Friday, May 19, 2023

Bocas del Toro, Panama

Bocas del Toro is the capital of the Panamanian province of Bocas del Toro and is located on the southern tip of Colón Island.  It's a small, charming town with about 13,000 residents and we take a shuttle over to the pier and wander.

Bocas del Toro

Our shuttle drops us at the pier

We walk into town (direcions:  go down the street to the fire station and turn right) and spot great whimsical artwork on the houses.

Art on the way

We reach the fire station, turn right, and find a street of colorful and inviting shops, restaurants, and hotels, most on the water.  As we peer in the front door of restaurants, we can see all the way through to the water, around which everything is oriented.

Fire Station

Along the street

We find a small, shady park with a bandstand and a statue of Simon Bolivar and a board noting that Christopher Columbus was so impressed with the main island that it now bears his name.

Park and bandstand

Bolivar and Columbus

We walk back to the dock and catch our shuttle to the ship, leaving to make our reserved time slot at the Panama Canal.  It would be great to spend an evening here and dine in one of the small restaurants that we've passed, but that is not to be this trip.  However, it is great to see from the water all the shops, hotels, and restaurants that we just walked by on the street side.

Passing by on the water side

Leaving Bocas del Toro

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