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  - Town of Bocas del Toro (provincial capital of Colon Island).
- Colón Island.
- City of Bocas.
- Bastimentos Island.
- Bastimentos Marine National Park.
- Zapatillas Key.
- Cisne Key (Pájaros Island).
- Bocas del Drago.
- Pájaros Island.
- Punta Hospital
- San Cristóbal Island.
- Sendero del Oso Perezoso
- Bay of the Delfines.
- Sendero de las Ranas Rojas.
- Popa 2 Island.
- Carenero Island.
- Punta Caracol.
- Visit indigenout sites.
- La Amistad National Park.
- Bluff, Dump, and Playa Larga Park.
   
 
 
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The province of Bocas del Toro is located in the western part of Panama bordering Costa Rica. Its territory has 8.917 square kilometres, a diverse and abrupt geography, irrigated by large rivers like Changuinola and Teribe. Bocas del Toro is politically divided in three districts: Changuinola, Chiriquí Grande and Bocas del Toro(Archipelago of islands). Its capital is Bocas del Toro located in Colón island.

Initially it was inhabited by the indigenous groups: Ngwobe-Buglé, Teribe and Bokota. When Christopher Columbus arrived to this region in 1502, he navigated with his two ships in the Bay called by the indigenous community as Carabobo, today the Almirante Bay. Isolated from Panama but opened to the rest of the world and the Caribbean, Bocas had an interesting history during the following three centuries.

During the colonial period of the 16th through the 19th centuries, the Spanish did not establish populations in the region and was almost forgotten by its government. The English took advantage of the incident, establishing settlements like in Boca de Drago, influencing in the life of the archipelago.

The majority of its population were traffickers and adventurers from different nationalities, attracted by new commercial opportunities. In 1837 the administrative divisions in Bocas de Toro was created and during the next 50 years, Bocas was part of the provinces of Chiriquí, Panama and Colón this time as a district.

After the separation of Panama from Colombia when Bocas was scene of some confrontations, the province of Bocas del Toro was created in 1903 and when the economy of the province had flourished, it was recognized as the country´s third most important city.

Bocas del Toro is made up by a mosaic of cultures which influenced in the region’s development. Today its descendents live and contribute to the progress and development of the province. Tourism is now a new alternative which has reached the archipelago, thanks to its natural resources and beautiful scenery.

The Bocas del Toro Archipelago is made up by several main islands like: Colon, Popa, Bastimentos, Cristobal, Cayo de Agua and Cayo Carenero. In Colon Island, you can find the people from Bocas del Toro capital of the province and where you will find tourism activities in the area. It has lots of hotels, restaurants, entertainment centers. In general Bocas del Toro is famous for its architecture with influence of Georgian and Victorian styles, as well as Caribbean and North American, wooden homes supported by columns that rest over the sea.

One of the most impressive attractions of Bocas del Toro is the Bastimentos National Park, the first Marine Park created in the country. It is created in several points of the archipelago. It is a natural reserve with incredible richness that includes coral reefs, large extensions of mangroves, white sandy beaches and crystal clear water that run from Bastimentos Island and the small islets to Zapatillas Keys located to the southeast. The park is a refuge of abundant marine life, birds, reptiles and other animals.

They are part of the Bastimentos Park, Zapatillas Keys, two small almost virgin uninhabited islands with paradise like forests, surrounded by a platform of coral reefs and beaches. You will be impressed by its incredible beauty complemented with the marine life of its coral reefs. Underwater diving is one of the area´s favourite activities.

In Salado Key, tourists can share the region with the native people called Ngwobe, a small indigenous community that work and live in harmony under the laws of an Indian chief.

Bastimentos island offers a visitor lodging, restaurants, services at a health center, telephone service, two churches, transportation, speech boat rental, diving equipment and other facilities. Carenero Island has lodging, hotels and restaurants, as well as a marina with yacht and sailing facilities to make your stay a dream come true.

The province´s mainland is found in the La Amistad International Park where the Naso or Teribe ethnic group live. The Park is one of the largest in the country including the largest and oldest area of primitive forest in Panama with 9 eco systems that go from tropical to subalpine. The park has hundreds of plant and animal species not found anywhere else.

Bocas del Toro and its diverse archipelago is accessible by plane from Panama City or David City or by ferry from Almirante and Chiriquí Grande. Here a visitor will be able to leave behind the stressful daily life to enter into a natural environment, full of unexplored beauty, adventures, water sports and countless activities in a relaxed environment.

 
 
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