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(New page: Bocas del Toro, "Mouth of the Bull," is a state in northwestern Panama, on the border with Costa Rica. While the majority of the state is extremely rural and wild, the town Bocas del Toro ...)
 
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Bocas del Toro, "Mouth of the Bull," is a state in northwestern Panama, on the border with Costa Rica. While the majority of the state is extremely rural and wild, the town Bocas del Toro on the Isla Colon is well-equipped with tourist infrastructure. The town of Bocas del Toro is accessible by an air; flights for Bocas del Toro depart from Marcos Gelabert Airport in Panama City, located near the Panama Canal. Note that this is not the main airport in Panama City.
 
Bocas del Toro, "Mouth of the Bull," is a state in northwestern Panama, on the border with Costa Rica. While the majority of the state is extremely rural and wild, the town Bocas del Toro on the Isla Colon is well-equipped with tourist infrastructure. The town of Bocas del Toro is accessible by an air; flights for Bocas del Toro depart from Marcos Gelabert Airport in Panama City, located near the Panama Canal. Note that this is not the main airport in Panama City.
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The main street of the town is located directly on the waterfront, although buildings have been built over the water in many places. Many of the nicest hotels and restaurants are built in this fashion, on stilts over the water.
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Bacos del Toro offers a variety of activities, mainly based on its waterfront location. While this city itself is not ideal for swimming, the area is full of opportunities. There are ample opportunities to snorkel and dive with various excursion operators, which vary in size, sophistication, and price. There are also tours to beaches and on nearby islands, notably "Red Frog Beach" on a neighboring island.
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The town Bocas del Toro is fully walkable, and no transportation will be necessary in the town.
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The archipelago upon in whcih the town is located is perhaps the best attraction. In order to travel between the islands, numerous locals use private boats as water taxis for a nominal fee. Make sure to tell them to return if they take you somewhere out of the way.
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The Island of Carmero--located directly across from Bocas del Toro--has a much more relaxed atmosphere. Even more quaint is the town slightly farther away called Bastimentos, a considerable village with a tourist bar/restaurant or two. Going to one of these towns via local taxi, exploring the village, having a drink, and finding a bit of waterfront to relax in front of is an ideal way to spend an afternoon without the expenses or formalities of a guided tour.
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While Bastimentos is on the same island as Red Frog Beach, it is not advisable to attempt to find the beach without a guide, as the landscape is somewhat trecherous, particularly after the frequent rains.
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The waterfront boasts numerous bars, which vary from college/beach atmosphere to locals hangouts. As this destination is relatively far off the beaten path, it is possible to not feel overwhelmed by college students and tourists, but they do certainly exist.

Revision as of 22:30, 12 October 2007

Bocas del Toro, "Mouth of the Bull," is a state in northwestern Panama, on the border with Costa Rica. While the majority of the state is extremely rural and wild, the town Bocas del Toro on the Isla Colon is well-equipped with tourist infrastructure. The town of Bocas del Toro is accessible by an air; flights for Bocas del Toro depart from Marcos Gelabert Airport in Panama City, located near the Panama Canal. Note that this is not the main airport in Panama City.

The main street of the town is located directly on the waterfront, although buildings have been built over the water in many places. Many of the nicest hotels and restaurants are built in this fashion, on stilts over the water.

Bacos del Toro offers a variety of activities, mainly based on its waterfront location. While this city itself is not ideal for swimming, the area is full of opportunities. There are ample opportunities to snorkel and dive with various excursion operators, which vary in size, sophistication, and price. There are also tours to beaches and on nearby islands, notably "Red Frog Beach" on a neighboring island.

The town Bocas del Toro is fully walkable, and no transportation will be necessary in the town.

The archipelago upon in whcih the town is located is perhaps the best attraction. In order to travel between the islands, numerous locals use private boats as water taxis for a nominal fee. Make sure to tell them to return if they take you somewhere out of the way.

The Island of Carmero--located directly across from Bocas del Toro--has a much more relaxed atmosphere. Even more quaint is the town slightly farther away called Bastimentos, a considerable village with a tourist bar/restaurant or two. Going to one of these towns via local taxi, exploring the village, having a drink, and finding a bit of waterfront to relax in front of is an ideal way to spend an afternoon without the expenses or formalities of a guided tour.

While Bastimentos is on the same island as Red Frog Beach, it is not advisable to attempt to find the beach without a guide, as the landscape is somewhat trecherous, particularly after the frequent rains.

The waterfront boasts numerous bars, which vary from college/beach atmosphere to locals hangouts. As this destination is relatively far off the beaten path, it is possible to not feel overwhelmed by college students and tourists, but they do certainly exist.