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Zapatilla Cays

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A 1.5-hour boat ride from Bocas town, through the Bastimentos National Marine Park, takes you to Zapatilla Cays. Consisting of two small islands—carpeted with lush palm and coconut trees—Zapatilla Cays lie east of Bastimentos Island. In addition to having the area's most beautiful beaches, the surrounding water is ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. The southernmost island has one nature trail leading to its windward side. It's short and winds through a section comprised primarily of mangroves.

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Most tours to Zapatilla Cays stop at Coral Cay for lunch, where you'll spend approximately 1-2 hours.

Note: Zapatilla Cays are part of the Bastimentos Marine National Park, so all visitors must pay $10 to disembark. Panama’s National Environmental Authority (ANAM) maintains an office on the southernmost island.

For more information about Bastimentos National Marine Park, click here.

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a view from one of Zapatilla Island's, looking back toward the mainland of Bocas del Toro
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