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Beaches of Bocas del Toro Panama

Updated: Mar 29, 2023

The must-see beaches in Bocas del Toro, Panama


The archipelago of Bocas del Toro is located in the Caribbean oceans of Northern Panama. Its warm water beaches range from long, wide turtle-nesting beaches to unique white-sand beach Islands.

Its diverse beaches welcome travelers to either surf, snorkel, or relax in the tropical sun. This post will give you a peek into what you can expect to discover in the archipelago of Bocas.

Islas Zapatillas, Bastimentos National Park

An easy pick for must-see beaches in the archipelago. Islas Zapatillas are jewels, perfectly white sand-ringed islands set in the crystal clear emerald green-blue waters of the Caribbean.

Colorful reefs scattered around the shallows of these islands are teeming with life of all kinds. Snorkeling and diving in the waters of Islas Zapatillas are some of the best in the archipelago.

Turtles nest in this tropical paradise and can be spotted at times swimming around the reefs.

On the island, the coconut trees paint a dreamy picture, and the center of the second island is host to some caiman families. The diversity of these remarkable islands makes them an extraordinary place to explore.

Bluff Beach, Isla Colon, Panama

The approximately three-mile-long golden beach of Bluff is truly outstanding in the archipelago. This broad and spacious beach is in a natural jungle area of the main island, Isla Colon. It is home to several sea turtle species, including the up to 2,000-pound Leatherback turtle. Due to its position with the open ocean, it is a beloved location for surfers since its waves are almost constantly present.

Polo Beach, Isla Bastimentos, Panama

This isolated and rare beach is an experience as its soft white sandy beach meets almost directly with superb reefs. The reefs right off the coast stand out because of their deep canyons and colorful variety of aquatic life. This is an excellent destination for a day tour. Enjoy relaxing and swimming as well as snorkeling or diving the reef.

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