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How to Arrive at Sand Dollar Bay


Panama is a bridge between Colombia, South America, and Costa Rica, Central America. The Archipelago of Bocas del Toro is situated on the West Caribbean side of Panama close to the border with Costa Rica. There are many islands that make up Bocas del Toro; however, Isla Colón is the largest. This is where Bocas Town and the airport are located. Sand Dollar Beach is on Isla Colón as well, close enough to town to provide conveniences (wifi, telephone, electricity, water services, air travel) but far enough away to let you know you have really gotten away from it all. We are a couple of miles outside of Bocas Town, just a $1 cab ride, 15-minute bike ride, or 30-minute walk away.


Flights to Bocas del Toro from Panama City

  • Flights from Panama City's Albrook airport can be arranged online: Air Panama: has at least 2 flights per day from Panama City to Bocas del Toro (during peak season they offer additional flights). The flights depart early in the morning and in the mid-afternoon. It is a one-hour flight from Albrook to Bocas del Toro (some flights stop briefly in Changuinola before landing in Bocas). The flight schedule varies by day of the week; please refer to the website for exact schedules on the days you wish to travel.

Ferry Xpress - Colon City to Bocas del Toro

  • Every Friday evening the new service Ferry Xpress leaves Colon City to Bocas del Toro. The trip is 12 hours long and the ferry arrives Saturday morning, it returns back to Colon City every Sunday evening. This is a more economical option if your trip falls on the right dates. The ferry has normal seating similar to plane seats, private cabinas, 3 restaurants, bars, and discotecs. The Ferry Xpress travels between Bocas del Toro, Colon City and Cartagena. For more details visit their website:

Bus - Panama City to Bocas del Toro

  • The International Bus Terminal in Albrook, Panama City has buses that leave to Bocas del Toro. There are two options: one is the night express bus which usually leaves around 8pm. The trip is about a 10 hour bus ride plus an additional 30 minute boat trip from Almirante to Isla Colon. The alternative is Panama City to David, Chiriqui then David to Almirante and a boat ride to Isla Colon, this route takes longer but is ok if you prefer to travel in the day. Contact us for details.

Flights between Costa Rica and Bocas del Toro

  • There are flights from San Jose to Bocas del Toro on Nature Air periodically throughout the week. See their website for details if you are planning to travel through Costa Rica to arrive in Bocas del Toro Panama.

Private shuttle service between Costa Rica and Bocas del Toro

  • Caribe Shuttle is the easiest way to travel between Costa Rica and Bocas del Toro. Their shuttle service travels from San Jose and Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica to Bocas del Toro. Their rates include assistance crossing the border as well as transporation from Sixaola all the way to isla Colon. For details visit:

Panama City

  • Many people choose to spend some time in Panama City before going to Bocas. If you do this, we recommend Country Inn & Suites by the Panama Canal. It is situated right next to the Panama Canal, on Amador, close to the Albrook Airport, which you will need for your flight in or out of Bocas. It also has a view of the Panama Canal and the Bridge of the Americas, which spans the canal, connecting North and South America.
    Country Inn & Suites: Check with us for other hotel recommendations.

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