Bastimentos is an island in Bocas del Toro.
For everyone who feels a bit overwhelmed by the Party Scene in Bocas del Toro (town) this is the place to go. In Bastimentos you are going to find the relaxing atmosphere the loud Taxis and Bars of Bocas del Toro (town) can t offer.
You can take a Taxi Boat for 3 $US from Bocas del Toro (town).
There are no cars or roads on this island. So walking and water taxis are the ways of transportation.
There are several beautiful beaches in walking distance from town. One is Wizzard Beach (1.2 km from town) and the other one is Red Frog Beach (~ 1 hour walking)
good waves, spearfishing, surfing, snorkeling, diving, beautiful rocks and little islands, and many more beautiful sights. so many things to do. hidden beaches, and then a random bar at the end of red frog. peace and quiet.
There is a PADI dive centre on Bastimentos called The Dutch Pirate(PADI Store no S 21308) which has cheap prices for Open Water/Advanced certifications, Discover Scuba Diving experience and fun dives.
Walk up to the Coffee Shop Up in the Hill and have a great coffee/tea/etc. while reading/changing a book and enjoying the calm environment and the nice views.
There are several restaurants in town.
-yellow jack hostel has a restaurant. yari is the cook and she cooks excellent food. ricardo and manu the owners catches fresh fish daily. if you dont eat here, then go to these below.
-the thai restaurant up in the hills is amazing. under 6$ for a meal. corey and his wife from thailand run it.
-roots. excellent chicken,pork, and beef.
Not so much for going out here. It s more to calm down from Bocas del Toro experiences.
There is are several Hostals in town, on of them is called Hostal Bastimento and has Internet access, a little bar and nice rooms. For people who like it a bit more quiet walk until the left end of the town (if you are looking to the water) and follow a little path for 50 meters after the asphalted peer ends. There you will find a few cabins with shared kitchen and Dive Excursions for moderate prices and a lot of tranquilidad.