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Where have 12 countries filmed their
versions of the super hit reality TV show "Survivor"? The answer is the exotic Bocas
del Toro Archipelago on the Caribbean Coast of Panama.
aquamarine waters gently wash against coral white sand beaches.
Shores are densely treed with tropical palms. Time seems
to stand still. Friendly locals and a laid back,
Caribbean vibe make this one of Panama's most famous tourism
Despite all the popularity, Bocas del Toro still remains
relatively pristine. Lonely Planet Guide calls the
protected reserves of the area "a biologists fantasy". Boca Town itself has a rich
history, a lively nightlife and a friendly, mostly English speaking population.
the rest of Panama, Bocas is even blessed by nature; no
hurricanes have ever touched these shores, as they do the
Central American neighbors. Add to that relatively low prices
and it's easy to understand the real estate boom in this area.
The first person to anchor in these peaceful waters was Christopher Columbus in 1502.
He repaired his boats on Carinero Island, named by him. Later, English pirates found
Bocas to be a perfect safe haven. Later, in the 1800's it became a dynamic commercial
center for trade in cacao and bananas. Immigrants from Jamaica, made Bocas an
English speaking province in a Spanish speaking nation. Even today, most
residents there speak
At the turn of the century, the town of Bocas del Toro was the first headquarters of
the United Fruit Company. Boasting of 25,000 inhabitants. A banana blight in the l920's put an end to this vibrant commercial center,
but historical buildings and a stately park still stand.
Why We Like Bocas del Toro For Investment:
1. Beauty -- Reef, mangrove, wildlife preserves, dozens
of islands, crystal waters... Bocas is among the most
beautiful destinations in Panama.
2. Environment -- Local vibe is laid back and very
Caribbean, reminiscent of Jamaica or other Caribbean
islands. It's not for everyone, but many tourists and
foreign retirees really love it.
3. Tourism -- Because Bocas was one of the first areas
discovered by tourists, it has become known worldwide and is
enjoying fast growing popularity. Real estate prices are
rising as new hotels and resorts are being built.
Bocas del Toro is the first regional airport in Panama with direct
flights to/from Costa Rica, which allows vacationers an easy
excuse to visit both countries on one trip.