Several of the sights on and around Isla Colón are most easily—or only—accessible by boat. Except for those who bring a car over by ferry, which is rarely worth it, getting around on land usually requires hiring a taxi, renting a bike, or hoofing it, though a bus now makes a few daily trips between Bocas town and Boca del Drago.
Isla Colón has forests and other caves to explore, but don’t attempt this without a knowledgeable guide. Night trips to turtle-nesting spots are popular during nesting season, from about March to September. Just wandering around little Bocas town night or day can be a colorful experience in multicultural people-watching. Be sure to venture beyond Calle 3 to get a feel for the nontouristy parts of town.
© William Friar from Moon Panama, 3rd Edition