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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 07, 2016
Visiting indigenous people  (7 Answers)

Are there native indian villages around Bocas del Toro that i can visit. My trip will be early may 2016



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 10, 2016
gift delivery  (4 Answers)

I will like to send a gift to a good friend currently working in BC pTY how and where can I send something. I was thinking massage or some anti stress . Any suggestions


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 08, 2015
Food - water - Meds and Money  (1 Answer)

Can anyone suggest good restaurants/food in Bocas or Near Red Frog Resort? Ones posted are old.
Is it safe to drink water? Or should we only drink bottled water? Brand?
Do I need to do the meds for Malaria?
Cash or Traveler Checks?

Thank you!!!
Stacey


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 07, 2015
Options to flying back to Panama City on Sunday  (5 Answers)

My girlfriend and I need to return to Panama City from Boca this Sunday, but all flights on Air Panama are apparently booked. Couldn't book on the other airline either. What's the least painful (least time-consuming) option? thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 03, 2015
Relocating to Panama  (5 Answers)

I can't help myself I just want to relocate to Panama and think it's such a beautiful place. What's the easiest way to obtain residency? We will sell our home here in Canada and go to Panama but if we purchase a home there does that mean we get easier residency status?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 15, 2014
San Blas Island Trip  (4 Answers)

I will have a rental car - where do I drive up to get the 4 wheel Jeeps to go to the san blas Islands. Is it better to leave my car at the hotel and take a prepaid day trip. Thanks for your answer.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 13, 2014
Cost of Ferry  (1 Answer)

Do any one of know how much it cost to take a rental car to the Island and come back ? I will like to hear from some did or does. Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 23, 2014
Elopement out of the us  (4 Answers)

What do you need to do to legally marry in bocas del toro, panama. We are from the United States....


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 10, 2012
Most quiet island in the archipelago  (1 Answer)

Hi,

We are considering spending some time in the bocas del toro archipelago, but do not want to go party.
Which one of the islands is the most quiet one?
As we are traveling with a small sailboat, on which we can not sleep, would it be hard to find an apartment to rent which has a boat dock?

Thanks!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 15, 2012
Most Direct Route  (1 Answer)

I am planning to visit Panama in February. I have been told this is the most favorable time to visit. I would like to know the following:

1. What is the best way to go from Panama City to Bocas del Toro?

2. I am traveling as a single person; is this a place where I need to take a companion or will I be able to find companionship in both Panama City and Bocas. If so where would I be looking. (I am 62)

3. I hear Boquete is a lovely place to visit. Do I do Bocas or Boquete.

4. I am planning to make this a 3 week vacation. How would you plan this out?

Thank you for all your help. I know there are many questions but you never go wrong when you get the information you are looking for from those who live there.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 08, 2011
train ride  (1 Answer)

We are planning a trip to Bocas del Toro. Has anyone taken the train from Panama City to Colon? How do we get from Colon to Bocas del Toro?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 03, 2011
Bocas Del Toro In August Advice Please  (1 Answer)

Hi People

I am travelling South and Central America for a year. I am looking into somewhere my brother and his wife can come from the UK to and meet me for a 2 week holiday in August. They are into beach holidays, windsurfing with some liveliness in the evenings. Can anyone give me advice on if Bocas Del Torro might fit the bill and what would the weather be like in August. I know that is rainy season but is there still a reasonable amount of sun? thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 10, 2011
Destination Wedding in Bocas!  (2 Answers)

My fiance and I have been to Bocas Del Toro and loved it so much that we have decided to get married there! Any suggestions of places to have the ceremony/reception, caterers, musicians, etc. would be GREATLY appreciated. We are planning to have the wedding sometime winter 2012 and will have approx. 20-30 people in attendance.
Gracia a todos!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 27, 2010
Bocas Bound hostel  (3 Answers)

Hi all ,I booked a two day stay at bocas bound ,anyone ever hear of it? Best way to get there from bocas del toro?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 04, 2010
Timing for travel to Bocas?Boquete-Is January Ok?  (6 Answers)

We have a trip planned to Panama for January 21-29 and have recently been to Panama City and many of the surrounding areas. We did not make it to Bocas or to Boquete and wanted to check those areas out this time. Will the weather be OK in January for those areas?

Also, we are considering retiring in Panama and would like to look for ideas-we are probably 10-12 years out from moving. Any ideas on where to stay in these areas would be appreciated.
Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 16, 2010
snorkeling question  (3 Answers)

What is the truth about snorkeling here. I am planning on going either to Bocas or to ambergris Caye in Belize or to Saint Lucia. A real plus for bocas seems to be the frogs and the Minkeys. But, does anyone know how the snorkeling compares in Bocas to these oher places? I just read a review that says that there are problems with three of the main places.

Kraal Cay--no coral...is that true?
Hospital point---coral is dead and few fish...is that true?
zapatillas--currents are too strong to snorkel...is that true?
How about bocas del drago for snorkelling, where we might stay?

I also read that visibility is low after a rain storm...How difficult would this make a ten day stay in march...will it be really hard to find a calm day when it hasn't rained recently to impede on visibility?

Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 21, 2009
Best Restaurants and Nightlife in Bocas del Toro  (3 Answers)

Hi There,

I'm travelling with my girlfriend to Panama and will stay at Bocas Del Toro for a few days.
Can someone recommend the best restaurants and nice spots of nightlife. Of course, being with a girlfriend you don't want to go to dangerous or agressive environments...
I read good things about these ones:

- Pickled Parrot
- El Ultimo Refugio
- Island Time

Do you agree? Would you add other ones...?

Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 18, 2009
DIfferences between bocas del toro and San Blas Islands  (4 Answers)

Hi Everyone. I was wondering if anyone could tell me if its worth going to both islands, or if one island is better then the other. Are there any major similarities/differences??
Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 11, 2009
bocas room to rent???  (2 Answers)

i'm seriously thinking of moving to bocas del toro, panama in a couple months, stay there for at least 8 months. does anyone know of any CHEAP, long term rental options, like apartments or rooms to rent??? and i can go really rough. i've been known to on occasion live out of my back pack if need be, but since its kind of long term, something more than camping would be more agreeable. lemme know if anyone has any leads. thanks in advance.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 24, 2009
Accommodation  (2 Answers)

Can anyone recommend a cool place to stay in Bocas del Toro?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 03, 2008
Getting there from Ohio, USA  (5 Answers)

My husband and I with our two young girls would love to explore Bocas del Toro and I am having trouble finding an economical way to get there from Ohio, USA. I saw on this forum that some of you traveled to Costa Rica first and then crossed the border via boat/land to get there. Can you tell me what city would be best to fly into if I go through Costa Rica? Flights from Ohio to Panama City are pricey. Any ideas on getting there cheaply would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 12, 2008
Credit Cards  (3 Answers)

hello all;
going to Bocas del Toro next week, i've heard of difficulty in using credit cards in far off places in Panama. are credit cards accepted widely around Bocas del Toro? hotels, restaurants etc...

Thanks.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 22, 2007
Hotel La Coralina?  (2 Answers)

I just stumbled across this hotel La Coralina that looks pretty good and is ranked #1 on Tripadvisor has anyone been?

gracias!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 12, 2007
Honeymoon in Bocas del Toro  (2 Answers)

I am planning a honeymoon in Bocas del Toro for mid-August of 2008. SO far I only have Punta Caracol or Al Natural as possible accomodations. How are they? Will there typically be good conditions during that time of year? DO you have any other suggestions on where to stay in Panama for a honeymoon during that time of year?

Thanks in advance!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 28, 2007
Can we swim?

I have two places that I can't decide between and I guess I'm wondering if either of these places have good swimming at all...Teirra Verde and Dolphin Bay Hideaway. Also, is one location much better than the other? We like to feel a million miles away yet be able to go and get a drink and talk to some folks and then lie back in our hammocks...on the days we're going to take off from other excursions. I know we do not want to be in Bocas so taht was out from the start, but any suggestions or opionions would be lovely!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 17, 2007
Also, Sloths please!  (2 Answers)

How common is it to see sloths in the Bocas Del Toro area in late July/early August? How common is it to see sloths in Puerto Viejo? We are going to Bocas and are wondering if we need to make a side trip to Puerto Viejo to make sure we see some sloths.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 17, 2007
Turtles Please!  (1 Answer)

Hi,

I heard you can see turtles laying eggs on some beaches in Bocas Del Toro, but you can only see them at night. Is this correct? Since water taxis don't run at night, what's the best/cheapest way to see them?

Could we pay some guy with a boat to take us to the turtles at night and then take us back to town the same night? How much would that be?

Has anyone done this before?

Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 16, 2007
Where to stay in bocas town for a few nights and then on to another island for 3 nights?  (5 Answers)

This is my first trip to Panama. This is my plan so far. My husband and I will spend 2 or 3 days in PC. Fly to Cortadora Island (or is another Pearl Island better-looking for expatriates but not in a compound or gated resort) for one night. Then from PC fly to David and rent a car to drive around a few days, then fly from David to Bocas. After our stay in Bocas, fly back to PC.
What do you think? We want to go in May, but I haven't book anything as yet,for it's hard trying to coordinate flights, lodging, etc. Do you know a good travel agent in Panama who could coordinate for a reasonable price? I've been using guide books dated 2004 plus what I could find on googling. Thanks, appreciate any help.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 20, 2007
Travel from Bocas to Puerto Viejo  (1 Answer)

I have found a ton of info on how to get from Puerto to Bocas but none from Bocas to Puerto...

Can someone let me know from Bocas del Toro how to get to Puerto Viejo.
If bus times could be included that would be great. About how long is the trip? Cost (including boarder crossing for Americans)

I am trying to figure out what time we would need to leave to arrive at a decent hour in Puerto Viejo. I heard there was a time difference as well? so I need to take that into account.

Thanks so much!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 12, 2007
Transportation from Tocumen to Boca Del Torres Ferry  (2 Answers)

What is best for transportation from Tocumen Airport to the ferry ports departing for Boca Del Torres?
How long is the journey? What is the cost? Can you reccomend good accomodations for a single Mom with two teenage boys in Boca? Thank you very much



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