Bocas Del Toro is an amazing part of Panama. Up in the North West corner of the Carribean sea the area is made up of a cluster of nine small islands. Isla Colon (Main Island) is rife with backpackers mostly in transit for a week at a time, or surfers taking advantage of the swell in the Carribean that lasts from December through March.
Water taxis set you back about a $2 per trip to one of the main breaks and neighbouring islands. Locals will also take you to further away secluded islands for anything up to $20 each for the day, pack an esky and your only worry is boredom!
We have been surfing most days with two decent reefs either a short boat or taxi away and another couple of beach breaks also on offer. The crowds are manageable and the first decent swell we got three days ago was in the 4-6ft range and great fun. Carls is loving her new board acquired in Hawaii.
On Ryan’s last night with us in Bocas we were told of a party being thrown by locals on a nearby island. A twenty minute boat ride through darkness with our way being lit by mobile phone light, brought us to a house party that was worthy of an MTV film clip.
About 300 travelers, a pool, cash bar, DJ’s, sound and lighting setups and boats coming and going long into the night from the private wharf was a fairly impressive effort.