1. What to bring?
Keep clothes light, a rain poncho, insect repellent, sun screen, a hat and binoculars. A flashlight for night walking would be advisable if you plan to leave the town. Sandals and another pair of comfortable walking shoes. Some US cash, as not all vendors accept credit cards. Please be sure to store all valuables in your room's safe.
2. What about mosquitoes and bugs?
Along the water and in town there are few mosquitoes, as they tend to be concentrated in forested areas or heavy vegitation. "Chitras", otherwise known as sand flies, are often out at dusk and dawn. We recommend using AVON Skin So Soft as a non-DEET repellent or covering up.
3. What is the weather like?
Panama is a year-round attraction. The daytime temperature hovers around 29 ºC or mid 80s ºF with light tropical breezes and is fairly humid year round. There is no defined rainy season in this region of the country, so it is difficult to predict the weather. Most rainfall occurs at night and clears up by mid to late morning.
4. What restaurants and activities would you recommend?
5. Do you have hairdryers, alarm clocks and room safes?
Yes, our guest rooms are well equipped, each including a hairdryer, alarm clock and room safe.
6. Will my cell phone work in Bocas del Toro?
Most cell phone providers from outside Panama are able to access the network but the fees are generally very high. If you plan to use your phone often and it is unlocked, we suggest purchasing a prepaid SIM card with data from a vending machine in Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport.
7. What is in Bocas Town and best way to get around?
We do not recommend bringing a vehicle to the island. Within a short walk of our hotel is a bank ATM, pharmacy, small American style grocery store and convenience stores. Our reception is pleased to call for a taxi or a water taxi should you wish to visit the other islands.
8. What currency is used and are credit cards accepted?
The US dollar, so there are no currency exchange hassles. Credit cards are not widely accepted here so it is best to bring some cash. At the bank, there are two ATMs and they work well most of the time. To help avoid any issues, it is best to inform your credit card company that you will be traveling to Bocas del Toro.
9. Is the water safe to drink?
We do not recommend drinking the tap water in town and suggest bottled or purified water. Water may be purchased at nearby convenience stores or designated water refill stations. Two complimentary bottles of water are provided on the day of check-in.
10. What is the number of the Tourism Hotline?
Just dial 311 within Panama. Operators speak English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. They will advise you if you are having a problem and provide general tourism advice.
11. Do you have a restaurant?
In order to maintain a tranquil atmosphere for our guests we do not have a restaurant on site and refer our guests to MK Restaurant located next door. If not included in your room rate, breakfast vouchers may be purchased for $7.50 per person at front reception.
Isla Colón got its name from Christopher Columbus, who, while looking for a passage to the Pacific Ocean, landed in Bocas del Toro in 1502. The Isthmus of Panama is home to some of the purest natural beauty in Latin America: dense tropical rain forests, wide savannas, coral reefs bursting with aquatic life and delightfully deserted beaches.
The latest idyllic spot to emerge on travelers’ lists is Bocas del Toro, an archipelago made up of nine islands and hundreds of cays and islets. In the country’s northeastern corner—a one-hour flight from either Panama City or San José, Costa Rica—it’s a sanctuary where the main mode of transportation is a wooden motorboat, dolphins swim through crystalline waters and dockside restaurants serve the local fishermen’s catch of the day. Bocas Town, the archipelago’s main village, is a charming Carribean town, with tin-roofed wooden houses converted into colorful boutiques, guesthouses and restaurants.
As part of the Bocas del Toro archipelago, Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park is an authentic paradise of mangroves, sandy isles, and over 10,000 species of plants and animals. There is a beach for every taste here, peaceful, fun, beautiful, tranquil, adventurous and isolated can all be found within the island chain. The jungles and the skies are filled with the songs of many different birds in Bocas Del Toro. There is something for everyone.
The region offers a diverse selection of restaurants, many of which have a scenic over the water setting. Situated in the heart of Bocas del Toro, come visit Tropical Suites Hotel for an unforgettable experience!