Top things to do

Top Choice Caribbean in Bocas del Toro Town

El Último Refugio

One of the best restaurants in Bocas town, this mellow North American–run place on the edge of the sea specializes in Caribbean and seafood dishes, with fare such as red curry calamari and miso-crusted grouper on th…
Top Choice Park in Isla Bastimentos

Parque Nacional Marino Isla Bastimentos

Established in 1988, this 132-sq-km marine park was Panama's first. Protecting 130 islands of the Bocas del Toro archipelago, including the coral-fringed Cayos Zapatillas, and the wetlands in the center of Isla Bast…
Top Choice Vegetarian in Isla Carenero

Leaf Eaters Cafe

This vegetarian and vegan lunch place has moved from its old location and settled almost opposite above the water on Isla Carenero. It serves quirky and remarkably flavorful vegetarian dishes such as 'hippie bowls' …
Top Choice Mexican in Bocas del Toro Town

Taco Surf

Just opposite the main plaza, this small garden eatery owned by an affable couple from San Diego serves Baja California–style Mexican food, with fish tacos, California burritos, nachos and specialty fries seasoned w…
Bar in Bocas del Toro Town

Mondo Taitú Bar

The party-loving US owners at this hostel entertain their guests with a variety of themed events (usually on Tuesdays and Fridays). The creative cocktail list and hookahs make Mondo a good choice any night of the we…
Bar in Bocas del Toro Town

Barco Hundido

At some point you'll probably find yourself at this open-air bar, affectionately known as the ‘Wreck Deck’ after the sunken banana boat that rests in the clear Caribbean waters in front. A short boardwalk extends fr…
Sports & Outdoors in Bocas del Toro Town

Tropix Surfboards

Sells custom-made surfboards and a few used ones as well. Also has a large selection of swimwear and other island apparel.
Pizza in Bocas del Toro Town

Pizzeria Alberto

Sardinian-run Alberto’s is a favorite local haunt, where pizza with toppings such as artichokes, olives and Gorgonzola satisfies big appetites.
Cave in Bocas del Toro Town

La Gruta

If sun, sand and surf isn't your thing then consider a trip to this cave in Colonia Santeña, a small village of cattle farmers 7km northwest of Bocas town. Here you'll wade through waist-high water while trying not …
Cultural in Bocas del Toro Town

May Day

While the rest of Panama is celebrating Labor Day, local girls perform the Palo de Mayo (Maypole dance).