Bocas del Toro Nightlife

Bocas del Toro nightlife

 Bocas del Toro (Panama) is beautiful, but what kind of entertainment do they have for when the sun goes down?  Where do people go to for a Panama island party in Bocas? Monica from Globe Trottica tells us about her favorite bars and hotspots. The Bocas del Toro nightlife is a reason people have their Panama bachelor party there. I’ve also included photos from my recent Bocas adventure.

I held my breath as I jumped into the warm Caribbean Sea. My cloth pants immediately absorbed a ton of water, making it that much harder for me to stay afloat.

I grabbed onto the side of the dock, wiping away my soaking wet hair that stuck to the side of my face. The beats from the music vibrated the water, causing miniature waves to crash against me.

The sounds of clinking beer bottles and the cheerful hoopla of partygoers carried over to the swimming area. Softened and dulled by distance, it created a sublime atmosphere. The beats coming from the DJ booth mixed with the ambience seamlessly.

La Iguana Surf Club immediately became my favorite party spot in Bocas del Toro.

Bocas del Toro is known for its rowdy nightlife and offers a range of bars and clubs that satisfy the needs of any type of partygoer. It’s a small town in one of the few small islands in northern Panama.

Best bars in Panama Bocas del Toro

Here are the 5 best bars in Panama, in Bocas del Toro. It’ll hopefully help you get a taste of what it’s like to spend a few nights in a beach town that never sleeps. The Panama party starts in Bocas del Toro. Check out our Panama nightlife fun!

New friends from around the world - met at the bars in Bocas del Toro nightlife in Panama
New friends from around the world – all first met in Bocas

La Iguana Surf Club Bar

This bar has funky beats, two pools in back, and even ladies night on Wednesdays, where ladies get free drinks.

There’s a large area for dancing. It also has an open deck in the back, where the crowds tend to congregate when the weather is nice.

There are two bars; one inside and one outside, which offer drink specials and beer throughout the night. There is available seating outside alongside the water. It’s the perfect place to take a break from dancing and relax in the cool air.

La Iguana Bar is one of the best bars in Panama. It’s located on Calle 3 between Avenida A and Avenida B, Bocas del Toro, Panama

La Iguana Bar drink specials - $1 tequila shots on Nasty Mondays. We had a few too many $1 Tequila shots... Bocas del Toro nightlife in Panama
We had a few too many $1 Tequila shots at La Iguana Bar…

Aqua Lounge Bar

Have you ever ridden in a water taxi at 3 in the morning? In order to get to this bar, you have to take a water taxi from the main island, Isla Colon. Try not to fall out!

I felt like I walked into a waterpark when I visited this bar. There are swings to jump off of and into the water in the back of the bar, and there is even a water trampoline.

Aqua Lounge is also known for its themed parties! Get ready in your favorite costume for the chance to win free drinks all night. This bar has a lot of open space outside where a lot of people like to relax and look at Bocas del Toro from a different perspective.

There are seating areas inside as well, where you can relax with a drink and take a break from dancing.

Aqua Lounge is one of the best bars in Panama. It’s located on Isla Carenero, a $1-1.50 taxi ride from Bocas Town, Bocas del Toro, Panama

photo from Foursquare - Aqua Lounge pools - Bocas del Toro nightlife Panama
Aqua lounge has a narrow deck surrounding these pools; at night these pools are part of the bar.

Mondo Taitu

Bring the coins! Come here for some Panama nightlife. This bar offers Happy Hour from 8-9 p.m., which includes $.50- $.75 beers.

They also take pride in their music, where they play anything from funky beats to classics to progressive music.

Mondo Taitu is one of the best bars in Panama too! It’s located on Calle 5ta con Avenida G, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Barco Hundido

Barco Hundido is known as the “Wreck Deck,” and has a sunken banana boat which is lit up at night, offering a unique view unlike any other bar in Bocas del Toro.

This is also a popular spot for locals and tourists on the weekends. They open up multiple dance floors when it gets busy. That makes Barco Hundido a perfect for those who don’t like cramped bars or clubs.

You’ll find yourself shaking your hips and rocking out to anything from reggae, to hip-hop, to classics, all of which are played sporadically at this bar.

Barco Hundido is located on Calle 1 between Avenida E and Avenida Central, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Bocas del Toro nightlife schedule - every night in Bocas seems to have a different featured bar
Where’s the party tonight? Every night in Bocas seems to have a different featured bar – here’s the schedule from the week I visited

Tunga Bar

Tunga is the perfect place to start your night, meet up with friends, and enjoy a few drinks before heading to the crazier clubs. This bar is right in the middle of everything. That makes it quite convenient as a central meet up location.

The DJ’s playlist includes dance and electronic music. This place has plenty of seating areas to accommodate the large nighttime crowd. They also offer free Wifi.

Tunga bar is located on Main Street, Across Municipality Building, Bocas del Toro, Panama

In conclusion – you can live like a local and party it up when you visit Bocas del Toro. It’s a great way to get an authentic feel for this great little island town.

This guest post on Bocas del Toro nightlife was from Monica, who writes the awesome travel blog Globe Trottica. You’ll see the rest of her Panama trip and her other adventures around the world. 

Check out the rest of my Panama adventures, including a photo tour of Island Hopping in  Bocas del Toro Panama – so much fun! 

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Check out my post on the fun party scene in Kuta Bali

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