Best Months to Visit

The best time to visit Bocas del Toro is one of the most popular questions. Please enjoy the “Cold ain’t for me” official music video by Oceans which was shot in Bocas del Toro right here at Azul Paradise. Imagine this experience for yourself. This video shows a mix of our surf season and the dry season. Bocas is the perfect place to visit all year round.

The best time to visit Bocas del Toro

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.

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Still wonderful in our rainy season too

Chasing Sunsets all year round in our never-ending summer.

Azul is the Best of two worlds: two Islands, twice the magic. Relax on the private beaches at our off the grid resort of over-the-water Bungalows and then enjoy your time on the main island of Isla Colon which has bustling shops, ATVs, Island trails, and

Bastimentos Island: A Remote Paradise in Bocas del Toro, Panama

Tucked away within the Bocas del Toro Archipelago in Panama lies a hidden gem that beckons intrepid travelers seeking seclusion and pristine natural beauty – Bastimentos Island. Among its many charms, Punta Vieja stands out as a remote and untouched corner of this tropical paradise, thanks in part to its location within the boundaries of the Bastimentos National Park.

The Secluded Beauty of Bastimentos Island

Bastimentos Island is the second-largest island in the archipelago, yet it maintains a sense of unspoiled wilderness that’s a rarity in today’s world. Its remote location has helped preserve its natural wonders, making it a haven for eco-tourism and adventure seekers.

Bastimentos National Park

One of the primary reasons for Bastimentos Island’s pristine condition is the presence of the Bastimentos National Park, which encompasses nearly 80% of the island. Established in 1988, this protected area serves as a vital habitat for diverse flora and fauna, including rainforests, mangroves, and coral reefs. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers visitors the chance to explore an ecosystem teeming with life.

Exploring Punta Vieja

Punta Vieja, located on the southern tip of Bastimentos Island, is a remote and secluded beach that epitomizes the untouched beauty of this island. Its powdery white sands stretch along the coast, framed by lush rainforests that seem to tumble down to the shoreline. The tranquility of Punta Vieja is only interrupted by the soothing sound of waves caressing the shore.

Activities in Punta Vieja and Bastimentos Island

  1. Hiking: Bastimentos National Park offers several hiking trails that take you through dense rainforests, providing opportunities to spot unique wildlife such as sloths, howler monkeys, and a variety of bird species. The hike to Wizard Beach, another stunning beach on the island, is particularly popular among nature enthusiasts.

  2. Snorkeling and Diving: The surrounding waters of Bastimentos Island are a paradise for snorkelers and divers. Vibrant coral reefs host an array of marine life, including colorful fish, sea turtles, and nurse sharks. The Zapatilla Cays, just offshore, are renowned for their underwater wonders.

  3. Kayaking and Paddleboarding: The calm, crystal-clear waters of Bastimentos Island are ideal for kayaking and paddleboarding. You can explore hidden coves, mangrove forests, and tranquil lagoons at your own pace.

  4. Local Culture: While the primary allure of Bastimentos Island is its natural beauty, you can also engage with the local Ngöbe-Buglé indigenous communities. These communities have inhabited the area for centuries and offer a glimpse into their traditional way of life.

  5. Stargazing: Due to its remote location and limited light pollution, Bastimentos Island is a fantastic place for stargazing. On clear nights, the sky comes alive with countless stars, making it a mesmerizing experience for astronomy enthusiasts.

Preserving Paradise for Future Generations

Bastimentos Island, particularly Punta Vieja, stands as a testament to the power of conservation and responsible tourism. Its pristine landscapes and vibrant ecosystems remind us of the importance of protecting such natural treasures. Whether you seek adventure, relaxation, or a deeper connection with the natural world, Bastimentos Island and its Punta Vieja region offer a unique and unforgettable experience in the heart of Bocas del Toro, Panama.