Why You Should Come to Panama Right Now

If you asked someone, “when should I go to Panama?” a perfectly acceptable answer would be “anytime”. The sun always shines, the palms always sway, and there is always beautiful music escaping out of some corner.

2020 has been a bit different and like most countries, Panama closed its borders and all international commercial flights were suspended on March 22 to curtail the spread of COVID 19.    

Paradise is now back on the cards as Panama reopened its borders on 12 October 2020. Here’s everything you need to know about visiting Panama.

Travel information

Tocumen International airport (PTY) is once again open to international travelers. Before the pandemic, Tocumen was the busiest airport in Central America and a hub for wonderful journeys throughout the Americas. During the lockdown, only humanitarian flights were operated.

Commercial flights to Panama from the US are now available with COPA Airlines, United Airlines and Spirit. From Europe, you can get to Panama with KLM, Air France and Iberia.

To enter Panama, all passengers need to have a negative COVID 19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test taken no more than 48 hours before you travel. The airlines will require proof of your test results before you board. This also includes transit flights.

If your test results are older than this, you will need to take one at the airport at a cost of 50 USD. If this test result is positive, you will be required to quarantine in a hotel paid for by the Panamanian government for seven days.

Before checking in, passengers will have to fill in an electronic affidavit agreeing to comply with the ministry of health’s safety measures in Panama.

There are no entry restrictions based on country, travelers are welcome back to Panama from everywhere in the world.

Open for business

Many businesses in Panama are now permitted to resume operations including cinemas, museums, restaurants and hotels. There are trails galore for breathtaking hikes, natural wonders, and tropical wildlife waiting to be admired.

Facemasks are required in all public spaces and businesses may operate at 50% capacity.

Come to our secluded Caribbean island resort

At Azul Paradise, we are fortunate to be situated on a private postcard-worthy beach far from the noise and restlessness of the world.

Bocas del Toro is a stunning archipelago on Panama’s Caribbean coast. Grab a sun hat and come here to slow down and unwind in one of Central America’s best-kept secrets, far off the beaten path.

Azul Paradise resort is on a private stretch of Bastimentos, Bocas del Toro’s largest island. Peace and seclusion will be all yours here. There are decks stretched out onto the water for night stargazing and over-the-water bungalows with glass floors for coral reef viewing. If you’d like to indulge in any day trips from here, our neighboring islands are the Zapatilla Cays, which are undeniably Bocas’ best beach for remoteness – they’re completely uninhabited and pristine.

To get to Azul’s properties in Bocas del Toro, you will need to get a domestic flight from Panama City with Air Panama.

Keeping you safe

Things are a little different here at our resorts but our main priority will always be keeping you safe, secure and happy.

As part of our commitment to our guests, our team members will wear masks as well as numerous hand sanitizer stations. Guests can expect a temperature screening and distanced seating at our restaurants.

Space for romance

Honeymooners and water lovers love this piece of paradise where you can enjoy your special person on the silky sand and nourish yourselves with tropical fruits and sustainable, locally grown cuisine.

Our island offers the drama of the jungle and the serenity of the beach, and our sunsets here are riots of red, pink and gold.

Bocas is essentially Eden.

The best time to visit Panama

There is always something worth seeing, doing or tasting in Panama all year round. Though it’s always warm, Panama has two seasons and the Caribbean side in Bocas del Toro has different weather from the Pacific side of Panama.

The Green Season (which is also known as our surf season) is broken up a bit. December through January is when you see all the professional surfers catching the first flight to Bocas to surf our world-class waves. February still has a bit of a swell but through the month, it turns into the season of flat seas.

By the time March hits we are usually flat as a lake and back to sunshine all day. ☀️ Each year varies with no guarantee, but we usually plan for March through the end of June to be filled with sunshine and light rains. Once July and August arrive, we prepare for surf season again and find ourselves outside learning to ride the waves.

