This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Isla Colón. To help you make friends with Isla Colón before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
The most developed and populated island of the Bocas del Toro Archipelago in Panama, Isla Colon’s primary attraction is the waterfront community of Bocas Town – where visitors can enjoy spectacular beaches, pounding surf, and beautiful palm trees.
Hostels here provide tourists with a unique opportunity to learn about the culture and lifestyle on Isla Colon, or hotel accommodation is available throughout Bocas Town. The community is small and easy to navigate by foot or bicycle, making a hostel stay especially convenient for visitors looking to get a feel for what Panama is all about.
Simon Bolivar Park, located in the center of Bocas Town, is a perfect place for tourists to find some mementos and keepsakes to bring home – local artisans gather in this park to market their food and other handmade goods. There are also a number of gift shops throughout the central part of the town where visitors can check out Panamanian handiwork.
However, it’s the beaches that are the main draw to this bustling community. Swimmers can visit Starfish Beach, Big Creek Beach, and Sandfly Beach for a relaxing day in the sun, and the currents found at Bluff Beach make for some challenging surf conditions for adventurous watersports aficionados.
The food in Isla Colon is remarkably varied for a small island community, so travelers can enjoy choosing from over-the-water bars and restaurants or venturing out to experience Isla Colon’s nightlife with reggae bars, Full Moon parties, and deep-house sushi bars. Fresh seafood is a major draw for tourists looking for a true Panamanian culinary experience.
Visitors can access this picturesque island community via air through Panama City, and take a water taxi or a private boat to explore some of the other nearby islands. There is also a local taxi service to help tourists who want to leave their hotel or hostel and experience life on the archipelago.
Written by local enthusiast for Isla Colón hostelsJakob Lombardi