plages bocas del toro The 5 best beaches in Bocas del Toro The 5 best beaches in Bocas del Toro

With unspoiled nature, Bocas del Toro is a true jewel of the Caribbean. Spread over 400 km², it is one of the 3 main archipelagos that make up Panama.

Its main islands are: Isla Colon, Isla Solarte, Isla San Cristobal, Isla Pastores, Isla Zapatillas, Isla Loma Partida, Isla Popa, Cayo Roldan, Cayo Agua and Isla Bastimentos. The latter hosts a 13,000 hectare National Marine Park.

This archipelago offers lovers of wild nature white sand beaches, turquoise waters, colorful reefs, waves popular with surfers around the world, fishing areas, diving spots, mangroves and tropical forests.

It is the homeland of sloths, howler monkeys, endemic frogs, raccoons, ocelots, panthers, parrots, toucans … The diversity of exotic animals, birds, aquatic fauna and corals is impressive and is found in few places in the world.

In this vast paradise are 5 magnificent beaches not to be missed. Here they are :

1. Playa Zapatilla

Playa Zapatilla is located on one of the two wild and protected islands of Cayo Zapatilla. Surrounded by a coral reef, they are renowned for the beauty of their white sand beaches and turquoise water.

They bathe in shallow crystal clear waters and therefore ideal for snorkeling. From the beach, there are two small islets in the lagoon with palm trees to complete the decor.

It is possible to take a day trip with a local agency in the village (there is no hotel on the island). We can also organize a day trip for you to discover these islands.

Cayo zapatilla

2. Playa Red Frog

Renowned for its adorable little red frogs, this magnificent paradise beach is located on the island of Bastimentos. White sand, warm turquoise waters, palm trees lining the beach and small paths that crisscross the forest… It is a unique place because of the lush tropical forest that frames this epic landscape.

Red Frog Beach has been touted as one of the best beaches in the world. The other beaches in Bastimentos are equally beautiful and include: Wizard Beach, Turtle Beach, North Beach, Cayman Beach and Playa Larga. Four of the world’s eight species of sea turtles nest on these beaches.

red frog beach panama

3. Playa Estrella

Located on Isla Colón in Bocas del Toro, this bay-shaped beach is known for its many starfish. With transparent turquoise water bordered by palm trees, it is simply sublime!

Easily accessible by bus from the village of Bocas del Toro then a few minutes from “lancha”, this beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Panama and attracts many tourists.

We can organize a departure directly from the finca to go to Playa Estrella.

playa estrella bocas del toro

4. Playa Bluff

Located on Isla Colón, on the north of the village of Bocas del Toro, this beach is very popular with surfers because of its big and strong waves. Incredibly beautiful, it is a very long beach that runs along the jungle and has remained totally wild.

It is also famous as a place to observe sea turtles. From May to September, turtles come to lay their eggs there at night. Since these are protected species, visiting the premises during this season is subject to certain rules of respect for the environment.

playa bluff bocas del toro

5. Playa del Drago

On Isla Colón, on the opposite coast of Playa Bluff, this beautiful beach is quieter with turquoise sea and coconut palms. Small restaurants can be found along the beach where you can enjoy grilled fish or lobsters.

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Activities within the Finca

Discover our 7 hectare estate by walking in the surrounding jungle and discover the coral reef that borders our waterfront.

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