Trip Ideas When Renting an Island from Bocas del Toro Resorts

July 19, 2017

When you think of the perfect vacation, have you ever considered renting an island? Many do not even realize they have this option, which happens to be a great way to travel. Whether you are traveling with a group or are looking for a perfect getaway for two, there is much you can benefit from when renting an island for your travels. Learn about the benefits of renting an island from Bocas del Toro resorts, ways it is great for traveling with family and friends, or how you can utilize this to your advantage for a work retreat with employees.

Benefits of Renting an Island

As you travel to a hotel into a large city, there is quite a bit of time working out the logistics. Where will you park? How long will the lines be for checking in, dining out, etc.? What activities would you like to participate in that you will have to make reservations for and work around? When renting an island for your travels, you will eliminate all of those common traveling hassles. It will be quality time that you can spend relaxing and concentrating on the activities you would like to participate in.

Family and Friends

Spending a vacation on an island is a great activity with family or friends. First, if you will be getting married and are looking for alternative ways to wow your guests and relax, consider an island for your wedding. It will accommodate your friends and family and be the perfect place to continue on into your honeymoon. In addition, an island is also a great way to reconnect with friends. With today’s busy society, it is harder and harder to spend time with friends. Take a week and spend time with friends. It is a great opportunity for friends and spouses to connect and spend quality time together. Last, an island is perfect for family reunion vacations. You will have the entire space to yourselves to relax, reconnect and explore.

Work Retreats

Many employers are looking for engaging activities that will help build a stronger bond amongst their team. One of the ways to accomplish this is through a work retreat to an island. It is an efficient use of funds as you will have the entire space to plan out team building events. Having employees get out of their natural setting and take on additional challenges, such as taking a hike through the forest where they have to help each other or relax on a level that helps everyone get more comfortable with each other. Be sure to check out these other 15 team building activities for the workplace in the days leading up to your island retreat.

As you are looking for the perfect getaway, rent an island through the Garden of Eden in Bocas del Toro. Tucked away in the Caribbean, you can rent an entire private retreat for a variety of settings. In addition, we can provide eco-retreats for you and your travel mates that include everything from yoga and underwater exploration to beach BBQs. Learn more about eco retreat packages from Garden of Eden to see how we can make your trip memorable.

3 Ideas to Help You Have a Great Day at the Beach at Boca del Toro Boutique Hotels

July 5, 2017

What is one of the best parts about staying at Boca del Toro hotels in Panama? An amazing day (or several) on the beach. One of the greatest things about the beach in this area is how the land itself is fairly new to international travelers. This means you get to enjoy nature in a fairly original, untouched state. As you put together your itinerary for an upcoming trip, take into consideration the top beaches in Bocas del Toro to visit, safety tips for a great day, and your ultimate beach packing list.

Top Beaches in Bocas del Toro

Playa Carenero (Carenero Beach) is a great all-day beach spot in Bocas del Toro thanks to its many different activities and amenities available. On the Isle of Carenero, just a short water taxi ride outside of the town, is home to some of the best seafood restaurants and hiking in the area. It’s perfect for those who want to spend a day lounging, or would like to surf or explore the coral reef below. Cayo Zapatillas is another great spot to spend a day at the beach. Bocas del Toro Travel explains that this area is two mangrove islands that have been ringed by golden sand beaches and coral reefs. This beach is especially popular for those looking to explore sea life, including the endangered Hawksbill sea turtles. Last, for a calm beach in the town that is close and convenient, there is Costa Azul beach.

Safety Tips

By just ensuring you enforce just a few key safety tips, you and your travel group can enjoy your beach day without worry! First, it is important to always wear sunscreen and re-apply throughout the day. You will want to put sunscreen on 15 minutes before going into the sun and if you will be in the water, make sure it is waterproof. Since the weather at the beach is warm, make sure you stay well hydrated to avoid dehydration or heat stroke. For anyone in the group that does not know how to swim, it is best to have a life vest handy. Also, it is important to understand how to react if you get trapped in a rip current. Always remember to stay calm and try to swim parallel towards the shoreline. Be sure to check out these additional water and beach safety tips when staying at Panama boutique hotels.

Beach Packing List

When going to the beach, make sure you have all your essentials ready and accessible! Some of the top key essentials include towels, bottled water, a change of clothes and shoes, first aid kit, hair brushes or combs, lounging chairs, beach toys and sunglasses. Additional items that are great for relaxing and taking a load off, are a beach umbrella, which you may be able to find already available to guests and a beach blanket. If you plan on reading for much of the day on a tablet or smartphone, bring a fully-charged jump battery that you can use when your device runs out of juice! It is also important to have medical information and insurance details readily available in the event of an emergency.
When it comes to deciding on a hotel for your Bocas del Toro stay, we invite you to the Garden of Eden! During your stay, you will love how many outdoor activities are at your fingertips, from fishing and boating to kayaking and snorkeling. Get started today by booking your trip to Garden of Eden in Bocas del Toro, Panama.

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

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 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.