Budget Travel Ideas in Bocas del toro

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Bocas del Toro Archipelago in Panama offers something for everyone. Here are a few Bocas del Toro budget travel tips.

Transportation - If you are taking a flight to Bocas del Toro it will cost you about $70USD each way, from either Panama or Costa Rica. If you take the more scenic bus, it will cost you approximately $4USD, and then the water taxi is about $.50 per person.

Hostels and Hotels

Pargo Rojo is a budget friendly hotel on Isla Carenero, the smallest island of Bocas del Toro Archipelago. For about $8USD per night you can have waterfront accommodations that include private bathrooms. Hotel Laguna offers modern accommodations, private bathrooms, and start around $7USD per night. Some of the rooms are equipped with kitchenettes. The hotel also has a restaurant that specializes in Italian food. Aqua Lounge is a hostel also on the island of Isla Carenero. Rooms start at $4USD per night. The hostel hosts a restaurant and bar, as well as a sea filled swimming pool. The boat ride to the main island of Isla Colon is about $1 per person each way. Punta Manglar Cabins is an eco friendly resort hotel with cabins that start around $20USD per night. You reach the resort by boat ($1 each way, per person). The uniqueness of this hotel is the architectural design. The stilted cabins face the sea, granting each cabin a beautiful Caribbean sunset.


Eating Out
- There are many very affordable restaurants in Bocas del Toro. For $19USD you can enjoy a 6 course meal at Guari Guari restaurant.

What to Do in Bocas

If you are into water activities, Bocas del Toro offers surfing, snorkeling and sailing. There are water tours that take you to see dolphins and snorkeling to coral reefs. The cost of snorkeling tours is about $15USD. If you just want to relax, the beautiful white sand beaches encourage you to lay back with a great book. Red Frog Beach, named for its red colored poisonous frogs, is a must see. There is a $3 access fee to Red Frog Beach. If you want to see as many of the islands as possible, you can go island hopping for about $1 each way. For the backpacking nature lover in you there are hiking tours that will take you through the jungle, where you will discover the colorful flora and fauna of Bocas, as well as some architectural discoveries. If you want to party until the wee hours of the morning Bocas has plenty bars and discos within walking distance of each other, most of which offer very affordable beer at $.50 each.
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