In this article we divulge the best places to party, to have a drink and to have some fun when the sun goes down on this little Caribbean paradise of Panama.
If you enjoy a vibrant nightlife, Bocas del Toro is the perfect place to spend your vacation. With a wide variety of bars, Caribbean night clubs, live music and places to dine out, this archipelago appeals to all types of socializers. Whether you wish to have a good time with some friends or enjoy a night as a couple, the Bocas Town bars, oceanfront restaurants and clubs are at your service.
To plan your nighttime Bocas del Toro activities, the first thing you should know is that there are nightlife options every night since Bocas is an essential tourist location as well as a vacation spot. Be it Monday, Friday or even Sunday, there is always something to do in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Furthermore, and to make it even better, most of the nightly options are very close to our hotel, Bocas Divers Paradise. This means that you can easily walk back to your room at the end of the night or take a short taxi if you wish. One way or another, get ready to enjoy nights filled with the perfect combination of great music, great vibes, delicious drinks, incredible landscapes and beautiful people.
In order to start the night off right, we recommend enjoying happy hour at Pier 19, our incredible bar with ocean views, calm vibes and a relaxing atmosphere. We encourage you to also please take advantage of our special happy hour prices from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. From two for one national beers and glasses of red and white wine, to margaritas and caipirinhas among other choices, who could resist? Also, if you want to pair your drinks with an appetizer, you can indulge in our “finger food” for only $5 and enjoy house options such as juicy bruschetta and a hummus plate with colorful vegetables. Or, you can enjoy some cocktails before dinner and try our delicious Caribbean meals. If your wish is to commence your night with a taste of Panama, we promise that we can deliver.
If you prefer to enjoy nighttime escapades, you should be able to tell already that happy hour is only the beginning of the fun and that the range of options in Bocas del Toro to continue your adventures is virtually endless. Where you will go after cocktails will likely depend on the day of the week that it is…
Surely you have already heard about Filthy Friday, one of the most recognized parties in all of Panama – and for good reason! It is an island hopping adventure in which you go from one island of the archipelago to another island and yet another, all the while drinking and dancing at different bars together with locals and tourists from all over the world. It starts at 11:30am and ends at 9:00pm. Inside the party there are also fun games to try out, like inflatable races and challenges with various prizes. People usually reserve their ticket in advance online to ensure their spot. For only $30, your Filthy Friday ticket includes entry to three bars on three different tropical islands, boat transportation between the different islands and free shots to enjoy with friends.
In Bocas Town, Summer is one of the most frequented night clubs and the biggest for dancing. People usually go mainly on Wednesdays and Saturdays, but the club is also open on other days of the week as well. It is a large space, where the DJ pumps up the partygoers with popular Panamanian reggaeton. Summer also offers other entertainment such as fire shows and days with specific outfit themes and fluorescent paints to make the party fun. The natural pool that they have at the edge of the dance floor definitely gives this nighttime sport a unique touch and has transformed it into the favorite destination of several tourists by the end of the night.
On the other side of town, you will find Barco Hundido. If you want to know and enjoy what true Panamanian dance looks and sounds like, then Barco Hundido is the right place for you. It is the bar most frequented by locals by far and stays open well into the morning for those who like to party until the sun comes up. As the night dances on, people come here when their parties have ended at other bars but their energy is still going strong. Reggaeton singers often visit the island and play live at Barco Hundido to pair with the frequent dance duels between local girls. Although this bar is open throughout the week, Saturdays are usually people’s favorite night to go. While reggae and dancehall usually reign supreme at this spot, you can also find a good mix of other genres such as merengue, salsa and bachata.
Thursdays in Bocas del Toro means Reggae Night. Reggae Night is one of the favorite programs of the locals and it also happens at Barco Hundido, but it commences a little earlier in the evening. Starting at 10:00pm, Reggae Night flaunts $2 beers and a night full of dance, Caribbean vibes, and Bocas flavor. It’s an informal, laid-back party attended by people from town and from all over the world. The most important thing on Reggae Night is to dress comfortably since we guarantee that you will be dancing the night away. Many tourists also frequent it for its good atmosphere and quality service.
Another unique party that you cannot miss is the full Moon Party on the pirate ship, Black Magic. Every full moon you can dance in the middle of the ocean – literally, for this massive pirate ship is anchored between Isla Colon and Isla Carenero – enjoying a cool night sea breeze and a sky surrounded by stars. Great DJs participate and sometimes there is also live music instead of the DJ. It starts early around 4:00pm and lasts until 12:00am. They also usually have parties in the evening on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Each of these places has different promotions that vary each week. Starting with ladies night to free shots and free tickets if you can arrive early to the nightlife. To get you in the know about the daily promotions there are always different young women handing out flyers on the main street of Bocas Town starting at 5:00pm. If you want to know which is the most convenient place to visit, you only have to walk a block away from our hotel and someone will invite you to their favorite disco.
If you are visiting this region, you absolutely should not miss the opportunity to enjoy the incredible nightlife, and then share with us what you think! Come, relax, and bring your Caribbean dance moves. You can find more information about Bocas del Toro on our instagram page @diversparadiseboutiquehotel.