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Colon Island is an island on the northern caribbean side of Panama, it belongs to the province of Bocas del Toro and was named after its
discoverer Christopher Columbus. Colon Island is geographically the largest island of the Bocas del Toro archipelago and the Costa Rican border is just a few minutes away by boat. It is called the main island, as it is home to the capital of Bocas del Toro and a small airport. In contrast to many other neighboring islands you can find many hotels, bars, shops, restaurants, cafes and even an ATM. On Colon Island you will find most of the tourists, who are on holidays in Bocas. All the incredible beautiful Caribbean islands of the archipelago can be reached from there. You shouldnt miss the nightlife of Colon Island because it is very lively and interesting. The many bars with their Caribbean flair love to play reggae music and entertain their highly diverse clientele. Most restaurants prepare Creole seafood dishes as well as specialties of the European and American cuisine. There are a striking number of backpackers, expats and adventurers in Bocas de Toro and each one has his own story to tell. The locals are very helpful and have adapted very well to the arriving tourists. Many locals have organized their own business, operate as guides and offer boat tours to the Zapatillas Islands, Carenero Island or Isla Bastimentos. The beach that is located on the east side called "Playa Bluff" provides excellent Surfing conditions. We definitely recommend this place only to advanced surfers due to the strong current and the coral reefs. Snorkeling in Bocas del Toro is an absolute must. Isla Bastimentos is definitely a prime location for this activity. Boca del Drago, located in the west of Colon Island, also invites for a small beach trip. You can get there by foot, by bicycle or by speedboat.
Even the boatride from Changuinola to Colon Island is an exciting experience. With a speed boat you will drive through mangroves, past dense green jungle, stilt houses and carved canoes of the natives. If you are lucky you can watch dolphins, frigates and parrots that you can only find in this region.