getting to Palmar

Palmar is located directly on Red Frog Beach, on the Northside of Bastimentos Island. From Isla Colon (main island), take a water taxi to the "Palmar dock at Red Frog" ($5-10 pp). After a scenic 15 minute boat ride, the boat will bring you to a small dock on the bayside entrance of Red Frog Beach. You will then have a beautiful ten minute walk to Palmar across a jungle path where you can see monkeys, sloths, red frogs and caimans if you keep your eyes open! Please carry proof of your Palmar reservation to avoid the $5 Park Entrance fee. If you cannot carry your luggage, let us know ahead of time so we can arrange a wheelbarrow (subject to availability).

 

If you are planning on arriving after dark, please make sure to bring a light as the path is safe but not illuminated. Let us know so that we can make sure someone is available to check you in.

getting to Bocas

FROM PANAMA CITY

FASTEST: Fly to Bocas on Air Panama (around $100 one way, 1 hour). Buy tickets at www.airpanama.com

 

CHEAPEST: Take bus departing from Albrook bus station to Almirante ($28 one way, 10 hours), and then a water taxi from Almirante to Bocas Town ($6 per person, 40 minutes). Busses leave around 7:30 am and 7:30 pm. You can only buy a ticket in person at the Albrook bus terminal.

TIP: Bring warm clothes -- the bus is very cold.

FROM DAVID, PANAMA

Take a bus to Almirante ($8 one way, 4.5 hours) and then a water taxi from Almirante to Bocas Town ($6 per person, 40 minutes).

FROM BOQUETE, PANAMA

FASTEST: Take the Mamallena shuttle ($30 including boat, 3.5 hours). Departs Boquete at 8 am. Departs Bocas at 11:30 am for return trip. You can make a reservation directly online by clicking here.

 

CHEAPEST: Take the public bus to David (departs near center Plaza). Then take public bus to Almirante, and finally water taxi to Bocas Town ($6 per person, 40 minutes)

FROM SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA

FASTEST: Fly to Bocas on Aerobell (around $110-150 one way, 1 hour). Only flies on Friday and Sunday. Book at www.aerobell.com

 

CHEAPEST: Take Bocatoreños Bus Line to Changuinola, Panama. Departs daily at 9 am from in front of Hotel Cocorí in San Jose ($14 one way, 6 hours). From Changuinola take a taxi to Almirante ($5-10 per person, 45 minutes) and then take a water taxi from Almirante to Bocas Town ($6 per person, 40 minutes).

 

ALSO CONSIDERABLE: Caribe Shuttle Bus directly to Almirante ($75 includes lunch, Wi-Fi, and boat to Bocas; 10 hours). Book below.

FROM PUERTO VIEJO, COSTA RICA

FASTEST: Caribe Shuttle directly to Almirante ($32 includes boat to Bocas, Wi-Fi; 3 hours). Book below.

 

CHEAPEST: Take a public bus to the border at Sixaola ($3, around 2 hours), then a bus from the border to Almirante ($3 per person, 1 hour 20 minutes), and then take a water taxi from Almirante to Bocas Town ($6 per person, 40 minutes).

book your shuttle

info@palmarbocas.com
Reception +(507) 6501-7778
WhatsApp +(507) 6501-7778 
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