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" [sic] (1.2 km or 20 minutes from town) and the other one is "Red Frog Beach" (~1 hour walking from Old Bank town). The path is extremely difficult to negotiate this path in the rain.
Wizzard Beach [sic] (Playa Primera)
There is a strong (reportedly deadly) undertow on this beach. Only experienced swimmers should enter the water here. The beach is long and fairly remote. The difficulty involved in getting to this beach lends itself to a smaller number of visitors. There are no services on or near this beach. Sometimes there are good waves for surfing. There is no lifeguard and medical services are far away.
Red Frog Beach
There are two bars and a hostel at the far end of this beach. Drinks are more expensive than in town but still cheaper than US or European prices. The hostal serves food right on the beach and is open until 5pm. A truck runs back and forth from the beach near the hostel to the marina on the other side of the island. The truck is free. Water taxis are usually waiting to take you to Bastimentos for $4 per person.
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.
Not so much for going out here. It s more to calm down from Bocas del Toro experiences.
Beverlys Hill is another option on Batimentos, they offer cabinas at a reasonable price and excellent hospitality, as well as good local knowledge. They are located 100mts from the police station. Highly recommended.
For a totally unique experience, try La Loma Jungle Lodge and Chocolate Farm. It's located in a quiet bay midway down the island and has 4 'handmade' cabins perched on the hillside. The food is incredible with many products grown in the organic gardens. Unsurprisingly, chocolate features prominantly.
Taxi boat to Bocas del Toro (town).