Tours and Places

A popular Bocas del Toro spot

Red Frog Beach on Bastimentos Island

Beach Red Frog
Beach Red Frog.

Red Frog Beach is a $5 water taxi ride per person away from Bocas Town and is probably the most popular beach destination within this Caribbean island archipelago. The entrance to the Red Frog development costs $3 which includes a ride on a jungle truck to the other side of Isla Bastimentos. There, the crashing surf, chaise chairs and a beach bar/restaurant provide all that one could desire. For information on other options at Red Frog, like the canopy tour, visit ww.redfrogbeach.com.

Bird Island
Bird Island lies off the northern shore of Isla Colón.

Bird and beach tour around Isla Colón

Here is a highly recommended day tour to see birds and beaches all while staying near the main island of Isla Colón in the Bocas del Toro archipelago. Leave Isla Colón early in the morning in a water taxi. Arrange a price prior to departure to see Bird Island, a sanctuary off the northern tip of Isla Colón, followed by a stop at Boca del Drago nearby.

You cannot disembark at Bird Island as the area is protected but there are lots of birds to see from the boat. Back on Isla Colón again, at the village of Boca del Drago, there is a nice restaurant serving fresh Caribbean food and beaches nearby with red starfish in the warm, calm waters. The return trip to Bocas Town can be done by water taxi or land taxi.

Mythical tourism attraction in Chiriquí

Sitio Barriles
Elisa Sarracin de Corella show us one the pieces found.

tourism attraction in ChiriquíThis picture shows the large pre-Colombian carved stones.

In the Volcán highlands in the Chiriquí province of Western Panama, the “Sitio Barriles” archeological site is one of the most mythical tourism attractions in the area. Its origin dates back to between the years 300 and 600 and is considered one of the most renowned pre-Columbian discoveries.

It was discovered in 1947 when Pedro Corella, along with his wife Elisa Sarracín de Corella, found a rock that had been shaped in a cylindrical form. It looked like a barrel, they thought, hence the root of its name “barril”or barrel.

Other pieces have also been found, among them “mutates,” statues of Indian chiefs, or “caciques” and petroglyphs, one of which shows a map to the crater of Volcán Barú. There are also carvings that show a map to ancient settlements on both sides of the continental divide. For information on how to visit the site, write an email to luislandau@mixmail.com or call 580-8008, 592-5397 or 639-5188.

Around and about The Beaches

Annual beach event

One-of-a-kind shopping in Coronado

By PlayaCommunity.com

Coronado craft event in Coronado
Buyers come out in scores for this annual Coronado craft event.

Whether you are new to Panama or have lived here a few years, life in this tropical Republic always seems to get a little better when you find a personal shopping treasure. I’m talking about things like tasty food treats, lacey bed spreads or that rare piece of handmade jewelry – One-of-a-kind prizes that can turn your beach tee into a party top! Here at the beaches where most shopping is still limited to necessities, shopping treasures are particularly hard to come by. But when they do, you have to just hold the margarita, fold up the pool chair and take yourself to the occasion. This month’s treasure shopping occasion comes once a year. It is the 4th Annual Coronado and Area Social Association Craft Fair. The event also attracts some unique artisans and vendors from the surrounding areas. The event expects to see around 30 vendors offering unique products, from hand-made paper gifts to unique finds in jewelry, quilts, stained glass, plants, soaps, paintings, books, Christmas decorations, hemp clothing, dog beds, fresh baked baguettes, and cheeses. The fair is the perfect occasion to grab a unique gift – for yourself or for that special someone. They will never find it in Pharmacy Arrocha or any boutique in Panama City. The 4th Annual Coronado and Area Social Association Craft Fair will be held at Coronado’s Equestrian Center on Sunday November 20th, from 8:00 to 4:00. Mark the date on the calendar. It’s worth the drive to Coronado!

Beach Activities, Events & Specials

In affiliation with PlayaCommunity.com

Friday, November 11

Gather for World Peace at Playa Serena Beach at 8 p.m.

Saturday, November 19

Go Organics Market at Picasso Bar in Coronado. From 9 a.m.

Sunday, November 20

CASA Craft Fair at La Carreta Restaurant in Coronado, from 8:00 a.m.

Wednesday, November 23

Playacommunity Mixer at Rincon del Chef Restaurant in Coronado, from 5 p.m.

Thursday, November 24

American Thanksgiving Lunch Buffet at Paraiso Restaurant in Las Uvas

Salsa Dancing

Salsa classes at Paraiso Restaurant in Las Uvas (3 km up towards El Valle) every Friday at 6:00 p.m. $5 per person.

Fitness

Sunwave Fitness is offering something for everyone, from Zumba to Yogacise. Email natasha@sunwavefitness.com or call 6533-9311.
Tuesday 7:00 a.m. - BEACHFIT @ Solarium in Coronado
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. - ZUMBA @ Solarium in Coronado
Wednesday 8:15 a.m. - AQUAFIT @ Playa Blanca Resort
Thursday 7:00 a.m. - BEACHFIT @ Solarium in Coronado
Thursday 9:00 a.m. - BODYSCULPTING @ Solarium in Coronado
Saturday 8:00 a.m. - YOGACISE @Solarium in Coronado