Red Frog Beach

Isla Bastimentos

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 tourists, and a tidal wave of day-trippers in season. From Bocas town, water taxis (US$7) head to the public dock next to a small marina on the south side of the island, from where the beach is an easy 15-minute walk.

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1. Playa Polo

0.96 MILES

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.

2. Wizard Beach

1.58 MILES

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3. Nivida Bat Cave

2.66 MILES

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5. Playa Larga


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6. Playa Punch

4.72 MILES

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7. Playa El Istmito

5.02 MILES

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