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Panama Beaches

City of Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro, credit: Wikimedia

Panama beaches are known for their white sands and smooth shorelines. Panama touches both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean and the beaches vary from coast to coast.

Here are some of the most well-known beaches in Panama.

Red Frog Beach

Red Frog Beach is located in Bocas del Toro (The Mouths of the Bull), which is on the north coast of Bastimentos Island. Bocas del Toro borders the Caribbean Sea.

This beach can be reached by following the Panamerican Highway route from Panama City to the coast.

Tropical forests surround the beach and house the poisonous red frog, Dendrobates Pumilio, for which the beach is named.

From the beach, visitors may catch a glimpse of this red frog, as well as other exotic birds and sloths that inhabit the surrounding forests.

Waves on the beach can reach up to four meters in height at certain times of the year. Waves are highest between the months of December and March.

Red Frog beach has restaurants, bars, restrooms and hotels.

Playa de las Estrellas and Bocas del Drago

Translated as “The beach of the stars”, Playa de las Estrellas is known for its starfish.

Playa de las Estrellas is located on Isla Colon in the Bocas del Toro region of the country.

The beach can be reached by public bus, which costs about $5 per person and leaves from Bocas Town.

Because few people actually live in this section of the country, the natural beauty of this beach has been preserved. Visitors to the beach can actually see starfish lying on the ocean floor through the glassy water.

This beach does not have a large section of sand for sunbathing. For beachgoers wanting to lay out, it is recommended to walk to the nearby Bocas del Drago beach, also located on Isla Colon.

Bocas del Drago is a popular beach for snorkeling. The beach is nearby to the Yarisnori Restaurant, known for its fresh seafood.

From Bocas del Drago, boat tours can be taken to Bird Island, the only place in Panama where the Red-Billed Tropicbird can be spotted.

Damas Beach

Damas Beach is located in Nombre de Dios in the province of Colon.

Damas Beach can be reached by car by taking the Panama-Colon and Transistmica highways toward Chilibre.

Damas Beach is ideal for families with young children, as the waters are calm and there are many activities.

The coral reef on this beach makes snorkeling a popular activity.

Dining and restrooms are located nearby.

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas. He is the author of four books about cruising in the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexican Riviera.
February 17, 2020

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