Playa Bluff, Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro, Panama

On February 17, 1997, the mayor and the municipal council of Bocas del Toro declared Bluff Beach a Municipal Reserve, with the goal of preserving the beach's natural habitat, especially given it is one of the most important sea turtle nesting sites of the region.

In 2011, sea turtle conservation work at Bluff Beach took fresh form through the creation of a community organization whose responsibility it would be to manage a sea turtle biological research project in conjunction with the international organization called the Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC). One year later they began to bring tourists to observe sea turtle nesting, in order to take advantage of the general growth in the region's tourism. This organization, called ANABOCA (the Bocas Hawksbill Association), once formalized, underwent numerous trainings in order to improve its organizational abilities and prepare for the challenge of managing tourism at Bluff Beach.

Bluff Beach is located on Colón Island, in the Bocas del Toro Archipelago, a short distance (5 kilometers) from the town of Bocas del Toro, capital of the province by the same name. To arrive at the beach during the day it is possible to rent a bicycle in Bocas Town center, or to travel with a taxi. By night it is only recommended to arrive by taxi.


Latitude: 9.397647 Longitude: -82.244591 Elevation: 18 ft

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Contact Information

Alfred Martin - ANABOCA
(507) 6843-7244
Playa Bluff
Bocas del Toro, 1 00000 PA
Cristina Ordoñez - Sea Turtles Conservancy (STC)
(507) 6671-5794
4424 NW 13th St. Suite B-11
Gainesville, FL, FL 32609 US
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