Life in Bocas del Toro

Located on the north-west cost of Panama, Bocas Del Toro is the perfect place for your dream house. The magical archipelago ranges on nearly 250 km2 of area of Careibbean Sea, separeting Almirante Bay and Chiriqui Lagoon from the open sea. But how looks the life in Bocas Del Toro, Panama?

Archipelago consists thousands of islets and islands with 9 main big islands. Surrounding turquoise waters conceal amazing sea life and captivating coral reef make these islands a special place for living with nature in harmony. (Check the google map here)

This makes it one of the top ecotourism destinations in Central America and an extraordinary area for making a business. 

You can find out that Bocas del Toro is clearly more than just a beach destination. The most popular island for living are Isla Colon, Isla Solarte and Isla Bastimentos. Each of these islands have a different vibe and rhythm so you will need to decide what you like the most. 

Bocas Del Toro is a prevalent place for diving and snorkelling. It depends on experience but beginners as well as experienced divers will have no problem with finding  a perfect spots with abundance of diversity of a sea life. 

coral reef, life in Bocas Del Toro

Diving school you can find on Isla Colon and Isla Bastimentos. They offer tours and courses with excellent service and good prices. 

Isla Colon, Isla Carenero and Isla Bastimentos are the best spots for surfing.  The main surf season and the best time to surf in Bocas del Toro is from December to March. There are a lot of beaches where you can practice and match proper weather conditions to your skills. Surfing is always comfortable as the Caribbean water temperature stays between 26.7-30.5 C year-round. 

The Caribbean is a very fish-rich area. 

With the permanent access to the sea it is possible to fish around the islands and be able to catch Tuna, Kingfish, Bonito, Barracuda and more. 

What is better than fresh fish for lunch?

Bocas de Toro is the magnificent place for nature lovers. It is a home to many of Panama’s national parks such as the first marine park in Panama – Bastimentos National Marine Park with beautiful mangrove forest and the best-conserved coral reef in Panama. Other Panama’s impressive national parks worth mentioning are Playa Bluff Municipal Reserve, Mimitimbi Municipal Water Reserve, Bird Island Municipal Reserve, and San San Pon Sack National Wetland Reserve.

mangrove , life in Bocas Del Toro

The islands themselves are covered in lush jungle, magical mangroves and rugged mountains.

For a more laid-back style of spending a time Bocas Del Toro offers many dazzling beaches around the shore. The most dreamed and impressive are Zapatilla, Starfish, Red Frog, Bluff Beach and Wizard. 

The most popular transportation between islands it’s of course a boat. Many houses/lands for sale offer dock or it’s easy to build a new harbour. 

Very popular is also a water taxi which. This is easily the quickest and least expensive way of exploring the many islets in the vicinity. 

Regarding transportation into islands many inhabitants use bicycles to get to work or home. Mostly the archipelago terrain is flat so getting by bicycle is fast and quite comfortable. 

The people in Bocas are a mix of expats, locals, indigenous, and travelers from all over the world. Most people you’ll come across are super friendly and helpful. Bocas del Toro is a home to a large community descending from Jamaicans and West Caribbean people who came to work in Bocas and never left. Also, there is a big group of indigenous people like Ngöbe-Buglé, Guna and Bri Bri. These communities hold strongly onto their culture and language, and in spite of the growing modern changes in the country, the people have continued their practices, beliefs and traditions.

Life in Bocas Del Toro is diverse!

Mix of different cultures, languages and cuisines makes this archipelago more diverse. Consider this place for living for you and your family.

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