Day Trip #2: Visit Boca del Drago and Starfish Beach

📢 We declared a 🚨 CLIMATE AND ECOLOGICAL EMERGENCY. ⏳ LEARN WHY HERE...

🌎 🌍 🌏 CODE RED FOR HUMANITY!!! ❌ ❌ ❌

50% DISCOUNT OFF ONLINE PRIVATE LESSONS and 25% OFF ONLINE GROUP LESSONS when you submit your payment by FRIDAY NOVEMBER 12TH, the last day of COP26.

CLAIM DISCOUNT HERE!

Or find out more about ONLINE SPANISH LESSONS HERE...

JUMP TO blog post titled:
"Day Trip #2: Visit Boca del Drago and Starfish Beach".

Search our blog about all things Panama! From must dos, where to party or eat, to which beaches and hiking trails you shouldn't miss, in our blog you'll find great insider info about Bocas del Toro, Panama City and Boquete, as well as Panamanian culture, customs and traditions, and certainly tips and advice for learning Spanish! We've been writing about all things Panama for over 15 years and nothing beats local knowledge from the locals themselves.


🌎 🌍 🌏 CODE RED FOR HUMANITY!!! ❌ ❌ ❌

50% DISCOUNT OFF ONLINE PRIVATE LESSONS and 25% OFF ONLINE GROUP LESSONS when you submit your payment by FRIDAY NOVEMBER 12TH, the last day of COP26.

CLAIM DISCOUNT HERE!

Or find out more about ONLINE SPANISH LESSONS HERE...

🦠 Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic we're currently only offering ✅ Online Spanish Lessons and ✅ Spanish classes in a TRAVELING CLASSROOM instead of at the school, delivering a teacher directly to you in a COVID safe way wherever you are, be it your hotel, home, park, on tour, at the beach or in any other place where social distancing is comfortably and safely possible. CONTACT US TODAY!

🌎 FOR THE LOVE OF OUR BLUE PLANET AND ALL LIVING THINGS:
🙏 PLEASE 🛑 DON'T ✈ FLY TO LEARN SPANISH... LEARN SPANISH ONLINE!


🚨 On October 7th 2020 we declared a CLIMATE AND ECOLOGICAL EMERGENCY because we're facing an 😱 existential threat as Planet Earth is on track for a 🌡4°C increase in average global temperatures by the end of this century, which means 💀 BILLIONS OF HUMANS DYING along the way if we don't CHANGE COURSE NOW!

🌱 LEARN WHY HERE...

🤔 So instead of 🛫 flying to learn Spanish 🛬 — it's not really essential travel, specially in the midst of the ongoing 😷 COVID-19 PANDEMIC — pumping even more C02 into the atmosphere that will end up crashing our common home, impacting countries in the tropics first, 🎧 LEARN SPANISH ONLINE 💻 from the comfort, convenience and safety of your office or home!

📍 If you do find yourself in the vicinity of any of our locations — 🌄 Boquete, ⛱ Bocas del Toro and 🌇 Panama City — we'd love to have your as our student. CONTACT US AND MAKE IT HAPPEN...
Travel to us in eco-friendly ways and get automatic access to a 👯 50% DISCOUNT!!!

🚦 Now... do you want to do something about the Climate and Ecological Crisis?
GO HERE FOR INSPIRATION...

🙏 And finally one last plea to help us ensure a just transition for our staff and Spanish teachers: please don't fly to learn Spanish because you can do it online without destroying our future as there's no Planet B regardless of what Elon Musk wants you to believe; besides dreaming of Mars, he also wants you to buy electrical cars as if that's the solution to this Planetary Crisis... spoiler alert: it's not!

💚 SIGN UP AND REGISTER FOR ONLINE SPANISH LESSONS!

Day Trip #2: Visit Boca del Drago and Starfish Beach

Posted by |


This is the second post of a series of 10 things to do in Bocas del Toro, Panama for less than $25. So let’s get straight into it!

It is inadmissible to come to Bocas del Toro without visiting Starfish Beach! Starfish Beach is by far one of the most spectacular beaches in Bocas del Toro. Its water is crystal clear and certainly very calm during most of the year (the exception being some northerly swells we receive in November and December).

Starfish Beach received its name due to the fact that many starfish come and gather there to feed. You will be tempted to touch them, take them out of the water and take pictures, but please do not do it! It would be totally uncool if someone randomly picked you up just for the sake of taking a photo, wouldn't it? Unless you really liked that person... but Starfish obviously don't know you... so...

We love our Starfish: appreciate the wildlife but don't interfere with it!
We love our Starfish: appreciate the wildlife but don't interfere with it!

