You can take a taxi or bicycle a few miles from Bocas del Toro town to to Bluff Beach. Bluff is about 30 min. from Town. The distance is really that far, but the road is bad, and taxi drivers have been known to refuse to make the trip. Paunch Beach is just before Bluff Beach, and although a less scenic beach but one with a reputation for surfing. Neither of these beaches are safe for swimming - the surf is quite high and there are strong currents. Surfing is one of the main attractions and there are some surf camps. There is no place to buy anything on the beach.
Bluff Beach has a distinctive bright orange sand. Spend your day swimming, surfing or perhaps watching white-faced monkeys.
From March 15th to September 15th Bluff Beach is the nesting ground for green, hawksbill and leatherback sea turtles. They are protected and precautions are taken not to disturb them during these months. During turtle breeding season the beach is strewn with turtles building nests and laying eggs. Supervised turtle watching at night is offered during the season. There are no cameras with flashes are allowed for obvious reasons.
Bluff Beach is a 3 mile stretch of soft sand. For surfers there are good beach break peaks. Waves here are best in the 3-6ft. range. Very fast and hard breaking waves that are wider than they are tall. You can get very tubed here. When the swell gets bigger you go a couple miles down the road.
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