Tips for Traveling to Bocas del Toro Hotels for Your Wedding

August 16, 2017

If you are looking for a tropical oasis to have your wedding, there is no better place than Bocas del Toro. Tucked away in a northern archipelago region of Panama, your wedding will not only be filled with gorgeous landscapes, but plenty to do outdoors for you and your guests. Plus, much of the area has remained untouched, leaving it in its natural state. Learn more about the benefits of choosing Bocas del Toro hotels for your wedding, ways to plan your trip with a group, and honeymoon ideas after the wedding.


When choosing a destination wedding to a place like Bocas del Toro, you are creating an experience beyond just a traditional wedding. It leaves no room to dwell on matters at the home and you can fully experience the trip. It is also an experience that is memorable for your guests because they are often reunions for those close to you. It is incredible for different groups of a couple’s friends and family to come together for a great experience. For Bocas del Toro in particular, you will love traveling to a tropical place in the Caribbean. It is a great place for a wedding with its warm temperatures. September is a dry month, and a great one if you are open to choosing a date.  

Traveling with a Group

When traveling for a wedding, there are some tips that the couple can share and plan for to help the entire group. A great way to save money and spend time with family is through large rentals, such as a house or large space. In the days that the group spends together, it is helpful for the couple to plan optional activities for those interested in specific group events. However, make it known that none has to be mandatory. Some enjoy an itinerary while others prefer to spend some time on their own. For events with groups, be sure to put together information on how people can get from where they are staying to the various locations where wedding events will be. The more the couple can plan for logistics, the smoother things will be. With many places in Bocas del Toro being remote, print off copies in case there is no cell phone service. For more tips, check out Travel + Leisure’s nine tips for traveling with a big group.

Honeymoon Ideas

Many couples get married on an island then stay there for a few weeks to relax and celebrate. Bocas del Toro is the perfect location as it is filled with a variety of activities. Whether you want to relax, agenda-free, or explore the beauty of the island, you can do it all. For those who enjoy adventures, the area is filled with unspoiled coral reefs. It is perfect to explore through snorkeling or deep-sea diving.

To help you plan your wedding in Bocas del Toro, read more about how to plan a destination wedding in Panama. One of the places you should consider hosting your special day is Garden of Eden. Call us at 507-6967-0187 or email us at to see how we can help make your wedding memorable.

Tips for Traveling with Small Children and Looking for Places to Stay in Bocas del Toro

August 2, 2017

Many with children put off traveling because they are unsure how their kids may handle being in a new place. While certain points can be stressful, there are plenty of things that can be done for families to travel and help their kids explore the world! Traveling is exciting and a different experience, especially to tropical places. When it comes to traveling with small children, there are a few ways to make a trip successful. Learn more about how to pack for a long trip, how to handle long plane or car rides with children and what to consider when looking for places to stay in Bocas del Toro.

Packing Tips

When it comes to traveling with small children, proper packing is key. In the month leading up to your trip, begin taking notes on your child’s every day needs and what you would need to take with you. Think about what you would need for the plane to keep them as relaxed as possible, how to keep them happy when waiting and what they will need during your stay. When finalizing your packing, make sure you have plenty of clothes both with you in checked baggage and in your checked bags. Even if your children are potty-trained, it may not hurt to bring pull-ups to have them wear. In many instances, there may not be bathrooms available. Next, make sure to bring plenty of snacks. Avoid snacks that are filled with sugar, but ones that will keep them full.

Handling Long Plane and Car Rides

Prior to getting on an airplane, make sure you are fully prepared and ready to go by having boarding passes either printed or saved on your phone. It never hurts to have copies printed though in the event of a computer failure at the airport. Depending on the airline you are flying with, make sure to check in as early as possible. If your kids are a little older, be sure to talk to them about the airport and flying experience. While it can be an exhausting and tasking experience, if maintaining a positive outlook on it, it may help it to not be a stressful experience for kids. For long airplane rides, make sure your children have plenty of activities or things to watch. Set up a tablet with movies and games to keep them entertained. Don’t be afraid to spend the $10 or $15 on the Wi-Fi. In this case, it can be worth it! The same applies for long car rides. Helping to keep your children comfortable and calm will help to make it an easy experience for everyone. For more, be sure to read these 20 tips for traveling with children from Rough Guides.

What to Consider When Choosing Bocas del Toro Accommodations

By preparing ahead and packing all essential items, you can really open yourself up to a variety of places to stay when traveling. Bocas del Toro is a beautiful place to travel to and one that will create a memorable family vacation. When looking for places to stay, you will want to find somewhere that provides plenty of options for your family to have fun. The area offers surfing, snorkeling, diving, and more. In addition, you will want to find beaches that you and your family can set up shop for the day!

As you are looking to finalize your vacation plans to Bocas del Toro, the Garden of Eden is a wonderful place for your family to stay. We offer a wide array of amenities to make it a memorable trip. Contact the Garden of Eden in Bocas del Toro, Panama today.

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