Leaving aside the eco-tip, there are several ways to get to Starfish Beach. If you are brave and in good shape, you can cycle to Boca del Drago by renting a bike in town ($7 – $10 per day). It should take you about 1 - 2 hours depending on your speed. It's about 18 kilometers (11 miles) from town and there are several hilly places where you would certainly benefit from riding a bike with gears (instead of a beach cruiser).

If you are not in your best shape, don’t have much time or just feel lazy, we recommend taking the bus (nice and cheap with air conditioning), or a taxi (more expensive).

Cycling to Boca del Drago

Once you get to Starfish Beach, make sure to lock up and secure your bike!
Once you get to Starfish Beach, make sure to lock up and secure your bike!

If you decide to cycle, you have to:

  1. ride north up Third Street until it merges into G Avenue and ride along until you pass Habla Ya Bocas Spanish School
  2. afterwards the road will bend towards your right and you’ll start cycling along Playa El Istmito, where the Sea Fair takes place each year
  3. once you pass the Smithsonian Institute, you’ll reach a fork that if you take a left you’ll go through the island towards Boca del Drago (Starfish Beach)
  4. contiue on that road for 1 - 2 hours until you reach the sea, turn left and ride on a sandy road for about 5 - 10 minutes until you reach the end of it

The bike ride to Drago is a rather long one, especially if you cycle, so make sure to bring water with you. Don’t be discouraged by the time it takes to get there however - you will enjoy beautiful nature, get some exercise, and it is certainly worth your time and effort to visit this side of Isla Colon!

Taking the bus or a taxi to Boca del Drago

Starfish Beach in Bocas del Toro is simply one of Panama's most stunning beaches
Starfish Beach in Bocas del Toro is simply one of Panama's most stunning beaches

If you go to the Central Park, there will be a "colectivo" (30 passenger bus) waiting to leave once it fills up. It's scheduled times to leave Bocas are 5 a.m., 10 a.m., 12 pm., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The bus journey roughly takes 30 minutes and it heads back into town an hour after it leaves town. They charge $2.50 one way, or you can ask for a return and they will charge $5 and that saves you a seat for on the way back. But be careful, the last bus is scheduled to go back to town at 6 p.m. but if it fills up it will leave before.

If you decide to take a taxi, it will charge you $15 for each journey. Make sure to agree a time for pickup (and don't get your hopes too high for him to be totally punctual and never pay in advance).

Once you get to Boca del Drago, either by bike, bus or taxi, you will eventually reach a couple of local restaurants that serve superb-fresh sea food. Stop for a nice ceviche (raw fish marinated with lemon) and a cold beer, or stay for a beautifully fried whole fresh fish, which is absolutely succulent... YUM!

From these restaurants in Boca del Drago to Starfish Beach it's only a 15 minute walk, or a $1, one minute boat ride. Make a plan to spend the whole day out here to truly enjoy it!

If you can walk, there really isn't a need to take a boat to Starfish Beach... enjoy it!
If you can walk, there really isn't a need to take a boat to Starfish Beach... enjoy it!

A word of advice

Unfortunately during the last year, a couple of random restaurants have made their appearance at Starfish Beach taking away some of its peaceful tranquility and pristine charm. With diesel powered generators and pumping music they are polluting the area in more than one way. Complaints have been made to the authorities but nothing has been done. Our advice: stay away from them and make sure to take your business elsewhere. Apart from that, Starfish Beach remains one of the most stunning beaches of Bocas del Toro.

You can also reach Starfish Beach via a boat tour from Bocas Town, and from Bocas del Drago you can also hire a boat to Bird Island.

FIND MORE ABOUT THE BOCAS DEL TORO ISLANDS... »

Comments






BE THE FIRST to get updates about Contests, News and Discounts!



Search our blog if you're visiting Panama! From must do's, where to party or eat, to which beaches and hiking trails you shouldn't miss, you'll find great insider info about Bocas del Toro, Panama City and Boquete, as well as Panamanian culture, customs and traditions, and certainly tips and advice for learning Spanish while in our country! We've been writing about all things Panama for over 10 years and nothing beats local knowledge from the locals themselves.


You can follow any responses to this entry through the. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

2 Responses to "Day Trip #2: Visit Boca del Drago and Starfish Beach"

  1. Which is the best restaurant of seafood in Bocas del Toro.

  2. We like Bibi’s on the Beach, but there are many, many great seafood restaurants in Bocas…


About You
 
 
 
 
Your comment
 
 
Please put a check mark before hitting submit to confirm you're a human (and wait for green tick to appear).