BOCAS DEL TORO

Bocas del Toro is a wonderful region of Panama, located on the Caribbean side and bordering Costa Rica. With a mix of environments ranging from rainforests in the mountains to coral reefs in the warm and clear seawaters, are home to a wide diversity of cultures that include originary peoples, Afro-Caribbean, Latin and a huge variety of people from all over the world who have made Bocas their home.

Activities

Nature

The main reason that many tourists come to Bocas is by its nature. Rainforests, rivers, wetlands, mangroves, coral reefs and beaches will amaze you with their colors and shapes.

Climate

Bocas del Toro climate is another attraction, with little variation throughout the year, between 22o and 28o centigrades temperature, plenty of sunshine and it is also certainly plenty of rain. But this is the reason why everything is so green.

Tours

Numerous tour operators take you anywhere in the archipelago, in organized tours with a fixed itinerary, which is shared with other tourists, or in exclusively contracted excursions.

Culture

Cultural expressions are as wide as are the different ethnic groups living in our territory: meals, dances, crafts, fine arts and customs are just some of its expressions.



FROM PANAMA CITY AND DAVID

BY PLANE
In the Bocas del Toro province there are two domestic airports: at Bocas del Toro town, in Colon Island, and in Changuinola. Actually there are also direct flys between David and Changuinola or Bocas del Toro.

One airline travel between Panama City (Albrook Airport) and Bocas del Toro and Changuinola: AIR PANAMA. Consult the website to know the schedules and prices of the flights.

BY BUS
Travelling from Panama City, take the bus to Bocas del Toro in the Panama Albrook terminal. It stops in the crossroads of Rambala (8 hours), in Almirante (9.5 hours) and in Changuinola (11 hours).

Traveling from David, Take the bus to Bocas del Toro in the city terminal. Times: to Rambala (2 hs), Almirante (3.5 hs) and Changuinola (4 hs).

If you are going to the Archipelago, leave the bus in Almirante and take a taxi to the marine taxis terminal.

BY CAR
Traveling from Panama City take the Panamerican Highway up to the entrance to Gualaca (404 Km). Turn to the right and the road to Chiriqui Grande (98 Km) and then, at Rambala (90 km), in a crossroads where there are a gas station and a restaurant, turn to the left, taking the road to Almirante (68 km) and Changuinola (98 km). Roads are paved, in good condition. Beautiful views in the mountains.

If you are going to the Archipelago stop in Almirante, where you can leave the car in a parking lot or take the FERRY to Bocas del Toro. If you are going to Chiriqui Grande, at the crossroads of Rambala, go straight 8 km more.

Traveling from David, take the Panamerican Highway up to the entrance to Gualaca (10 Km). Turn to the left and go to the end of the road to Chiriqui Grande (98 Km). Then follow the instructions above.




FROM COSTA RICA

BY PLANE
There is one airline travelling between Costa Rica (San Jose) and Bocas del Toro: NATURE AIR. Consult their website to know schedules and prices of the flights.

Currently there are no flights between Costa Rica and Changuinola.

BY BUS
There is a bus from San Jose and Limon (departs with intervals of 2 hours) that ends at the border Panama (Sixaola).

To go to Almirante from the border you can take a taxi ($20), or a bus ($1) or taxi ($5) to the Changuinola bus terminal, and here a bus to Almirante ($1.45 - 45 minutes).

BY CAR
The quickest way is to make the border crossing in Sixaola / Guabito, then drive to Changuinola (10 km), Almirante (35 Km) intended for the Archipelago, or Chiriqui Grande (100 km). The roads are paved, in good condition.
If you are going to the Archipelago stop in Almirante, where you can leave the car in a parking lot or take the FERRY to Bocas del Toro.





CONECTIONS ALMIRANTE/ARCHIPELAGO (BOCAS TOWN)

In Almirante take a marine taxi ($6 - 30 minutes), that departs each half hour from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm or a FERRY (2 hours) to Bocas del Toro (Colon Island).

The ferry boat Almirante/Bocas del Toro only runs tuesdays to sundays, leaving Almirante at 7:00 am and Bocas del Toro at 03:00 pm.

The cost of the marine taxi is $ 6.00 per person per trip.

The cost of moving a car in the Ferry depends on its size, starting at $ 25.00 each way.