Why Bocas

It is difficult to express in a few words the feeling when visiting the Bocas del Toro archipelago. Only a few places around the world capture the particular atmosphere Bocas has–seductive, primitive and unforgettable.  The islands captivates its visitors with its biodiversity, ancient customs, diverse underwater landscapes. The archipelago is truly a biological fantasy.

The Bocas del Toro Islands are steeped in wonderful history dating back to Christopher Columbus’s explorations, the pirating days of Captain Morgan. The islands are named after Christopher Columbus, with the port of Almirante, Admiral. The island of Cristobal, Christopher. The main island of Colon, Columbus.

The island of Bastimentos is where Columbus found his food. Isla Carenero, Careening Key was named because Columbus ‘careened’ his boats in the bay, due to the minimal difference in the tide swing, on any given day, making it possible to replace the wooden planks of the hull.  It is also said that Captain Morgan lived on Isla Carenero for several years.