Bocas del Toro, Panama
While Bocas del Toro is more than just a beach destination, we do have some glorious beaches. Most of the Bocas del Toro islands offer a variety of beaches, but we will mention the ones you are most likely to enjoy as a day trip.
Isla Colon has some of the easiest to access beaches in the Bocas archipelago, reachable by bike if you’re looking for a bit more adventure (and exercise) as well as by taxi. Some of the beaches worth mentioning are Starfish Beach, Bluff Beach and Boca del Drago. All three beaches offer places to relax as well as restaurants to grab a bite to eat or a cold drink to enjoy.
Isla Carenero offers some beaches as well and is easy to reach by water taxi. Beaches here offer excellent snorkeling, and the restaurants nearby have unique seafood options and cold tropical drinks. If you’re staying in Bocas Town and looking for a close beach to spend an afternoon, this is a great place to check out.
Isla Bastimentos offers some of the most beautiful beaches in the archipelago. Some accessible by hiking, such as Wizard Beach and Red Frog Beach, while others may be reached by water taxi or as part of a tour. Other beaches worth visiting include Long Beach, Polo Beach, and Old Point.
Probably the most famous beaches are those of the Cayos Zapatillas– those islands you have most likely seen on websites and brochures of the Bocas area. These two mangrove islands, ringed by golden sand beaches and coral reefs teeming with life, fall inside of the Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park. The local legends say that the Zapatillas (or slipper) Islands were created by the feet of God as they touched down from the heavens. The easiest way to reach these beaches is by boat tour, most tours hang around here for about two hours. There are no restaurants here and limited facilities. Bring snorkeling gear and explore the surrounding reef.