Water and Beach Safety Tips When Staying at Panama Boutique Hotels

June 21, 2017

During a trip to Panama, one of the best ways to spend quality time with friends and family is by the water. When you are spending your days poolside, beachside or in the water, it is important to remember water safety to ensure no one gets hurt. From beach safety and snorkeling, diving and surfing to protecting yourself from the sun, there are a variety of things to remember when staying at Panama boutique hotels.

Beach Safety

When swimming in the ocean, you are in a completely different environment than a pool. For those who aren’t experienced swimmers in the ocean, you can get caught off guard with rip currents. Rip currents form close to the shore of the beach. It happens when water circulates at a rapid speed. Those who get caught in a rip current and aren’t experienced can get injured. If caught in a rip current, keep calm and breathe slowly. If you can swim, swim diagonally. Large waves can also be dangerous for inexperienced swimmers. Avoid swimming and stay close to shore. Last, be vigilant for sharks if they have been known to the area. Follow instructions to vacate if one has been spotted.

Snorkeling, Diving and Surfing

When snorkeling or diving, make sure to follow instructions of your instructor. Even if you have done either of the activities before, you want to make sure you have the proper equipment and everything fits properly. When swimming in the ocean, make sure you are vigilant of your surroundings and do not try to interact with fish and other sea life you come across. For surfing, large waves can be perfect. However, depending on the wind and weather, it can get dangerous. When surfing, if you fall off your board, try to fall away instead of face first. By extending your arms as far as you can, it will help you to stay higher in the water.

Avoiding Sun Burns

As you plan to spend a day on the beach, it is important to practice safe sun. Make sure you purchase sunscreen that protects you from both types of UV rays (UVA and UVB). Apply it a little before going outdoors. If you use a spray sunscreen, make sure you rub it into your skin. Depending on how your skin reacts to the sun, you will want to get a sun protection factor (SPF) or at least 30 or higher. Also, apply often. Even if it is a waterproof sunscreen, periodically make sure to update throughout the day. For more tips to keep safe in the sun, read Hitting the Beach? Soak Up These Top Sun Safety Tips.
For the perfect trip to Panama to swim and relax, stay with us at the Garden of Eden. In one of the most pristine and untouched areas on Earth, you will love everything the area has to offer. Plus, we have many opportunities from fishing and boating to kayaking and snorkeling. Learn more about reasons to vacation in Panama and learn places to stay in Bocas del Toro. To get started planning your trip, email us at gardenofeden.bocas@gmail.com.

Packing and Trip Essentials for Traveling to Bocas Del Toro Hotels

June 7, 2017

A trip to stay at Bocas del Toro hotels is exciting! Knowing you will be traveling to a relaxing destination where you can enjoy the earth’s beauty is something to look forward to. With any trip, it is important to plan so you bring everything that you need. When traveling to a place such as Bocas del Toro, being prepared will make your trip a breeze. Learn more about traveling off the grid, important packing essentials and overall tips for getting to Bocas del Toro.

Traveling off the Grid

Bocas del Toro is in Panama, just off the northwestern coast around the Bay of Chiriqui. This destination is known for its untouched beauty where guests and tourists can explore nature in its original state.  Bocas del Toro is also an area known as being “off the grid.” When traveling off the grid, you will be traveling to a location that does not have access to public utilities, such as electricity. While intimidating for some, traveling to an area off the grid like Bocas del Toro allows you the opportunity to take a step back to enjoy get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Homes and hotels in areas off the grid usually college rainwater and use their own ways to generate electricity. There can also be phone and internet access, but it is different than what most are accustomed to. When traveling off the grid, make sure you prepare ahead of time and let others know you will not have the same access to your phone and email as usual. (As you should, it’s your vacation, relax!)

Packing Essentials

When packing for a trip off the grid, it is important to be prepared, especially if you are normally dependent on electric and other devices. Don’t worry, it is easy! First, research temperatures and then bring clothing that you can wear for all kind of possible temperatures or weather situations. Next, make sure you have a kit of essentials such as a flashlight with a few sets of batteries, first aid kit, road flares or ways to draw attention, nonperishable foods and tools for you to make food if you think you will camp. If you will have your phone with you to take photo or video, make sure you bring a few portable phone chargers. You can also bring portable battery packs as well. For an inside look into portable batteries, read PLUG: An Insanely Powerful Portable Battery Pack from Forbes.