September and October until mid-November (we wait for this season all year long) has such Instagram-worthy weather. The marine life is out, baby dolphins are being born, baby turtles are hatching and you can see whale sharks.

In our opinion, it’s always a good time to come to Panama.

Welcome back to paradise.

Itchy Feet? Why Not Retreat to Azul Paradise in Panama?

The benefits of outdoor yoga are well-publicized. Besides the invigorative power of Vitamin D, spending time outdoors helps reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol, awakens our senses, and allows us to connect with nature. Outdoor yoga practice is essentially a no brainer.

At Azul Paradise, we have an outdoor yoga deck overlooking the mighty Caribbean Sea on our private beach resort on Isla Bastimentos, Bocas del Toro, Panama.

Perfect for a group yoga retreat, this off-the-grid resort has 10 over-the-water bungalows and each has a glass floor for coral reef viewing and king-size beds to recuperate after the day’s practice. There are also ladders leading from the sundeck straight into the Caribbean waters so you can easily step into the warm water and witness the electric-colored world beneath the water’s surface. Guests may also indulge and enjoy the fruits of the sea with our non-motorised water toys: paddleboards, kayaks and pedalos.

The world of wellness is changing. Wellness travellers want “fit-cations” where they can practice, meditate and become better versions of themselves, but they are also increasingly looking for luxury, comfort and sustainability. Azul is one of the most iconic luxury properties in the Archipelago of Bocas del Toro. The resort operates a state of the art solar system to generate power, has purified catchment systems for water, and our mantra has always been to stand as an economic resource for the people in our community. 

Panama is a blindingly beautiful and biodiverse location for your yoga retreat. The Archipelago of Bocas del Toro sits in the west of Panama, a country that the 2017 Gallup Emotions Report places as the 3rd happiest in the world.

We’d love to welcome you here at our tropical Caribbean oasis where you may untether and find peace and restoration.

Contact us on +507 7609760 for availability and rates for your group yoga retreat today.

See you in paradise!

11 Panama Instagram Accounts You Should be Following

Whether you’re daydreaming about your first visit, or reminiscing about wonderful times spent here, these 11 paradisiacal Instagram accounts will provide all the inspiration you need to fall (hard) for the Isthmus of Panama.

11. VisitPanama

@VisitPanama is the official Instagram account of the Panamanian Tourism Authority (ATP), so if you’d like to know where to go within Central America’s coolest isthmus, this is certainly one account to follow.

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10. Panama

Follow @Panama for breathtaking images from expert photographers and savvy locals. This is the official Instagram account for Panama, showcasing the very best views and vantage points.

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9. ThePanamaLife

Put #ThePanamaLife in Instagram’s search bar and you’ll find over 58,000 stunning images of the isthmus, from celebrated highlights like the San Blas islands to lesser-known gems like Chitra as well as insights into Panama’s unique culture.

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8. JoeyBonura

Resident blogger and all-around Panama aficionado Joey Bonura hails from Louisville, Kentucky. He packed up to study abroad in Panamá at the age of 20 and hasn’t moved back since. What started as a semester trip to Panamá turned into 7+ years of living in Latin America and becoming a full-time travel blogger. He knows the ins and outs of Panama City and you’ll find him on his Instagram page @JoeyBonura enjoying the good life. Though Joey now splits his time between Panama and Colombia, Pty will always hold a spot in his heart.

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7. PtyLife

Pty.Life is the number 1 blog in the country. It was started in 2012 by Joey Bonura as back then there wasn’t much else that detailed life in Panama from the eyes of a 20-something. In the blog, he covers things to do in Panama, events, news, tips, and just overall how to have a good time. In case you were wondering, PTY is the capital city’s airport code.

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6. Misskyland

Karla Perez AKA @Misskyland predominantly shares unique perspectives of Panama City’s old town Casco Viejo and its crevices; the wonderful balconies, people, and flora.

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5. FotosPanama

Panama is a photographer’s dream and this account selects the best of the best from professional snappers and travelers all around the country. When you get here, you can use #FotosPanama for a chance to be featured.

