see the rating for the whole area at Bocas Del Toro
Description : The tiny island, opp. Bocas Del Toro, with a colorful village, a few good beaches, lots of palm trees and the best sunset point !
Comments : This island is overlooked by most of the travelers. Considering the lack of accomodation for individual backpackers, it may indeed not be necessary to stay there. But it provides a great escape from Bocas Del Toro and could easily be combined with a trip to Bastimentos Island.
What to do ? See Bocas Del Toro section.
What you may not like ? The very dirty & smelly village, contrasting with the spotless resorts and the luxury yachts / The lack of good path round the island (see below) / The boatmen overcharging attempts / The rather narrow beaches /
How long ? A couple of hours if you have limited time. Half a day to enjoy the beaches. A few days if you are based here with friends.
Where to stay ? The choice on this tiny island is limited to two expensive resorts (from $35 up for room w. AC, TV & HW) and Pargo Rojo ( (7579649, firstname.lastname@example.org), by the pier. The Iranian owner offers big room on two floors (up to 5 people so perfect for friends), for US$25. The bar/restaurant is very relaxed and it offers the best sunset point ! The snorkeling equipment is also the cheapest of the area at $2.
Going clockwise (turn left from the pier), you realize soon how dirty and smelly the village is.
It is not without charm however, thanks to a few flowered garden. The thousands
of crabs hiding at your approach are also an interesting & weird sight. A bit after the lovely
Careening Cay Resort & Marina (previously
Palm Beach Cabins, US$45 for 2) and its new Sunset Grill
Restaurant, barbed wire ! Cross them if looking for
adventure. Go back otherwise. Indeed, reaching the east side of the island would
require at least 30 exciting minutes up & down, on rocks, vegetation, mug or
water... You can not really get lost as the sea is nearby but you could get muggy, sweaty, scared or
even hurt. Better not to do it on your own.
Back at Pargo Rojo, get the beer we were talking about previously and enjoy the sunset !