12 days in Bocas del Toro Province, Boquete & David Itinerary

12 days in Bocas del Toro Province, Boquete & David Itinerary

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12 days in Bocas del Toro Province, Boquete & David Itinerary

Start: David
Fly:  3​h
Bocas Town, Isla Colon
— 5 nights
ferry + taxi:  3​h 15​min
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h
— 2 nights
End: David

Bocas Town, Isla Colon

Bocas Town ©
The colorful and relaxed Bocas Town has a welcoming atmosphere, with the modestly sized urban area showcasing typical Caribbean clapboard houses and home to a mixed community from across the world.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Up In The Hill. Change things up with a short trip to Playa Bluff in Bluff Beach (about 30 minutes away). Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Bastimentos National Park. The adventure continues: see the sky in a new way at Plastic Bottle Village, admire the natural beauty at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bocas Town trip maker website .

Bocas Town is very close to Isla Bastimentos. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in April, and nighttime lows around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Isla Colon, Up In The Hill, Playa Bluff
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Bastimentos National Park ©
Bastimentos National Park
Up In The Hill ©
Up In The Hill


Boquete ©
Now known internationally for its fresh mountain air, year-round pleasant temperatures, and large community of North American expats, Boquete has changed rapidly since the start of the century, changing from a humble mountain town, into a humble mountain surrounded by gated communities and estates.
Head to The Zapadora and Barbara Rabkin Art Studiofor some retail therapy. Step out of the city life by going to Cayo Zapatilla and Pipeline Trail. There's much more to do: get outside with Mirador Adventures, S.A., play a few rounds at Lucero Golf and Country Club, explore the striking landscape at Los Ladrillos, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Boquete trip website .

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Bocas Town to Boquete in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to David.

Things to do in Boquete

Parks Outdoors Nature

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Cayo Zapatilla
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Jardin Encantado ©
Jardin Encantado
Mirador Adventures, S.A. ©
Mirador Adventures, S.A.
Pipeline Trail ©
Pipeline Trail


David ©
A base for exploring the west of the country and further afield, David benefits from the Pan-American Highway going right through town, linking it to cities in the east of Panama, and Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral San Jose De David. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Parque Cervantes, get outside with Estadio Maracana, and then explore the striking landscape at Los Cangilones de Gualaca.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read David online trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Boquete to David takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. April in David sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C at night. You will leave for home on the 13th (Sat).

Things to do in David

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Estadio Maracana, Los Cangilones de Gualaca
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Los Cangilones de Gualaca ©
Los Cangilones de Gualaca
Catedral San Jose De David ©
Catedral San Jose De David
Parque Cervantes ©
Parque Cervantes
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