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4. TheBeachBell

Travel writer Rosie Bell accidentally found herself in Panama back in 2015 and that was the start of an enduring love affair. Between the food, nature, the energy and, of course, the beaches, she couldn’t believe her eyes. She was so impressed that she left London and moved there entirely. She wrote her first book ‘Escape to Self‘ while sitting and pondering in Panama City’s various quaint cafes. She also writes and talks about Panama for Forbes Travel Guide, Fodor’s, Lonely Planet, and pretty much anyone who’ll listen.

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3. ItsaTravelOD

Vlogger Andrea Valeria is Panameña by nationality and world citizen by heart. Through her various social channels, she visually depicts the possibility to get paid to do what you love, no matter how outside the box it may be. She also talks about cultural identity and the reality of living in Panama. Her slogan is #overdoseintravel so expect some serious travel inspiration.

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2. PanamaPictures

At @PanamaPictures, you’ll find undiscovered corners via these crowdsourced photos of Panama’s island life and the majestic cityscape.

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1. AzulParadise

Azul Paradise Hotel & Resort is one of the most sought after experiences in Bocas del Toro, Panama. We are an unforgettable adventure vacation with luxury hotel rooms, great services, fabulous restaurants and Caribbean flair. Feast your eyes on our Instagram account @AzulParadise then come see for yourself and live out your postcard fantasies.

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Welcome to Panama!

Check into Azul, Check into Paradise

In Bocas del toro, a hidden sweet haven of tranquility exists. Tucked a 30-minute boat ride away from Bocas Town is where you’ll find Azul Paradise. It is also where you can make all your dreams come true at once with a stay at our fabulous over-water bungalows. We didn’t call it “paradise” for nothing.

If news of Bocas del Toro is yet to reach your shores, it is a spellbinding archipelago on the west of Panama with an island to suit every possible craving. Isla Colon is where the bulk of the action happens on Bocas Town. Isla Carenero conversely suits those in search of a little rustic peace and quiet. The Zapatilla islands are the pristine untouched gems you will dream about once you return home. Isla Bastimentos, the largest of the nine islands, attracts those longing for postcard beach views with a bit of rough jungle in the background. Those postcard beach views exist in abundance at Azul Paradise (if you won’t take our word for it, see the music video for “Cold ain’t for me” by Oceans).

Our Eco-resort is hotly popular with couples and honeymooners for a multitude of reasons. Firstly, Azul is well away from the hustle and bustle of Isla Colon with its healthy roster of nightly parties and salesmen hawking their tours and wares. Secondly, one may unashamedly binge on all the blessings the water brings: fresh seafood caught by our on-site staff, decks stretched out onto the water for night stargazing, as well as water sports galore- pedalos, kayaks and paddleboards, perfect for a party of two. Most importantly, in the evenings, the sky tells a tale of pink romance. The name of our boutique resort means, “blue paradise” in Spanish, yet the views will leave you feeling anything but.

Azul Paradise is the supermodel of Bocas del Toro’s resorts, breathing life into Bastimentos and the indigenous village of Salt Creek- if we don’t say so ourselves. Majority of the staff are born and bred locals from the village, granting you direct access to locals and insight into the Panamanian way of life. An array of tours are also on offer to better connect with your surroundings: fishing with the locals, trips to the sloth islands, Dolphin Bay, the Zapatilla Cays and Bocas Town. Rent a private boat for the day, surf at Kusapín private beach, or devour the produce at a chocolate farm in the jungle.

Azul Paradise grants you access to tranquil vistas, a yoga studio to unwind, extended stretches of private beach, a nearby lake and impeccable service. All our reception staff are perfectly bilingual, and the dining room is a feast for the eyes overlooking the Caribbean Sea, further sweetened by the tantalising cocktail creations whipped up by our ever-creative bartenders.

