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We've been writing about all things Panama for over 10 years. So search our blog to plan your vacation. 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 on vacation!


A Day at Red Frog Beach in Bastimentos, Bocas del Toro, Panama

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Many times, students at Habla Ya Spansh Schools have asked me what could be a nice activity to do during the weekend, and besides other options I always recommend a visit to Red Frog Beach on Isla Bastimentos. The reason is simple - the beach is gorgeous, the water is turquoise blue and swimmable (with just some small waves to keep in fun - unless there's a big swell in which case getting in the water is a big no no), plus there are several restaurants with bars close by if you get hungry or thirsty.

In Bocas del Toro there are many amazing beaches. Red Frog Beach is just one of them. View from the sky where you can see Turtle Beach (the first one from left to right), Red Frog Beach and Wizard Beach.
In Bocas del Toro there are many amazing beaches. Red Frog Beach is just one of them. View from the sky where you can see Turtle Beach (the first one from left to right), Red Frog Beach and Wizard Beach.

The beach itself is quite large, which is one of the many reasons I love to go there with my dog, my husband, friends and my frisbee. The soft white sand is just what I need to play, run and have fun.

Part of my family at Red Frog Beach... I also have 4 cats back at home...
Part of my family at Red Frog Beach... I also have 4 cats back at home...

To get there, you can simply take a boat from the center of Bocas town on Isla Colon (the main island) at the Red Frog dock. Boat drivers will charge you $3.50 - $5 one way to get there, and it takes about 10 minutes to arrive at the Marina in Bastimentos. Because it is a natural reserve, there is also a $3 entrance fee when you arrive. A short walk through the park will lead you to the beach. Along the way you may observe lots of tropical birds, caimans and some sloths if you get lucky. There are signs to get there, so you cannot get lost.

My favorite restaurant there is the Palmar Tent Lodge, and the reason why I love it is because it has seats and hammocks directly on the beach. Servers will come to you, and you can enjoy a varied menu which lists their meal of the day, as well as fish and chips or ceviche among many other things. The owner of the place is from the United States, but he offers some traditional Panamanian dishes such as patacones instead of French fries, and filete al ajillo.

Palmar's location is great for me, because Chomsky, my dog, can just hang around or play with his other canine buddies while my friends and I enjoy a nice cold beer.
Palmar's location is great for me, because Chomsky, my dog, can just hang around or play with his other canine buddies while my friends and I enjoy a nice cold beer.

If you like adventure, you will not be disappointed. There is a great Zipline tour on Red Frog beach for only $55; adrenaline rush guaranteed! You can read a blog post about this experience here... And if that’s not for you, you can choose to visit the Island Resort and Spa instead. I highly recommend the foot reflexology treatment (check out my spa experience here), which has left me very relaxed and rejuvenated. Careful though - it may hurt! But it’s just your toxins leaving your body.

I usually start heading back around 5.30pm to get some rest before dinner, but of course you can also spend your evening there and have dinner if you wish to. Just keep in mind that the boat fares may go up after sunset.

Red Frog Beach is just one of many beautiful beaches on Isla Bastimentos and Bocas del Toro, so if you are studying with us for more than one week, you should definitely visit a different one every weekend. There are also plenty of beaches on Isla Colon and Carenero that you can visit during the week after or before your Spanish lessons.
Red Frog Beach is just one of many beautiful beaches on Isla Bastimentos and Bocas del Toro, so if you are studying with us for more than one week, you should definitely visit a different one every weekend. There are also plenty of beaches on Isla Colon and Carenero that you can visit during the week after or before your Spanish lessons.

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We've been writing about all things Panama for over 10 years. So search our blog to plan your vacation. 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 on vacation!


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