Thursday, October 1, 2009

Bocas del Toro Islands

The Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica and Panama erges in a seamless sequence of barely-explored mountains and rivers, dense forests opening onto turquoise waters and pristine white beaches. mysterious mangrove channels, coral gardens and exotically wildlife. This is the Oanamanian province of Bocas del Toro. Its capital, Bocas Town is on Colon, one of the 68 Bocas del Toro Islands.

Island culture is much more Afro-Caribbean than Latin-American. Towns and villages have a bright but dilapidated air, and residents are perfectly matched to the young, hip crowd of international visitors. The high funk factor of thatched bars on stilts and infinite versions of incomers fantasy tropical gatewatys is driven by residents own appreciation for the natural paradise in which they live. However hard they party, people there respect the marvels of the Marine Park, where one beach is the world’s only home to black-polka-dotted, scarlet frog and rare sea turtles.

Only on Isla Colon is uncontrolled tourist development begining to threaten the very high diversity of marine and terrestrial ecosystems that along with its delightful, quirky, retro-culture -had made Bocas del Toro famous.

When to go: The rain never entirely stops, but the islands are driest in September/October and February/March. Happily, at these times islands are both cheaper and less crowded. Population:9,000. How to get there: By air, from Panama City.

1 comment:

  1. Great pictures. You can also get there by air from San Jose, Costa Rica, with Nature Air!


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