If you have long dreamed of staying at a resort with over-water bungalows, make it a wish fulfilled right here at Azul. All our Deluxe bungalow packages include a glass floor for coral reef viewing, private bathrooms, king-size beds, eco-friendly water and electrical sources and of course, Wi-Fi, cause Insta-bragging is practically obligatory when you stay here. There is however one great risk involved with booking a stay at Azul Paradise: you might simply never want to go home. Book the start of your love affair now.

Azul Paradise: Your Happy Place

The first thing that comes to mind when the word “paradise” is uttered? Whispers of powdery white sand, decadently soft to the touch, endless blue bliss and warm winds spring to the fore. Well, prepare to be blown away right here. Paradise is found in Bocas del Toro, the archipelago you are yet to fall in love with, in the country you know too little about.

Azul Paradise is “that” over-the-water bungalow resort in Bocas del Toro (affectionately shortened to ‘Bocas’ by adoring locals). The archipelago sits in the west of Panama, a country that the 2017 Gallup Emotions Report places as the 3rd happiest in the world. This means that Panama struts ahead of 139 nations when ranked based on five elements: purpose, finance, community, social and physical health.

To know it is to love it, but Panama is yet to show up on the radar of overwhelmingly stunning Caribbean destinations. Many are unaware that Panama is even in the Caribbean at all. The splendours of Panama are still largely under-investigated due to some widely held wild misconceptions: you aren’t going to get kidnapped by pirates, people don’t all live in mud huts and yes, there is electricity.

If Panama sits at the top of the leader board for happy nations, visiting Bocas del Toro is self-explanatory, as the country’s most popular beach destination. The Bocas lifestyle invites travellers and captivates their hearts en masse. The beauty that lives here is humbling and astounding. What’s not to love about travelling by water from a paradise beach to yet another paradise beach? We could speak radiantly about the brilliance of Bocas for hours on end. The collection of islands has Bocas Town on Isla Colon as its epicentre of activity: bars, restaurants, surf and diving schools, and yet more bars on Main Street. Bocas however, is more than just the main road; there are hidden gems everywhere, the glitteriest being our resort.

Escape & Unplug

Azul Paradise is THE leading hotel in the region and is perfect for those seeking the modest charm of beach life with stunning vistas straight out of Castaway. Get lost in a new reality far from civilisation and the crowds that pour themselves out to devour Isla Colon’s nightlife. The entire world is a lifetime away and all that exists here is bliss. A stint here can be life-changing and rejuvenating. Even a short stay guarantees resplendent replenishment. You can really relax and find your happy place off the grid and off the beaten path. It’s a boutique paradise.

Coming to Azul is about disconnecting in an over-the-water bungalow and unwinding in a preposterously glorious setting, luxuriant and serene. A day in the life at Azul sees ‘Happy as Larry’ guests swanning around, strolling barefoot while breathing in sea salt-tinged air. There are no reasons for a gloomy disposition here. Your only difficulty will be choosing between the real pool and the sea pool. Thinking about what to order from our restaurant will also prove particularly taxing: our award-winning bartender whips up dreamy liquid creations and our chef works his artistry on the fresh delights fetched locally by local fishermen. Azul life is easy on the eyes, a stress-free existence akin to Eden. This is as sublime as life will ever be.

Swap your daily grind for no grind at all. Time at Azul passes dreamily and slowly, and our guests adore it that way. Come nightfall, find yourself moved by the powerful melody of sweet nothing. The ever-presence of man-made sounds (cars honking, growling planes, roaring traffic, screeching conversations) means that we forget to listen to nature’s music and makes pure silence an utterly foreign concept to us. Perhaps it is a jaunt to a country foreign to yours, which may reset that balance for you.

Amenities

Speaking of balance, one of the amenities at our Eco-resort is a yoga terrace directly overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Let the palm tree shadows caress your face as you lie in a hammock: book, fan or cocktail in hand. There are tours and activities you may book directly with us, if you are capable of peeling yourself away from said hammock, that is. Take surf lessons, rent a boat for the day or consider a day trip to Sloth Island or Dolphin Bay- the names have quite a ring to them, don’t they?

