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Bastimentos Island National Park


Bastimentos Island National Park

Bastimentos National Park (Parque Nacional Marino Isla Bastimentos) encompasses a large area of Bastimentos Island of the Zapatilla Cayes in Bocas Del Toro Province. This marine park covers approximately 13,000 hectares of both land and ocean.

The beachfront areas in the park are mostly located on the eastern side which faces the Caribbean Sea. One of the most popular beach areas of the park is called Red Frog Beach, so named for the red poison dart frogs that can be found here. Other less accessible beach areas are not as popular with tourists and are located in both northern and southern areas of the park. They can be reached by hiking along a beach trail.

The park is home to a diverse collection of wildlife, birds and plants, including the poison dart frogs, howler monkeys and two and three toed sloths. However, there are no trails into the interior of the island, so opportunities to observe wildlife may be limited. There is excellent snorkeling and diving opportunities in the area due to unspoiled coral reefs which are home to over 200 species of marine fish.