Getting There in Bocas del toro

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From Panama city, there are several direct 1-hour flights daily to Bocas Del Toro on Air Panama and Aeroperlas costing around $60-70USD one-way.   These are currently dual turbo-prop planes that seat around 20 people.  You can also make the Panama-David-Bocas connection.

By highway in a bus or rental car from Panama City, (or from San Jose, Costa Rica) it takes 8 - 10 hours to drive to the port town of Almirante where you can catch the regular Water Taxis to the town of Bocas del Toro on Isla Colon. Leave your rental car in Almirante.  Everything in Bocas town is within easy walking distance and taxis around town are only 50 cents per person.

June 21, 2007 change by massd

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From Costa Rica

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From San Jose in Costa Rica you can take a bus to Sixaola on the border 4 times a day. From here you just walk across the rickety bridge to Panama.  This border can process your paperwork (check that your country does not need a visa).

From the Panamanian side, you can get a taxi direct to the boat landing or take a collectivo to Changuinola (cheaper) and from there a taxi to the boat landing at Finca 60 or a minibus to Almirante (it'll drop you off near the landing). Then it's just a boat ride to Isla Colon and the main town of Bocas del Toro. If you want to more..

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