Some places are so indisputably incredible, so devastatingly dazzling that phenomenal effort would be required NOT to be enchanted by them. Azul is one such spot. It is impossible to resist Azul Paradise’s charm, luring you in with promises of alfresco lunches in our Tiki Bar, ample white seashells dotted along every look and corner, feasting on all the fruits of the sea; kayaking, pedalos, paddle boarding AND fresh seafood. Every bungalow has a glass floor for coral reef viewing (just like you dreamed about) and king size beds to recuperate after a hard day’s laze. At our luxury over-the-water-bungalow resort, the ocean is at your fingertips in every sense of the word.

While it’s true that one person’s idyllic holiday differs immensely from the next person’s, there are some generally accepted notions of what makes a satisfactory tropical resort: recreational activities, plenty of sunbeds, scenic living quarters and staff that actively partake in helping you create memorable experiences. Azul Paradise has all the bells and whistles you will be accustomed to if you have laid your head at any of the world’s fine resorts. Azul Paradise, however, will leave a particularly sweet taste in your mouth, and we’re not just talking about the bar delights you WILL want to sample here. After all, everything tastes better in a private beach bungalow over the water.

Why Us?

Let us ask you this: is there ever a time when you don’t need paradise? Who could resist waking up wondering whether you’re a prop in a living dream as you take the stage at our Picasso masterpiece, praying the happy fantasy never ends. You are cordially invited to come to the happiest place, in one of the happiest places in the world.

The resort speaks for itself and on occasion, our happy customers will speak for us. “I thought all of Bocas del Toro looked like this when I was looking up information on Panama. I thought the whole archipelago was made up of over-the-water cabanas like these but it’s the only place, so I’m really glad I got to stay here”, cooed one guest. Azul Paradise is the crown jewel of Bocas del Toro, adorning every aerial video and “come hither to Panama” guide. Guests come from far and wide to partake in our version of bliss. It also goes without saying that Azul is the perfect setting for romance to flourish. We have been known to throw a decadent wedding soiree or two, and honeymooners flock here in their droves. With a year-round warm climate, Panama is fit to help you celebrate your love and your life whenever you please.

You will fall deeply and lustfully in love with Azul Paradise and Bocas del Toro. If you are yet to be swayed, then let the swaying palms convince you. Do you dream of coconut-strewn beaches? Come and see them for yourself. SO, why should you choose Panama? Because it is one of earth’s forgotten Edenic paradises. Why should you choose Azul Resort? Because Paradise is our middle name.

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Azul Paradise: Coming to an Island Near You

Panama meets absolutely every requirement for a sunshine holiday with colour bursting through both Pacific and Caribbean corners: lush green jungles, worship-worthy blue water and pristine white sand to garnish that yellow Piña Colada of yours. Azul Paradise Resort is tucked away on the Caribbean Sea in Bocas del Toro’s Bastimentos Island with nurse sharks, crystal waters and silent starry nights keeping us company- but not for long. The Azul eco-system is expanding further than our premier Eco-resort to include another majestic hotel on the main island of Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro’s epicentre.

The Expansion of Azul

Azul Paradise Beach has been the grandest and glitteriest Eco-resort in the archipelago of Bocas del Toro since our sleek doors swung open on Bastimentos three years ago. We have long prided ourselves on being a safe haven for our guests, a retreat from the hustle and bustle of Bocas Town and the outside world alike. We are now expanding and moving to the pinnacle of the action on Isla Colon, and bringing our luxurious touch with us. Four acres of beachfront bliss on Bastimentos Island wasn’t enough; now we want our guests to have it all, the best of both worlds.

Azul Paradise Bocas Town will have its grand opening in March 2018 and will be the most decadent hotel the island has ever laid eyes on. Set directly on Bocas Town’s Main Street, this new boutique paradise will see guests at our seven penthouse suites orbit to their rooms via panoramic glass elevator. It’s safe to say we have some elaborate plans up our sleeve.

