The Best Beaches in Colón Island, Panama

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Brittney Schering

Whether you want to relax under a palm tree, sunbathe by the water or ride the surf, Colón Island in the Bocas del Toro archipelago is home to some of the dreamiest beaches in Panama. Here are our top picks.

Starfish Beach

Starfish is a public beach with the calmest, most serene waters and, as the name would suggest, a world of starfish awaiting your marvel. Visitors can expect concession stands for snacks and refreshments.

Starfish Beach, Colón Island, Bocas del Toro Province, Panama

Starfish Beach is famous for its starfish population

Playa Tortuga

This is a sophisticated, private beach with a hotel and resort. Here you’ll find a selection of restaurants, swimming pools, a fitness center, and a shuttle bus that goes downtown.

Playa Tortuga, Colón Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Playa Bluff

This is another no-frills but still beautiful beach in the Bocas del Toro region. Playa Bluff is perfect for a peaceful escape to soak up some sun or enjoy a day of surfing. The waves can grow to be quite powerful here—proceed with caution.

Playa Buff, Colón Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Colón Island offers some great beaches for surfing

Istmito Beach

This beach is a public paradise open to all. It is a smaller, lesser-known, less glamorous option, making it the perfect place to walk your dog or go for a seaside run.

Istmito Beach, Colón Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Playa Boca del Drago

Known for being one of the best beaches on the island, Playa Boca del Drago is a coral-and-sand reef beach that offers peace and tranquility, with gorgeous, calm and clear waters and the most majestic view.

Playa Boca del Drago, Colón Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Bocas del Drago is an idyllic destination

Sand Dollar Beach

This beach comes with a private, welcoming B&B, making it the most perfect destination for a quiet getaway. First-time visitors always return to this oasis, for the peace and serenity of the beach and the scenic natural surroundings.

Sand Dollar Beach Bed and Breakfast, Colón Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama

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