Welcome to Bocas del Toro Province


The longtime base of the Chiquita Banana company, the mainland boasts the Parque Internacional La Amistad, shared with Costa Rica. It's also home to diverse wildlife such as the elusive jaguar, traditional Ngöbe-Buglé settlements, and the Naso, one of few remaining American tribes with its own monarch.

Most visitors come for a hefty dose of sun and surf. Few are disappointed with the Bocas cocktail of water, fun and thatched luxury, but there's a lot more to what might be Panama's most beautiful corner.


Top experiences in Bocas del Toro Province

Bocas del Toro Province activities

$63 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Panama Bocas del Toro Full-Day Speedboat Tour with Snorkeling

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Dolphin Bay Preserve, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro Province30 minute boat ride from bocas Del Toro and will stay for 30 minutes Dolphins Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Crawl Cay (Kraal Cay), Bocas del Toro ProvinceSnorkeling and lunch Duration: 1 hourStop At: Isla Zapatillas, Bocas del Toro ProvinceBasimentos Marine Nationals Park30 min boat road from crawl crayDuration: 1 hourStop At: Isla Escudo, Chiriqui Grande, Bocas del Toro ProvinceSloth Island Duration: 1 hour

$45 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Day Tour to Zapatilla Cays, Coral Key & Dolphing Bay

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Parque Nacional Marino Isla Bastimentos, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro ProvinceTour to Bastimentos National park, visiting Dolphing Bay, where you can see dolphings on his natural environment. Sloths Island a unique place where the Sloth are free, Coral Key, beautiful beach where you can enjoy of a great beach and a very good restaurant. Zapatilla Cays de center of the Marine park Bastimentos with all the Beauty the Carribean can offer.Duration: 6 hours

$41.50 Transfers & Ground Transport

Transfer from Bocas del Toro to Puerto Viejo

Includes: boat from Bocas, ground transportation in air-conditioned van, a guide to help you cross the border and drop off at your hotel in Puerto Viejo, (Cahuta, Manzanillo & Punta Uva extra). Daily departures at 6 am, 8 am & 12 noon. Getting to and from Panama and Costa Rica has never been easier. We take care of everything. From Bocas Del Toro, we will pick you up at the Bocas Marine Tours dock on Main street in the heart of Bocas Town. You will take a 30 minute boat ride past some beautiful islands and mangroves to Almirante, where you will board one of our air conditioned late model shuttle vans direct to the border. From there we have our guide assist you with the immigration process leaving Panama and checking into Costa Rica. • Duration: 4 Hours (approx.)

$106.50 Transfers & Ground Transport

Transport From Bocas Del Toro to San Jose

We will pick you up at the Bocas Marine Tours dock on main street in the heart of Bocastown. You will take a 30 minute boat ride past some beautiful islands and mangroves to Almirante, where you will board one of our air conditioned late model shuttle vans direct to the border. From there we have our guide assist you with the immigration process leaving Panama and checking into Costa Rica. We then drive direct to Banana Azul where you will spend an hour or two having lunch and enjoying this beautiful little resort hotel on the beach in Puerto Viejo.From here we pick you up and make the 4 1/2 hour trip direct to downtown San Jose area hotels & the airport. 

$73 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Bocas del Toro Catamaran Snorkeling Tour in Panama

After pickup at the dock in Boteros de Bastimentos, board your catamaran for a 7-hour guided tour. You will sail slowly while experiencing the tranquil vibe that makes Bocas del Toro so special. Cruise through the mangroves to observe dolphins and anchor at two largely unexplored but abundant coral reefs.Your first stop is in Dolphin Bay, where you will have the opportunity to observe wild bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat. At each snorkeling  stop, don your gear and explore a colorful reef full of sea sponges, sea anemones, and a variety of starfish (sea stars) with your guide.After a lunch break, continue toward Isla Solarte (Solarte Island, aka Nancy's Cay) and snorkel at another spectacular reef teeming with colorful fish and large coral heads. Finish with the return trip back to port.

$66 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Small-Group Speed Boat and Snorkel Tour from Bocas del Toro

The dolphins of Bocas del Toro have a special predilection for the bay locally known as Dolphin Bay. This bay is bordered by the east side of Cristobal Island and a peninsula from the mainland. A labyrinth of shallow channels, formed by mangroves, screens its northern entrance, helping to make it a kind of giant natural aquarium, six kilometers across at its widest.One of the most famous snorkeling spots in Bocas de Toro, Crawl Cay, is a tiny island located in the channel between Bastimentos and Popa Island. Crawl Cay is surrounded by lush coral gardens.There are restaurants on this cay built on stilts over the water, so most visitors will order some fresh seafood before heading out to snorkel. Upon their return, a delicious meal will be awaiting them.The food is simple, but fresh and flavorful. The next destination is Red Frog Marina, a 15-minute hike across the narrowest point of Bastimentos Island allows you to reach Red Frog Beach. Red Frog is one of the more accessible beaches, and the only one with facilities including restaurants and bathrooms. Hospital Point is one of the most accessible sites for snorkeling. There are a few homes behind Hospital Point, and also a small indigenous community, but most of the island is covered with rain forest.

Bocas del Toro Province in detail