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Calm Waters

Bocas del Toro, Panama

Nearby National Park


This is probably our top pick. Very few places compare to these twin islands. Nestled in the heart of a National Park, Zapatillas have a rare combination of beauty. White sand beaches, beautiful coral reefs, and even a nature hike. Spending a day here will be something you’ll never forget.


The cost of going to Zapatillas will vary depending on how you choose to get there. We highly recommend a private boat tour since you will have the captain for the day and will get to choose exactly what activities you want to do that day. There is also a $10 park entrance fee.

What to bring with:

You will need all the basic beach supplies. Since there are no stores on Zapatillas, you’ll also need to pack a lunch and bring any water you’ll need for the day. Also, be sure to bring good shoes for the nature hike and a snorkel set to see the reefs.

Tropical Beach
ATV on Dirt

Island Activity


Renting a quad from Flying Pirates is the best way to see Bocas. You simply can’t beat it. Apart from the fun of driving the quad, you get access to places you otherwise would never see. Hidden coves and beaches. Coral reefs. Jungle trails where you can see wildlife up close. You can’t miss the opportunity while you’re in Bocas. Also, many of our guests have found it convenient to rent the quad for the duration of their visit for getting around the island.

Prices :

See the Flying Pirates Rates Page.

What to bring with :

First of all, you’ll want to bring clothes that can get dirty. Good shoes are important, not only for shifting between gears on the quad but also for getting off and walking around on some of the more rocky surfaces. You’ll also want a set of snorkeling gear, snacks, water, and a good shock-resistant camera.

Fun & sun


Red Frog is located on Bastimentos Island. It is a 15-minute boat ride from Bocas Town. The beach is a great place to relax or boogie board. Also, zip-lining is available at Red Frog. The course is set up in the jungle just behind the beach. If flying through trees isn’t your thing, Red Frog can be a half-day trip, but we recommend giving zip-lining a chance.

Prices :

This will vary on what you do. The boat to Red Frog will cost about $10 per person round trip.

What to bring with :

You’ll want to bring clothes that you can swim in, but that is also good for swinging around the trees. Also, good shoes are important. There are restaurants so you can purchase water and snacks there.

Jungle River
Small Island

Bird watching & snorkling


Bird Island looks like a scene out of Jurassic Park. The island sticks straight out of the water. Decorated with tropical trees and plants, the sound of some of the world’s rarest birds fills your ears. Put on a mask and snorkel, and right in the water beneath you lies a pristine coral reef with a lively fish population. Unfortunately, Bird Island is only accessible when the water is calm.

Prices :

The cost of a tour to Bird Island will depend on the boat captain and the duration of your time on the island.

What to bring with :

Bring a snorkel, mask, and whatever you need to eat and drink. There are no restaurants. Stop off at Starfish at the end of the day before coming back.

Beach with starfish


Starfish Beach is located at the northern point of Bocas. It is just a few minutes away from Bocas del Drago. Being easy to get to, it’s a great place for a half-day beach trip.

Prices :

To get to Starfish either take the bus or a private taxi. The taxi costs $30 round trip per taxi, not per person. You can bike to Drago but be warned, it’s a vigorous bike ride. Once you get to Drago you’ll need to either walk 15 minutes to Starfish or take a boat taxi for $1 a person.

What to bring with :

You will need to bring bug spray. You won’t need food. Yarisnori’s serves local dishes right on the beach. You may need snacks and water. As a side note, please respect the Starfish. Removing them from the water even for a few seconds can kill them.

Beach Beds
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