Sailing Itinerary from Boca del Toro, Panama
Here is sample itinerary of what you may expect while enjoying a sailing vacation in Bocas del Toro, on the Caribbean Sea in Panama. Weather or other outside factors may mean that your Captain sets an alternative course.
Embarkation is at 5 PM. You are welcome to check in and drop off your luggage when you arrive in the reception area of the resort and marina. Your catamaran will be moored at Red Frog Marina, on the beautiful island of Bastimentos. Upon arrival at the marina, you will be greeted by our base manager, who will go through the check-in procedure with you and help you feel at home. At 5 pm, you will be welcomed onboard and introduced to your crew and fellow sailors, whilst enjoying a refreshing welcome cocktail. After being shown to your cabin and your new home for the week, take a little time to settle in. Enjoy a delicious dinner aboard, while your yacht remains in the small quiet harbour for the evening.
Cruising Day 1
Breakfast is served, followed by a safety briefing and a first look at the proposed itinerary for the week. We will pull up the anchor for a short early morning cruise towards an amazing lagoon. At Crawl Cay, you will anchor and explore the wonder of an open water "aquarium", with enormous angel fish and many more species of large, well-fed fish. This spot is ideal for snorkelling.
After the snorkel, lunch will be served, followed by a two hour cruise to the pristine peninsula which awaits you at Bluefields. We will spend the night at anchor at this idyllic bay, and have dinner onboard. You can take a romantic starlit stroll along the beach after dinner, before falling asleep in your luxury cabin under those same stars!
Cruising Day 2
After breakfast, we will make a short hike through an Indian village to the beautiful beach on the Caribbean Sea. For the more adventurous among you, a surfing opportunity may arise.
After lunch, we will set sail to cruise to the gorgeous Zapatillas, where two cays will be waiting for you. The afternoon will be spent on those idyllic islets in the area, where you can relax, swim, snorkel and sunbathe. The crew will ensure that you are never too far away from a cocktail to ensure an afternoon's paradise!
Another wonderful dinner is served, after which your captain may invite all guests up on deck for a night-cap, and a late evening of some amazing stargazing.
Cruising Day 3
We'll pull up anchor and set out for a two hour cruise to Salt Creek, where a guided tour of another indian village will show you a different way of life, where the modern world is only just slightly trickling in.
In the afternoon we'll cruise to Bocas town, which will bring you to the known "party area" of Bocas del Toro - at the right hour - when the streets are filling with the young crowd returning from their daily activities, and the buzz fills the streets with carnival vibrations.
Besides getting to sample fine international cuisine, the street artists and local craft-stands invite you in for a bit of shopping - "Caribbean style". We will dine ashore tonight in one of Bocas' lively restaurants.
Cruising Day 4
After a great night's sleep and a tasty breakfast, we will hoist the mainsail and set sail for Hospital Point, off the beautiful island of Solarte. It is time for our first dive of the week, and easy snorkelling off the back of the boat.
We spend the afternoon cruising to the Hanging Gardens, where the mangroves create an amazing snorkelling site by hanging over the soft coral reef. When the sun is coming from just the right angle you will find yourselves in a pristine snorkelling area, surronded by the sounds of the rainforest.
Cruising day 5
After another fantastic breakfast, we will make the short sail to Green Acres farm where the owner, Rob, will share with you his vast knowledge of the local flora and fauna, while showing you his chocolate farm and factory. It's not obligatory to taste the chocolate, but we certainly recommend it!
After lunch we will sail through the Black Water passage and head for Juan Point, where another exciting dive site awaits.
We will spend the afternoon and evening at Starfish beach, where a small lagoon is waiting for you to take the kayaks for some fantastic explorations.
Cruising day 6
Breakfast is served, followed by a cruise to Coral Gardens - the name says it all - where there is a magnificent dive site and the snorkelling is sublime.
We will have lunch in Cayo Gallegos: a group of dozens of cays and islets, each of which brings a different underwater adventure. Nurse sharks, stingrays and spotted eagle rays have been known to frequently visit these waters. We will dine ashore tonight.
After a last delightful breakfast onboard, it is time to gather your belongings, as well as your wonderful memories of a week in this most beautiful environment. Before exchanging fond farewells, your crew will arrange transport to the airport.