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“Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro - Panama”
Review of Bocas Town

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Level 5 Contributor
31 reviews
9 helpful votes
“Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro - Panama”
Reviewed 11 July 2010

My family spent one week on Isla Colon in Bocas del Toro, it was the best time ever, very relax with lots of places to see, ex: Isla Zapatilla, Playa Estralla, Red Frog beach...and not to mention all kind of stuff in the Isla Colon...We will go back in December.

1 Thank ElviraF
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World CItizens
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
78 helpful votes
“Bocas Town is Nice if you stay outside of the center”
Reviewed 27 May 2010

I’m sad to be leaving Bocas Del Toro.

It would be great to spend more time at this little island paradise.
If we spent more time here, we’d love to get to know Claudio better (the owner of Hotel Angela), we would be meeting more people and shutting down the bar Toro Loco more frequently, Carrie would take Thai cooking lessons from the lady who owns the Thai restaurant above Starfleet SCUBA (where we never got to eat because we didn’t know they were only open for dinner and kept trying to go there for lunch – but it has an amazing reputation).

All of these would be part of the unique life we would experience on this tropical island that, while touristy, still seems to retain much of it’s local flavor and culture.

Bocas Del Toro will always be the place we got to do our first open water SCUBA, the place we met Kristyn and Dax, and the place where (nearly four weeks into traveling,) we finally started feeling like it was going to be alright to travel the world for a year or two.

I know mentally that there are nice places to be and that getting through the rough spots is part of the journey, but it was nice to have gotten through some rough spots and to arrive somewhere we felt like we really wanted to stay.

1 Thank carrieandjonathan
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Vancouver Island
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
9 helpful votes
“An unexpected Gem”
Reviewed 3 April 2010

I spent 9 days in Bocas at the end of Feb/early Mar this year. The weather was really bad for the season with about 5 days of torrential downpours. Even with that the place has lots to offer. I am a mature - read grey haired- traveler with a sense of adventure. There is a wide range of accommodation available to suite all budgets and some really good food, particularly at the less expensive places. Lillis cafe is a standout for her hot sauce and fish sandwich as is Sophie's place with its Mexican style barbecue. There are lots of local islands to visit for snorkeling or just lazing on the beach. I recommend Jampan tours-they have the best boat captains on the island. If you are much younger than me there is a great surf scene in the area with lots of good breaks.

2 Thank tacnav
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Durango, Colorado
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
20 helpful votes
“Very Very Loud!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Reviewed 3 February 2010

This was our second time to Panama and Bocas Town. We stayed on Isla Carneros in a vacation rental. The mosquitoes were unbearable and the music from the bars was so loud, every night until between 4:30-5 am, that we could not sleep. The locals are grumpy, and this was totally different from our last visit in 2005. This town has been ruined in my opinion. If you are looking for peace and quiet, relaxing vacation, I suggest you stay outside of town. Take plenty of deet and plenty of money….it’s not that reasonable anymore.

1 Thank corylyn
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Philadelphia, PA
1 review
2 helpful votes
“San Cristobal- Amazing Indigenous Community”
Reviewed 16 January 2010

One of the best things that we did during our stay in Bocas is go to the indigeious community of San Cristobal. They have a medicinal plant trail that you can walk through and then the women of the community cook a traditional lunch. In addition, you can go shopping for little artisan crafts that the ladies make. The area is gorgeous and it is amazing to see how these people live, it is a life completely different from ours. The whole community is very warm and welcoming and it is just an amazing experience all together. It only costs $20 to go and you have to reserve a day in advance, but it is an experience that you should definitely not miss out on!

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