Solarte, Bastimentos, Bocas del Toro

Map of Solarte, Bastimentos, Bocas del Toro

Isla Solarte is about three miles long and less than a half mile across at its widest point. Isla Solarte rises over one hundred feet above sea level and has a number of hills offering views of half dozen neighboring islands as well as the Panamanian coastline. The island's tropical rain forest has a forty-foot canopy that spreads filtered sunlight over the ferns and forest floor plants. Isla Solarte gets around 100 inches of rain per year, mostly at night with occasional short showers during the day.

The waters around Isla Solarte are almost always calm as it is sheltered from the open Caribbean by Bastimentos. The coral reef surrounding Isla Solarte offers great snorkelling and scuba diving.

Isla Solarte is home to a small community of indigenous Indians. There is a school in the village with 50 children. Fishing is the main occupation for local people, and there is a hotel The Solarte del Caribe Inn that offers employment as well. The local people also gather fruits and vegetables from the rain forest such as limes, mangos, guava, mandarins, breadfruit, coconuts and a variety of medicinal herbs.

At the northern tip of Solarte is Hospital Point, site of the United Fruit hospital in banana growing days. You can visit the site, or snorkel or dive offshore the point.

And Garden of Eden B&B is on their own private island on the back corner of Solarte at the Bahia Honda Cut,


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