Getting to Bocas del Toro

When traveling to Bocas del Toro, you will have a few options to make it to the island. No matter what you choose, be sure to research and have everything planned ahead of time. Make sure you print directions in case you find yourselves in locations without internet access. To get there, you can fly or take a bus. If flying, you will take a bus once you land to a water taxi that will get you to the area you are traveling to.
Ready to travel to Bocas Del Toro? Stay at the Garden of Eden! We are your perfect destination to disconnect and enjoy a relaxing getaway. We also offer free wifi to allow you to check in during your trip, but we hope you have a relaxing stay. Check out our rates and accommodations today and contact us at gardenofeden.bocas@gmail.com to start planning your trip.

A Guide to Food When Staying in Panama Boutique Hotels

May 24, 2017

One of the best things about traveling to a new city or country is the food. Exploring new cuisine and culture is an unforgettable experience. As you travel and look to explore Panama boutique hotels, a great element to add to your itinerary is a list of restaurants to visit and foods to try. Get an overview of Panama cuisine, restaurants to visit and popular beverages in the area for your trip.

Overview of Panama Cuisine

When traveling to Panama, you can enjoy a variety of fresh foods. The people of Panama come from a variety of cultures bringing many different types of foods into the country. The country is also home to a wide variety of vegetables, fruit and other types of ingredients that make the food fresh. Because of the diversity brought to this place, there are a variety of dishes. One of the popular foods are bollos. These are corn dough wrapped in a banana leaf. Fresh corn tortillas are also popular in this area, often topped with cheese. Fried yucca, a vegetable similar to a potato, is also popular. Fresh fish is also popular in this region. From shrimp to lobster from both sides of the coast, you will enjoy a wide variety. Last, you can’t skip out on dessert! Flan and tres leches are popular Latin cuisine. In addition, you can enjoy delicious fruits such as mangoes, pineapples, and passion-fruit.

Restaurants to Visit

When traveling to Panama, specifically Bocas del Toro, there are variety of restaurants to try. During your trip, visit Buena Vista. This beachside restaurant offers a wide variety of foods from appetizers and salads, to wraps, burgers and more. Whether you are looking for delicious Panamanian cuisine or something from state-side, they have that too. Another great restaurant to visit is Taco Surf. This restaurant serves fresh California baja fresh mex. They serve delicious tacos, burritos, nachos and specialty fries. There are also options for vegetarians. Last, add Ultimo Refugio to your list. This popular Bocas del Toro restaurant is just a short walk to the beach and is home to live music and art. From grilled octopus and tuna tartare to ceviche and skewers, you will love the mixture of foods.

Popular Beverages

Thanks to the area’s delicious fruits, there are many delicious flavors used for drinks. One of the best flavors are fresh coconut juice. There is also pipa, which comes from coconuts as well. You can also drink a variety of “chichas” which is known as fruit juice. The area is also home to delicious beer. One of them is a dark stout call Balboa beer. You can also try another brew called “seco” which is made of fermented sugar cane.

When traveling to Bocas del Toro, Garden of Eden has your accommodations covered. In an area tucked away in Panama, which has been recently discovered by those from all over the world, you will love this private oasis. When a mix of activities to do, you will love your relaxing trip. Be sure to also check out the best places to visit in Panama and staying in Panamanian boutique hotels. To get started with your stay, call 507-6967-0187.

Learn About the Floating Doctors at Bocas Del Toro Resorts

May 10, 2017

While many travel to Bocas Del Toro resorts for vacationing, this is also a place where you can find The Floating Doctors. This worldwide group also spends time in the area to help children and adults. This is one of many developing areas they work to help save lives. Learn who The Floating Doctors are, what they do and overall culture.

Who Are the Floating Doctors?

