A few hundred meters southeast from Isla Colón lies the often-overlooked Isla Carenero. This tiny island takes its name from ‘careening,’ which in nautical talk means to lean a ship on one side for cleaning or repairing. In October 1502, Columbus’ ships were careened and cleaned on this cay while the admiral recovered from a bellyache.
Playa Bluff & Around
A string of beaches on Isla Colón's east coast can be reached by a road that skirts along the shore up from Bocas town. This has traditionally been the terrain of surfers (and turtles), but as more lodgings pop up, travelers are discovering this once-secluded option. Playa Bluff stretches for 5km all the way to Punta Rocosa.
Boca del Drago
Located on Isla Colón's northwest coast, this sleepy beach is known for its huge number of starfish along Starfish Beach, a 15-minute walk around the bend. The recent addition of commercial stands and cabins as well as increased water-taxi traffic have taken their toll on the beach, however. There has been a lot of erosion and the starfish have moved much further offshore.