Azul Paradise Beach, our current resort, houses 10 over-the-water bungalows and four luxury beach home rentals equipped with everything that island life calls for. Our Isla Colon venture will come with equally beautiful furnishings and trimmings. We will also shortly be launching Azul Beach Villas dotted all over Bocas Town. If you need a delightful place to lay your weary head, we have one with your name on it. You are hereby beckoned to grab your flip-flops, selfie sticks and someone who loves paradise as much as you do, and come join us in Bocas.

New Hotel Bocas del Toro - Azul Paradise Resort Comes to Isla Colon

With our impending descent onto Isla Colon, paradise now sweeps across two islands. A brief stroll out of your Azul Paradise Beach cabana will reveal resting sloths hanging loose. One footstep out of our new hotel on Isla Colon will offer you all the adventure Bocas Town has to offer, as we are smack on the main street with restaurants, shops and nightlife galore. Both ventures are two sides of the same coin; providing jobs for locals, dreamy vistas and a stunning introduction to Panamanian life. The high-octane service level our guests have come to expect from Azul on Bastimentos will travel along with us to our new island. When you see the Azul sun logo, you know you have access to the ever-friendly Azul staff to fulfil your every request at any one of our properties. The Azul guest bracelet opens the door to a smorgasbord of incredible opportunities for passing visitors in Bocas.

A New Meaning to Island Hopping

Bocas is a tranquil wonderland made up of nine islands within kissing distance of each other. The primary means to get around in Bocas is by water taxi, how exquisite? The beauty of Bocas del Toro truly calls for a reality check and the archipelago certainly has its fair share of photogenic spots. The region is blessed with tropical beaches to rival your wildest dreams and simply has it all.

Isla Colon is a Caribbean playground where you can surf all day (Bluff Beach & Paunch Beach are renowned breaks) and party all night. On Bastimentos, life conversely unfolds in slow motion. Our over-the-water-bungalow resort in Bastimentos is a postcard-inspired dream; the tilting coconut trees are the proof.

With the Azul brand spreading its reach, now is the perfect time to explore the length and breadth of the archipelago. Our expansion prepares for the imminent ascent of Panama as one of the Caribbean’s most sought-after destinations. A visit to Panama means guaranteed warmth through the weather and the people you will find here. It ultimately matters little which island you choose, as long as you allow us to be the ones to care for your stay.

Why Azul?

There are surplus reasons to join the Azul family: a commitment to serving the local community, fantastic service, world-class cuisine by our esteemed chefs, cosy coastal properties and the ability to experience the best of both worlds that Bocas del Toro has to offer- just to name a few.

Many familiar faces sit among our guests: Azul will conspire to make you return and you’ll be glad you did. This time, you’ll have yet another exquisite venue to add to your wish list. We can’t wait to welcome you to our multi-island paradise for the first time, or yet again. After all, what’s better than living the charmed life on an island? Two islands, that’s what.

New Hotel Bocas del Toro - Azul Paradise Resort Comes to Isla Colon

Azul Creating Jobs, One Local at a Time

The first thing you’ll notice upon arrival at our resort on Bastimentos Island, is how ethereally stunning our location is, obviously. The second thing that will be immediately apparent is that our workforce is predominantly made up of locals from the nearby village of Salt Creek.

The impact Azul has on the island is a thoroughly positive one. Our philosophy dictates that there must be up to 26 resort jobs for the Ngobe people of Panama and more for private contractors. Our planned expansion to the island of Colon in 2018 will also add a further 20 jobs. We want the islands to remain as pristine as they were when we initially stepped foot here. Our practices are transparent and kind to the community as well as the environment- we are after all an Eco-resort.

