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    • onward ticket

      Panama Mar 30, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      I am flying into Panama from the United States to meet up with a boat which I will continue on out of the country. I've read that an onward ticket is required upon entry to prove I'm not staying in Panama. How strict is this or how can I show I'm not planning on leaving by plane?

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    • Travelling by bus from PC to Cerro Azul

      Cerro Azul Mar 23, 2014 at 10:12 AM

      Do you have any idea if that is possible? If so - do you know where and when to catch the bus?
      Thanks kindly

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    • Panama humidity

      Panama Apr 10, 2014 at 6:56 PM

      Is all of Panama of high humidity? Or are there areas that are less humid?

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      San Blas Island Trip

      by mostaque Online Now Feb 15, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      I will have a rental car - where do I drive up to get the 4 wheel Jeeps to go to the san blas Islands. Is it better to leave my car at the hotel and take a prepaid day trip. Thanks for your answer.

      4 Answers Feb 26, 2014 at 5:56 PM
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      Cost of Ferry

      by mostaque Online Now Feb 13, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      Do any one of know how much it cost to take a rental car to the Island and come back ? I will like to hear from some did or does. Thanks

      1 Answer Feb 26, 2014 at 5:47 PM
    • Elopement out of the us

      by snow3cupcakes Online Now Jan 23, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      What do you need to do to legally marry in bocas del toro, panama. We are from the United States....

      4 Answers Jan 23, 2014 at 3:17 PM
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      Most quiet island in the archipelago

      by Saar123 Online Now Jun 10, 2012 at 12:58 PM

      Hi,

      We are considering spending some time in the bocas del toro archipelago, but do not want to go party.
      Which one of the islands is the most quiet one?
      As we are traveling with a small sailboat, on which we can not sleep, would it be hard to find an apartment to rent which has a boat dock?

      Thanks!!

      1 Answer Jul 6, 2012 at 8:22 AM
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      Most Direct Route

      by uscurr Online Now May 15, 2012 at 6:29 PM

      I am planning to visit Panama in February. I have been told this is the most favorable time to visit. I would like to know the following:

      1. What is the best way to go from Panama City to Bocas del Toro?

      2. I am traveling as a single person; is this a place where I need to take a companion or will I be able to find companionship in both Panama City and Bocas. If so where would I be looking. (I am 62)

      3. I hear Boquete is a lovely place to visit. Do I do Bocas or Boquete.

      4. I am planning to make this a 3 week vacation. How would you plan this out?

      Thank you for all your help. I know there are many questions but you never go wrong when you get the information you are looking for from those who live there.

      1 Answer Jul 6, 2012 at 8:26 AM
    • train ride

      by spunkydeb Online Now Sep 8, 2011 at 9:17 AM

      We are planning a trip to Bocas del Toro. Has anyone taken the train from Panama City to Colon? How do we get from Colon to Bocas del Toro?

      1 Answer Oct 3, 2011 at 7:12 AM
    • Bocas Del Toro In August Advice Please

      by Nils78 Online Now Jun 3, 2011 at 5:10 PM

      Hi People

      I am travelling South and Central America for a year. I am looking into somewhere my brother and his wife can come from the UK to and meet me for a 2 week holiday in August. They are into beach holidays, windsurfing with some liveliness in the evenings. Can anyone give me advice on if Bocas Del Torro might fit the bill and what would the weather be like in August. I know that is rainy season but is there still a reasonable amount of sun? thanks

      1 Answer Aug 21, 2011 at 11:31 AM
    • Destination Wedding in Bocas!

      by Gordon330 Online Now Jan 10, 2011 at 11:27 AM

      My fiance and I have been to Bocas Del Toro and loved it so much that we have decided to get married there! Any suggestions of places to have the ceremony/reception, caterers, musicians, etc. would be GREATLY appreciated. We are planning to have the wedding sometime winter 2012 and will have approx. 20-30 people in attendance.
      Gracia a todos!

