Best Months to Visit

We invite you to watch the captivating “Cold Ain’t for Me” official music video by Oceans, beautifully filmed in the stunning backdrop of Bocas del Toro at Azul Paradise. Many travelers wonder about the best time to visit Bocas del Toro, and this video showcases the timeless allure of this destination.

Immerse yourself in this visual journey, which seamlessly blends the excitement of the surf season with the tranquility of the dry season. Bocas del Toro welcomes visitors throughout the year, and we hope this video sparks your imagination about experiencing this paradise firsthand.

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

Even during the rainy season, there’s a unique and captivating beauty to behold. In the tropics, the weather can be unpredictable, but that’s part of what makes our beachfront destination so enchanting. While chasing sunsets is a year-round delight, there’s something magical about experiencing the occasional tropical rain shower.

Azul Paradise offers the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. You can unwind on our private beaches at our off-the-grid resort, complete with over-the-water bungalows that provide an unparalleled sense of serenity.

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

Discover the Hidden Paradise of Bastimentos Island

Nestled within the picturesque Bocas del Toro Archipelago in Panama, lies a hidden gem that beckons intrepid travelers in search of seclusion and unspoiled natural beauty – Bastimentos Island. Amidst its many enchanting features, Punta Vieja stands out as an untouched corner of this tropical haven, thanks to its location within the Bastimentos National Park boundaries.

Bastimentos Island’s Secluded Beauty

Despite being the second-largest island in the archipelago, Bastimentos Island retains an aura of pristine wilderness that’s increasingly rare in today’s world. Its remote location has acted as a shield, preserving its natural wonders, making it a sanctuary for eco-tourism and adventure enthusiasts.

Bastimentos National Park

The pristine condition of Bastimentos Island is largely attributed to the presence of Bastimentos National Park, which envelops nearly 80% of the island’s territory. Established in 1988, this protected area serves as a critical habitat for a diverse range of flora and fauna, including lush rainforests, thriving mangroves, and vibrant coral reefs. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park offers visitors the opportunity to explore a thriving ecosystem teeming with life.

Exploring the Hidden Gem: Punta Vieja

Situated on the southern tip of Bastimentos Island, Punta Vieja is a secluded beach that epitomizes the untouched beauty of this island paradise. Its powdery white sands stretch along the coastline, framed by lush rainforests that cascade down to the shore. The tranquility of Punta Vieja is only broken by the gentle lullaby of waves caressing the shore.

Activities on Punta Vieja and Bastimentos Island

  • Hiking: Bastimentos National Park boasts several hiking trails that wind through dense rainforests, offering 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.

  • Snorkeling and Diving: The surrounding waters of Bastimentos Island create a paradise for snorkelers and divers alike. Vibrant coral reefs are home to a kaleidoscope of marine life, including colorful fish, sea turtles, and gentle nurse sharks. The Zapatilla Cays, just offshore, are renowned for their underwater wonders.

  • Kayaking and Paddleboarding: The calm, crystal-clear waters surrounding Bastimentos Island provide an ideal playground for kayaking and paddleboarding. Explore hidden coves, meander through mangrove forests, and discover tranquil lagoons at your own pace.

  • Local Culture: While Bastimentos Island’s natural beauty is a primary attraction, you can also engage with the local Ngöbe-Buglé indigenous communities, who have inhabited the area for centuries. This offers a unique insight into their traditional way of life.

  • Stargazing: Thanks to its remote location and minimal light pollution, Bastimentos Island becomes a stargazing haven. On clear nights, the sky comes alive with countless stars, creating a mesmerizing experience for astronomy enthusiasts.

Preserving Paradise for Future Generations

Bastimentos Island, particularly Punta Vieja, serves as a living testament to the importance of conservation and responsible tourism. Its pristine landscapes and vibrant ecosystems remind us of the significance of safeguarding 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. Come and be a part of preserving this paradise for generations to come.