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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.

Get in

You can take a Taxi Boat for 3 $US from Bocas del Toro (town).

Get around

There are no cars or roads on this island. So walking and water taxis are the ways of transportation.


Travel Warning WARNING: There have been regular reports of robberies with machetes on the path between the town of Old Bank and Wizzard Beach since 2006. Ask local sources and always use common sense.

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 [3](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.

Definently recommend this. get some brownies and truffles. theres a book store here to. wonderful family runs it.



There are several restaurants in town.


Not so much for going out here. It s more to calm down from Bocas del Toro experiences.


  • Yellow Jack (Dive, Hostal), Bastimentos, Bocas del Toro, Panama (Ask the water taxi to drop you at Yellow Jack's dock.), +507 6908-3621, [1]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Yellow Jack is just outside the main town on Bastimentos. There are two buildings with two and three rooms with private baths. These units are fed by rainwater and have electric water heaters on the shower heads. Fans and mosquito nets are provided. Dive trips, kayak rental, and snorkel gear rental are all available at the "lobby" which is actually built out on top of the ocean. See the website for pictures. Breakfast is available in the morning and drinks are available the rest of the day. It is a 5 minute walk into town where there are a couple of restaurants and shops with reasonably priced goods. $15pp.

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.

  • Beverly's Hill, (Walk left some 100 meters from the pier in Old Bank. You'll see signs leading the way; it's up a small hill on your right.), (507) 757 9923, [2]. checkout: 11:00. Very nice place run by a friendly British/Colombian family. There are 7 rooms, in wooden cabins in a lush garden. Breakfast and dinner available, but let them know beforehand so they can prepare. [email protected] From $20 for a double room..


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.

Get out

Taxi boat to Bocas del Toro (town).

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