Are you ready to escape the modern world and embrace a lifestyle filled with island-hopping, coconut sipping and sunbathing? Then Bocas del Toro is for you. This incredibly picturesque slice of Panama has visitors flocking from all over the globe to explore the unique culture that populates this little community of islands. With remarkable restaurants, plenty of sunshine and a late-night scene that never stops, there’s are plenty of reasons why everyone is obsessed with Bocas del Toro – and you should be too!

 

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You’re Next to Nature

There’s something special about the abundance of nature in Bocas del Toro. Whether you live in a high-rise or the countryside, you’ll discover that the collision of land and Caribbean Sea makes you feel like you’re in another world. Grab your snorkel and sink into an ocean that’s teeming with life, or spend hours exploring any of Boca’s well-known nature preserves. From Bluff and Beach Forest to Isla Colon Park, there are countless opportunities for you to step into the warm, vibrant life of the Panamanian jungle.

 

It’s All About Food

Are you an herbivore? Carnivore? Omnivore? A, “whatever-I-want-ivore”? No matter your dietary restrictions, Bocas del Toro has cuisine that will undoubtedly appeal to you. Although many of the restaurants are culturally specific – i.e. Indian, Caribbean, Mexican – there are many restaurants that have adopted an amalgamation of ingredients to cater to more diverse palates. All fish is fresh fish and many local vegetables are grown on island, which makes it possible for chefs to deliver incredible dishes, time and time again. Be sure to show up hungry!

 

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Your Ride Is a Water Taxi

Unless you’re planning on swimming from island to island (which we really don’t recommend), you’ll quickly learn that the most common form of transportation is the water taxi. Hop on at any taxi “dock,” and enjoy a smooth ocean-swept cruise to your next destination. Most taxi rides will cost you around 2 USD, making it comparable to hopping on a bus in Chicago or paying for a 30-minute parking meter in NYC.

 

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Visiting Just Got Easier 

In the past, visitors from Costa Rica would typically take a bus, shuttle and water taxi combination to get to Bocas del Toro. Now, Skyway Airlines has launched a new flight from San Jose, Costa Rica to Bocas del Toro! With a flight time of just 45 minutes, visiting Bocas del Toro has never been easier or less of a hassle. The flights run Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and can be reserved in advance or last-minute. Prices vary, but the advisors at Gecko Trail can always help you find the best option.

 

The People Are Paramount

Have you ever visited a new place only to discover that the locals are cold, distant or even – dare we say – a little mean? If not, then you’re lucky! Sometimes it can be very difficult to mesh with a new culture or gain acceptance in a community that isn’t yours. In Bocas, fear not – Panamanians are the kindest, most warm-hearted people that you’ll ever meet. Practice your Spanish, bring your smile and get ready to be welcomed with open arms. It won’t take long before you’ll be obsessed with Bocas del Toro.