Traveler Information in Bocas

Traveler information

Time in Bocas 02:16
Time in Bocas 02:16
Shabbat times
Parsha Metzora (Shabbat HaGadol)
(19-20/04/2024)
Shabbat begins
18:21
Shabbat ends
19:11

Transportation – Ways to Get to Bocas

From Panama – Panama City:

By Flight:
There are several flights per day in the morning from Panama City from an airport called Albrook, which is a half-hour drive from the larger Tocumen Airport (PTY). Currently, only one company operates this route. Flights can be booked exclusively through their website at ibe.airpanama.com.

Flight cost: $100-150 per way.

By Bus:
A bus from the central station in Panama City at Albrook Mall. A 10-hour journey to the nearest port town to us, Almirante, and from there a 30-minute boat ride to our island.

Travel cost: $40.

From Costa Rica – Puerto Viejo:

By Bus:
A bus from the central station to the Panama border, a 2-hour journey, crossing the border on foot, and then another shuttle to the port town Almirante. The final transfer by boat, a 30-minute ride to our island.

Travel cost: $25.

From Costa Rica – San Jose:

By Bus:
A bus from the central station to the Panama border, a 5-hour journey, crossing the border on foot, and then another shuttle to the port town Almirante. The final transfer by boat, a 30-minute ride to our island.

Travel cost: $35.

From Panama – Playa Venao:

By Flight:
From Pedasí – a town near Playa Venao, there’s a flight to Panama City to ALBROOK airport, and from there, another flight to Bocas.

Flight cost: About $250 per person per way.

By Bus:
Public transportation is a bit complicated – a combination of 4 shuttles and buses. The easiest and most common option is a private shuttle. There are several companies through which you can book the journey.

Travel cost: $60-80.

Beaches and Islands

Starfish Beach

Located on the calm side of the island, a quiet area without waves, called Bocas del Drago, a beautiful beach with starfish. Beach chairs and snorkels are available for rent.

How to get there:
– A bus leaving every half hour from the park in the center of the island at $5 per way. Then take a boat for $1 to the beach itself or a 10-15 minute walk along the beach to the picturesque area.
– Arriving by boat directly to the beach costs $60-80 round trip.
– A private taxi costs $15-20 per person, the same route as the bus.

Cayos Zapatilla

The closest island to the main island with beaches and small hotels. Two main beaches called Bibis, Black Rock. Additionally, there are several surfing spots depending on the waves.

How to get there:
– A boat from any random taxi station costs $2-3. The journey time is 3 minutes.

Bastimentos Island

Another island a 15-minute boat ride from Bocas. A bit about the island: An African tribe from Jamaica came to Panama about a hundred years ago to build the Panama Canal and settled on the island.

Tourism:

– Wizard Beach, a quarter-hour walk from the boat anchor.
– Tour of an organic farm – up in the hill, book online in advance on the website. The tour includes tastings of various fruits unique to the tropical region at $25 per person for the tour. Travel costs are separate. $7 each way by boat.

Red Frog Beach

Red Frog Beach – a beautiful beach with small red frogs, occasionally you can also see monkeys.

Hotels:

– Selina
– Resort villas for rent
– There are additional hotels that can be seen on Booking/Airbnb.

How to get there:

– 15 minutes by boat
– $7 per way by boat
– An additional entrance fee to the beach is $5

Note: Emphasize to the boat driver Red Frog.

Bird Island

A small island located near Starfish Beach, an island that is a stunningly beautiful giant rock, birds of all kinds roam over it during the bird migration season, you can see rare birds.

The island has no beach; it is a high rock with a small shallow water area where you can go down and swim.

How to get there:

– A boat from Starfish Beach, about a 10-minute sailing, costs $10 per person.

Bluff Beach

A beautiful beach full of waves, a surfing beach for advanced surfers. Located on the main island of Bocas.

How to get there:

– A taxi costs $5 per person per way.
– Renting bicycles and riding along the beaches until you reach Bluff Beach.
– The cost of regular bicycles for a day is about $5-8 / electric bicycles $20-30 per day.

Shabbat in Bocas

There is no Eruv in the city Bocas