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Things to do around Bocas

Of course, many water sports activities are available.

You can choose from a selection of day tours and visit numerous islands in the spectacular Bocas del Toro archipelago.


We know where the fish are and can refer you to captains that catch fish. Contact Mike or Stephen.

Boating Day Trips

By far one of the most popular daily activities is a day-long snorkeling and beach trip by boat. Very easy to organize with independent water taxis in Bocas. If you're willing to join others to fill a tour boat (8-10 people), the average cost is $20/pp. If you are a group of 4 or more, we can recommend trusted boat captains to take you on a private tour. Perhaps stop by the Super Gourmet and stock up on delicious deli sandwiches and munchies for a picnic lunch at the beach

The most popular circuit includes Dolphin Bay (yes, you usually do see dolphins), Coral Cay (exceptionally beautiful reef, lots fish! Then lunch in one of the restaurants over the water) and then an afternoon sunning, swimming or surfing at Red Frog Beach. Including Zapatilla, gorgeous! the uninhabited island, part of the Bastimentos National Marine Park, will increase your fare to $25/pp. Day Tours are also available to Boca del Drago, Starfish Beach, and Bird Key.

Catamaran Sailing

Day Tour with a licensed, experienced captain, sails around various islands in the archipelago and can include snorkeling. Can accommodate up to 20 people, $40/pp and includes lunch. Reservations are recommended during the high season.

Best Sunset in Bocas

At the Cosmic Crab Resort, Isla Carenero, home of "Sex in the Mud" and other over the top frozen Drinks!  This Resort faces west with sunsets that you will not forget.


Some of the most pristine, unspoiled reefs in the world are found right here in the Bocas archipelago. Beautiful reefs are near to Carenero. While we can provide masks and snorkels, we do recommend you bring your own.

Scuba Diving

2 PADI certified Dive Centers, Bocas Dive Center and Bocas Diving Pirates are located in Bocas, just a 2-minute boat ride from Careening Cay. and

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World Class surfing around Bocas del Toro. The northern tip of Carenero, 20-minute walk from Careening Cay, has an impressive reputation for challenging waves. Check out Paunch Beach, Bluff Beach, Wizard's Beach.

Surf boards are available for rent in Bocas at Tropix.  Several places offer rentals and lessons.


Red Frog, Starfish Beach, Carenero Beach, Boca del Drago and Zapatilla are favorites. For big waves and surf, try Bluff Beach or Silver Back in Winter.

 Learn Spanish

Spanish by the Sea offers private and small group lessons.

Spa Treatments and Massage

Relax and enjoy a massage, facials, manicure/pedicures and a variety of Spa Treatments with certified estheticians and massage therapists.


Soposo Rainforest Adventures offers 1-5 day tours up the Teribe River and into the mountains. Visit Naso Indian communities, native craftspeople, organic medicinal gardens, enjoy white water rafting.

Online Newspapers (Panama in English)

Bocas Breeze

The best news source for Bocas del Toro. Visit: Bocas Breeze Current Issue

The Panama Good Times

The best news source for all of Panama. Visit: The Panama Good Times

Thousands of Articles in English is just the beginning of the most comprehensive collection of news and info that will help you in Panama.