Why Bocas?

If you are looking for rich jungle and crystal clear, warm, sea you’ll love Bocas del Toro. Here isla Bastimentos, Bocas del Toro residents don’t have cars; they have boats. It’s not unusual to take a water taxi to your favorite restaurant for dinner, boat home to watch the sunset and then enjoy a quiet, relaxing evening, watching brightly shining stars, because there is so little competing light.

Panama’s government has been investing into the tourism sector of Bocas del Toro, with upgrades to infrastructure, recycling programs, and training for locals working in the service industry.

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In Bocas del Toro there are many activities and groups you can do.

Surfing: Surfing in Bocas del Toro is considered some of the best in Panama. Bocas del Toro has waves of all types, from this property you can reach Carenero in 5 minutes by boat from Old Bank Town and surf waves for beginners and intermediate. And right out front of our property is the big wave Silverbacks. Bocas has point breaks, beach breaks and a wide variety of options in just the Isla Colon, Carenero, and Bastimentos islands alone.

Diving: Near Silverbacks Surf Resort is a variety of excellent diving spots such as Dolphin’s rock and Polo’s Beach. If you are a diver you will find a variety of diving shops on isla Colon and isla Bastimentos.

Paddling: Bocas del Toro is a paddling paradise, with all sorts of conditions. Bring your Stand-Up-Paddle, canoe, kayak or whatever you enjoy using and try it for yourself. The best is seeing the colorful reef below.

Gardening: Bocas del Toro rains for most of the year, this also means that we are more green than other provinces in Panama. Gardening is great here, everything will grow with if you need help there are gardening clubs in Bocas that you can join.

Other groups you can join are painting and cooking classes, hiking groups, and more.


Bocas del Toro offers a plethora of eating and shopping options.

El Ultimo Refugio: Over-the-sea restaurant open for dinner Monday through Friday, one of the most popular spots in town.

La Casbah: Mediterranean Food, great wine and excellent ambience.

Fincas & Estancias: Argentinean Steakhouse

Azul Restaurante: 6 course set meal, elegant dining

Bocart Restaurante: Some of the most colorful and delicious food in Bocas Town, a must.

Om Cafe: One of the oldest restaurants in town offering Indian and Asian cuisine.

Raw: Sushi and noodles, great ambiance and beautiful view located over the sea

Octo: Bocas del Toro fusion cuisine, delicious local plates with a modern fusion twist.

Albertos Pizzeria: Best pizza in town.

Great Lunch Spots: Cafe del Mar, Capitan Caribe, Bocas Falafel, Leafeater’s Cafe, Hungry Monkey, Buena Vista, La Buguita Cafe, Bibi’s on the Beach, Cosmic Crab

Where to Shop: Super Gourmet has items that you won’t find in other stores, as well as delicious deli items and sandwiches.