Bocas del Toro Province

Bocas del Toro ( to German: mouths of the bull ) is a province in the northwest of Panama and adjacent to the mainland comprises six major (Colón Island, Bastimentos, Isla de Solarte, Cayos Zapatilla, Cristobal, Popa ) and numerous small islands.


The Bocas province is in turn divided into three districts ( distritos ):

  • Bocas del Toro ( Bocas del Toro, provincial and district capital ), consists of: capital, Bastimentos, Cauchero, Punta Laurel and Tierra Oscura. This district is 430 km ² and in 1855 set out in this form.
  • Changuinola ( Changuinola, district capital ), consists of: capital, Almirante, Guabito, Teribe, Valle del Risco, El Empalme and Las Tablas. The size of this district is 208 km ², it was founded in 1903.
  • Chiriquí Grande ( Chiriquí Grande, district capital ), consists of: capital, Miramar, Punte Peña, Punta Robalo and Rambala. The size is 4005 km ², established in 1970.


In 1502, Christopher Columbus explored the area. In times of Greater Colombia, the area called Bocas del Toro was founded in 1834. 1850, the Bocas del Toro were merged with the province of Chiriquí, later separated again and fed to the province of Colon. On 16 November 1903, this compound was canceled again and the Bocas del Toro were its own province. 1941 this was then divided into two districts, Bocas del Toro and Crimamola. Four years later this was reversed and there was again only one province. 1970, the district Bocas was renamed Changuinola, the district Bastimentos fell off and three new ones were to it and made ​​it into what it is today. The size of the districts changed in 1997 when the reservation Ngöbe Buglé - set.


Among the tourists are next to Bocas Panama City one of the most popular destinations - on the basis of Caribbean flair, the picturesque surroundings and the easy accessibility of Costa Rican border crossing Sixaola from.

The islands offer a range of accommodation, especially in the provincial capital of Bocas del Toro has become by far the largest source of income is tourism. Surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving and boat trips are among the main activities in this species-rich region.


The Marine National Park Bastimentos island is a national park, the large part of the island of Bastimentos, many smaller islands, and for the most part miteinschließt marine areas.