      2 Answers Sep 8, 2011 at 5:53 AM
    • Bocas Bound hostel

      by siorshaf Online Now Sep 27, 2010 at 1:05 AM

      Hi all ,I booked a two day stay at bocas bound ,anyone ever hear of it? Best way to get there from bocas del toro?

      3 Answers Sep 30, 2010 at 7:32 PM
    • Timing for travel to Bocas?Boquete-Is January Ok?

      by suett1 Online Now Sep 4, 2010 at 7:21 PM

      We have a trip planned to Panama for January 21-29 and have recently been to Panama City and many of the surrounding areas. We did not make it to Bocas or to Boquete and wanted to check those areas out this time. Will the weather be OK in January for those areas?

      Also, we are considering retiring in Panama and would like to look for ideas-we are probably 10-12 years out from moving. Any ideas on where to stay in these areas would be appreciated.
      Thanks!

      6 Answers Sep 19, 2010 at 9:20 AM
    • snorkeling question

      by Matt_Matt_ Online Now Feb 16, 2010 at 6:04 PM

      What is the truth about snorkeling here. I am planning on going either to Bocas or to ambergris Caye in Belize or to Saint Lucia. A real plus for bocas seems to be the frogs and the Minkeys. But, does anyone know how the snorkeling compares in Bocas to these oher places? I just read a review that says that there are problems with three of the main places.

      Kraal Cay--no coral...is that true?
      Hospital point---coral is dead and few fish...is that true?
      zapatillas--currents are too strong to snorkel...is that true?
      How about bocas del drago for snorkelling, where we might stay?

      I also read that visibility is low after a rain storm...How difficult would this make a ten day stay in march...will it be really hard to find a calm day when it hasn't rained recently to impede on visibility?

      Thanks

      3 Answers Apr 1, 2010 at 10:56 PM
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      Best Restaurants and Nightlife in Bocas del Toro

      by fraga Online Now Nov 21, 2009 at 4:08 AM

      Hi There,

      I'm travelling with my girlfriend to Panama and will stay at Bocas Del Toro for a few days.
      Can someone recommend the best restaurants and nice spots of nightlife. Of course, being with a girlfriend you don't want to go to dangerous or agressive environments...
      I read good things about these ones:

      - Pickled Parrot
      - El Ultimo Refugio
      - Island Time

      Do you agree? Would you add other ones...?

      Thanks!

      3 Answers Jan 21, 2010 at 12:13 PM
    • DIfferences between bocas del toro and San Blas Islands

      by douluvme49 Online Now Jun 18, 2009 at 1:32 PM

      Hi Everyone. I was wondering if anyone could tell me if its worth going to both islands, or if one island is better then the other. Are there any major similarities/differences??
      Thanks!

      4 Answers Jun 19, 2009 at 9:13 AM
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      bocas room to rent???

      by JRiel Online Now Feb 11, 2009 at 1:16 AM

      i'm seriously thinking of moving to bocas del toro, panama in a couple months, stay there for at least 8 months. does anyone know of any CHEAP, long term rental options, like apartments or rooms to rent??? and i can go really rough. i've been known to on occasion live out of my back pack if need be, but since its kind of long term, something more than camping would be more agreeable. lemme know if anyone has any leads. thanks in advance.

      2 Answers Jul 21, 2011 at 9:53 AM
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      Accommodation

      by kjirsch Online Now Jan 24, 2009 at 3:23 AM

      Can anyone recommend a cool place to stay in Bocas del Toro?

      2 Answers Jan 26, 2009 at 10:04 AM
    • Getting there from Ohio, USA

      by snowgauger Online Now Jun 3, 2008 at 3:29 PM

      My husband and I with our two young girls would love to explore Bocas del Toro and I am having trouble finding an economical way to get there from Ohio, USA. I saw on this forum that some of you traveled to Costa Rica first and then crossed the border via boat/land to get there. Can you tell me what city would be best to fly into if I go through Costa Rica? Flights from Ohio to Panama City are pricey. Any ideas on getting there cheaply would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

      5 Answers Jun 6, 2008 at 7:06 AM
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      Credit Cards

      by shine3y3 Online Now Apr 12, 2008 at 4:25 PM

      hello all;
      going to Bocas del Toro next week, i've heard of difficulty in using credit cards in far off places in Panama. are credit cards accepted widely around Bocas del Toro? hotels, restaurants etc...

