Beach in Isla Bastimentos

Red Frog Beach

Small but perfectly formed, Red Frog Beach is named after the rana rojo (strawberry poison-dart frog), an amphibian you're most unlikely to encounter here due to development, local kids trapping them to impress tour…
Beach in Isla Bastimentos

Playa Larga

This 6km-long beach on the southeast side of the island falls under the protection of the marine park. Hawksbill, leatherback and green sea turtles nest here from March to September. It's also good for surfing. To g…
Beach in Aguadulce

Playa El Salado

Located 9km from central Aguadulce, this one-time salt works now serves as a crucial habitat for marsh and shore birds. The area draws local and international birdwatchers to view roseate spoonbills, wood storks and…
Beach in Isla Bastimentos

Wizard Beach

The most beautiful beach on Isla Bastimentos is awash in powdery yellow sand and backed by thick vine-strewn jungle. It's connected to Old Bank via a wilderness path, which normally takes 20 minutes or so but can be…
Beach in Playa Bluff & Around

Playa Bluff

This lovely beach is pounded by intense waves. Though you wouldn’t want to get into the water here without a board, the soft, yellow sand and palm-fringed shores are pristine. The beach is 8km from Bocas town, along…
Beach in Boca del Drago

Boca del Drago

Boca del Drago, in the northwest of Isla Colón, is one of the best beaches on the island, though the surf can be rough at times. Just offshore from the beach is a patchy coral-and-sand sea bottom that offers good sn…
Beach in Isla Bastimentos

Playa Polo

Polo Beach wraps around a sheltered cove and is protected by a reef. It has good snorkeling. Can be reached by short hike from Red Frog Beach.
Beach in Playa Barqueta

Playa Barqueta

This long and lovely black-sand beach 25km southwest of David is a popular weekend escape for city folk, but you'll have the place all to yourself if you visit during the week. Be warned: as inviting as the ocean se…
Beach in Playa Bluff & Around

Playa El Istmito

Playa El Istmito, also called Playa La Cabaña, is the closest beach to Bocas town (2.5km away), but as it's on the Bahía Sand Fly the chitras (sand flies) here have an itchy bite. This is not the most attractive bea…
Waterfront in Panama City

Paseo las Bóvedas

This esplanade runs along the top of the sea wall built by the Spanish to protect the city. From here, you can see the Puente de las Américas arching over the waterway and the ships lining up to enter the canal.