An unspoiled archipelago off the northwest coast of Panama boosting pearly white sand beaches, a plethora of marine activities, and a vibrant Caribbean culture.
Bocas del Toro, Panama (BOC) is Costa Rica Green Airways’ first international destination. Three weekly flights on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday connect Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose, with the tropical island-hopping destination.
Upon arrival, you will be able to travel with local taxis and “lanchas” (small boats) to your hotel, Airbnb, or rental property. If you need further information, do not hesitate to ask for our list of recommended taxi and boat drivers.
Bocas Del Toro province comprises part of Panama’s mainland, as well as a chain of islands in the Caribbean Sea. There are three main islands in Bocas Del Toro: The main island, Isla Colon; Isla Bastimentos, which is one of the largest islands in Panama; and the small island of Isla Carenero.
Bocas del Toro is nicknamed the ‘treasure house of Panama’ beholding 95% of the Caribbean coral species. In only one dive you can expect to see a wonderful variety of tropical reef creatures including nurse sharks, stingrays, sea turtles and many species of crab and lobster.
Despite being a renowned water activity destination, Bocas del Toro is also home to a tropical rainforest, some of the area’s indigenous cultures, like the Ngäbeand NasoTjerdi, as well as many of the country’s most popular beaches like Red Frog Beach and Playa Larga on Isla Bastimentos.
Bocas del Toro allows you to determine the mood of your stay. Get to enjoy sublime nature, wellness, and privacy, or immerse in the vibrance of the local, Caribbean culture & the tropical, spicy nightlife after the sun goes down.
“Panama’s Bocas del Toro is a stunning pocket of biodiversity, brimming with magnificent creatures like the leatherback sea turtle and brilliant coral – not to mention the immensely valuable mangrove forests. – Dr. Sylvia Earle, Founder of Mission Blue.
The Mission Blue Hope Spot is a program that focuses on the rehabilitation and preservation of the marine ecosystem. Bocas del Toro has turned from an unknown paradise only a few decades ago into a destination capturing the hearts of globe-trotting wander lusters.
Local conservationists along with Mission Blue and local authorities are working on creating a healthy management between tourism activities, development, and the preservation of all-natural riches.
Bocas del Toro is home to many famous Panama national parks such as Panama’s first marine park- the Bastimentos National Marine Park, founded in 1988, which covers an area of 13,226 hectares, 11,596 of which are marine areas.
Stretching from Long Beach to the Zapatillas Cays and the center part of Bastimentos Island, including the surrounding mangroves, this park is a must-see attraction in Bocas del Toro province.
The Park is home to the largest Caribbean mangrove forest area in Panama, which features black, red, and white mangroves and the best-conserved coral reefs on the Caribbean coast, making it an excellent place for snorkeling and diving.
Activities here include diving, snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, bird watching, and relaxing on the beaches.
Other parks worth mentioning are Playa Bluff Municipal Reserve, Mimitimbi Municipal Water Reserve, Bird Island Municipal Reserve, and San San Pon Sack National Wetland Reserve.
At Costa Rica Green Airways we pride ourselves on being not just the leading flight experience to all our listed destinations, but we are also local experts. Why? – Because we care! We care about every passenger, our destination partners, the community, and of course, the environment.
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