Bocas del Toro is an island archipelago in the Caribbean Sea located off the northeast coast of Panama. The capital, known as Bocas Town, is a popular tourist resort and Scuba Diving destination. As in many Caribbean coastal towns in Central America, Bocas del Toro has a significant black population…not that that matters. What else…most of the women you’re likely to meet here will be tourists from the United States, Europe or elsewhere in Latin America. There is quite a bit party scene so if you’re looking to meet girls, this isn’t the worst place to do so.
Tropical rainforest climate (20-30 °C). Humidity is high.
Scuba dive and snorkel. Bocas has some great aquatic life. If you’re not certified, it’s only about $10 for a good 2 hours of snorkelling at any PADI certified dive shop…provided you have your own mask and snorkel. Otherwise it’s $20.
IS BOCAS DEL TORO SAFE?
Bocas del Toro is safe. Stories about getting robbed on Wizard Beach by machete-wielding Rastas are overblown. The only time you’ll be hassled by a local is when they ask you to purchase their weed.
DATING IN BOCAS DEL TORO
Really, really easy! Typical backpacker-type strategy is the ticket to dating in Bocas del Toro. Be loud and aggressive. Make sure people really notice you. You’ll find someone willing to take you down.
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WOMEN IN BOCAS DEL TORO
A score of ghastly dreadlocked hippies. There are hot tourists among women in Bocas del Toro too, don’t get me wrong. Attractive domestic tourists come from the mainland too, so that helps bump the average up slightly. The town truly doesn’t have enough residents to pass any kind of meaningful judgement on attractiveness, although I did see a couple pretty fine black girls biking around the neighbourhood. However, approach them I did not.
RENT AN APARTMENT IN BOCAS DEL TORO
You could swing a deal to rent an apartment in Bocas del Toro at a hostel for about $250. Possibly free if you want to work for them, I’m not sure. Ask a local diver at the dive shop about his/her living situation to get a better idea. Many likely live on a nearby island like Bastimentos or even the terrible excuse of a town called Almirante for cheaper rent.
NIGHTLIFE IN BOCAS DEL TORO
Are there bars in Bocas del Toro? Yes. Are they full of locals? No. German and Scandinavian tourists is what you’ll find. Bocas town is expensive, so many Panamanians who work on the island probably don’t live there. That’s not to say you can’t pick up a waitress working the nightshift, but she’s got a better chance of being from Pittsburg than Panama.
I recommend: Aqua Lounge. For those who have been to Bocas, this will come as no surprise. Located about a two minute water taxi ride from Bocas town, the Aqua Lounge is where tourists come to have sex with one another. This exchange is facilitated by the fact that the Aqua Lounge rents rooms too…perfect! It’s the most popular spot on the island. I think it’s a disaster, honestly. Watch the video in the above link and be the judge!
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COST OF LIVING IN BOCAS DEL TORO
Water taxi to Bocas from Almirante is about $7. Water taxis to surrounding islands are $1-3. Best way to get around Bocas Town is to walk, or bike if you want to hit some secluded beaches just outside the centre.
HOSTEL DORM BED/NIGHT
Milk (1L)= $2.50 Loaf of Bread= $2.50 Eggs= $2.75 Water (1.5L)= $1.50 Cigarettes= $5.00
BOTTLE OF BEER
Not for me. Bocas del Toro is expensive and has been completely taken over by tourists. I’m sure it was much better a few years ago. Only good for surfing and scuba as far as I’m concerned. There is a bit of a party scene amongst backpackers though, so you’ll be able to get it wet. For that, I’ll grant it a 6/10.
OVERALL RATING: 6/10
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