Family Travel Ideas in Bocas del toro

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There are plenty of family activities on Bocas del Toro, and not just the beach! Peruse the following list to find events suitable for your family.


The beach is always a great place to take your family, as there’s something there for everyone! At Bocas del Toro beaches you can snorkel, swim, scuba dive, or just lie on the beach under an umbrella with a book. Hikers will enjoy walking through the dunes and archipelago. Fishing for sailfish, red snapper, blue marlin and sailfish is also huge on these beaches, and you can rent a pole and bait inexpensively.  Children will enjoy wandering through the streams and seeing frogs. The coral reefs are also worth exploring, if only for their vibrant colors set against the crystal blue water. Finally, don’t forget to bring a picnic basket with food and juice boxes, especially if you are trying to save money. The beach cafes are delicious, but will definitely clean out your wallet, and their rich cuisine isn’t always a big hit with children.  

Cordillera de Talamanca Towers

Tired of the beach? Want to get some exercise? Situated south of the archipelago, the majestic Cordillera de Talamanca towers are worth a visit, especially if you can hire a guide to hike you through the wild forest. On your hike you will see an array of tropical wildlife, including an endangered species of birds. This activity is mostly for older children and parents, and should be planned in advance and with a guide.  You can visit the local Bocas del toro travel office in the center of town to find out about hiring a guide. Make sure to bring appropriate shoes and hiking gear. 

Old Point

If you’re visiting Isla Bastimentos, definitely pay a visit to Old Point located at the north. This jungle, covered in coral reefs, is just a 30 minute boat ride from the mainland and a nice break from the sunny beaches. This is an ideal place to teach your children about nature, local flora, plants, and the importance of the environment.  Easy, accessible trails lead from Old Point into the forest where you can get out of the hot sun for a bit. Snap pictures of the wildflowers and tropical birds to email back home at one of the internet cafes, also located at Old Point. You can get snacks and drinks for the ride back to the mainland.


Get off the beach for an afternoon and take your kids shopping. In the city center you’ll find an array of craft markets and clothing stores with dirt cheap prices. If you’re coming in August, this might be a good time to get your kids back-to-school clothes at a discounted price. And, better yet, the Dad who hates to shop won’t find himself stranded on a mall bench. He can take a stroll through the streets and look at some of the ancient Boca del Toros historical statues.



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