Bocas del Toro
Bocas has long been a backpacker favorite in Panama, and once you arrive you will discover why. Unlike the deserted beaches of San Blas, Bocas offers a backpacker scene unlike anywhere else in Panama. The town of Bocas del Toro on Isla Colon is full of fun places to stay, tasty places to eat and crazy places to party. The surrounding areas and nearby islands provide the beautiful beaches, dense jungle and good surf that people come from all around to experience.
Places to Stay in Bocas:
Well . . . . we are admittedly a little biased as to what are the best places to stay in Bocas, as we own a hostel there, but we recommend it with confidence. It is called Hostel Heike. Hostel Heike has dorm beds available for $10 and privates for $22. Words of caution though . . . be prepared to stay longer in Bocas than previously planned. You’ll understand why soon enough.
Getting to Bocas from Panama City: There are two ways to get to Bocas from the city. You can fly ($100 each way including tax) or take the bus ($26 each way). To book a flight you can call either Air Panama (316-9000) or Aeroperlas (315-7500), both of whom offer two flights daily. The overnight bus is the best option for a timely arrival in Bocas. The nightbus leaves at 8pm every night from Albrook Bus Terminal and gets you to Bocas town around 7am the next morning…saving you a night’s stay! Be prepared for the overly air-conditioned bus by bringing a blanket or sweater. Trust us, it’s cold. If possible, buy your ticket earlier in the day, as they sometimes fill up. If you miss the 8pm bus, there occasionally is a second bus at 9pm. You also could take a bus to David which leaves at 10:45pm or 12:00am. From David, you would transfer to Almirante.