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“Zapatillas islands are beautiful but avoid Wizard Beach” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Parque Nacional Marino Isla Bastimentos

Parque Nacional Marino Isla Bastimentos
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US$110.00*
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Two Tank Dive in Bocas del Toro
Ranked #3 of 29 things to do in Bocas Town
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Zapatillas islands are beautiful but avoid Wizard Beach”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2013

A boat trip to the Zapatillas islands is well worth the trip. Avoid Wizard Beach though! When we were there two masked men with a machete and piece of wood systematically mugged the everyone. The few couples that were there were spread out (enjoying the feeling of being on a beautiful deserted beach) and with nowhere to run to apart from the muddy track back into the middle of the island, we were sitting ducks. They wanted cash and noone was hurt but it's still terrifying! Local policeman seemed disinterested and the Scottish woman running the coffee place on the hill says it happens often. She might have warned us before we went to the beach then! We stopped for a coffee with her before heading down the track to Wizard beach.

Visited February 2013
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Pennsylvania
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25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Chill under the Sun!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2013

We went to Zapatilla Isla (which I think is part of this Parque too) and lolled around all day. No commercial activities, just water and sand and forest.

Visited December 2012
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Panama City, Panama
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20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Go to ISLA ZAPATILLA”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2012

Beautiful! It´s important to bring solar protection and your own stuff in a cooler for water, drinks and snacks. The sand is nice white and clean. The water is wonderful and luke warm, it is like a natural pool.

Visited November 2012
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Charleston, South Carolina
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Interesting Place”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2012

Food at restaurant Venice was very good. A lot of history in the town, but didn't have much time to explore

Visited October 2012
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Seattle
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3 reviews
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“Tropical paradise on Zapatilla Cays”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2012

Did an excursion to Zapatilla Cays, 2 uninhabited islands of Bastimentos. The snorkling was very good, as good as scuba diving. The islands mainly have palm trees and narrow golden beaches. Very pretty.
Didn't see any turtles this time though.

Visited September 2012
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