Welcome to Bocas del Toro!

Welcome to Bocas del Toro: a slice of Caribbean paradise with plenty of Panamanian flair. This is one region of Panama that has a feel all to its own. As a Bocas resident, you’ll spend your days soaking in the sun on beautiful beaches, flitting between tropical islands on a water taxi, and spending your evenings listening to live music at a beach bar, or stargazing in your own private paradise.

Popular Bocas del Toro Real Estate

Here’s a quick look at some of the most popular listings in Bocas del Toro right now. If anything catches your eye, be sure to use the contact form next to the listing to request further information. One of our professional brokers will follow up with you in less than 24 hours!

Getting to Bocas del Toro

Located in the northwest corner of Panama, the Bocas del Toro region is made up of nine main islands (though there are many other smaller and uninhabited islands) as well as a sizeable chunk of the mainland. Thanks to its location on the Caribbean coast, Bocas del Toro is a favorite destination for beach enthusiasts and offers plenty in the way of turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, and leaning palm trees.

In order to access Bocas del Toro, most visitors and residents fly in to the local airport on Isla Colón. The airport is located just outside of Bocas Town, the commercial hub of this beach region.

What To Expect In Bocas Del Toro

Many expats choose to live right in Bocas Town, making the most of its colorful Caribbean vibe, plentiful restaurants, and fun nightlife scene. Other residents opt for the pristine surroundings of some of the more remote islands. Depending on the island, you can enjoy the natural beauty of untouched beaches and lush tropical forests. Getting from one island to another is easy and affordable thanks to the ubiquitous water taxis. So whether you’re looking for a town with lots to do or a remote beach all to yourself, you can enjoy the best of both worlds in Bocas del Toro.

Is Bocas del Toro the right place for you? Plenty of expats from different walks of life choose to call Bocas del Toro home, and for good reason. Here you can enjoy the best that Caribbean living has to offer, at affordable prices.

While Bocas del Toro is certainly popular with retirees and those who are looking to live out the rest of their years fishing, relaxing on the beach, or making new friends at a local beach bar, there are plenty of younger expats that flock to Bocas Town as well. All sorts of people from artists to writers, and from birdwatchers to surfers often choose to call Bocas del Toro home for the amazing lifestyle the islands provide at a reasonable price.

It’s easy to live very comfortably in Bocas del Toro on as little as $2,000 per month. With that salary, one could rent a nice apartment, buy groceries, eat out regularly, and enjoy plenty of exploring and activities as well. Bocas del Toro is also a popular destination for expats with limited Spanish skills, as you can get by most of the time only knowing English. Add to this the safety of the area, and many expats feel that Bocas del Toro is the perfect tropical paradise that includes all of the amenities and comforts they need.

Bocas del Toro Listing

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Living and Exploring Bocas del Toro

When it comes to life in Bocas del Toro, you can be as involved or uninvolved in the local community as you like. While some residents prefer to call one of the smaller islands home and live out their days enjoying their own (almost) private beach, others quickly get involved in all there is to see and do in this thriving community.

Whether your love language is tarpon fishing for yellowtail and marlin, exploring underwater wildlife at Starfish Beach, or riding waves you’ll quickly find your group at Bocas del Toro. The expat community is very open and friendly here and will quickly bring you into the fold.

As far as dining goes, most of the region’s restaurants are located in Bocas Town, though there are plenty of beachside eateries and restaurants on stilts that are sprinkled across the other islands as well. Any water taxi driver worth his fare will know where to go to eat on each island and how to take you there.

In Bocas Town, you’ll find more in the way of beach-front palapas serving up the freshest possible seafood and cold beverages, but there’s also plenty of other options available. Pizzeria Alberto and Laitaliana are popular choices when you’re craving a taste of Italy. Hungry Monkey dishes up delectable tacos of all varieties and great drinks. And Pasteleria Charlotte is the perfect place for a cup of coffee and sweet treat with friends.

There’s also plenty to do in Bocas Town after dark. Known for having one of the best nightlife scenes in the area, there are a number of bars that offer live music and dancing under the stars, keeping residents entertained well into the night.

As with restaurants, most of your grocery shopping options in Bocas del Toro are located in Bocas Town, so living outside of this main hub will mean taking a short boat ride to stock up on provisions. While there aren’t any large-scale grocery stores in Bocas del Toro, there are plenty of smaller bodegas where you can get everything you need from packaged goods to fresh produce.

While most residents find that groceries here are cheaper than back home, it is worth noting that Bocas del Toro does tend to be more expensive than other parts of Panama when it comes to food and supplies. Since most everything on these islands must be brought here by boat, prices are marked up a bit.

Beyond grocery shopping, there isn’t a ton to buy in Bocas del Toro, yet most residents would agree that they’re here for local flavor and natural beauty, not for shopping. A handful of gifts shops are scattered throughout Bocas Town, as well as more practical dive shops and surf shops, but there are no large shopping centers to be found. After all, when you have stunning Caribbean beaches at every turn, why would you want to spend your days in a mall?

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