Travel Blogs from Bocas Town
... We were staying in Casco Viejo, the old town burnt down by Captain Morgan (of the spiced rum variety) in the 16th century. Our hostel, the Panamericana was recommended by Joel Sammon when he passed through a year earlier. Simple, clean and friendly. Our first day consisted of a walk around the old town (it took 30 mins and was a little disappointing given the amount of construction going on), a trip to the Canal which ...
Country Overview: Panama
One of central America's more well known countries, Panama has been squarely on the map since 1914 if for no other reason than it's world famous canal. The 48-mile (77.1 km) shipping canal connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, cutting through the Isthmus of Panama, the narrowest stretch of land in the Americas. Despite this we could very easily instead be talking about ...
After leaving Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica at 8:30am Monday April 8th I arrived by ferry to the Island of Colon for my destination of Bocas del Toro around 1:00pm. This small island town is located in the Caribbean Sea a short distance from the Costa Rican border and only a thirty minute ferry ride from mainland Panama. Bocas del Toro was on the typical backpackers trail through Panama so I decided I would stop here as I heard many great things. On the ...
... as me, Hannah and Kelly had just been talking about it that day. Small world! After we got back to rich coast we washed all of the gear and I did some emails for the surf package thing we're doing for the shop. Finally my new fins had arrived too so after waiting for 9-10 weeks I can actually use them now! I hadn't done as bad as I thought in my skill demonstrations and actually got 87/120 whereas the IDC people I was with got like 94. So I did much better than I thought I would have! ...
... of tourists over the last decade or so. Sadly, here (and many other places) huge spikes in travellers means an even bigger trash problem to manage. The town itself was an interesting place, and the same kind of Afro-Caribe-Spanish-Creole mixture language we got a small dose of in Costa Rica was even more prevalent here. There was also a huge population of Chinese immigrants that first arrived as workforce for the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Tropical Suites Bocas Town
Un lugar fantástico
Me quedé en el Tropical Suites 3 noches con mi familia. Todo el personal del hotel nos trató tan bien y consiguieron que nos sintiéramos muy bien recibidos. La suite era grande, estaba limpia y equipada con aire acondicionado. Nos alegró tener cocina ya que así pudimos llevar nuestros sándwiches a las excursiones diarias. El hotel tenía un aspecto inmaculado y los chicos se lo pasaron genial deslizándose por el tobogán o buceando en busca de estrellas de mar en el muelle. ¡¡¡Bocas de Toro es el lugar más fantástico!!!
Stayed at the Tropical Suites for 3 nights with my family. We were treated so well by each staff member and really felt welcome. The suite was large and clean with cold A/C. Having the kitchen was great and we were able to pack lunches for daily excursions. The hotel was immaculate and the kids had a blast on the slide and diving for starfish right from the dock. Bocas del Toro is just the coolest pace.
I stayed at Bocas Del Toro Tropical Suites Hotel this weekend. The rooms are amazing, you have all the amenities necessary, beautiful room, excellent view, on the water etc..
Tropical Suites is one of the better resort hotels on Isla Colon. I stayed there last weekend with a friend. The staff at the reception and at the open bar were friendly and receptive and the owners were quite helpful , giving us tips on sights to see and even helped us get to the airport on the day of our departure. This hotel offers large rooms with cable television and nice views of the bocas town or the sea. There is a bar with a a view of the sea which is adjacent to a dock that ports kayaks, motor boats, and jet skis. The hotel is centrallly located next to the better hotels and restaurants and there is a scuba center and surf club on the same little street. This hotel is a hidden treasure, highly recommended for travelers looking for both R & R and water activities and boat adventures.
First time abroad
I stayed at Tropical Suites for two weeks in Feburary of this year. It being my first time abroad and my Spainish more than a little rusty. The staff were very helpful and friendly and seemed to really want my stay to be enjoyabable. I had a wonderful time at the swimmming area and cafe. Also, Caranval is in last week in Feburary and the fun is infectious. This stay really made my birthday one that won't soon forget!
Loved the Hotel Tropical Suites and Bocas!
I stayed at Tropical Suites in February of this year and really loved it! I didn't speak a word of Spanish--but the staff spoke good English and helped me out. They were all great and very, very friendly.
The service at the Tropical Suites is very good. The hotel is very, very clean and well-maintained. My favorite part was the dock and swimming area. They also have a nice bar and cafe.
I have stayed at other places in Bocas and this hotel is by far the best. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
Also, try and go during Carnaval. It was a blast!
The Tropical Suites is one of the newer hotels and in a nice location. It is taking a failed apartment building and making it a hotel. So you have virtually no amenities. That's where the nice things stop. Upon arriving you will be asked to fill out exhaustive paperwork. I have not been asked for such detail since I visited a communist country. We then were informed for the first time, that check out was 10:00am. We had flown from Panama just to stay overnight. We were to meet the owner and she could not be found but were told by her crack staff that she was in a meeting. The purpose of meeting here was to arrange for our group of 10 a snorkeling trip for both Friday and Saturday. Well, Ms. Petri was a no show. We then decide that we could arrange the tours on our own. The point is the owner committed and did not come through on her promise. We checked in with the crack staff that had the rooms all goofed up. We had rented four rooms and two needed to be next to each other because there were small children involved. The staff could not understand this concept. I then asked the staff to have the owner call me BUT I then realized that there are no phones in the room. We went snorkeling with a native guide and had a nice time Friday night. Upon returning from dinner we had to pound on the door to wake the conscientious security guard. The problem is when we got up in the morning to go on a half day tour, we had to check out and get another room elsewhere that 10 people could leave there luggage and then shower in prior to jumping on a flight back to Panama.
We did a lot of research before picking Bocas Del Toro and the Tropical. We got both right by far!!! The Tropical was an absolutely great place to stay! We didn't really get to meet Hans the husband part of the ownership, but we did meet Petri. She was an absolute delight! Friendly, smiling, gracious...to give a few descriptions. Not only that, but the staff was very friendly and helpful! They gave suggestions if asked, directions, called for taxis...one gal even gave the cab driver explicit instructions on what to do to make my excursion the best it could be. And, no paying until I wqas back at the hotel. The rooms were beautiful, very modern (we had a whirlpool tub and tons of hot water, and very clean. Maid service everyday. They washed our dishes which we would happily have done. The AC was awesome, when needed. The back deck opened up to the beautiful Atlantic and local music could be heard and enjoyed. Jet skis, kayaks, a slide...you name it, you could get it! I will be back!!!!
The Tropical suites is built on stilts in the waterfront of Bocastown. You can rent a scooter or bike here or catch a wter taxi to some nearby islands for 50 cents. You dont need a car and can easily walk all over town. Heck, the Airport is only 4 blocks from downtown, another 50 cent ride. 50 cets is a lot of money in a place where you can still buy a botle of beer from a street vendor for half that. To say Bocastown is culturally quaint is an understatement and the fact that the US Dollar is the currency of choice and english is the most widely spoken language only adds to the charm and character of this, as yet, undiscovered Caribbean paradise.