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Everything You Wanted To Know About Bocas Del Toro

By Antonio Khatemi

Starting in Panama City, Bocas del Toro can be reached by going from the Marcos A. Gelabert Airport in Albrook to the Bocas del Toro International Airport in Isla Colon. By car, travelers use the Panamerican Highway going from Panama City to Changuinola in the Province of Bocas del Toro. Boat transportation is then necessary to take visitors by sea to Isla Colon.

The Caribbean Sea serves as a boundary to the north while the Limn Province of Costa Rica is the border at its west. The Chiriqu Province and Ngbe-Bugl Comarca border on the south and east. The Ro Sixaola forms the border that Bocas shares with Costa Rica. The river is also crossed by a famous railroad bridge that has spanned between Guabito and Sixaola, Costa Rica for many, many years. Thousands of visitors traverse the bridge each year crossing over the border between destinations in Bocas and Costa Rica.

Bocas del Toro can be reached from Panama City using the Marcos A. Gelabert Airport in Albrook to the Bocas del Toro International Airport in Isla Colon. Traveling by ground, the Panamerican Highway goes from Panama City to Changuinola in the Province of Bocas del Toro until water vehicles must be used to continue by sea to Isla Colon.

Once on the island, rides are available to the Colony of Los Santos. Travel there to find the coral rock cavern that passes through Colon Island to Bluff Beach. It’s an attraction meant for vacationers and researchers alike. They all go to observe the numerous types of bats that reside there.

In addition to the cavern, the region of Bocas del Toro offers six beautiful and thickly wooded islands, an abundance of untouched and uninhabited islets and also Parque Nacional Marino Isla Bastimentos. Bocas is a key tourist destination in Panama. Despite the heavy tourist influence, a strong sense of tradition and an adherence the old customs lives on there.

Environmental safeguarding has kept the influence of tourism and other industries to a bare minimum there. As a result, Bocas manages to preserve the appeal of small-town Caribbean life as well as the archipelago’s exotic splendor. On the whole, Isla Coln is a well developed setting that still maintains a strong authenticity and classic way of life. A primary part of the whole picture is Isla Carenero. This isle is extremely relaxing, quiet and undeveloped – offering the complete representation of Caribbean life and allure without any of the “developed” distractions.

One famous writer wrote about the province saying that Bocas Del Toro’ easy Caribbean vibe is magnified through the archipelago’s amazing natural backdrop. The islands dense jungles are packed with tangled vines and jungle palms that run into wide open spaces on pristine seashores surrounded by reeds and mangroves. Beneath the water sits a widespread coral reef system supporting tropical fish and offering some awesome breakers to surfers and swimmers. In Bocas, extreme hiking in deep jungles often ends by discovering yourself on an empty seashore with amazing waves. Another frequent occurrence – rainforests with unique animals like jaguars, memorable fauna and the few classic Ngbe-Bugl settlements that even now maintain a style of living that’s been lived out for generations.

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