Bocas Town, Bocas del Toro Travel Guide/Tips

Bocas Town is the capital of the province of Bocas del Toro in Panama. Bocas is a group of small islands on the Caribbean coast that are a popular tourist destination, mainly because of the outstanding beaches. Panama is still largely untouched by tourism which is a major appeal to a lot of people, however it is important to understand that the infrastructure that you find in other countries doesn't exist in Panama.

There is really no bad time to go to Bocas on your vacation since the weather is warm year round. However it does tend to rain a lot, not surprising since it is a tropical location. The best times to go to avoid the worst of the rain are in the spring or the fall. This is when it tends to rain the least but you should still expect it to rain a few times while you are there. Interestingly for a group of Caribbean islands Bocas has never been hit by a hurricane. That means that you don't really have to avoid Bocas during hurricane season since there is little risk.

Getting to Bocas is fairly simple; the majority of people actually get to the island from Costa Rica. There is a bridge that connects Bocas to Costa Rica, crossing the bridge is quite an experience in itself. The reason that most people get to Bocas through Costa Rica is that it is easier to get flights to Costa Rica. Once in Costa Rica you will need to take a bus to get to Bocas. It is possible to get flights to Panama City but this will generally cost more than flying to Costa Rica. From Panama City you can fly to Bocas or you can take a bus or you can rent a car. If you rent a car or take the bus you will need to transfer to a water taxi to get to the island. There is a place to leave your car on the mainland when you catch the water taxi since you won't need a car in Bocas.

One thing to keep in mind about Bocas is that the tourist infrastructure is not as developed as it is in other countries. Therefore you are not going to find the same quality of hotels or restaurants that you would in other places. Most hotels are fairly basic; there are no large resorts or five star hotels. The same is true when it comes to dining, the food is good quality local food but there are really no high end restaurants. The night life on the island is pretty laid back as well. Bocas is best as a tourist destination for people who are looking to enjoy the natural beauty of a place that is largely still unspoiled. It really isn't a good option for people who are looking for fine dining and wild parties.