Perks of Bocas Del Toro

Perks of Bocas Del Toro: beaches, new friends, party hostels, & jungle lodges

As I sat on a small transfer boat to Bocas town on Isla Colon, small colourful buildings came into view. I had such a good time in Costa Rica for one month I knew getting to a new place would be a bit challenging but I was excited for Bocas. Docks filled with Balboa beer, people enjoying the view, and a few dare devil swimmers, I arrived at my new home for the next week.


Bocas del Toro is made up of several islands, Isla Colon being the main and biggest island. There is a laid back style here, most people spending their time relaxing or at some aquatic activity. Although I’ve decided to not get my PADI, this would be an excellent and affordable place to do it.

My week here started with Spanish classes every morning at HablaYa. This is an excellent school for all levels of Spanish speakers and I finally started to understand the differences in the multiple past tenses. My class has three people including me and my teacher, Eli, who was awesome! We really focused on speaking in class which helped me get more comfortable speaking to the locals when I went for dinner or for drinks in town.

Louisa, Eli, y Franzika

My experience this week was filled with really nice and friendly people. Javi from 421 guesthouse acted as a fun local guide, always making good recommendation and the occasional free drink. My friend Franzika and I would frequently go to the local bars and, within a short time, started conversations with other travellers and locals. My favourite places to eat were Sweet Love Bocas for breakfast, cafe del mar for lunch and captain caribe for dinner! Definitely check out these restaurants for a good meal and a fun time.

There are so many places to go in Bocas that you can easily spend a couple weeks here but I did get to a few scenic places:

Playa Estrella



Playa Carenero



Bambuda Lodge

Nestled away on Isla Solarte, Bambuda Lodge offers a peaceful alternative to the party hostels on Isla Colon. My favourite part was the communal dinners where it was easy to meet other travellers. At night the sky is filled with stars ! They also have a slide… Need I say more.



I found a good cup of coffee at The Coffee Shop. Most places here serve instant Nescafé which is unfortunate because Panama produces some delicious coffee!

Bocas Del Toro has been so much fun this week that I extended my stay and shortened my time in Boquete. My friends Franziska, Bert, and Vera were entertaining to be around and we were constantly laughing! Another four days of this sounded like a good idea to me.

Until next time… Sweet Love Bocas.

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