WHERE TO EAT IN BOCAS DEL TORO | MINI FOODIE GUIDE Monday 17 July, 2017

I am back from my 3 week trip to Panama and I spent a while in Bocas Del Toro the island. With my time there, of course you all know I had to eat and experience the food there. It’s an island with Caribbean flair, but surprisingly they have some cute trendy spots too that would intrigue your tastebuds. Bocas is a growing tourist island so lots of different types of food and drink spots are arriving here. Of course I didn’t get a chance to highlight all on the island but the ones mentioned are a few of my favorites that I was a repeat custom of as well.

HOUSE ACROSS FROM HABLA YA

This place I have to mention first because it was literally right across the street from my school. I don’t think it had a former name, just know it is in a cute little yellow and white picket fenced house. It is homemade meals to select made with love for only $4. Yes I said $4 for a chicken/pollo plate. The Pollo plate includes: Chicken, rice & beans, plantains and veggies. They also serve breakfast. I ate here multiple times a week!

LA BUGA

This was a fun little spot. A little more of a western eats but it was great. I would come here often during the week for Happy Hour. You can’t beat from 5-7 2 for $7 specialty cocktail drinks! I also loved the colorful ambiance as it was decorated with a tropical modern vibe.

HUNGRY MONKEY

I love the name of the place. Don’t ask me where the monkey part come from because there are no monkey’s in site. Another western foodie vibe as they specialize in tacos and subs but they are so good. Again loving the decor and vibe of this spot. It gives you instant surfer vibes, because it is a surfer school. In fact before it was a restaurant it was the first Bocas Surfer School on the island. They still teach lessons but now you can dine here too!

SWEET LOVE TEA SHOP

Literally this was one of my favorite spots to chill. The ambiance is such as great vibe. It is more of a coffee shop so I did come in here to do some work from time to time, but I love getting Crepes + Juice here.  They are known for their crepes that they make fresh and to order.

 

BOCAS LICK IT

This spot is so fun. I love a great pop place but this is Bocas famous pops called Bocas Lick It. Homemade fresh fruit pops in a cute little shop. The show is quirky and bright colored decorated! Now I will say this spot doesn’t have consistent shop opening hours or days, but good new – Hungry Money and La Buga sells them daily!

 

BOCAS BLEND IT

I loved this place since the moment I laid eyes on it. It’s a juice + smoothie bus! The bus catches your attention immediately as it is decorated in a “groovy” way. You can make your own juice or smoothie combo here. Cool part. The owners are from Atlanta (a piece of home in Bocas).

If you like this post or thinking about traveling to Bocas Del Toro soon, please pin this for later! 

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51 Comments

  • Robin rue says:

    Sounds like there are some really great places to eat there! I’m always interested in local cuisine when I travel.

  • Jeanette says:

    I love little hole in the wall places like this. They are usually a lot more creative than the big-name restaurants and I’m always willing to be more venturesome when it comes to eating when I go to a small place like this.

  • Victoria says:

    Looks like they have some great food available. I’m sitting over here drooling! And you definitely can’t beat that cocktail special.

  • Those cocktails look wonderful! I always appreciate suggestions on where to eat from folks who have been there, they’re really helpful.

  • I think Hungry Monkey would be the first place I’d visit. Those tacos look amazingly good! This is a great foodie guide!

  • Oh wow! Look at the food display in this page! So full of summer and color! Love them all.Thanks for the tips…the smoothie bus is my favorite! 🙂

  • karlyn cruz says:

    Oh!!!! Those tacos just made my mouth water! Wow! This looks like so much fun! That bus definitely looks fantastic! lol! I love it!

  • Wow, all of the food looks so amazing and fresh! Looks like y’all had a great time exploring all the food!

  • Muna Kenny says:

    The food looks tasty and I wish I was there to have a bite from each. I have to visit this place 🙂

  • Tamara says:

    I wonder if that bus ever still drives, or is just for juice and smoothies! I have never been to Panama or Bocas but my good friends are from there. They just had a daughter and I bet they will bring her back there to visit all of their favorite places to see and eat.

  • Kita Bryant says:

    What an extremely fun area to visit. Especially if you’re a foodie! I definitely am so this seriously caught my fancy.

  • Jaime Nicole says:

    All of the food looks amazing, but those fish tacos are calling my name! It sounds like you guys had a great trip for eating!

  • Sue Reddel says:

    Where do I start? Everything looks so delicious. You really found some bargains too. That chicken plate for four dollars. What!?! I’d absolutely love that meal. The crepes, the fish tacos, I’d want to try it all.

  • Tami says:

    I think I’m gonna gain some weight when I visit. Everything looked so delicious. I think my first stop will be the Hungry Monkey. My second stop will be the smoothie+juice place to hydrate.

  • Pam says:

    Sounds like a lot of eta food in Bocas Del Toro. And you can’t beat a $4 pollo plate! Hungry Monkey looks good too.

  • Nancy L. says:

    The food and drinks in Bocas Del Toro look soooo good and now I’m craving crepes! They look amazing! You’re right about the surfer vibe. I’m definitely feeling it and could really get into the laid back, colorful atmosphere. So glad you had a good time!

