Bocas Del Toro is a little group of islands right on Panama’s Caribbean border with Costa Rica. It was visited by Columbus and settled by English Pirates and now boasts a wide range of water sports and outdoor activities.
"The archipelago of Bocas del Toro is the essence and Panamanian Caribbean mirror. It is made up 9 islands, 51 keys and 200 islets. This archipelago is the perfect combination of nature and historic and cultural traditions with a captivating variety of aquatic species, coral reefs, mangroves, tropical forests, beaches, crystal waters, rain accompanied disturbing of all types of flora and fauna imaginable.
In the tropical rainforests of the islands of Bocas del Toro, have registered more than 300 species of vascular plants and four species nesting beaches of endangered sea turtles worldwide, including the Green turtle, loggerhead and hawksbill .
The population of the province is made up of Indians mixed with Creoles. The Creoles are descendants of black Protestants, their language is called “guariguari” which is a mixture of Afro-Antillean, Ngobe Bugle, Spanish and French. The “guariguari” is also spoken in Colon and Panama, excluding the dialect ngobe bugle, but with Jamaican expression. Most Indians remain in remote areas and practice subsistence agriculture in their communities.
For all this, Bocas del Toro has a rich ethnic culture, which is reflected through the traditions, customs, cuisine, music, dances and other events Afro-Antilles, combined with the indigenous culture that still remains intact and we are magically transported the roots of America.”
But who cares about all that…
Bocas is definitely a stop on the backpacker’s party circuit.
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