You are planning to visit Panama and you surely want to find the most beautiful beaches or the most beautiful islands in Panama. Well, know that the best beaches in Panama are located on 2 main archipelagos : the San Blas Islands and Bocas del Toro Islands.
Bocas del Toro includes dozens of paradisiacal islands spread over 400 km² in the Caribbean Sea of Panama. Isla Colon, Isla Pastores, Isla Solarte, Isla San Cristobal, Isla Loma Partida, Isla Zapatillas, Isla Popa, Cayo Agua, Cayo Roldan and Isla Bastimentos are the main islands of Bocas del Toro.
You must know that it’s on Bocas del Toro that are located the 5 of the most beautiful beaches in Panama. So you need advice to find where are this 5 best beaches ! I am going to help you here below.
Otherwise, if you wish to discover also the best beaches on San Blas Islands look at : the most beautiful beaches of Panama.
Best beaches in Panama – Playa zapatilla
It’s one of the most beautiful beaches on Bocas del Toro. It is located on one of the 2 islands of Zapatilla or Cayo Zapatilla which are wild and protected.
These islands are surrounded by a coral reef and are renowned for the beauty of their beaches. They are bathed in shallow crystalline waters and therefore ideal for snorkeling.
From the beach, we distinguish in the lagoon 2 small islets with palm trees to perfect the decor next to the white sand and the turquoise sea.
To enjoy it, you can go for a day trip with a local agency in the village of Bocas del Toro because there is no hotel on the island.
Best beaches in Panama – Playa Red Frog
This beautiful beach is on the island of Bastimentos. White sand, warm and turquoise waters, palm trees along the beach and small paths that crisscross the forest … Yes this beach is paradise and is one of the most beautiful beaches in Panama!
To take advantage of it, several choices are available to you:
- Book a day trip to this island at a local agency in the village of Bocas del Toro;
- Go by water taxi for 10 USD + 5 USD for access to the beach;
- Book a hotel night on the island of Bastimentos and enjoy the beach as you like …
Hotel recommended on Red Frog Beach: Red Frog Beach Island Resort
Best beaches in Panama – Playa Estrella
On the Isla Colón in Bocas del Toro, this beach shaped bay is known for its many starfish. With a clear water in the turquoise sea and its palm trees, it is simply sublime! Easily accessible by bus from the village of Bocas del Toro and a few minutes from “lancha”, this beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Panama and attracts many tourists.
Hotel recommended near Playa Estrella Beach : Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge
Best beaches in Panama – Playa Bluff
On the Isla Colón north of the village of Bocas del Toro, this beach is easily accessible by bus (30 minutes from the village). Highly appreciated by surfers because of its big and strong waves, this beach is incredibly beautiful. It is a very long beach that runs along the Jungle and has remained totally wild.
It is also known as a place for sea turtles. From May to September, turtles come to lay their eggs at night. Since these are protected species, the site visit during this season is subject to certain rules of respect for the environment.
Hotel recommended on Playa Bluff beach: Playa Bluff Lodge
Best beaches in Panama – Playa del Drago
On the Isla Colón, on the opposite coast to Playa Bluff, this beautiful beach is quieter with turquoise sea and coconut palms. Small restaurants can be found along the beach where you can enjoy grilled fish or lobster. To get there, take the bus from the village of Bocas del Toro (3 USD) which will drop you in front.
Hotel recommended on Playa del Drago beach: Villa Cayo Drago
For the other best beaches and most beautiful islands in Panama, you must go to the archipelago of San Blas. If you want to discover the best beaches of San Blas Islands, you can read my post: the most beautiful beaches in Panama on San Blas Islands.
And if you need ideas to built your Panama Tour, you can look at my 12 days tour itinerary in Panama.