We are so excited to rage with you all – whether it’s in Bocas, or next Monday at Ballyhoos. We made this page to help everyone (decided or undecided) gain a better understanding of what one might need for this adventure. We know that the past two years have not been easy, so if you’re crazy enough to join us, we’re crazy enough to have you! If it’s just not in the books, we get it, and we love you anyway!
Bocas Del Toro is an island located off the northern coast of Panama. Please note that getting there will require two flights.
Think Key West, minus Americans (okay, there are a few ex-pats, free spirits, and retired folks from the US who frequent this place – but you will definitely feel like a tourist). Bocas is popular among pro surfers, so depending on the time of year, you might see a few Billabong sponsored athletes exploring the place.
For the major airlines, tickets will range from $450 to $700. Keep in mind, there is a smaller flight to the island on top of the international flight. If you plan on flying from Richmond, Spirit Airlines flies to Panama City (PTY) for much, much less. Just keep an eye out for their prices around October or later.
Because the international airport in Panama City is not close to Bocas, you will have to purchase tickets from Panama City’s smaller airport (PAC) to Bocas Del Toro (BOC). These tickets range from $150 to $230.
The gem of an Airbnb that we’ve reserved so far can fit up to 8 guests, and will cost $206 per person total for all three nights. If more people decide to join, other over-the-water houses in the area on average will cost less.
Panama accepts USD!
Nope! Though Panama typically uses 110 volt electricity (same as the US), there are unpredictable variations with some sockets that are 220 volts. Plugs are typically the 2 pronged flat type so US travelers will not need a plug adapter, unless your device requires 3 prongs.
It’s not New Orleans, but there is a nightlife – and it’s really chill and hella #islandlife. For the most part, we will be hanging out on the water and minding our own business, but we will have a day/night out on the town for Filthy Fridays (at the very least) so we can befriend some locals!
Besides hanging out around town, drinking & playing on the water, sailing tours are on our list. These are about $60 per person for public tours and more for private tours.
On the island, we will pretty much be glamping. Please note that the houses below are only accessible by boat. Each house has its own boat and driver, so in order to get to and from town, we will have to let the drivers know our itineraries a day in advance. We will make sure to plan in advance for trips into to town – but if we do hit the bars late, Bocas has water taxis that will be able to take us back home. The costs below include all three nights of our stay on the island.