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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…
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…
Gardens in Bocas del Toro Town

Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden

One of the joys of visiting Bocas is touring the 'Monkey Farm' botanical garden a couple of kilometers northwest of the center. Painstakingly carved out of 10 hectares of secondary rainforest over almost two decades…
Indian in Bocas del Toro Town

Om Café

Guaranteed to make you sweat, this welcoming and very attractive upstairs Indian cafe cooks up classic curries, korma and thalis. Service can be slow, so order up one of the original cocktails to keep you company, s…
Club in Bocas del Toro Town

Selina Bar

The bar at this new landmark hostel is open daily, with happy hour between 7pm and 8pm, but most people make it here between 10pm and 2am on a Friday, when all the stops are pulled put and it's party time.
Arts & Crafts in Bocas del Toro Town

Artesanía Bribrí

This centrally located and heavily stocked shop sells hammocks, clothing and local handicrafts, such as jute bags made by indigenous Ngöbe people, molas by Guna people and mats from the Darién.
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 …
Fusion in Bocas del Toro Town


An odd one this, with lots of Thai dishes such as pad Thai noodles, spicy fish cakes and seafood red curry, and almost as many Middle Eastern and Greek choices, including fattoush (a salad with lemon, mint, garlic, …
Asian in Bocas del Toro Town

Raw Fusion

It's just a little plank restaurant on the water, but the Asian-fusion offerings are spot on. Sake accompanies fresh tofu spring rolls and amazing tuna tapas. The salads are wonderful, and service is friendly and at…
American in Bocas del Toro Town

Buena Vista Bar & Grill

This long-established but peripatetic establishment serves some of the best burgers, tacos and wraps in town, and dinner ups the ante with a surf-and-turf menu. Run by a welcoming Panamanian-American couple, it's a …