DOLPHIN BAY, CRAWL CAY RESTAURANT, & ISLA ZAPATILLAS
A 20 minute boat ride from Isla Colon will take you directly to Dolphin Bay for your best chance at spotting one of the small families of dolphins that live in the area. The jelly fish that float in and out of the bay keep most people out of the water, but the sightseeing is worth the trip. Your next stop will have you docking at the Crawl Cay Restaurant, a remote property built on stilts over the water that offers some of the best fresh seafood dishes in the region. Relax in a hammock, enjoy a fresh piña colada, or move on to your next stop: the Zapatillas Islands, which offer a beautiful white sand beach on what was recently declared a National Park.
RED FROG BEACH ON BASTIMENTOS ISLAND
Set on Isla Bastimentos, one of the largest islands in the archipelago, Red Frog Beach is a long, beautiful stretch of coastline that is famous for the small red-colored Dart Frogs that are endemic to the region. You can arrive via boat to a small dock on the opposite end of the island before taking a short hike through the forest to the other end. Likewise, a stop at the public marina and a 5 minute car ride through the rainforest will get you to the island's Beach Bar, equipped with a volleball court and Boogie Board rentals.
STAR FISH BEACH
Star Fish beach is located on the main island of Isla Colon and can be reached either by taxi or renting a moped (or bicycle for the physically very fit as it is on the opposite end of the island from Bocas town). To reach the famous starfish clutter, you must walk some 15 or 20 minutes from where the road ends along the coast where shallow, gentle waves lap the shore. You'll know when you arrived as hundreds of starfish are scattered abound in many shades of bright orange and maroons, creating a truly magical scene.