On the 1st November we motored to Bocas del Toro, 130 miles north west of here, to the main island, Isla Colon, and anchored off the town to check-in and buy some groceries. There are many hotels, hostels, supermarkets and restaurants. Bocas is a popular destination for young people who enjoy surfing, snorkeling and night life.
We anchored off the Red Frog marina, and went ashore where we had a quick walk round the marina are and walked up the hill to the Kayukas restaurant.
View from Kayukos Rest. to Mangrove anchorage
Once a week we used the water taxi, “Panga” or “Pinero” different names for these boats which seat about 15 people and use a 75hp outboard so it is a fast trip from Red Frog to Bocas town to go shopping. We got the 9am taxi, did shopping had lunch at the Lemon Grass restaurant and returned to Red Frog on the 2pm ferry, motoring close by Carenero island.
I walked to the Red Frog Spa and then to the Kayukas restaurant to take the short cut path to the beaches.
At the Red Frog Beach there is a tent camp for the surfers with a restaurant and at the end of this beach is the Punta Lava restaurant.
Very pretty flowers in Bocas
I walked up the hill from the Punta Lava restaurant to the Red Frog Villas and Turtle Beach.
I saw my first Red Dart Frog at the Tent site and then I saw the brown Talamancan Dart frog on the short- cut path. When it rained during the night, the following day I would see frogs on the different paths that I hiked on.
Other insects and creatures I saw there, the ant that the Red Frog eats, Black & White spider at the Restaurant….
Fantastic Sunsets in Bocas del Toro
Jacqui and Walter on s.v. Jean Marie and us motored to Zapatilla islands for a couple of days, they charge people $10 per person a day to anchor off the island and walk on the islands.
The Park rangers keep the islands clean and they maintain the boardwalk
I walked round this island
We did the hike to the National park from the Canopy Zip Line, along the horse trail to the point and then returned on a path along the beach. Views from the Canopy.
We enjoyed this hike, walking part of the way in the forest which was muddy and buggy and then along the beaches
We went for a dinghy ride to the Gap which is a short cut to Almirante bay and then came back along Nancy key where we saw some lovely homes and a couple of small marinas, all very protected in this bay area.
We once again anchored off Bocas town to buy some groceries and then motored to Starfish Beach and Bocas del Drago
I walked on the road past Fincas and holiday homes
Many tourists arrive here by road taxi or water taxi
Bocas Del Toro with Panama mainland in the background – Ferry