The beauty and growth potential of Panama and the Bocas del Toro region is what urged us to invest in this ambitious project three years ago. Successful completion would have been near impossible without local residents lending their knowledge and assistance. Our very first employee was a local fisherman who joined us as a boat captain- he still works with us till today. Our gorgeous over-the-water bungalows were built by local craftsmen and 90% of our staff come from the 600-strong Salt Creek Indian village.

Normally during vacations abroad you’re lucky to interact with (or even clap eyes on) local people, particularly at resorts. At Azul, the local people ARE the resort. They work with us, for us, and live right around the corner. Ours is not a case of a foreign brand sweeping in and overtaking a given region, Azul IS Bastimentos. The community IS Azul. We work together and are united in our celebration of Bastimentos, Bocas del Toro and Panama.

A visit to Azul Paradise is all it takes to understand Panama’s warmth; not solely where climate is concerned, but also it’s people. Our staff make you feel at home in their home. You know that you are only an ask away from your heart’s desire. They demonstrate an utterly willing attitude to commemorate whatever brought you to us: your honeymoon, wedding or sorely needed relaxation and requiescence. Our local staff are eager to introduce others to their little slice of paradise, their customs and their culture and hanker to know the ins and outs of yours.

The menu at Azul includes tours to enjoy the lush local area; fishing trips, secluded beaching on the Zapatilla islands, snorkelling at Coray Cay and Bottlenose Dolphin watching at the appropriately named Dolphin Bay. These tours are organised by local staff. We also organise day trips to Salt Creek and Kusapín villages for you to be able to acquaint yourself with monkeys and sloths in the trees, and the residents’ warm smiles on dry land.

At Azul Paradise, time has seemingly stopped still. Here, you may catch a glimpse of a local fisherman feeding the remnants of his daily haul to the nurse sharks in our front yard: the sea. It is a blessing to be able to call this paradise home. Azul Resort is a breath-taking site that is exceptionally kind to the eyes and ears; existence is covered in the music of the waves and sunsets are golden.

Azul meets the gold standard on how to empower a local community. Our Azul mission can be viewed as a humanitarian one. We seek not to pillage the land, but to utilise its fertility to re-invest in its beauty and prolonged existence. We wish for the local communities to grow and flourish with and through us. Your decadent island escape is directly supporting a community and ensuring the future of its children. The much- needed stimulation to the local economy encourages the self-sufficiency of its inhabitants. Your next holiday may have a bigger impact than you know.

Our mantra has always been to stand as an economic resource for the people in our surrounding area. Prior to our arrival, there was limited development and very few work opportunities for the residents of Salt Creek. We are happy to say that our resort has helped to breathe life into this side of Bastimentos and continues to do so till today. As we grow, so too does the prosperity of Bastimentos’ residents with more jobs available to them. We are committed to training people in the local community to be able to take on a wider range of jobs and careers beyond our company.

Your once in a lifetime trip to Azul Resort may be extravagant, but you can leave with your conscious as clear as our stunning blue waters.

Azul Paradise Giveaway

Win a trip of a lifetime to one of the hidden gems of the world. Unfolding in the majestic waters of the Caribbean, this new off-the-grid resort highlighting 10 over-the-water bungalows is located on white-sand beaches in the province of Bocas del Toro. Tucked away on a secluded part of the island is an experience you will never forget. Our 3- day trip to Bocas del Toro, Panama will take your breath away, from eating some of the most incredible food from the finest chefs in the Caribbean to exploring the Zapatilla Islands. This experience is sure to feed your adventure craving travel desires.

Each of the bungalows  features a private outdoor shower, an outdoor living area with sofa, sunken lounge over the water, and a ladder leading from the sundeck straight into the waters of the Caribbean. The cool and comfortable interiors boast a king sized bed, with a private bathroom and walk in shower. You can fully encompass the suite’s ‘over-the-water’ setting with glass floors that allows you to view the marine life below.

The secluded part of island, the setting for this stunning resort, is located 30 minutes on a breathtaking boat ride from the busy Caribbean crowd of Bocas Town. The resort features an authentic Panamanian tiki bar with beachfront grill, large Club House with lounge area, private bar, and restaurant.