  • Sandy N Vyjay says:

    We travel a lot and are always looking to try out some local cuisines and best places to eat in the places we visit. This definitely is a great guide and does seem to have some great options to eat. I just love those tacos. Loved that juice + smoothie bus! 🙂

  • Victoria Heckstall says:

    Those foods are really tempting and look fantastic! I would love to try all of these when I get to travel there!

  • My Teen Guide says:

    Wow, to see these food photos at this time of day is torture! Haha. Seriously, they all look so mouth watering! I will have to bookmark this page. I have not been to Bocas del Toro, but who knows I might be there someday!

  • Totally my kind of island! I always enjoy seeing what the local food is and I really appreciate this foodie guide. Although, I should have eaten something before reading the whole post. Now I’m starving! Lol.

  • Kimberly says:

    THe sweet love tea shop looks absolutely amazing! I would defintely go there for sure! Actually all those places look super fun and I would wander in there.

  • Lisa says:

    I would love to visit this island, the food look so delicious. I couldn’t pick just one place to visit, I’ll have to dine at each place, lol. Your pictures are awesome!

  • Jay Colby says:

    Bocas Del Toro sound like an great place to eat at. You can’t beat a $4 pollo plate. I would love to try all of these when I get to travel there!

  • I just died and went to culinary heaven! Hispanic food (or anything close to it) is my favourite cuisines…I could eat ANY of the dishes every single day! The crepe looks amazing!

  • Amanda says:

    I would love to make it to Panama one day and eat my way through town. The ice pop looks delicious, and I love the creative way food is presented. So fun!

  • Wow I love all of the beautfiul colors and decor there. I would love to visit but oh my look at that food. It looks so good I feel like hopping on a plane right now to take a bite! Seriously, great photos, my mouth is watering!

  • Briana says:

    I love this! Anytime I travel I love to go eat all the foods I can’t get back home. Especially if there are tacos involved. Yum!

  • Debra J Hawkins says:

    OK, now I’m hungry! That all looks absolutely incredible! I love finding the great places to eat whereever I go!

  • Ty says:

    WOW! Everything looks delicious but I’m here for the cocktails, honey! I want to know what that Funky Lemonade is all about!

  • Jonna says:

    This food looks so delicious and fresh! If I ever visit I’d go to all of these places to eat!

  • Carissa says:

    This place looks AMAZING!!! Between the food and popsicle I would’ve been in heaven!!!

  • Sheri says:

    This place looks so great. I love plantains too and have not eaten them in a while. Guides like this come in so handy for when we travel.

  • Kristin says:

    These pictures are amazing! Panama ous definitely on my list of places to visit! I’m foodie do you’ve got me sold!

  • Marshaq says:

    Wow! Such mouth watering pics! I want to eat all of it! This really makes me want to visit and eat all I can!

  • Ra'Nesha says:

    Wow the food looks delicious and the drinks look so refreshing. My kinda spot!

  • Melissa Vera says:

    I love how you included different kinds of restaurants on this list. If I am ever in Panama, I will have to try some of these.

  • I can’t believe that $4 pollo plate! It looks amazing! I absolutely loooove central american food – perhaps because my Grandparents were central american 😛 Great post!

  • Katherine G says:

    The food you shared all looks so delicious! I want to visit this place simply because of the food. Looks like you really enjoyed your vacation.

  • Alli Smith says:

    The food at The Hungry Monkey looks delicious! I love trying new restaurants when I’m traveling and the local cuisine is always my favorite.

  • candy says:

    If we are ever in this area we will have to stop and try out the Hungry Monkey. Food photos all make me hungry and looks like something for everyone to enjoy. Drinks look cooling and refreshing.

  • Sarah Honey says:

    Everything looks delicious. Looks like a fantastic place to visit and eat!

  • Wow, I probably shouldn’t have read this post while hungry, my stomach is growling all over the place. The food in Panama looks amazing! I’ll take a little bit of everything, please.

  • Jenn says:

    Okay, this looks like a really fun place to eat and drink. I bet their Happy Hour is sooo much fun. Your photos are stunning. Making me hungry..

  • All the food look so delicious and tropical. I am really feeling a vacation, but haven’t decided where to go yet, but I would love to eat at some of those places!

  • Jill Robbins says:

    This looks so fun! Those cocktails and those shrimp tacos look to die for!

  • Wow lots of choices! I would love some of those tacos! I wish I can go on a food trip one day like this!

  • Wow, the food & drink here look so delicious. I would love to visit this place one day and enjoy the sights with my family. Looks like a wonderful destination.

  • Eileen says:

    All the food looks so delicious the pics! I’ve never been to Bocos del Toros but would love to go one day!

  • Kita Bryant says:

    I don’t know if I’ll ever get to visit there. 🙁 I seriously wish I could because all these delicious spots are calling my name.

  • Eloise says:

    that looks like just the place for me! That food looked amazing, I wish i lived by one because I would jump in my car and head over there STAT! thanks for sharing, now I’m hungry ; )

  • Catvills says:

    The Hungry Monkey looks like the place I’d like to visit and dine in. Those tacos look delicious! I have not traveled that far yet, but if I do get to Panama, I will make sure I get to Bocas del Toro!


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