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Boost Your Productivity in Paradise: Our Favorite Remote Work Spots in Bocas del Toro

Looking for a remote work haven? Bocas del Toro in Panama has it all. From reliable Wi-Fi to breathtaking views, this guide unveils the top workspaces where you can combine productivity with tropical bliss.

In May 2021, Panama became the first country in Central America to enact a remote work visa to stimulate the post-pandemic economy.

The Visa de Corta Estancia como Trabajador Remoto allows individuals to live and work in Panama for up to nine months, provided they meet certain criteria. It can be renewed for an additional nine months if desired.

Now, the burning question for many remote workers is: Where should I go in Panama? For me, the answer is simple – Bocas del Toro.

Bocas del Toro is an group of islands off the Caribbean coast of Panama, near the Costa Rican border. Although most of Bocas del Toro province belongs to the mainland, the islands are where most people gravitate. When people hear “Bocas del Toro,” they generally envision the islands.

Remote work is not a new concept. Digital nomads have been coming to Central America for years. However, the pandemic introduced a whole new “work from home” culture to many people who never would have considered it before.

Bocas del Toro has kept pace with the technological advancements necessary to accommodate remote workers

These islands warmly embrace digital nomads, offering excellent Wi-Fi connections. Consequently, I have compiled a list of my favorite public workspaces in Bocas del Toro, where remote workers can open their laptops and be productive.

While it is unnecessary to work exclusively from coffee shops, bars, or restaurants, as working from home is an option, there are instances when interacting with other remote workers or gaining a fresh perspective in a new location is desirable.

For me, a digital nomad-friendly location must possess the following:

  • Reliable Wi-Fi.
  • Accessible outlets for charging electronics.
  • Tasty food and beverages.
  • Comfortable work areas.
  • A relaxed and pleasant atmosphere.
  • Friendly staff who understand and respect the need to work without constant pressure to make purchases.

Below, I have highlighted a few places in Bocas del Toro that satisfy the aforementioned requirements for remote workers:

Selina Bocas del Toro

Situated on the Bocas Town waterfront, Selina provides stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and neighboring Isla Carenero, just a quick boat ride away. Selina is renowned among the remote worker community, particularly in Latin America. It boasts a blend of amiable staff and amenities, including social events, a restaurant, yoga/zumba classes, music, dancing, surfing, swimming, happy hours, and televised sports. Selina offers short and long-term stay options for remote workers and travelers alike.

Cosmic Crab

Located on Isla Carenero, Cosmic Crab beckons with its vibrant sign, visible from Isla Colon. Once there, you can choose to stay in their over-the-water or garden rooms or simply work from the restaurant, relishing their unique menu and expertly crafted beverages. The view alone is unforgettable.

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La Buga

Situated on the main street in Bocas Town, La Buga is a waterfront restaurant and bar that offers delectable cuisine, tasty cocktails, friendly staff, and breathtaking Caribbean vistas. Moreover, they are crypto-friendly! If you desire more than just a workspace, La Buga can arrange surf lessons, glass-bottom boat rides, snorkeling tours, or diving certifications.

The Lighthouse

Located in Bocas Town, The Lighthouse offers everything mentioned earlier for remote work setups, along with rooms, a restaurant, and a bar. It prides itself on being an environmentally conscious and sustainable spot in Bocas. Be sure to check out the artwork on display, created by local artists.

Toro Loco

Toro Loco Sports Bar is conveniently situated near the park in Bocas Town. It is a haven for sports fans in Bocas del Toro. I personally attended the Super Bowl, March Madness, and other events here. With multiple televisions, Toro Loco strives to fulfill your sports-viewing desires. When you’re not cheering for your team, Toro Loco provides a decent work environment. Their menu includes delicious bar food and salads.

These establishments are my top choices for remote work in Bocas del Toro

What are your favorite remote spots in Bocas del Toro? Have you discovered any hidden gems or unique workspaces that deserve recognition? Let’s create a community of remote workers in Bocas del Toro and make the most of this incredible destination for digital nomads.

Lannette Magaly

Lannette Magaly

Lannette Magaly is the founder of Mz. Digital Nomad LLC, a digital nomad and remote worker consulting service. A native of Los Angeles, California, she's been an avid traveler for many years. She's currently based in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Lannette is an avid traveler, vlogger, and blogger.