The Floating Doctors are a group of doctors that spend time in developing parts of the world. This includes places in Bocas Del Toro. Their goal is to provide free aid to those in need, both preventative care and by providing supplies to areas that need it. Those on the Floating Doctors team consist of a variety of healthcare specialists such as doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, dentists, and veterinarians. In addition, the group also expands to educators, researchers, students and builders. This team of people are all volunteers hoping to make a difference in the lives of the impoverished. Each volunteer must go through an application process to ensure their credentials.

What They Do

The Floating Doctors provide free care to those in need, both people and animals. They also work to take much needed medical supplies to isolated regions on the earth. They work on two fronts: Preventative care and helping those in need. For preventative care, they work to reduce the amount of child and mother fatality rates by educating individuals on proper ways to eat and take care of their bodies. They also stress the importance of the need for clean water and the negative impacts unclean water can bring. This team stays up on the latest information in their medical skills and knowledge to help those in these areas stricken with disease and poverty. They make themselves available through mobile clinics, facilities and more. 


Bocas Del Toro is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Even though many areas experience hard times, the culture in this area is rich. For those visiting, it is a great experience to see and meet the area’s history and natives. In fact, this area in Panama has many cultures within it from Panamanians and Chinese to those from Europe and Latin America. To learn more about the various types of people, be sure to check out the Bocas Del Toro Office Portal of Tourism’s “Let’s Talk About Culture.” Each culture brings in their own foods, clothing, language and more that makes this area the special place that it is.

If you plan to travel to Bocas Del Toro, you will love the culture and people you meet. Also, if you plan on becoming a Floating Doctor, this is a great area to spend time in. Bocas Del Toro has a variety of activities to do during your free time such as fishing, boating, kayaking, snorkeling and more. Many of the area has remained in its original state allowing you to see the earth in its original beauty. You will also enjoy the white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. During your trip, choose the Garden of Eden for your accommodations. Check out our rates and accommodations today.

Explore Bocas Del Toro Surfing and Water Excursions

April 26, 2017

If you are looking for a fun and memorable getaway along sandy white beaches and crystal blue waters, Bocas Del Toro is the perfect place to stay. It is a recently discovered area located on the northwestern coast of Panama and it is the perfect place to enjoy nature in its original, untouched state. Given that it is surrounded by water, it is a great destination for those looking for a trip by the sea. Learn more about Bocas Del Toro surfing, water excursions and other activities to explore on your trip.

Surf Guide

If you are a surfer and looking for the perfect season to surf in Bocas Del Toro, the December through April and June through August periods are great times to surf. These will allow you to take advantage of large waves that provide fun challenges to any surfer. The December to April season has some of the most challenging waves. The June through August waves are still high, but not as active. If you are new to surfing, September through October do not have as much wave activity. So, if you are looking to try for the first time or just enjoy calmer waters, this is the best time for your trip. For a more in-depth look into current surfing conditions check out this surf report for surf report for Bocas Del Toro.

Water Excursions

In addition to surfing, there is so much that you can do in Bocas Del Toro that’s in the water! If you are looking to explore the area, find a tour that covers the entire province. This is a great thing to do at the beginning of your trip so you know your way around during your stay. Given that the island is very much still in its original state, it makes water activities and exploration more fun and interesting. Many love to go diving in the coral reefs and explore the various areas of the sea. For others, they enjoy deep-sea fishing or snorkeling. You can also take some time to kayak around various parts of the island or spend time on a boat.

Other Activities

Since the area has not been modernized the way many cities have been, many who travel to Bocas Del Toro love to explore the colorful wooden houses and the charm that the area has. If you are active and would like to incorporate exercise into your trip, try relaxing yoga or Pilates. You can find sessions on the beach to connect with yourself and nature in a gorgeous atmosphere. If you pack your hiking gear, you can hike through the forest and see exotic birds and gorgeous trees and plants. The area also has many other activities from cave tours and bird watching to ziplining and horseback riding.

If you are looking for the perfect place to stay in Bocas Del Toro, the Garden of Eden is the perfect place. Whether you are on a couple’s trip of traveling with a large group, we have accommodations for any type of vacation. Whether you would like to rent a room or the entire island the hotel is on, we have you covered. Check out our rates & accommodations today to get started planning your next vacation