6 Things To Do You Can’t Miss in Bocas del Toro, Panama

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6 Things To Do You Can’t Miss in Bocas del Toro, Panama

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If you’re studying Spanish in Bocas (or not), you cannot miss the opportunity to take full advantage of the Caribbean lifestyle. Even if you had never considered yourself an active person, Bocas provides countless opportunities to push your boundaries and have the kinds of adventures that will make your friends back home envious.

The school's front desk will set you up (and help you get some fellow classmates on board). So here is my short list of the things you can’t miss in Bocas:

6. Get On A Surfboard

Whether you are a seasoned surfer or a complete novice, Bocas has some of the best waves at every level. Bocas also has warm tropical waters, which means you don't need a wetsuit: boardshorts and bikinis suffice.

The surf season is from December to March, although the peak of summer in June and July also bring mid-season waves. You can take classes with seasoned surf instructors at Mono Loco Surf School or La Escuela del Mar.

into the warm tropical waters of Bocas

Posted by Mono Loco Surf School on Sunday, April 29, 2012

Three popular locations for surfing are:

  • Beginner: Black Rock
  • Intermediate: Carenero Beach
  • Expert: Bluff Beach

5. Go Deep Boarding

I'd never heard of deep boarding before I came to Bocas. When it was described to me as "extreme snorkeling", I went into town the very next day to find out where to sign up and dragged 6 other people with me. A boat equipped with an instructor will take you out into the ocean. You hold onto a specially designed board as the boat pulls you across the ocean, maneuvering the board to go down deeper and come back up as you please.

Deep Boarding in Bocas del Toro, Panama
It's absolutely thrilling to snorkel this way- like a mermaid- rather than the traditional way.

It's $15 for 25 minutes. Day trips to Zapatillas available also.

4. Swim with Bio-luminescent Plankton

One of my best memories on Bocas is swimming in the ocean with with bio-luminescent plankton. It's mesmerizing to watch the water light up underneath a sky full of stars as you move. The Scuba companies and several local boatmen do an interesting tour to the bio-luminescent lagoon in the archipelago. You'll get an in-depth description of the science behind the bio-luminescence before you take a dip into the water.

3. Party Every Night (and Day)

Every night is essentially a great night to party in Bocas del Toro; however, Friday and Saturday nights are the nights you live to remember with people you may forget in the morning (and Wednesdays at Aqua too). The nightlife doesn't usually begin until midnight here. I'd recommend starting off at Iguana's Surf Bar for Top 40s with lively tourists before making your way to Barco Hundido (also called BarCo) for a more local crowd. The DJ at BarCo spins the best of Latin music with the simple goal of keeping you on your feet all night. Finally, be sure to check out Aqua Lounge’s day parties as well for the opportunity jump into the ocean while the DJ rocks the crowd. Simply put, come prepared to dance!

2. Experience Zaptillas

In one word, Zapatillas is breathtaking. The turquoise water that washes ashore appears prepared to engulf the secluded islands at any moment. However, these two remote and uninhabited islands remain favorites for all day excursions that cost approximately $35-45. Make a picnic out of it and pack your own lunch and a good book to take with you to Zapatillas, or place an order at a restaurant along the way. This is the place to experience the untouched beauty of Panama at its best. No trip to Bocas is complete until you've visited Zapatillas.

Hopefully Zapatillas will remain pristine and untouched for many generations to come.

1. Go on a Sunset Catamaran Cruise

There is something about sailing into the sunset with a couple dozen of your closest friends who you just met that captures the magic of Bocas. The cruises are exceptional because you never know what to expect: one minute you could be dancing away with a drink in your hand, the next you are doing cannonballs into the ocean. Whatever happens, it is truly freeing to be in the middle of the ocean looking up at the stars!

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Obviously there are so many more things to do in Bocas

I'll leave you with this video that gives a pretty good feel about some of the things that make Bocas the place to be this 2017.

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