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Bastimentos National Park - Encompasses a large portion of Bastimentos Island, Zapatilla Cays, Crawl Cay, in addition to Red Frog Beach and the waters and mangroves that surround the island. Just off Isla Colon, and within view of Bocas town, this National Park is one of the most popular tourism destinations in Bocas del Toro.

Bats of Bocas del Toro
- Written by Mr. Maurice Thomas, this interesting and informative article covers the numerous bat species in and around Bocas del Toro.There are almost 1000 species of bats worldwide, with the majority living in tropical regions. It is no surprise, then, that the Bocas del Toro Archipelago is home to dozens of species of these curious, winged mammals.Because bats are active only at night, residents and tourists in the Bocas area may not even be aware that they are present.While the locals and visitors are enjoying the beautiful beaches, coral reefs, and hiking trails of the area, Boca’s bats snooze peacefully in daytime roosts.

Boca del Drago
- Situated on the far side of Isla Colon, otherwise known as Bocas del Toro, Boca del Drago makes for an enjoyable day trip. The small beach, turquoise waters, and restaurant, which serves freshly caught fish, is one of the nicer spots on the main island. Public transportation exists, however, you can also ride a bike there or hire one of the many taxis in Bocas town.

Crawl Cay
- Colorful and picturesque, Crawl Cay is a mere 20 minutes by boat from Bocas town, situated on the southeastern side of Bastimentos Island, and surrounded by lush mangrove. Extended out over the calm, clear, tropical water, the highly recognizable thatch roof huts, connected by wooden piers built on sturdy stilts, makes for an ideal lunch setting.

Hospital Point
- Two kilometers east of Bocas del Toro town lies Hospital Point. Once the central medical center for the United Fruit Company, which established its headquarters in Bocas del Toro in 1899, the facility is now under private ownership and serves as tourist attraction for many who visit Bocas town.

Marine Turtles
- Written by Crisina Espiño of the Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation, this article on marine turtles covers the four major turtle species that exist in the Bocas del Toro region, in particular their physical features, migratory behaviors, nesting areas and more.

Monkeys of Panama
- One of the most exciting moments for a visitor to the tropical forests of Panama occurs when the first wild monkey is spotted. Panama has five different species of monkey, but the three most commonly encountered by visitors are the tiny "titi" or tamarin monkeys (Saguinus geoffroyi), white-faced capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus) and howler monkeys (Alouatta palliata). Written by Katharine Milton, Department of Environmental Science, University of California, Berkeley, CA.

Red Poison Dart Frogs of Bastimentos National Park
- A special article written by Mr. Kyle Summers about the fascinating frogs which are only located in one particular section of the park. Often found chirping on the trail, or situated on rocks and leaves, these small creatures provide terrific photographic opportunities.

Swan Cay (Isla de Los Pájaros)
- Situated just off the most northern part of Isla Cólon, this very special island serves as a refuge for numerous bird species. Full day tours to this island are available, providing visitors with a terrific opportunity to view bird species not found anywhere else in Latin America. This article was supplied by the Panama Audubon Society.

Zapatilla Cay
- From Bocas del Toro, an hour-and-a-half boat ride through the Bastimentos National Marine Park takes you to Zapatilla Cay. Panama's first marine park, established in 1988, Bastimentos Marine Park conserves marine and coastal ecosystems, including wetlands, mangroves, coral reefs, white-sand beaches and more than 200 species of tropical fish.

Tranquilo Bay
- just a short boat trip from Bocas town, Tranquilo Bay is situated on the southeastern end of Bastimentos Island, just around the corner from Coral Cay and bordering the Bastimentos National Marine Park. Facing the Caribbean Sea, our all inclusive hotel, Tranquilo Bay offers packages that include snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, fishing, hiking and island exploring.

Caribbean Conservation Company (CCC)
The Caribbean Conservation Corporation (CCC) and the Sea Turtle Survival League (STSL) are working to ensure the survival of sea turtles through research, education, advocacy and the protection of the natural habitats upon which they depend. This site is provided as a source of information for the world to learn about sea turtles and the threats to their survival by the CCC and its STSL program. We hope you enjoy it and come back often to see our issue updates, research findings and program additions.

Tropical Ecology and Conservation (ITEC)
The Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation (ITEC) is a not-for-profit (501c3) education, research and conservation organization. ITEC is governed by an elected Board of Directors composed of college professors and researchers. Our home office is in Gainesville, Florida, and we operate the Bocas del Toro Biological Station on Isla Colón, Panama.

ITEC's mission is to offer field ecology and conservation courses to undergraduate and graduate students, to provide facilities for long-term biological research in terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems, to operate programs for the conservation of sea turtles, rainforests and other natural resources along the Caribbean coast of Panamá, and to aid the local community though public service projects, conservation education and the development of employment opportunities that have minimal environmental impact.