Isla Carenero

Isla Carenero

A stone’s throw away from Isla Colón is the small island of Isla Carenero. The island gets its name from the word ‘careening, ’ which is a nautical term meaning to lean a ship on one side for cleaning or repair. In 1502 the ships under the command of Christopher Columbus were careened here.

Carenero features several places to stay and some great places to eat and drink.  Make sure you check out Bibi’s on the Beach, The Pickled Parrot and The Cosmic Crab.

Isla Carenero Hotels

Casa Acuario
Tel: (507) 757-9565

Careening Cay Resort
Tel: (507) 757-9157

Balcones de Bocas
Tel: (507) 6111-4057


Isla Carenero Hostels

Aqua Lounge
Dorm and private rooms. Full bar & lounge with internet.


Isla Carenero Restaurants & Bars

The Pickled Parrot
Sitting over the water at the end of a pier with views of Isla Bastimentos and Isla Solarte, this is one of the most scenic places to have a cold beer in Bocas del Toro. Try their signature blended cocktail “The Pickled Parrot” and one of their tasty burgers. They even have a couple of rooms for rent.

Bibi’s on the Beach
Just down the path from Pickled Parrot is Bibi’s on the Beach. Bibi’s has some of the best food & views in Bocas. They server breakfast, lunch and dinner and have a full bar. Open 7:30am to 9:00pm. Closed Tuesdays after breakfast.
Tel: (507) 757-9137

Cosmic Crab Cafe
Located at the Careening Cay Resort, the Cosmic Crab is another great restaurant and bar sitting over the water with fantastic sunset views. They have an extensive menu featuring Caribbean King Crab, Lobster, fresh fish, burgers, ribs and even Lime pie. They are also famous for their $9.95 all you can eat Sunday Brunch and Bloody Mary Bar. Open for lunch and dinner.
Tel: (507) 757-9157

Aqua Lounge
A great place to hand during the day and don’t miss ladies night on Saturdays!


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