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Off to Bocas del Toro, the Caribbean paradise

Updated: Oct 9, 2023

From the small Panama City Albrook Airport you can take Air Panama to Bocas del Toro.

In the departure hall you can admire a huge, large and beautiful puzzle that depicts almost all the landmarks of the different countries in our world. (Unfortunately I didn't recognize anything about Luxembourg on it 😉). But then there is the Brandenburg Gate and Neuschwanstein Castle.

Immediately after the plane gains some altitude, you fly over the impressive Puente Centenario. The bridge was inaugurated in 2004 and is 1052 meters long and spans the Panama Canal. With a bit of luck you can also see a ship sailing through the canal.

The flight to Bocas del Toro takes just under an hour.

Upon arrival, airport staff guide passengers into a small hall. The suitcases are also gradually placed in the hall. An older man with a guitar greets the guests and starts a song. Hey Mister tally man, tally me banana…. and everyone is in a good mood. Suddenly a drug dog appears with a police officer. All suitcases are now thoroughly sniffed by the dog. If the dog has done its job and has nothing to report, the guests can take their suitcases and leave the airport building after another check through the suitcase scanner.

Bocas del Toro invites you, with its small, colorful houses and its lively streets. You have arrived on the Caribbean side of Panama.

We rented a quad bike to explore the island, there are also buses or you can rent a taxi. Unfortunately, quad biking is very uncomfortable at the moment, as almost all the streets on Isla Colón have turned into construction sites... That reminds me a lot of home 😉.

After a bumpy ride you will be rewarded with beautiful beaches. Crystal clear, wonderfully warm water and golden sand as far as the eye can see, for example. the Playa Bluff in the east of Isla Colón. I want to stay here, it's beautiful here. Small beach bars invite you to enjoy a cocktail.

Playa Bocas del Drago is beautiful, a dream beach that invites you to swim and relax. Playa Estrella, right next door, is somewhat remote. Here you can observe numerous starfish enjoying their life in the water on the shore.

In Bocas del Toro you can also book boat tours, for example to the Bahia los Delfines. Here the dolphins swim freely and you can watch them from the boat. The animals live in their natural environment and are not fed to be shown to tourists.

We continue to Crawl Cay, one of the most famous snorkeling spots with its lush coral gardens. The shallow water is ideal for snorkeling, you can easily go from the boat into the sea.

I met Daniel in a restaurant built on stilts right on the beach that served fresh fish, seafood and chicken 😉

From the terrace you can observe all kinds of fish, countless numbers cavorting in the bay. But perhaps they all already know that every now and then some rice finds its way from the plates into the water. A great meal for the fish.

Bocas del Toro and Isla Colón are perfect destinations for nature lovers, water sports enthusiasts and those craving a relaxed Caribbean atmosphere. The breathtaking nature and the diverse activities ensure that you take memories home that you will never forget.

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