Bocas del Toro is a province of Panama extending from the mainland to the chain of islands most often referred to as “Bocas.” The region has some of the largest rain forests in Central America, 9 main islands, 52 cays, and thousands of islets. Located in the up-most eastern part of Panama, only 40 kilometers from Costa Rica, this archipelago has it all. The perfect combination of sea life, coral reef, mangroves, tropical forest, crystal-clear water, and undisturbed jungles with all the flora and fauna you can imagine. Each island has a unique set of beaches and landscape. Considered the “Galapagos of the Caribbean,” Bocas del Toro has a variety of different shorelines and is one of the most biologically-diverse places on earth.
Although Bocas is a well-kept secret for many of the world’s travelers, one of the most famous visitors to arrive was Christopher Columbus. Arriving in Bocas del Toro in 1502 during his fourth and final New World voyage, he was so amazed by the beauty of the islands that he affixed his name to many sites. He named, Isla Colón (Columbus Island), Isla Cristóbal (Christopher Island) and Bahía de Almirante (Admiral’s Bay). During the 17th century the islands became a haven for real life pirates of the Caribbean.
While the pirates of the past have long expired, Bocas maintains a mystique and charm that’s hard to find the words to express. Few places around the world offer an atmosphere that comes close to the laid back, lost world Caribbean vibe with a touch of modern amenities. It’s often a step back in time with countless opportunities to get lost in the lush jungle where you can find yourself again on the untouched shorelines. The opportunities for adventure are endless. The surfing, diving, and snorkeling is some of the best that the Caribbean has to offer; all you have to do is jump in.