Bocas del Toro, which translates to “Bull’s Mouth” or “Mouth of the Bull,” and nicknamed Bocas Town, is one of the most sought after spring break destinations. Located along Panama’s breathtaking Caribbean coast, Bocas is an archipelago consisting of 9 main islands and over 300 uninhabited small islets.
Bocas is one of Panama’s top travel destinations, and still manages to remain off the beaten path. Its’ relaxed, easygoing vibe is a refreshing contrast from other popular spring break destinations such as Cancun and South Beach, and people who travel here can get to enjoy scuba diving, surfing, kayaking, fishing, snorkeling, biking and a vibrant nightlife. With its’ shimmering turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, deep green jungles, mangrove lined coasts, protected marine parks and coral reefs, this relatively isolated archipelago actually has the same attractions as major Caribbean destinations with just a fraction of the crowds and price.
Things To Do
- Go Scuba Diving – Scuba diving in Bocas is a truly magical experience that you should not miss. The diving conditions in Panama are absolutely spectacular, with the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean and pleasant weather allowing you to enjoy sightings of the coral gardens, mangroves, seahorses, sea turtles, tropical fish species, and much more. Whether you’re new to diving, or you are a seasoned diver, diving here is sure to be one of the main highlights of your Panama vacation.
- Go Snorkeling – Bocas Town has numerous companies which will take you out into the turquoise waters of the archipelago to visit different coral reefs and marine life spots. If you’ve your own gear, you can also choose to hire a local boatman who can guide you. This exhilarating adventure will take you beneath the waters to view the untouched beauty of underwater Caribbean paradise.
- Go on a Chocolate Farm Tour – Bocas is home to the best chocolate in the whole of Panama. A Chocolate Farm Tour will not only highlight cacao cultivation along with chocolate production which is rapidly becoming one of Panama’s most coveted exports, but will also let you learn more about the indigenous Ngabe community.
Best Time of Year To Go
The best time of the year to visit this destination is between the months of September and October when the weather is relatively pleasant and there are lesser crowds. You might even find better bargains for tours and hotel rooms during this time. Avoid traveling during the month of November as there are lots of national holidays, the locals fill hotels, and many places close up shop.