Palmar is located directly on Red Frog Beach of Bastimentos Island within the Bocas del Toro archipelago off the Caribbean coast of Panama.
getting to Palmar
From the airport, take a taxi ($2 pp) or walk (10 min) to the Bastimentos dock on Calle 3. From the Bastimentos dock, hire a water taxi to take you to the "Palmar dock at Red Frog" (a fair price is $8-10 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! Be prepared to show a digital copy of your reservation to avoid the $5 Park Entrance fee.
If you cannot carry your luggage, WhatsApp message at +507 838-9670 us before taking the water taxi to coordinate our wheelbarrow service ($3 per wheelbarrow, 8 am to 5 pm, 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 del Toro
From Panama City
Option 1: Fly from Panama City - Albrook Airport (PAC) to Bocas International Airport (BOC) on Air Panama (around $100 one way, 1 hour). Buy tickets at www.airpanama.com
Option 2: 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. Bring warm clothes - the busses are cold.
Option 3: Drive from Panama City to Almirante. Park your car at any of the private lots near the water taxi offices. It is not recommended to bring your car to Isla Colon. Take a water taxi to Isla Colon.