Charming Bali-style digs, a garden pool, romantic restaurant and a beautiful beach all make this one of the most stylish places to stay on Bocas.
Practise your sun salutations on Island Plantation’s hillside yoga platform, walk the beach, splash about in the outdoor swimming pool. And forget about the outside world (one of the best things to do in Bocas del Toro).
Couples who love beachy boutique inns.
On Bluff Beach on Isla Colon, a 20- to 30-minute drive from Bocas town.
A nice combination for a seven-night holiday would be to split your stay between two of the inns or hotels in Bocas del Toro covered here in this post.
Weather in Bocas del Toro, Panama
The islands are close to the equator, so the weather in Bocas del Toro is hot year-round.
Expect rain, sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. The rainy season is May through to December. It rains the most in May, July and August.
For good weather, the best time to visit Bocas del Toro are the months of January to March. These are the driest months.
September and October is also pleasant (a mini dry season within the rainy season).
We visited in late January, and found it hot, humid and tropical. Great weather for an escape from the dreary North American winter!
Where is Bocas del Toro exactly?
Located in the Caribbean Sea in Panama’s province of Bocas del Toro, the archipelago of Bocas del Toro islands is tucked up close to the Costa Rica border.
See this link to Google Maps for the location of Bocas del Toro.
How to get to Bocas del Toro
Part of the appeal of the islands is that they’re remote and not trampled with tourists. This, of course, means they’re a bit of a challenge to get to.
Flying to Bocas del Toro from Panama City:
The quickest, easiest and most comfortable way is to fly from Panama City to Bocas del Toro.
Flights are on Air Panama, a regional Panama airline. It’s a one-hour flight from Panama City to Isla Colon, the main island in the Bocas del Toro archipelago.
On Isla Colon, the Bocas del Toro airport consists mainly of an airstrip and shack (which serves as an “airport” arrivals and departure building); the airport is located just outside funky Bocas town.
This is how we traveled to Bocas del Toro.
Shuttle or bus to Bocas del Toro:
When planning how to get to Bocas del Toro, it’s also possible to take an air-conditioned shuttle or public bus from Costa Rica, or a night bus from Panama City – about 11 to 12 hours total travel time for both options.
Transfer from Bocas airport to your resort:
The better Bocas del Toro hotels offer a private airport shuttle. They’ll pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel, either by water taxi (or land transfer, if you’re staying on Isla Colon).
Where to stay in Panama City?
You’ll likely stay in Panama City before or after visiting the Bocas islands.
We loved the 5-star Global Hotel Panama. It’s close to Casco Viejo, Panama City’s old quarter, and it’s very easy on the wallet too!
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