Recent Bocas del Toro reviews
"I guess there are some more exotic places on earth but we haven't seen any others yet to compare. Perfect in every way. Off the Grid at the end of Isla Colon, Bocas Del Toro is Boca Del Drago. Looking for a dark place to star gaze? This is it. Howler monkeys, sloths, parrots, hundreds of tropical plants right on Gundula and Dave's place with manicured lawns to inspect and enjoy. Fresh coconut water from Edwardo's skilled machete. Hundreds of feet of beautiful private beach. You will love it. Gundula helped us save a baby turtle from their private beach. What an experience!!! Watch it here. http://youtu.be/lVk9Kg99A6k"Guest: Randy J. Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: November 13, 2014View listing
"I think Bocas Condos is the best place I have stayed in Bocas. I have been in Bocas since 2004 and Bocas Condos is by far the safest, cleanest, best appointed place I know. The owner was absolutely delightful and efficient. Great communication and service. The condo itself is very well maintained, extremely comfortable. It is bright and cheery and nicely decorated. Plenty of closet, storage space. Nice bathroom and kitchen. Extremely comfy sofa bed and lounge chair. Great for short stay and long term stays. Location can't be beat. Thoroughly enjoyed it!"Guest: mary m. Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 10, 2014View listing
"Our family 2 adults and 2 children ages 10 and 7 had the pleasure to stay in this delightful cabin in Bocas in November 2014. This was the perfect place for our family to stay, it gave us a lot of space to cook and enjoy the jungle. We love adventure filled and active vacations and this was the perfect location for us. We especially loved exploring the island by bikes which was a lovely option provided by Lucas. Our kids loved to spend time with Lucas and Gloria and the chickens and dogs and cat. Lucas chopped coconuts right out of the trees in the yard for the children to enjoy. My husband enjoyed visiting Lucas's music studio and taking a CD home with us. Lucas was great at suggesting wonderful restaurants, arranged a great snorkel tour for us, told us all the places to search for monkeys and sloths, and gave great biking directions to deserted beaches and great swimming areas. We really enjoyed visting the Bastimentos Island and visiting Up The Hill chocolate farm and eating at Alvin's which was a very enjoyable water taxi away. In Bocas we enjoyed wonderful coffee at the new Coffee Shop (close to town) and eating at Refugio. November was a great time to visit Bocas, great weather and almost no tourists, we would highly recommend visting at this time and staying at this great cabin."Guest: Ktay Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: December 16, 2014View listing
"Our stay was wonderful! The owners were very helpful in answering all of our questions and providing ideas of things to do. The house was really spacious and clean and had an amazing view of the ocean. It was particularly peaceful to sit on the deck at the end of the day and enjoy the sunset and view while listening to jungle sounds. The pool was also fun for our children for a break from the ocean. I highly recommend getting a golf cart as that made trips to the beach, restaurants and dock quick and easy. We also found it was easy to plan and do activities. The staff was very helpful when we needed things and wanted to schedule tours. We went surfing, scuba diving, zip lining and took a day trip to Zapatillos Island, which was remote and beautiful. There was no shortage of activities which made the trip very fun with teenagers. I highly recommend this villa."Guest: thomp Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 12, 2014View listing
Bocas del Toro Travel Tips
Natural Beauty at Bocas del Toro Vacation Homes
Bocas del Toro is a small archipelago of islands in Panama in Central America. It was the country’s first national park. Because of conservation efforts, it has remained a pristine haven of natural resources. Bird and turtle sanctuaries are numerous and visitors can enjoy nature at its best. Many divers come to explore the underwater world and snorkelers can view the reefs from the surface. There are many trails that are open for visitors to explore and travelers who enjoy trekking can explore a wide range of landscapes. It’s a destination where a more leisurely pace prevails and you can take some time to enjoy the local culture and natural attractions.
Bocas del Toro Travel Attractions
In Bocas del Toro, you are really spoiled for choice. Unless you are staying for an extended period, you will really be hard-pressed to explore all of the attractions the area has to offer. Both the land and sea offer many opportunities for exploration.
The scuba diving is excellent and there are several reputable dive schools in the area that operate daily charters. Snorkeling excursions and leisurely sightseeing cruises can also be easily arranged. For a different kind of snorkeling experience, join an excursion to the mangroves. Here in the crystal clear waters, you can see the sponges, starfish, fire corals and crabs that make this area their home. Surfers’ favorite spots are the waves off the Bastimentos and Colon Islands, and Carenero Quay. While the waves are good, it’s not a place for novice surfers. Many of the waves break close to the beach or dump on coral reefs, and you need to have the ability to break away before you get too close to either.
There are many marked trails for hiking on the different islands and some local tour operators will provide a guiding service to take you around. Some of the longer trails are open for mountain biking and bikes can be hired relatively inexpensively. Two of the more well known trails are the Red Frog Trail and the Sloth Trail.
The Bocas del Toro town is a place with a rich history. Many beautiful old buildings tell their own tales of industries and developments over the ages. Many of the old colonial buildings are being lovingly restored to their former glory, making strolling down the streets a wonderful experience.
Leisurely Days at Bocas del Toro Vacation Houses
Bocas del Toro is the type of destination that you visit to escape hectic your busy life for a while. The beautiful natural surroundings and wealth of outdoor activities will quickly rejuvenate your spirits. Many of the vacation homes are located on the beachfront with sweeping views over the ocean. Enjoy breakfast out on the deck and hear the birds in the trees overhead. Most rental homes are spacious and comfortably furnished. Many are characterized by large windows, open decks and surrounded by lush tropical gardens. Staying here you can enjoy your own private piece of paradise.
Getting to Bocas del Toro
For international travelers, you will need to route via the international airport in Panama City. From there, you can get a connection with one of the domestic airlines into Bocas del Toro. There are regularly scheduled flights but because Bocas is a popular tourist destination, they are often quite fully booked. It’s therefore essential to make your reservation together with your international flight and reconfirm your flight details again prior to your departure. Upon arrival in Bocas del Toro, you can get a marine taxi out to the islands. There are two taxi companies that operate regularly scheduled departures throughout the day.