Hotel Bocas del Toro, Panama

Hotel Bocas del Toro

The Hotel Bocas del Toro is directly on the main drag on Isla Colon.  The place went through extensive renovations in 2004 and the new owner and her staff are constantly striving to make improvements and make the place better. Although I didn’t stay at the Hotel Bocas del Toro I did visit the bar, which is one of the few bars in Bocas … [Read more...]

Bugita Cafe, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Bugita Cafe, Bocas del Toro, Panama

I miss pressed juices.  Like real juices.  Cucumber, beet, ginger and apple.  Or Kale, spinach, apple and lemon.  Don't get me wrong, juices in Panama are great, because the main ingredients are always rum and sugar! I was so excited to stumble upon Bugita cafe in Bocas del Toro because they have juices! And they are willing to make … [Read more...]

The Rip Tide, Bocas del Toro, Panama

The Rip Tide, Bocas del Toro, Panama

The Rip Tide is your quintessential beach bar. Because it's on a boat! Floating in the water. A popular hangout with locals The Rip Tide serves good drinks and tasty bar food. People float up in their dinghys, stay for a few drinks and then motor to the next place. On the day I visited I was lucky enough to catch an improptu performace … [Read more...]

Restaurante Chitre, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Restaurante Chitre, Bocas del Toro, Panama

After a week in Bocas del Toro of eating rich, foreign foods brought to the area by the huge ex-pat community that calls Bocas home I was craving some good old fashioned Panamanian fonda.  Chicken, rice, beans...the usual. Located on the main street on Isla Colon, Restaurante Chitre is popular among locals and tourists for just that. … [Read more...]

Paki Point, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Paki Point, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Tuna Tartare.  TUNA TARTARE.  Seriously.  The greatest tuna tartare I've ever had in my life was at Paki Point. Paki Point Art, Surf, Food is a restaurant, bar, surf joint and artist hangout located in front of Tiger Tail, a surf break in Playa Paunch. This place has amazing food, a killer view and is a trip to walk around and just … [Read more...]

Parque Bolivar, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Parque Bolivar, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Because a town in Panama isn't really a town unless it has a town park right in the center of everything.  Bocas del Toro is no different.  Known as Parque Bolivar this parque always has souvenir stands set up and is an easy place to catch a bus or a taxi.  It's easy to find and offers a lot of shade on those warm Bocas afternoons.  A … [Read more...]

Super Gourmet Grocery and Deli, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Super Gourmet, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Rumor tells it (and by rumor I mean Lorelai, the owner of Super Gourmet) that before Super Gourmet opened people would fly to David with mini coolers just to purchase a block of cheddar cheese.  Well not anymore because Super Gourmet carries it all.  From a fully stocked deli with salads and sandwiches to fresh produce, locally made … [Read more...]

Floating Doctors, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Floating Doctors, Bocas del Toro, Panama

While wandering through the streets of Bocas del Toro one afternoon I stumbled across a group of young men and women and a group of the elderly all together, just hanging out in the park.  I thought to my self, "Self, this is an interesting combination" so I marched myself right over and asked (in what was brought to my attention as the … [Read more...]

Street Style, Bocas del Toro, Panama Edition

Street Style, Bocas del Toro Edition

I couldn't help but have an impromptu photo shoot with this guy and his mom! Head to toe he was dressed in blue and white plaid. The best part of his outfit...HIS SMILE! He was so happy and so proud of his momma who had made the outfit just for him...even the shoe covers! LOVESIT! ~LAUREN … [Read more...]

Playa Estrella, Bocas del Toro, Panama

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  Playa Estrella or Starfish Beach for you English speaking folks is just that....a beautiful beach with starfish!  Rumor has it that just a few years ago you could barely walk through the waters without stepping on starfish.  Now, you have to search for them but they are there.  Ask any of the folks working on the island and … [Read more...]