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Things to do in Bastimentos Island

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Natural Feature
“National Marine Park. Take a day-tour to Islas Zapatilla on a day when weather is clear and waves are not choppy. The tour takes you first to Dolphin Bay, then to Cayo Coral for snorkeling and a restaurant over the water, then it goes to Islas Zapatilla, which is a marine reserve. No hotels, restaurants or bars are on this island. Pristine and pure. Pick up your trash and take it with you! Avoid single-use plastic to save our precious marine life.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Sublocality Level 1
“Try the Jungle Zip line. This is a once in a life time experience. Strapped in a harness you will 'zip' along a steel cable high through the jungle. See the money's, the colorful birds and breathtaking views. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“The only way to get here is to hike! It takes about 30 min but you are usually rewarded with a non touristy, hidden beach you might have all to yourselves! ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Restaurant/bar over the water. Snorkeling, and in-water hammocks. Scenic view. Easy to swim. Take a water-taxi from Bocas Town. Do not go on a Friday, when it is reserved for a private party called "Filthy Friday". Please do not come home drunk and disorderly.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Café
“Take a water taxi to Bastimentos Island and take the 15 minute hike up the hill to this charming organic family farm. 2 hours tours include a tasting of their cacao and a snack.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“The Firefly on bastimentos has the best food in Bocas! Super fresh seafood and food with a thai-caribbean vibe, everything is made in house. Best for a sunset (the view is crazy) cocktail before dinner. Their communal deck is lit by string lights and tiki torches and is steps from the ocean. Try their famous banana chocolate chip bread pudding with bananas from their yard and local panamanian rum. The craft cocktails are made with herbs & fruit from their yard. The seafood arrives on boats daily. Open 5-9 closed on tuesdays . ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“A beautiful walk up the beach front from Villa 76 - stop along the way to swim and sightsee. An iconic must see on your trip ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“The best-known snorkeling spot of Bocas del Toro with several over-the-water restaurants. The perfect stop before your trip to Zapatillas, Salt Creek or Monkey Island.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“paddle or boat up a canal to the indigenous village and take a tour through the batcaves to be able to jump off a waterfall in the cave! ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Latin American Restaurant
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“We love to support the local businesses OWNED by locals. Lysette's is a authentic as it gets on Basti. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, this is our go-to place to eat and enjoy. Overlooking the main action of Old Bank, you get a nice breeze and can see the comings and goings of the main dock and the town square. Grab a cold beer and kick back with some real Panamanian food.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Best snorkeling in Bocas! Accessed by boat with a tiny beach, just off Isla Solarte.”
  • 1 local recommends
Lodging
“La Loma Jungle Lodge offers chocolate tours and lunch. (By reservation only)”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“This is our hostel! We serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks. You can book your shuttles to different locations here, take tours, rent kayaks, SUP boards, and surfboards! ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Gym
“Nice beach bar with food option on the beach of Red Frog. Just a stroll away and a relaxed atmosphere.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Sublocality Level 1
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Restaurant/bar over the water. Snorkeling, and in-water hammocks. Scenic view. Easy to swim. Take a water-taxi from Bocas Town. Do not go on a Friday, when it is reserved for a private party called "Filthy Friday". Please do not come home drunk and disorderly.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“The Firefly on bastimentos has the best food in Bocas! Super fresh seafood and food with a thai-caribbean vibe, everything is made in house. Best for a sunset (the view is crazy) cocktail before dinner. Their communal deck is lit by string lights and tiki torches and is steps from the ocean. Try their famous banana chocolate chip bread pudding with bananas from their yard and local panamanian rum. The craft cocktails are made with herbs & fruit from their yard. The seafood arrives on boats daily. Open 5-9 closed on tuesdays . ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Latin American Restaurant
“We love to support the local businesses OWNED by locals. Lysette's is a authentic as it gets on Basti. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, this is our go-to place to eat and enjoy. Overlooking the main action of Old Bank, you get a nice breeze and can see the comings and goings of the main dock and the town square. Grab a cold beer and kick back with some real Panamanian food.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“This is our hostel! We serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks. You can book your shuttles to different locations here, take tours, rent kayaks, SUP boards, and surfboards! ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Gym
“Nice beach bar with food option on the beach of Red Frog. Just a stroll away and a relaxed atmosphere.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“At walking distance. Very nice to walk discovering the natural reserve. For launch you can have a sandwish and for dinner local food in the over the water restaurant. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant

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