Isla Bastimentos

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Bastimentos is an island in Bocas del Toro province in the Caribbean West of Panama. For everyone who feels a bit overwhelmed by the party scene in Bocas town this is the place to go. In Bastimentos you are going to find the relaxing atmosphere the loud taxis and bars on the main island can't offer.

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There are several beautiful beaches in walking distance from town. One is "Wizard Beach" (1.2 km or 20 minutes from town) and the other one is "Red Frog Beach" (~1 hour walking from Old Bank town). The path is extremely difficult to negotiate in the rain.

Wizard Beach (Playa Primera)

There have been regular reports of robberies with machetes on the path between the town of Old Bank and Wizard Beach since 2006. Ask local sources and always use common sense.

There is a strong (reportedly deadly) undertow on this beach. Only experienced swimmers should enter the water here. The beach is long and fairly remote. The difficulty involved in getting to this beach lends itself to a smaller number of visitors. There are no services on or near this beach. Sometimes there are good waves for surfing. There is no lifeguard and medical services are far away.

Red Frog Beach

There are two bars and a hostel at the far end of this beach. Drinks are more expensive than in town but still cheaper than US or European prices. The hostal serves food right on the beach and is open until 5PM. A truck runs back and forth from the beach near the hostel to the marina on the other side of the island. The truck is free. Water taxis are usually waiting to take you to Bastimentos for $4 per person.

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There is a PADI dive centre on Bastimentos called The Dutch Pirate [1](PADI Store no S 21308) which has cheap prices for Open Water/Advanced certifications, Discover Scuba Diving experience and fun dives.

Walk up to the Coffee Shop Up in the Hill and have a great coffee/tea/etc. while reading/changing a book and enjoying the calm environment and the nice views.

Definently recommend this. get some brownies and truffles. theres a book store here to. wonderful family runs it.


There are several restaurants in Old Bank. Roots and Alvin are safe bets for good food at a very reasonable price.


Not so much for going out here. It s more to calm down from Bocas del Toro experiences. Also, Old Bank has a different vibe than gringofied Bocas town - more real but not always in a nice way. Poverty is much more apparent, and after dark the settlement can feel a bit intimidating at times.

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