Bocas del Toro
Imagine a place where you can find world-class beaches and every water sport under the sun – swimming, sailing, fishing, snorkeling and diving, surfing – and where the preferred method of travel from one tranquil island to the next is by water taxi. Such a paradise exists in the archipelago of Bocas del Toro.
The number one reason to go to Bocas del Toro is to experience the incredible diversity of gorgeous and unique beaches with their calm turquoise blue waters perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Bocas del Toro is a top beach vacation for families and friends looking to relax in the tranquility of the tropical paradise found in Bocas del Toro.
With so many islands and cays dotting the water of Bocas del Toro, there is literally a beach for everyone. It’s easy to find a secret or secluded beach where you can wallow away the day with that special someone, with the entire family or simply by yourself.
Red Frog Beach Island Resort and Spa
Recognized as one of Panama’s top beach resorts, the luxurious Villas of the Red Frog Beach Island Resort and Spa offer privacy and romance for couples and plenty of space for large families looking for a unique island getaway to relax and unwind. Amenities include luxury villas with one to six bedrooms and their own private infinity pools; several restaurants to choose from – including the option for having a private chef’s service in your villa; a world-class spa tucked away in the jungle; a canopy adventure zip line tour; use of jungle carts to move around the hilly community; and famous Red Frog Beach.
Isla Bastimentos (Basitmentos Island)
Isla Bastimentos is the second largest island in the archipelago and is one of the most popular destinations offering superb snorkeling and diving. It’s also home of Red Frog Beach, the most famous beach in Panama and the world-famous Red Frog Beach Resort. One can surf gorgeous waves on Isla Bastimentos, snorkel above the coral reef, lie on the white sand, take a night hike, or just stroll through the surf. Other beaches on Bastimentos include: Wizard Beach, Turtle Beach, North Beach, Cayman Beach (and coves) and Playa Larga.
Spotting exotic wildlife on Red Frog Beach and the other beaches on Bastimentos is almost guaranteed. Four of the world’s eight sea turtle species nest on Red Frog Beach. This Panama Beach is unique because of the lush rainforest that fringes the sandy Caribbean beach. The beach is accessed by arriving from Bocas Town via 10 minute water taxi ride and then a 15 minute walk across from the back to the front of the island. You may spot a three-toed sloth as you walk across the island, a monkey, or a small red frog for which Red Beach derives its name.
Cayos Zapatillos (“Little Shoes Cays”)
Beach lovers and snorkelers alike will not want to miss the national marine park featuring two snow white sand islands called Cayos Zapatillas, or “Little Shoes Cays.” The two islands comprise part of the Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park and have been protected since the park’s founding in 1988 to help revive the sea turtle population that depend on its shores for nesting. There are three pristine beaches, one on each of the islands and Playa Larga which is nearly three miles long.
The long stretches of undeveloped and isolated beaches near gorgeous marine habitats including reefs, sea grass beds and mangrove islands are perfect for the nesting sea turtles. Not coincidentally, these same traits are what attract visitors. But the real allure is that sometimes there will not be another human being in site so you may have an entire beach to yourself.
Town of Bocas del Toro
When the sun sets after a relaxing day at the beach or an exhilarating day of water sports, the little town of Bocas del Toro comes alive with its eclectic mix of restaurants offering international favorites, the freshest seafood imaginable and tasty local Panamanian dishes; wide variety of places to have a cold cocktail and watch the sun set over the Caribbean Sea; and interesting nightlife options where you can dance the night away to reggae or salsa.