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How to get to Isla Basimentos

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How to get to Isla Basimentos

Ok, I need a little direction - what are the options to getting to Isla Bastimentos from either San Jose, CR (flights are much less expensive than PTY), or from PTY? Any recommendations?

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1. Re: How to get to Isla Basimentos

From San Jose, you can fly to Bocas del Toro on Nature Air, or you can take busses to the border and then to Almirante. From Panama City, you can fly on Air Panama or you can take a direct, overnight bus to Almirante for something like $38. From Almirante, you take a water taxi to Bocas Town and then another water taxi to Isla Bastimentos.

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2. Re: How to get to Isla Basimentos

Do you have to take a boat? Is there any way to drive there?

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3. Re: How to get to Isla Basimentos

No way. Bocas del Toro is an archipelago -- a group of islands. Isla Bastimentos is one. That's why it's an island and not a peninsula. The closest you can drive there is Almirante. Even if you fly into Bocas Town, you'll still have to take a water taxi to Bastimentos.

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