      Thanks.

      3 Answers May 5, 2008 at 4:17 PM
    • Hotel La Coralina?

      by chiquitaloquita Online Now Oct 22, 2007 at 9:34 PM

      I just stumbled across this hotel La Coralina that looks pretty good and is ranked #1 on Tripadvisor has anyone been?

      gracias!

      2 Answers Oct 23, 2007 at 6:33 AM
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      Honeymoon in Bocas del Toro

      by BergsFinest Online Now Jul 12, 2007 at 8:50 AM

      I am planning a honeymoon in Bocas del Toro for mid-August of 2008. SO far I only have Punta Caracol or Al Natural as possible accomodations. How are they? Will there typically be good conditions during that time of year? DO you have any other suggestions on where to stay in Panama for a honeymoon during that time of year?

      Thanks in advance!

      2 Answers Aug 28, 2007 at 12:50 PM
    • Can we swim?

      by aerbare Online Now Jun 28, 2007 at 10:24 AM

      I have two places that I can't decide between and I guess I'm wondering if either of these places have good swimming at all...Teirra Verde and Dolphin Bay Hideaway. Also, is one location much better than the other? We like to feel a million miles away yet be able to go and get a drink and talk to some folks and then lie back in our hammocks...on the days we're going to take off from other excursions. I know we do not want to be in Bocas so taht was out from the start, but any suggestions or opionions would be lovely!

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      Also, Sloths please!

      by thebeatsurrender Online Now Apr 17, 2007 at 1:06 PM

      How common is it to see sloths in the Bocas Del Toro area in late July/early August? How common is it to see sloths in Puerto Viejo? We are going to Bocas and are wondering if we need to make a side trip to Puerto Viejo to make sure we see some sloths.

      2 Answers Jan 21, 2011 at 2:14 PM
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      Turtles Please!

      by thebeatsurrender Online Now Apr 17, 2007 at 1:02 PM

      Hi,

      I heard you can see turtles laying eggs on some beaches in Bocas Del Toro, but you can only see them at night. Is this correct? Since water taxis don't run at night, what's the best/cheapest way to see them?

      Could we pay some guy with a boat to take us to the turtles at night and then take us back to town the same night? How much would that be?

      Has anyone done this before?

      Thanks!

      1 Answer Sep 4, 2007 at 8:38 AM
    • Where to stay in bocas town for a few nights and then on to another island for 3 nights?

      by santiva Online Now Apr 16, 2007 at 11:54 AM

      This is my first trip to Panama. This is my plan so far. My husband and I will spend 2 or 3 days in PC. Fly to Cortadora Island (or is another Pearl Island better-looking for expatriates but not in a compound or gated resort) for one night. Then from PC fly to David and rent a car to drive around a few days, then fly from David to Bocas. After our stay in Bocas, fly back to PC.
      What do you think? We want to go in May, but I haven't book anything as yet,for it's hard trying to coordinate flights, lodging, etc. Do you know a good travel agent in Panama who could coordinate for a reasonable price? I've been using guide books dated 2004 plus what I could find on googling. Thanks, appreciate any help.

      5 Answers May 13, 2007 at 7:39 AM
    • Travel from Bocas to Puerto Viejo

      by panamacosta Online Now Feb 20, 2007 at 12:48 PM

      I have found a ton of info on how to get from Puerto to Bocas but none from Bocas to Puerto...

      Can someone let me know from Bocas del Toro how to get to Puerto Viejo.
      If bus times could be included that would be great. About how long is the trip? Cost (including boarder crossing for Americans)

      I am trying to figure out what time we would need to leave to arrive at a decent hour in Puerto Viejo. I heard there was a time difference as well? so I need to take that into account.

      Thanks so much!

