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The Caribbean Coast

The Caribbean coast features some excellent getaway islands like Bocas del Toro and the fascinating San Blas Islands with a high concentration of indigenous populations.

 

Col贸n and Crist贸bal, the towns on either side of the Panama Canal on the Caribbean side are interesting cities to visit for their central locations for viewing boats entering and exiting the Panama Canal, as well as the final stop on the Panama Railroad from Panama City. The Zona Libre in Col贸n offers excellent tax-free shopping. Show your passport at the entrance to this second-largest free zone in the world and arrange for your purchases to be exported or shipped to the airport for you to pick up. Bargaining is expected. Muggings are a problem in these cities.

 

Fuerte San Lorenzo is one of the oldest Spanish fort towns in Latin America with excellent views of the coast and the R铆o Chagres from its cliff-top home. The fort has recently been renovated under the direction of UNESCO and features a picnic spot and a small beach at the bottom of the cliff.

 

Portobelo is just east of Col贸n on the Caribbean coast and one of Panama鈥檚 historical sites. The Monumental Complex was declared a UNESCO World Cultural Monument in 1980 and can be visited every day but Sunday for $1. Founded in 1519 and famous as the spot where Christopher Columbus (Cristobal Col贸n) sheltered himself and crew after wrecking the Vizcaina offshore, the town can be easily seen in a day, more if you want extra time to relax on the beach or join divers looking for Columbus鈥 wrecked Vizcaina.









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Things to do in The Caribbean Coast

Isla Perro

104604Overview This medium-sized island, with a nice fish-filled reef and wreck to explore, is a great spot for snorkeling. The boat will drop you on a beach near the single hut home of the nomadic ...
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Bocas del Toro Fishing and Sailing

111778Sailing charter on a 41 ft Catamaran all inclusive trip. Its the most confortable way to travel around the archipelago of Bocas del Toro. Will facilitate fishing, surfing, snorkeling and photo safari ...
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Snorkeling and Diving Islas Bocas

104719Overview The best way to get out to the dive and snorkeling sites quickly and efficiently is by tour. The standard trip is offered by almost all tour operators and is great for both divers and ...
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Bocas Sailing

104667Three types of tour / activity are offered. The first type of tour goes to Dolphin Bay to watch the bottlenose dolphins. From there the tour moves on to snorkelling to a coral reef, nearby ...
Boating
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Coco Blanco

104607Overview This is one of the more developed of the smaller islands, but it has its charm. Split in half by a friendly divide, one side is occupied by a group numbering around 30 who live in a ...
Adventure Tour, Island
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Surf School La Iguana

Overview Bocas is a popular place for surfing and is home to the Atlantic's biggest wave, the Silverback, which was ridden by the Red Bull Surf Team for a video in March 2006. That may be too ...
Surfing
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Diving

Diving in Bocas del Toro is quite popular, though their sites aren't particularly impressive. Sediment from the nearby rivers keeps the coral healthy, but it also reduces visibility, which on a bad ...
Diving
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Kayaking

Kayaks are rented for around $3 per hour, or $18 per day. Waters are generally clear and calm, and Hospital Point is a popular spot to check out. 鈥淒iscovery Bay鈥, a small sheltered area just ...
Kayaking
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Surfing

Make no mistake, Bocas is a surfing town. So bleach your hair and start working on that laid-back drawl. Beginners should head to Playa Punch, or the Dumps if it's a calm day. The guys at Mondo Taitu ...
Surfing
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Beaches

Gorgeous beaches are one of Bocas del Toro's main attractions. Isla Colon has several nice ones, including Drago Beach on the far side of the island. Our vote for the area's best goes to Wizard ...
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The Bocas Sailing Club

142903The Bocas Sailing Club Sailboat rentals Sailing lessons ...
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