini tops, and can be equipped with 15 to 75hp motors, as needed. Fishing ranges from reef fishing to trolling both inside and outside the outer reef two miles off our shore. You can even fly fish in the sandy shallows of most of the islands.
We have Gumacindo, our resident Ngobe local fishing guide, who has grown up fishing these waters from a dugout canoe and thus knows every hotspot for miles around. We love to send people off with Gumacindo as we know for sure we are going to eat well that night!