      1 Answer Mar 11, 2007 at 1:15 PM
    • Transportation from Tocumen to Boca Del Torres Ferry

      by suzie003 Online Now Feb 12, 2007 at 3:14 PM

      What is best for transportation from Tocumen Airport to the ferry ports departing for Boca Del Torres?
      How long is the journey? What is the cost? Can you reccomend good accomodations for a single Mom with two teenage boys in Boca? Thank you very much

      2 Answers Feb 25, 2007 at 10:04 PM
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      Budget Accomdations on Isla Colon

      by Kindra Online Now Jun 28, 2006 at 3:47 PM

      Three of us girls are going down to Bocas for July 7-10 and needs 3 nights accommodation on Isla Colon. There are a lot of places out there but would like something recommended as we think we should make reservations beforehand but dont want to get stuck with a bummer.
      We are looking to spend15 or less per person per night with taxes so that would be a triple under45 a night. Cleanliness is number one and would also like a private bath. Hot water would be nice but A/C and tv are definitely not required at all. Also would like it to be in town.
      Dont want to stay in a hostel like Mondo Taitu as we can go there to party but dont want a dirty party in the place we would like to rest.
      Thanks!

      1 Answer Jul 2, 2006 at 1:16 PM
    • Looking for someone

      by angiewood Online Now Jun 27, 2006 at 8:29 AM

      I'm looking for Rogelio Antonio Morales Jr. I understand he is real estate in Bocas Island

    • mosquitoes and malaria in bocas?

      by drrragon Online Now Jun 10, 2006 at 8:00 AM

      One of us is pregnant and we'll be travelling in August to Bocas. We've come across some CDC and other travel warning websites that have described bocas as an area to be careful about concerning malaria.

      In all of the websites that I have come across for and by tourists, as well as the local Bocas websites, the worst I've heard is that some places could use mosquito netting, not anyone mentioning malaria.

      What has been the experience of people on this website concerning this?

      2 Answers Nov 13, 2007 at 9:08 PM
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      Bocas del Toro this weekend 4/22-25 - any info/contacts to share??!!!!

      by VallartaVicki Online Now Apr 20, 2006 at 10:39 PM

      I'll be in Bocas del Toro this weekend - 4/22-25. I have a feeling this is going to be the first of MANY more jaunts & who knows - possibly more!

      I'm still gatherin' info & lookin' to connect with other more like-minded folk!!

      As of now I have no reservations - just plan on getting off the plane & seeing where the Universe takes me (which so far in life has ALWAYS led me to some puuuurdy AWESOME experiences though I welcome ideas!!! Know of any Funky/special places to stay (hi-speed internet/wi-fi is CRUCIAL at least 2 of the nights. I'm open for budget - between35/n up to100 for something special)?

      I'd LOVE info on Cool/tasty places to eat, where it is & what you like about it!!

      Where are some fun places to hang at night?

      Any interesting people to connect with (the more self-empowerment/evolved/non-drunk/non-big druggy types please)?

      Are there any more Metaphysical/Self-Empowerment group gathings on Sunday (or any other day)?

      What is the weather "prediction" for this weekend? (anyone have a link to weather for Bocas? I've been searchin') Have they been having afternoon rain (like we seem to have goin' on early this year in the Central Valley).

      How's the mosquito scene??

      Anyone have a contact for a panga captain as I'd LOVE to hire a little panga for a few hours & explore the coast.

      Any special coves to check out (just to swim/see as I'm not a diver)??

      Even if you see this message in a few days - still e- me as I'll be stayin' connected via the internet but please make sure to also e- me personally at VallartaVicki@ aol. com OR Vicki@ DoinItRight. com since I probably won't have time to check the message boards while I'm there!! THANX!!!

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      Buying & Building for Retirement

      by MLandJR Online Now Apr 1, 2006 at 6:46 AM

      We are considering buying and eventually retiring in Bocas Del Toro. Any suggestions would be appreciated a lot!
      Thanks

      1 Answer May 13, 2006 at 12:34 PM