Bocas Del Toro, Panama

Bocas Del Toro Panama welcomes visitors by road or air. We drove from Boquete (highly recommend! Email for tips!) and took a quick water taxi (read: super un-official tiny wooden dinghy) over to the islands. We flew out, back to Panama City on the way home.

It’s been years since I’ve been to Bocas, but I’d like to get back eventually. I hear the transportation is easier, with a nicer road from Boquete now, and plenty of airlines flying in to Bocas! Technically Bocas Del Toro is an archipelago, but for the purposes of this review, I’ll be talking about Isla Colon, the main island and town of the island chain.

The coastline of Bocas is mostly mangrove, so don’t expect too many white sand beaches. However, every beach I did find, I was the ONLY person on the beach!!

ISLAND HIGHLIGHTS:

  1. Sailing or Surfing! Bocas is a huge surfing destination. You’ll have to watch out for surfers on skate boards as you wander around town. If you’re a surfer you can’t come to Bocas without getting out on the waves. If you’re NOT, I suggest still getting out on the water either on a sailing tour, or just hiring a small wooden boat and local driver to show you around, maybe to Dolphin Bay!

  2. Stay in an overwater bungalow! There aren’t many places left in the world where you can stay in an overwater bungalow for these prices. Rooms are in the $200s. I haven’t stayed here, but will next time I’m out that way: http://new.azulresort.com/

  3. Definitely eat & drink your way around town. There’s a boat that’s a restaurant, And my personal favorite— have a smoothie on the roof of the bus at Bocas Blended. We did this every day we could!

Roatan - Bay Islands, Honduras

Roatan is part of the Bay Islands in the Caribbean off the coast of mainland Honduras. This mid-sized Caribbean island has a little bit of everything, great scuba diving, good nightlife, and beautiful beaches.

ISLAND HIGHLIGHTS:

  1. West End Village

    A narrow unpaved main street with shops and restaurants on both sides, it’s right on the ocean but no real beaches here.

  2. Scuba Diving

    Roatan is a diver’s paradise! Situated along the largest reef in the Western Hemisphere, with healthy coral reefs, wrecks, and diverse marine life. Easy, short boat rides to all the amazing dive sites!

  3. West Bay Beaches
    Beautiful mile long beach with turquoise waters, and great beach-front bars and restaurants. The famed banana donut man is usually walking this stretch of beach, and it’s worth the splurge!

Nuts & Bolts:

Language: Spanish is the official language, though many islanders will speak English to visitors

Currency: Lempira, loosely pegged 19:1 to USD

Electric: same as US Standard

Driving: It’s not recommended for tourists to drive in Roatan. Take a taxi or water taxi instead, it will be safer and more fun! The road conditions aren’t great, there may be horses or cows walking in the streets, and there are very few traffic lights or street signs.

Airports: 1 airport, RTB serves the island. American, Delta and United all fly directly there from the US. We think flying in to RTB is the best way to get to the island.

If you’re thinking about going to Roatan, please contact us (fun@legittrips.com)! We’re offering a trip to both Utila and Roatan, two nearby islands of Honduras. Join us this New Year’s Eve: https://www.legittrips.com/bookyourtrip/utilanye

St Croix USVI - Eastern Most US Point

St Croix, USVI. It’s the Eastern Most Point in the United States, which is a cool box to tick and photo to snap. But St Croix is so much more than that! This less-touristy USVI offers a rainforest at one end, and an arid landscape at the other. It offers world-class snorkeling and scuba diving, some great hiking, excellent sailing conditions, and the ability to kayak a bioluminescent bay by moonlight! And that’s only the beginning.

ISLAND HIGHLIGHTS:

  1. BIOLUMINESCENT BAY
    Kayaking the bioluminescent bay of St Croix is a once in a lifetime type experience. We highly recommend planning your trip around the accessible dates for seeing the bioluminescence. And if you’re gonna do it, you have to go with the see through kayaks! You’ll arrive just before sunset to get settled with your kayaks and then head off to the bay just before dark. The bioluminescence is the closest thing you’ll get to flying through the galaxy among millions of stars. And if you’re lucky you’ll get to see glow in the dark jelly fish too. We recommend this tour operator not only for their high quality clear boats, but also because they are the most strict about preserving the bioluminescence and monitoring their guests to protect it: http://seathrukayaksvi.com/

  2. Hike to the Tide Pools at Annaly Bay
    When on-island, ask a local… That’s the easiest way to get the best directions. It’s a challenging hike, don’t go in the high-sun heat of the day. But it’s well worth the effort! For more information, read up here: http://www.stcroixtourism.com/st_croix_pictures/annaly-bay-tide-pools.htm

  3. Sail to Buck Island
    Buck Island is a protected National Monument only a mile off shore from St Croix. Only certified boats are allowed to visit the island and take groups snorkeling along the underwater trail. This helps control the impact on the reef and the island. Excellent snorkeling and a fun short climb to the top of a large hill with beautiful views. And the sail to and from the island is more than half the fun!!

Other awesome stuff—

Check out Ziggys! It’s part general store, part gas station, part bar, part wedding venue.

Explore the North Side of the Island

Eat @ Cane Bay and go snorkeling there too, right off the shore, if you like!

Play/ Hang at Rainbow Beach and eat/drink at Rhythms

Hike to Issac’s Bay Beach