The Travel Channel isn’t keeping it a secret, but listed our whole island on their exposé of the World’s Best Secret Beaches.
Here’s a breakdown of the 5 beaches on Isla Bastimentos.
Being the best of Bocas del Toro, the best of the Caribbean, and even on Travel Channel’s world-wide list doesn’t surprise us.
If you’re making the trip to the Caribbean where there is a lot of coastline to be had, you have room to be choosy.
1. Red Frog Beach
Where else could we start but with our namesake beach? This is undoubtedly the most popular beach on the island as more are hearing it is the “Hottest Beach in Central America,” according to MSNBC. Many travelers to the area come on water taxi to at least spend a day or an afternoon taking in the stunning, jungle-lined, white, soft-sand beach. Join an impromptu volleyball or soccer game on the beach, enjoy the water, and lounge in the local mood.
2. Turtle Beach
Just on the other side of a lava outcropping from Red Frog Beach continues the stretch of beautiful sand on Turtle Beach (Playa Tortuga). One bonus our guests can attest to: few visitors make it past Punta Lava Beach Bar & Grill and The Point lookout spot. That leaves Turtle Beach just as close and just as lovely but giving you a lot more alone time.
3. Wizard Beach
Also known as First Beach (Playa Primera), Lonely Planet says that this is actually the most beautiful beach on the island. You’ll have to see for yourself.
4. North Beach
This is a distinguished, long sandy beach that stretches out to a coral reef, offering great snorkeling.
5. Playa Larga
Known to surfers and animal watchers, this is a 3-mile stretch of postcard-perfect beach within the Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park. Several species of turtles nest here in the early spring. Access Playa Larga by hiking the marked trail through the jungle (great for animal spotters), kayak or consider a water taxi.