Visitors are attracted to Bocas del Toro National Park both by its beautiful isolated beaches and also by its plentiful marine life. The snorkelling is excellent, with plenty of coral, and other attractions include wetland birds, nesting turtles, whales, dolphins and red, yellow and orange frogs.
The main town of Bocas, on the largest island (Isla Colón), has a number of hotels, or for those preferring to avoid nightlife, there are also more secluded options along the reef.
Our preferred accommodation
Beach hotel - Just off Isla ColonComfortable beach hotel set on stilts in the Caribbean sea, 15 minutes by boat from Bocas town (and the airport). There are nine comfortable bungalows set on stilts and a central living area with restaurant, bar and sitting area. They have a boat for trips to nearby islands.
Beach hotel - Isla BastimentosA selection of beautifully designed villas on the coast of Isla Bastimentos, adjacent to rainforest and just a short walk from Turtle beach. There are two restaurants, a spa and an activities centre where you can arrange zip-lining tours, snorkelling, diving and surf lessons. The island can only be reached by boat, there are small native villages and no cars!
Beach hotel - Isla BastimentosA small, personal American-owned/run lodge set above the sea in the National Park. A good mix of jungle and sea activities are included in the price along with all meals and drinks. The main building has the restaurant, bar and terrace with lovely views, the tropical gardens attract much birdlife and there is safe swimming from the dock.