Bocas del Toro
Located on Isla Colón in the Caribbean Sea, this city belongs to Panamá. This is a very paradisiac destination: few people live on the island. The city is very small and most places are within walking distance. Beaches are surrounded by jungles, trees or rain forests. Surfing and eco-tours are two of the favorite activities among visitors. A National Marine Park represents how this city protects and respects the sea and the species living there. The great diversity of wildlife is carefully preserved by local people and visitors. Lodging is not a problem, the city has a wide range of options: from hostels for young visitors to luxury and sophisticated hotels.
This is a paradisiacal place with beaches and activities to suit all tastes. Sunny days near the Caribbean Sea: are you ready?
Beaches: Relax your body and mind inthese peaceful and isolated beaches. Waters are clean and usually there are no waves. Perfect for snorkeling and diving: you can see a great population of corals and colorful sponges.
Surfing: Bocas is a perfect destination for surfers. A wide range of spots for different levels is available. The peak season begins in November and lasts until April. Bocas host International Competitions and there are some schools for beginners.
Activities: The calm and clear water makes this place ideal for snorkeling, diving and surfing. But also, you have to try some trekking, hiking or sailing. Do not miss the Marine Turtle, which is a very iconic symbol of this city and one in a lifetime experience. Another exciting option is to sail across the Caribbean Sea.
Nightlife: Since this is a very popular destination for young people, you have endless choices with fun guaranteed. After a day at the beach, you can dine in local restaurants and then go dancing. According to your musical preferences, you can go to electronic parties at the beach or dance “bachata” (it is a rhythm similar to the salsa) with local people at the streets. Bocas Bamboo is a private beach that offers thematic parties: there party ends when you want it!
Bocas has a tropical rainforest climate with not predictable dry season. Temperatures are constant during the year: it ranges from 30° to 20° Celsius.
You can arrive directly by air to the Isla Colón International Airport. Depending on your budget, you have three options from Panama City: a flight, a boat that takes 30 minutes or a ferry that takes 2 hours.
Beaches: Natural and golden sand beaches where you can rest or practice activitiesin contact with nature.
Nightlife: A vibrant atmosphere emerges when the sun goes down and it is an opportunity to meet people from all over the world.
Activities: Options for every visitor and for every taste: fun is assured for everyone in Bocas del Toro.
''I spent three weeks studying Spanish in Boquete this summer and loved it. Class sizes were small and the instruction and facilities were great. Widad was a great instructor. She was very patient, knowledgeable and encouraging. The school was so accommodating that I was even able to take my 6-year-old niece with me, who also took classes. Fantastic experience!'' Spanish course. Maya M, USA
''My time in Boquete, Panama, has been awesome! First I took five weeks of Spanish lessons and after that I volunteered at a local social project. The school has always helped me with all of my questions and wishes and especially the office staff was always friendly and helpful. Among the tours I took, I can expecially recomemend the trip to the Chiriqui Golf and the Little Canyons - that was a lot of fun! Teachers and staff have always been friendly. I hope everybody's experience will be as good as mine! Thanks everybody!'' Spanish course. Philip E., Germany
''I returned last summer to Boquete and the language school for the second time. While I enjoyed my initial time at the school and learned some, I learned so much more during my second stay (which was only two weeks compared to a month!) I contribute this both my choice to have private lessons and to the excellent teaching of my teacher, Ivonne Ayala. She was patient, kind, intelligent, thoughtful, funny and had an amazingly positive attitude every day! She is a true professional and a skilled teacher. I hope to return to Boquete this next summer and continue my private studies with her.'' Spanish course. Sonia L., USA
''My trip to Panama was not in vain. My home stay was awesome! The family was very kind and inviting. I especially loved the food. Im sure I gained a few pounds.
The teachers at the school were very friendly. I developed friendships with a lot of new people from all around the world! I went on a few tours but I loved horseback riding and the Natural Jacuzzi tours more! The views were very beautiful! Everyone was helpful around the school and the community. I'm taking another trip next year because I really enjoyed my time!'' Spanish course. Dama C., Bahamas