Starfish Beach, Bocas Town

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Beach · Nature / Park
With white sand between your toes and turquoise waters lapping at your feet, Starfish Beach ofers swimming and other beach activities. The site is famous for and named after the giant bright orange starfish that call this area home. Take a swim in the clear, shallow waters or rent a kayak or water bike and explore the surrounding area. Take time to spot the giant starfish, but refrain from touching them. Nearby, dine on fresh seafood at a local restaurant or try a cocktail. You will access the bay via minibus from neighboring towns or by water taxi. Plan a Bocas Town trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • My husband and I arrived with another couple and friend by boat- by far the most convenient, quick, and scenic way to travel to Starfish Beach. It's pretty affordable if you come with a group. Plus...  more »
  • Nice relaxing beach,sort of. Take the Boca's del Drago bus out from the twin center. $5.00 round trip. 40 minute bumpy ride. Plenty to see. Walk 20 minutes from bus stop to Starfish Beach. Great.....  more »
  • Is a picture perfect local beach. Palm trees and soft sand, easy swimming and just about always calm water. Some concession stands for meals and drinks. Easy to get to.
  • I loved this beach. It was one of my favorite of all the beaches in Bocas island hopping. But I was told I only enjoyed it because it was empty due to travel just opening back up in Panama and the pandemic still hampering tourism. Essentially, it was empty the day I visited except for the three other small groups who were clearly Panamanian travelers visiting for their national holiday. I can see how this precious spot could be overrun by water taxis and tourist splashing around with the starfish and disturbing this pristine environment. So, go now! Or in the off season. Because these beaches are empty and private and it’s Luxurious and virus safe to have them practically to yourself. There are several “restaurants” more like snack shacks serving fresh fish and cocktails on the beach and they have lounge chair service. This is a common sight at popular beaches like these in Central and South America. Out of The numerous snack shacks on the beach, only one was open, El Sabor Flavor, run by Aida and her family. They had standard Panama virus protocol protections in place, even though we were outside on a beach. You had to have your temperature taken, and sanitize your hands before ordering from their chalkboard menu. They were all wearing masks while serving and cooking food too. Bring cash. It’s a cash only spot like most places like this. The food was delicious. I got shrimp and rice and the salad was great too. Aida, the owner, was busy making gorgeous beaded bracelets on the beach, in hopes she would have sales for the Christmas season. I bought two and they are divine. She wrapped them in adorable holiday paper. And the beach: gorgeous! Clear water for snorkeling or just enjoying the starfish and fish. But please do not touch them. Go before it’s overrun by tourists again and it doesn’t feel as safe. Getting there on a US airline SAFELY during a pandemic is the trick with no mask enforcement and idiots blowing their nose on the plane because they have no consideration for others in the United States. Fly Copa or just wait to go in the off season when you are vaccinated and won’t potentially die to see this beautiful spot.
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