What to do in Bocas
By Erica Blengino
Welcome to the islands of Bocas del Toro, Panama! Come and wander around our charming colonial buildings, cheerfully colored houses and historic relics such as authentic Spanish cannons, lighted shipwrecks and antique fire trucks.
Learn about Christopher Columbus' historic 1502 discovery of the islands, the "Green Gold" banana industry, the cocoa process and Spanish battles with pirates of old.
Discover the natural treasures of these tropical islands at the APT exhibition floor or at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, the only Smithsonian Research Center to exist outside of the United States! Admire a superb aerial photo of our nine main islands-- an excellent way to decide which to visit first! Meet Ngobe Buglé Indians in traditional clothing selling colorful, artisan crafts. Hike through worn jungle paths to relax on sandy beaches.
Splash in the gentle waters of a Caribbean cove or surf on waves gnarly enough for the most experienced surfers! Snorkel above thriving coral reefs and experience the Caribbean colors of our tropical fish. Become a certified Open Water diver at the cheapest price in the world and spot dolphins, turtles, sharks and rays. Kayak around peaceful mangrove islands or jet between the main islands on a local speedboats.
Welcome to islands bordered with beautiful beaches and pulsing with thick, tropical jungle. This archipelago is home to over 350 species of bird, as well as brightly colored frogs, monkeys, sloths and alligators.
Visit what geologists believe could be the largest array of known caves in Central America, full of fresh water, beautiful rock formations and bats! Share these experiences with local English-speaking Afro tour guides. Listen to reggae music day and night as you enjoy any of our famous bars! Try Caribbean rice & beans slow cooked in coconut milk, along with all the different tastes ofthe island. Learn to speak Spanish or just relax and forget it all as the sun sets into the sea... This is Bocas del Toro!!!