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Visit Bocas del Toro. Bocas del Toro on the Atlantic side of the country is one of the most beautiful places in the Caribbean. The province has white sandy beaches, turquoise water, colorful reefs, first class surf, fishing, scuba diving and tropical forests. It is home to pygmy sloths, monkeys, jaguars, panthers and diminutive red frogs, as well as the pinky-orange starfish of “Playa Estrella” (Star beach), a place where they cover the sea bottom, creating a magical landscape. It came into the public eye when the U.S. series “Survivor” was filmed there.
Bocas is ideal for the adventure traveler, who can indulge in extreme sports like deep sea fishing, surfing or scuba diving. A favorite activity for visitors is a full day excursion by boat combining snorkeling and beach and a visit to the Bottlenose Dolphins in Dolphin Bay. The Bastimentos Sky Zipline Canopy Tour is a memorable experience.
Nature lovers will be in their element here, because from May to August hundreds of Leatherback and Hawksbill turtles come to nest at Bluff Beach. There are also tours to Bastimentos National Park with a bilingual guide who is also a naturalist.
The Oreba Chocolate tour is a great way to learn about growing cocoa from seed to processing into chocolate. The botanical gardens of Finca Los Monos with its bird watching tour and exotic plants is another unforgettable experience as is a sail around the islands.
There is a vast range of accommodation in Bocas town or in the nearby islands and eateries offering everything from Panamanian food, to Indian, Tex-Mex or sushi.
It is easy to get to Bocas del Toro by plane. Air Panama flies daily from the Marcos Gelabert Airport in Panama City. Travelers on a budget can catch a bus at the Albrook Bus Terminal which leaves at 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and costs around $25. The Panama Tourism Authority together with some tour operators are offering a package to Bocas for $299 which includes round trip airplane tickets, three days and two nights accommodation with breakfast.
For more information about Bocas del Toro visit www.atp.gob.pa.