Occasionally you will see a boat stop for lunch and enjoy the tiki bar facilities. Days like that you will enjoy meeting people from all over the world.

Our environment is tropical, our philosophy is eco friendly. The Resort operates a state of the art solar system to generate power, purified catchment systems for water, and full time jobs to local natives. Please remember that eco friendly and off-the-grid are completely different.  We only have basic amenities and the magic of this place is the natural environment.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival, Upon your arrival our captain will be waiting for you with a private boat to our resort. Set you bags in your overwater bungalow, throw on your swimsuit and jump right off your dock into the beautiful turquoise waters of the caribbean. Swim on up to the beach and grab a drink or a bite to eat at our tiki bar. Explore the beaches, relax, or go for a float on the water if you desire. Then catch a beautiful caribbean sunset from the beach or bungalow and head to our club house for a caribbean dinner of a lifetime!

Day 2: If you’re an early riser, the sunrises from the bungalow are dreamy. Walk down the dock to our club, enjoy some panamanian coffee, fresh fruit and order one of our tasty breakfast items! If your swimsuit isn’t on yet, throw it on, grab your camera and some sunscreen and prepare for an island adventure to the Zapatillas! Your captain will prepare a cooler with drinks and lunch and introduce you to a day of tranquility where the white sand stretches for as far as one can see. These islands are one of Bocas del Toros number one tourist destinations, and being that our resort is so close we can get there early to enjoy the beauty without the rush of the Caribbean tourist crowd. This beach is a nature reserve for sea turtle breeding. Enjoy the beauty then come back, relax, enjoy the sunset and another evening in paradise!

Day 3: Today’s you day to chose your adventure, relax on the beach, go for a snorkel, kayak, paddle board, paddle boat, beach walk, explore the salt creek village, or whatever adventure you desire!

Day 4: Departure day!  3 nights not enough? Add more days onto your trip!!***

Included in this give away:

  • 3 nights in a private over-the-water Caribbean View bungalow with ocean views and glass floor for coral reef viewing, private bathroom, luxury king size beds, free wi-fi and eco-friendly electrical and water sources for you and a friend!
  • Transportation to Azul Paradise beaches on scheduled boat transport from our dock in Bocas Town only.
  • Semi-inclusive meal plan with 3 meals per day and drinks (alcohol not included)
  • Kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, club house access, and tiki bar/restaurant amenities.
  • 1 Full Day private boat tour to Zapatilla Island

Not Included:

  • All flights to Bocas del Toro, Panama.
  • Additional nights beyond the 3 giveaway nights (upgrades are available)
  • Alcohol (can purchase separately)
  • Additional Tours and adventures (can be purchased separately)

***itinerary is subject to weather

The Zapatilla Islands

The beauty of Cayos Zapatilla is showcased before you even step foot on the uninhabited islands. Sailing towards the islands, located east of Bastimentos, is like staring at a postcard. A vision so scenic it has only ever existed in your dreams. As you near closer, the serenity of the islands becomes clearer. With usually only a few souls in sight, this slice of paradise is yours to enjoy. 

Turquoise water, white sand beaches, palm trees and jungle. The Zapatilla Islands are a perfect depiction of the Caribbean. The small size of the islands gives visitors the opportunity to explore their entirety, whilst experiencing each element of natural beauty.  

There are adventures to be had above and below the crystal clear water. Vibrant coral reef formations and an abundance of marine life create the perfect playground for avid snorkelers and divers. If land is preferred, soak up the sun on the beaches, or take a hike through the jungle. The Zapatillas have something for everyone. 

If escaping the stresses of everyday life at Azul Paradise has captured your heart, take the serenity of your vacation one step further by visiting the completely undeveloped Zapatilla Islands. They’re a truly outstanding part of the Archipelago of islands that make up Bocas Del Toro.