When to Come,

What to Bring,

How to Get Here


Tips for visiting Bocas

Here is some key information on what you can expect while you’re here staying with us on the property as well as some things to know about Bocas to help you prepare for your trip.

Panama businesses accept US dollars. There are five ATMs on the island so cash is available, but it's always a good idea to have a little extra cash for emergencies.

Although we are on town electric (electrical outlets are 120v), it is not uncommon for the power to go out in Bocas. It doesn’t usually go out for very long, but occasionally it will be out for more than a few hours. For these cases, we provide back up lights for our guests.

Although there is free WiFi available for our guests, sometimes certain weather conditions or high usage due to the island being very busy can result in a slow service or a signal that drops occasionally.

We are on a tropical island known for a higher level of rainfall than other places in Panama. Many days it will rain at least a little bit (many times in the night or early morning). But there are some days when it rains all day.

It is important to be familiar with the seasons here in Bocas del Toro, to make sure that you have the best chance of having the experience you’re looking for.

Rainy season is December, January and May through August.

Dry season is February through April and September through October, with September and October being the slowest part of low season – so a great time for those looking for mostly blue skies, the best prices and less crowds.

The best months for surfing are December through April, June, July and August.

The best months for swimming in flat seas are September & October.

During our slow season (May through November), it’s very important to note that many businesses take between a few weeks to a month off. So, you may not have the full pick of restaurants, bars, etc.

What to Bring

Here are a few recommendations for items to bring.

Bocas is in the tropics and we often get rainfall so we recommend to bring a light rain jacket and/or a folding umbrella.

Flipflops for the beach, light shoes for the evening and if you are going to be doing any hiking bring appropriate hiking footwear, closed or open.

A flashlight (or torch) as we sometimes have power outages.

Insect repellant for if you are going to be doing any jungle excursions. Some areas also have mosquitos and chitres (small biting insects from the mangroves) so it's good to have on hand. Luckily The Wave House is located in an area where there are very few of either.

During rainy weather and if you are spending time on boats it can feel rather cool so it's a good idea to bring a light sweater for those occasions (and your rain jacket).

To avoid having to buy plastic water bottles, we suggest a refillable water bottle. There is filtered drinking water available at the house.

Despite all the talk of rain, we also get a lot of sun in Bocas. Remember reef friendly sunscreen and a hat.

Panama businesses accept US dollars. There are five ATMs on the island so cash is available, but it's always a good idea to have a little extra cash for emergencies.

How to Get Here

It takes a little bit of planning to get to the beautiful islands of Bocas Del Toro, Panama. Here are a few helpful hints and all the info on how to find our paradise.

There is not a large airport in the archipelago, so the first step is to get to our area of Central America. Take a flight to Panama City, Panama or San Jose, Costa Rica. Once you are close there are a few options on traveling to Bocas. There are choices for all tastes and budgets. Air Panama has daily flights to Isla Colon and Bocas Town. This is the fastest way to get your vacation started. Book at www.airpanama.com. The flight takes an hour or an hour and brings you right into Bocas Town.

If an additional flight is not in your budget, or you prefer to see more of these countries you can try something else. If you are coming from Costa Rica, you can hop on a bus in San Jose or any other small town in Costa Rica, and go to the border town of Sixaola where you will cross the border into Guabito, Panama. There are a few things you will need while making the border crossing: your passport, proof of leaving the countries, (both Panama and Costa Rica require proof that you will be traveling onward) and entrance and exit fees (usually between 3 and 10 USD). Once you cross over into Panama you can find either a taxi or bus that is going to the Port town of Almirante, there are many people coming and going so finding a ride is easy and safe.

The bus is also an option when coming from Panama City. There is a very big bus terminal in the city, Albrook Terminal, where you can purchase tickets to Bocas Del Toro which should include the cost for the water taxi which will get you from the mainland to Isla Colon. There is an express bus that can get you to our lovely islands in about 10-12 hours with only 1 rest stop halfway. You can catch one early in the morning which is great because you can see first-hand the incredible and diverse country of Panama, with beautiful cloud forests, lush fields and banana trees. Or you can opt for the night bus which gets you to Almirante (the port city) around 7 or 8 a.m. Sometimes the bus gets a bit chilly so we recommend a jacket for your journey.

When you get to Almirante you will take a short boat ride from Almirante to Bocas Del Toro. There are various water taxi stations that transport people back and forth and there are boats that run every 30 minutes or hourly. If you take the bus with the water taxi included you’ll need to be sure to know which water taxi station to go to. It is only about a 25 minute ride and you can see some of the smaller uninhabited islands.There is also a vehicle ferry that makes 2 trips daily from Almirante to Isla Colon. The ferry takes about 1.5 hours to make its way to Bocas and usually is bringing trucks and supplies to the archipelago.

If you rent a car in Panama City you can bring it to Bocas on the ferry, but once you get to Bocas you will see that a car is not at all a necessity. Bringing a rental car from Costa Rica is not recommended, because it requires a lot of paperwork to cross the borders with a car. You can rent one in Changuinola, a town about 20 minutes from Almirante.

You can also contact Caribe Shuttle, they will arrange your travel from Costa Rica to Bocas del Toro.http://www.caribeshuttle.cominfo@caribeshuttle.com Keep all these choices in mind as you plan your holiday, and no matter how you decide to get here, once you are in Bocas Del Toro you may never want to leave our little piece of heaven!