Bocas Del Toro Warnings and Dangers
Bocas Del Toro is an archipelago of exotic Panama islands, with richness and resorts galore. But beware some dangers and warnings during your visit.
Don’t Drink the Water
It is recommended not to drink the tap water in Bocas Del Toro. Though it’s safe in other parts of Panama, warnings are issued here; drink bottled water instead. Same goes for the ice; don’t use it.
Warning at Red Frog Beach
Many tours to the islands from Bocas include a visit to beautiful Red Frog Beach: with white sandy coves, it seems a great place to relax and swim. The thatched hut bar, palm trees and comfortable seating add to the experience. But beware! This beauty can have deadly riptides. One minute you’re swimming lazily, and suddenly a gaping hole can erupt into a dangerous current. Several tourists have fallen prey to this horror, and two have drowned. Warnings are not posted as they should be. So yes – spend a day at the beach, but beware going into the water!
Bad Bike Rentals
If you want to rent bikes, be sure to use a bike rental place that is a legitimate shop. Reports of bikes rented off ‘random guys’ in the street have led to bike accidents, due to inferior, old bikes, chains not well oiled, parts out of balance. You don’t want to be in the middle of your bike trip and suddenly have your tire go flat or your bike fail. Ask to take it around the block for a spin before you rent!
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in Bocas Del Toro.